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Health and Justice Lead / Arweinydd Iechyd a Chyfiawnder

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Location : Caernarfon , Colwyn Bay , Flint , Wrexham
Salary : £ 37,166 - £ 41,020
Type : Fixed Term , Loan ,
Closing Date : 2021-05-25
Date Posted : 2021-05-23
Reference : 43863  

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Overview of the job

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic individual to join the Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) Reducing Reoffending Accelerators Project up to 12-month secondment. 

We are keen to bring individuals on board who are seeking a development opportunity and are passionate about making a difference in the lives of people in contact with the criminal justice system (CJS), specifically around improving their health and wellbeing. 

Below we set out what we are trying to achieve through the work which are doing – we want to inspire people and change so are looking for individuals who bring both operational knowledge but are keen to innovate – to try something different.  We want to ensure you have key influencing skills to help us affect change both within HMPPS and with wider partner organisations.

The Reducing Reoffending Accelerators (RRA) Project seeks to trial a number of policy initiatives and prison-based roles focused on supporting efforts to reduce reoffending.

We know that people in contact with the criminal justice system (CJS) have multiple and complex health and support needs and experience significant health inequalities as compared with the general population. This is particularly true for both substance misuse and mental health needs. 

Supporting people to access appropriate support and treatment in the prison setting is incredibly important, but so is maintaining this care once someone is released, known as ‘continuity of care.’ Although people released from prison into the community have the right to access local health services, they often have problems accessing these services for numerous reasons. As a result, these individuals face significant challenges addressing their vulnerabilities through main stream services during their resettlement period and beyond. 

Our vision is to help support people to access the right treatment and support, at the right time, particularly when transitioning back into the community. We know that this will not only improve an individual’s health and wellbeing, but it will also reduce their likelihood reoffending, as well as improving their ability to maintain stable accommodation, family connections and even employment.

The role will be community based with the expectation that post holders will travel as and when required, including regular visits to HMP Berwyn.  

This is up to 12 month post on secondment or fixed-term contract, ending 31 March 2022

Name of the region NPS Wales (HMP Berwyn)

The “accelerator prison” approach aims to deliver targeted specialist support at a prison to support the Governor and her/his team to investigate, evaluate and improve practice at pace. The expectation is that learning from accelerator sites will be shared across the prison estate. 


The role will be divided into two distinct, but interlinked set of responsibilities. 

Firstly, this role is about testing new and innovative approaches to partnership working to improve the continuity of care for people leaving the prison estate. As a Health and Justice Lead, you will be responsible for HMPPS strategic leadership to support improvements and strengthening of health pathways from the custodial to the community setting level. (i.e. developing effective relationships with relevant partners and stakeholders)

The second part of the role will be focused on operational delivery. You will work in partnership with local partners, stakeholders and HMPPS operational policy leads to develop practice. This will relate to health-related release planning, designing and consulting on process to enable information sharing, the use of health-related licence conditions and understanding of health resettlement pathways. (i.e. design and implement plans to improved usage of health-related licence conditions, delivery briefings on relevant probation staff on health resettlement pathways briefings etc.)

We are keen that you design and ‘test’ innovative operational and strategic approaches to achieve our aims to inform wider, national plans in this space. 

The role does not require you to be based within the prison full-time, but you will be expected to spend some of your time at HMP Berwyn.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

• Developing effective relationships with relevant partners and stakeholders in the prison and community setting and work with them to improve cross agency understanding on roles and responsibilities.

• Building an understanding of a health and justice pathway from the custody to community setting 

• Developing a detailed understanding of, and mapping, the key barriers and opportunities to success in order to inform longer-term national approaches. 

• Where the services exist, provide direct support to NHS services in Wales to improve better service integration with Probation.

• Providing direct support to Probation Regional Directors and Local Delivery Unit Heads to assist with navigation and relationship building with the local /regional health landscape.

• Designing and implementing plans to improve the usage of health-related licence conditions.

• Designing and leading briefings to relevant probation and prison staff on health resettlement pathways.

Responsible for building a legacy of good practice from this role e.g. detailed processes/tools for partners and probation provider staff to use to facilitate the sharing of appropriate information and products to inform operational policy/health and partners leads/staff.

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.


• Changing and Improving

• Communicating and Influencing 

• Working Together

• Leadership


• Worked with prisoners or those engaged in the criminal justice system

• Experience of working across stakeholder groups and Other Government Departments and excellent influencing skills, showing the ability to deal effectively with conflict and deliver objectives. 

• Has experience of setting goals and achieving targets.


• Knowledge of health pathways for those leaving prison, particularly for substance misuse and mental health, including the key partners involved.

• Sound understanding of probation processes, including release planning.


As above

If successful candidates will need to complete vetting at enhanced level. You will need to demonstrate/ provide evidence of:

Confirmation of right to work

Confirmation of ID and address


Criminal conviction

Employment history

Countersignature (where relevant)

Health check (where relevant)

Criminal record history of spent and unspent offenses

Information held by local police force.

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