Senior Substance Misuse Nurse: HMP Morton Hall

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
20 Jun 2023
This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

Looking for something new & exciting in the NHS? Ever considered Prison healthcare?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Substance Misuse Nurse to join the Offender Health Directorate working at HMP Morton Hall. HMP Morton Hall is a Category C Resettlement Prison, specialising in providing Healthcare to Foreign National Offenders.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working in prison healthcare. HMP Morton Hall is located between Lincoln and Newark just off the A46, facilitating easy access to the workplace.

HMP Morton caters for up to 353 Male prisoners over the age of 18.

If you enjoy working with a diverse caseload, please get in contact to discuss this vacancy further. The Healthcare team has its own department and we have developed excellent working relationships with our prison colleagues.

We are friendly and accommodating and HMP Morton Hall is a rewarding place to work. There is ample free parking on site as well as a bistro.

Come and see for yourselves.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Main duties of the job

To take a lead role in providing the successful and effective delivery of Substance Misuse services in HMP Services Offender Health. To work as a senior substance misuse nurse within a multi-disciplinary team in a prison setting, providing care to patients with complex substance misuse problems, from the point of entry into the prison system to re-entry into the community so that re-offending is reduced, and the health and social functioning of prisoners is improved.

To provide high quality patient care through assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care for people with substance misuse problems working to both harm reduction and health promotion / recovery agendas.

To provide leadership to junior staff

To provide effective substance misuse care services for prisoners, which deliver against required standards, e.g. Key Performance Indicators, Prison Health Performance Quality Indicators and demonstrate value for money, improve the mental health of individuals, enabling the service to compete as provider of choice to local commissioners.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?

Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The Offender Health Directorate is one of the largest and most successful providers of prison healthcare in the UK. The Directorate provides physical, mental health and substance misuse healthcare services in prisons across the East Midlands, Lincolnshire & Leicestershire.

The Directorate provides healthcare to 9 prisons and a short term holding facility. You are part of a large peer group of 400+ healthcare professionals with access to peer support, supervision and excellent opportunities for learning and development. We also offer services within the Personality Disorder Pathway, including Therapeutic Communities (within prisons), Community and Prison Personality Disorder services and specialist Veteran Services.

We are committed to working in partnership with prison services, national probation service, other healthcare providers and our criminal justice system partners to improve health, support justice to reduce re-offending behaviour. The Offender Health Team truly believes it can make a difference to the lives of offenders by offering consistent, high-quality care in primary, mental health and substance misuse services that are equivalent to health services delivered outside of Prison.

To co-ordinate and lead the team in the provision of clinical and psychosocial interventions.

To provide guidance and support to junior members of the team regarding standards of care for patients.

To provide advice, guidance and leadership in respect of mental health and concurrent substance misuse needs.To provide clinical and managerial supervision to team members.

Our DBS check is free, you have no fees to pay!

Person Specification



  • First level registered nurse, RGN or RNMH
  • Significant demonstrable experience within the substance misuse field with evidence of appropriate continued learning


  • Non Medical Prescribing Course (or willingness to attend)



  • Experience of working with and interviewing clients on a 1:1 basis and building good service user relations
  • Significant experience of planning and being in charge of a ward/unit


  • Experience of working in criminal justice setting



  • Understanding of current substance misuse related issues
  • Understanding of equal opportunities issues within healthcare in criminal justice


  • Awareness of local networks to support the delivery of SMS



  • Ability to engage with and develop a rapport with the client group
  • Ability to participate in and understand multi professional teamwork
  • Teaching, influencing, negotiation, and supervision skills


  • Experience of training delivery

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Morton Hall




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