A major recruitment campaign is under way for adult and mental health nurses and pharmacy technicians to join the Offender Healthcare Service at HMP Wandsworth, the country’s second largest prison.

The service is run jointly by St George’s and South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust (SLAM), who provide mental health services and are also recruiting for nurses. A recruitment day is being held at St George’s on Saturday 3 June.

Further details of Band 5 and 6 roles available and the open day are here: https://www.stgeorges.nhs.uk/work-with-us/offender-healthcare-her-majestys-prison-wandsworth/

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As the prison gears up to become predominantly a remand prison this autumn, the team needs additional adult and mental health nurses, plus pharmacy technicians, to manage the volume of short-stay prisoners arriving. The offender healthcare service delivers intensive assessment and screening on prisoners’ arrival, and then an ongoing wide variety of services.

Jo Darrow, General Manager and Head of Offender Healthcare, said: “It is a unique role, where the pace and challenges give nurses a huge variety of experiences in a short space of time. Your daily work could be in clinics, assessment, emergency care, inpatient, substance misuse and a wide range of conditions.”

“If you want to be challenged every day, develop your confidence and skills, and feel supported by a very special team, there’s no better place. You’ll be unfazed by anything in your nursing career after this,” said James Tighe, practice educator and experienced Band 7 nurse, who also highlighted the in-depth learning and development opportunities.

Band 6 RCN Jason Cooper agreed: “You learn absolutely everything and anything all under one roof.  We are dealing with so many different presentations, and constantly improving our clinical knowledge. It is almost like 30 different types of nursing in one role