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Senior Substance Misuse Nurse: HMP Morton Hall

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
21 Dec 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.

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.

Main duties of the job

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 by maintaining professional standards, ensuring adherence to all relevant policies and procedures to ensure the delivery of high-quality care.

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

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

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 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.

To attend and participate in team meetings, helping to promote new ideas, methods and assist in their implementation.

To manage on a daily basis a number of staff including responsibility for:- Appraisals- Supporting the recruitment and retention process- Contribute to the management of sickness absence- Contribute to the learning and development needs of others

Person Specification



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


  • Certificate/Diploma in Counselling
  • Advanced professional qualifications (RCGP)
  • ENB 998
  • 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
  • Experience of close working relationships with a variety of statutory agencies and other external organisations
  • Significant experience of planning and being in charge of a ward/unit


  • Experience of working in criminal justice setting
  • Experience of carrying out PADs and supervision



  • Understanding of current substance misuse related issues
  • Awareness of other issues relevant to healthcare within criminal justice
  • Understanding of relevant Local and National Strategy
  • Knowledge and understanding of the interface across clinical pathways
  • Extensive knowledge of a range of therapeutic approaches to care
  • Knowledge and understanding of risk assessment and implementation
  • Autonomous decision making
  • Experience of clinical leadership


  • Awareness of local networks to support the delivery of SMS
  • Understanding of problematic drug misusing issues in offenders



  • Excellent patient focussed assessment skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Negotiation and mediation skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication at all levels
  • Ability to engage with and develop a rapport with the client group
  • Ability to participate in and understand multi professional teamwork
  • Ability to establish therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Effective problem solving and decision making skills


  • Evidence based therapeutic skills
  • Experience of training delivery
  • Demonstrable project management skills

Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Lowdham Grange

Old Epperstone Road


NG14 7DA

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