Reconnect Practitioner | Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Type: Contract

Date Posted: 27-Mar-23

Closing Date: 22-Apr-23

Location: Portsmouth, PO1 4JT

Salary: Not specified

Reconnect Practitioner | Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Following an expansion to our service, we are delighted to introduce an exciting new project that aims to support individuals with identified needs on release from prison known as “Reconnect”. The Reconnect project will operate under the wider auspices of the Hampshire and IOW Liaison & Diversion Service.

Do you believe that a person’s health needs, and past experiences can be linked to their criminal offending? By identifying and reducing health needs can vulnerable people be supported to make positive changes and reduce the risk of reoffending?

We’re looking for a qualified Mental Health nurse, Learning Disabilities nurse, Occupational Therapist, or Social Worker to join this service to and be able to work flexibly across Hampshire to support the Reconnect Lead Practitioner manage a small team and the day to day running of the Reconnect project.

You will ensure the team respond professionally to all requests for information and assistance, whether in person or by phone, using discretion as to appropriateness of requests and being aware of confidentiality and information sharing guidelines at all times. This information may be complex, sensitive, or contentious requiring negotiation, persuasive, and discernment skills.

Recognised with several awards, including Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police Commendations, Berkshire Healthcare ‘Team of the Year’ and runner-up for the Howard League for Penal Reform ‘Liaison and Diversion Service of the Year’.

About the Job 

• This position is a band 6 one-year fixed contract for Maternity cover, there may be further opportunity to remain within the team as this service continues to grow and expand over the next 12 months
• You will have a keen interest in health and justice and a passion for supporting people as they are released from prison.
• You will support the development and delivery of the Reconnect Project supporting service users with identified health needs to access local services to meet these needs.
• You will provide support to a small team ensuring the values and standards of the Liaison and Diversion Service and BHFT are embedded in the delivery of care.
• You will work closely with key stakeholders within HMP Winchester and the community to forge new care pathways, while being creative to meet individuals’ needs.
• Organising and managing your workload to meet deadlines.

Working pattern + Service operating hours

• The Reconnect Project will operate from 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. Any request for specific working patterns can be considered in line with our flexible working policy.

Some of the benefits of joining our team: 
•   Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work- life balance
• Annual leave – 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff
• We are pioneers in compassionate leadership and Quality Improvement, which is about creating a culture where everyone has a voice and where service users and staff collaborate to have a direct impact on the things that matter most
• Working in a passionate team, you will have access to our Trust-wide learning and development programme and be supported in your career and personal growth. We encourage opportunities to help you to build your Continuing Professional Development portfolio, enabling you to extend your skills and ensure that you excel.
• Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
• Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
• Advanced IT enablement and support
• Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.
• And so much more

Work base:

You will work from HMP Winchester and there will be an expectation to travel across Hampshire as required.


Parking is provided for staff at all sites across Hampshire

The 3 “musthaves” for you to be considered for this role:

A professional qualification at degree level or equivalent in either Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disabilities Nursing, Occupational Therapy, or Social Work along with relevant registration

At least 18 months post registration experience

A UK driving licence holder with access to your own vehicle, who is willing to travel to sites across Hampshire as required.

If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we recommend you apply today!

Berkshire Healthcare has a record of achievement and success that places us as one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We are rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, we have a history of strong financial performance and we have a highly skilled and engaged workforce. We aspire to be an outstanding organisation for everyone: our people, our patients, their families, and their carers. For our people who work here that means we want Berkshire Healthcare to be a great place to work where everyone can thrive and grow.

We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call: Deputy Service ManagerPauline O’Callaghanon07584 385 403or email:Pauline.OCallaghan@berkshire.nhs.ukorGaynor CowanReconnect Lead Practitioner on07789 776219or emailGaynor.cowan@berkshire.nhs.ukwho’ll be delighted to help. You can find out more about the service by visiting ourwebsite.

This advert closes on Tuesday 28 Mar 2023

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