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Substance Misuse Psychosocial Practitioner

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum (pro rata for part-time)
Closing date
23 Nov 2023
Are you passionate about enabling change in patients who misuse substances?

An exciting and fulfilling job opportunity has arisen within the Substance Misuse Team at HMP Ranby.

Working with a caseload of often complex and challenging patients you willprovide a substance misuse through-care service for patients 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 patients is improved.

You will be part of a committed, passionate and vibrant Substance Misuse Team delivering high quality patient care through assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care for people with substance misuse problems, working to harm reduction and health promotion / recovery agendas.

You willprovide leadership to junior staff by maintaining professional standards, ensuring adherence to all relevant policies and procedures to ensure the delivery of high quality care.

Main duties of the job

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

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

  • To carry a complex psychosocial case load with responsibility for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care.
  • To undertake comprehensive assessment of patients needs following referral to the service.
  • To plan programmes of psycho-social interventions using evidence based practice
  • To provide information and advice about drugs, alcohol, smoking cessation and related issues, to include blood borne viruses and safer sex.
  • To co-facilitate group work relevant to substance misuse and offending behaviour.
  • To ensure care plans are formulated acted upon and reviewed.
  • To effectively liaise and develop links with services within the prison setting and in the community to establish effective through care and after care pathways.
  • To provide smoking cessation interventions in line with national guidance and locally agreed quit targets.
  • To act as a second check and signatory in the dispensing of controlled drugs in relation to substance misuse.
  • To participate in prison induction programme.
  • To effectively plan discharges and prison releases in conjunction with community services
  • To maintain accurate healthcare records in line with Trust policy
  • To attend and actively participate in team meetings, helping to promote
  • new ideas, methods and assist in their implementation.
  • To attend training sessions including mandatory training.
  • To be involved in appraisal systems, clinical and managerial supervision, and be active in identifying aims and objectives for personal development to meet department objectives
  • To assist in the training and development of others new members of staff, students and visitors to the service.

The Substance Misuse Team is part of the Healthcare Department which also provides Mental Health and Physical Health services, all of which work together to provide a comprehensive package of patient care.

The Offender Health Directorate provides healthcare to seven Prisons and one Immigration Removal Centre in the counties of Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. As such you are part of a large peer group of 400+ healthcare professionals with access to appropriate peer support, supervision and excellent opportunities for learning and development.

Applicants should be enthusiastic, motivated, patient focused and enjoy a challenge. The Psychosocial Service is predominantly a Monday to Friday service, however staff will be required to cover the service over a 7 day period to accommodate service needs as required. The 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!

Person Specification



  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development in relation to substance misuse the multidisciplinary team.



  • Theoretical knowledge of substance misuse and evidence based psychosocial interventions.
  • Awareness of local and national substance misuse strategies eg the recovery agenda
  • Familiarity with the role of relevant agencies e.g. health and housing
  • Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the members of the Multidisciplinary Team
  • Understanding of and commitment to supporting equality and valuing diversity



  • Ability to undertake comprehensive assessments
  • To assess and evaluate risk in relation to substance misuse
  • Excellent and effective written, verbal and non- verbal communication skills
  • IT skills and experience of using electronic patient records.


  • Effective problem solving and decision making skills

Contractual Requirements


  • Flexibility to meet service needs with some unsociable hours
  • Able to undertake training in physical interventions
  • Required to cover a large geographical area as part of daily work



  • Experience of community related Substance Misuse multidisciplinary work. This could include substantial voluntary work or work in a related field e.g. housing
  • Experience of working with patients presenting with challenging behaviours
  • Experience of managing own work in a team setting
  • Experience of working with individuals and groups
  • Experience of record keeping, report writing, correspondence


  • Experience of working in a secure setting

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Ranby


DN22 8EU

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