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Clinical Matron / Service Manager - Substance Misuse Service

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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We are looking for people who share our values
  • We are non-judgmental
  • We are caring
  • We have integrity
  • We put the patient first
  • We are committed to team work
  • We are proud to work for the NHS

We expect you entered the healthcare profession as you wanted to have the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives and lifestyles of a group of people who have often neglected their own health and well-being. Working within Offender Health gives you the opportunity to make this difference to a people who traditionally have had high co-morbidities both emotionally and physically, together with facing multiple barriers to accessing appropriate healthcare.

If you are a registered nurse , Senior Practitioner or AHP with substance misuse experience this role could be for you.

Main duties of the job

Healthcare delivery in prison is never dull or predictable - itis very rewarding. Every day will bring new challenges and new experiences to you as a qualified professional. The role of the Clinical Matron/ Service Manager is to manage the Substance Misuse pathway and the staff working within it, providing supervision , clinical expertise and advice for those involved in the care of the patients with substance misuse issues. The team comprises of mental health nurses, NMP, GP, Psychosocial Practitioners, Psychologists and Pharmacy technicians who together provide assessments, diagnosis , support, harm minimisation and care of patients with ongoing, acute/chronic health and substance misuse conditions. The team provides medication administration , 1:1 care , case management and group work . The Substance Misuse service covers the prison 7 days a week. The Healthcare team has a good working relationship with the Prison as has been noted by recent reports from Her Majesty's Inspector of Prisons.

This role will provide the opportunity to work closely with the Substance Misuse Directorate Lead . The Clinical Matron/Service Manager will be a key member of the Prison healthcare management team working alongside the Clinical Matrons in Physical Health and Mental Health as well as the Head of Healthcare.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

The directorate provides healthcare to eight prisons in the counties of Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. Substance Misuse Services are provided within 5 of those sites. As such you will be part of a large peer group of 300 + healthcare professionals with access to appropriate peer support, supervision and excellent opportunities for learning and development. There is also a Directorate Substance Misuse Lead who will drive forward the Substance Misuse agenda within the Offender Health Directorate.

You must be an experienced Band 6 or 7 RMN , Practitioner or AHP

HM Prison Lowdham Grange is a Category B men's private prison, located in the village of Lowdham in Nottinghamshire, England

You will be responsible for providing clinical and managerial leadership to a high standard, promoting best practice and developing the substance Misuse service to enhance quality and improve patient experience. You will be working alongside the Clinical Matrons for Mental Health and Physical Care and other healthcare professionals in the wider healthcare team . You will have all the support you need to deliver the best care possible to our patients at HMP Lowdham. You will have the opportunity to deputise for the Head of Healthcare giving you an opportunity to further develop your managerial and leadership qualities. Do you think this exciting opportunity could be for you ? If so come and pay us a visit and see the world of prison healthcare for yourself. The healthcare team operates in a supportive environment with a commitment to personal and professional development.
  • Our DBS check is free, you have no fees to pay!
  • Parking is freeon site at HMP Lowdham Grange

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification or equivalent experience e.g Masters degree
  • Experience of working in Substance Misuse service
  • Experience of managing clinical & psychosocial staff


  • Evidence of post-graduate management/leadership training
  • Evidence of undertaking the Mary Seacole Leadership programme
  • Experience of working with Offenders in a secure setting



  • Evidence of having worked in Substance Misuse service
  • Experience of managing a BBV service


  • Evidence of having managed Substance Misuse services in a variety of settings
  • Phlebotomy skills

Values and Behaviours


  • All staff should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion as identified within the Trust's Equality and Diversity Policy and associated Equality, Diversity and Human Rights legislation
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Lowdham Grange

Old Epperstone Rd,


NG14 7DA

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