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Substance Misuse Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 a year pa inc
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

The post holder will work as part of the integrated healthcare services in HMP Wandsworth

The Substance Misuse Service (SMS) provides assessment and clinical treatment for prisoners with drug and alcohol addiction mainly through opioids substitution treatment. We work with prisoners with mainly substance addiction who present with complex and challenging needs. We are currently seeking Band 5 Substance Misuse Nurse Practitioners to support our clinical interventions. Because of the integrated nature of the SMS, and since our patients present with complex physical and mental health needs in addition substance addiction, we are keen to recruit both RGNs and RMNs. Experience of working in secure environments or within a substance misuse setting is welcomed, but is not essential for this role; what is essential is a 'caring not judging' attitude and willingness to learn.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide substance misuse support interventions to offenders. This will require liaison with prison and Serco senior managers and staff probation services, education staff, security personnel, and external NHS providers both in primary and secondary care, and visiting specialists when required.
  • To support senior staff in the development of high quality substance misuse care through the effective assessment, development and implementation programmes. To assess care needs and provide high quality nursing care as a member of a multi-disciplinary team for offenders who have substance misuse clinical healthcare needs utilising the care planning and CPA processes and risk assessment & care planning.
  • To maintain accurate, legible records of care provided based upon the CPA care plan process, incorporating relevant communication and liaison with other care providers and the wider prison establishment
  • To promote the overall health and well being of the offender population using evidence based practice.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities


Practice under direction and demonstrate evidence based clinical decision-making, including risk assessment and care planning.
  • To participate in the process of positively supporting and inspiring colleagues within the service to improve standards and quality and to develop professional practice.
  • The post holder will be responsible for assessing, delivering and evaluating the effectiveness of nursing care for defined offender groups.
  • Implement and evaluate care delivery for offenders with mental health or primary care needs, as delegated by senior staff.
  • Have and understanding of partner organisations and is able to work collaboratively and coordinate their role in the delivery of individualised care.
  • Develop areas of special interest supported by senior practitioners and in keeping with professional development and individual appraisal plans.
  • Attendance and participation in effective care co-ordination and the single point referral process.
  • Monitor offenders prescribed treatments and administer medications as required in keeping with Medicines Management policies and protocols.
  • Engage in supporting offenders to address their own health issues, actively participating in health promotion.

Person Specification



  • NMC registered nurse



  • Working in Secure Environment



  • Experience working in substance misuse

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