Meet Kirsty, Clinical Nurse Manager | Bristol Community Health Careers Bristol Community Health


Clinical Nurse Manager

“Training is always encouraged and supported by management.”

  • Tell us about your role. What do you get up to on a typical day/week?

    My role involves leading a clinical substance misuse team. It is heavily focused on clinical governance, recruitment and retention, team building and overall service provision. I’ve also been given the opportunity to begin a Non-Medical Prescriber course which will enable me to prescribe Opiate Replacement Therapy and aid patients through their detoxification from illicit substances and promote recovery.

  • What’s the best thing about working in the Prison? What made you choose this kind of work?

    The best thing about working in the prison is how diverse and dynamic it is. Most of our population experience barriers to healthcare when in the community so it’s extremely rewarding to be able to provide ongoing specialised interventions and see people progress through admission to discharge. As a nurse, there’s no other clinical environment quite like it.

  • Describe the working culture here?

    It’s a very multi-disciplinary focused environment and staff work collaboratively with allied health professionals and the operational security team that governs the regime. Collectively, the goal is to provide a holistic experience that will promote harm reduction and reduce recidivism. I find that my colleagues are extremely supportive and training is always encouraged.

  • What do you think makes someone successful here?

    It’s important to be innovative, resilient and flexible. It can sometimes be challenging but there’s an abundance of support. It’s important to be mindful of our prisoner’s criminal history but to never lead with judgment.

  • Tell us about the learning and development and career progression opportunities?

    I believe that the approach to learning and development is the biggest strength of BCH. Training is always encouraged and supported by management. I’ve been afforded plenty of opportunities to develop my leadership skills, clinical competencies and academic knowledge. Given our environment, BCH has gone the extra mile to tailor and provide training that supports my staff with the challenges that may arise when working in a prison.

  • What’s the most rewarding thing about your role?

    It’s most rewarding to me when I hear of individual success stories. Unfortunately, many of our population are socio-economically disadvantaged and also experience barriers to healthcare. It makes it all worthwhile to me when I see patients develop through their recovery and make positive goals for release.

  • What do you think patients would say about the service you provide?

    It’s a holistic service that caters to the physical, social and psychological needs of people’s health. Staff are often complimented on their dedication to individuals and I enjoy hearing about how prisoners feel valued, listened to and are treated without prejudice.

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