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Substance Misuse Nurse

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum (Pro Rata for Part-Time)
Closing date
16 Dec 2023

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These posts are subject to National NHS T& Cs, paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during nights, weekends and bank holidays and we offer a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 to new starters with the Trust in this role (payable in instalments over a 2 year period)

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 teamwork
  • We are proud to work for the NHS

Do you share these values ? If so , read on ............

Healthcare at HMP Ranby gives you the opportunity to make this difference to a group of people who traditionally have had high psychiatric and social morbidity but have also faced multiple barriers to accessing appropriate healthcare.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Substance Misuse Nurse to join the Healthcare team at HMP Ranby.

You should be enthusiastic, motivated, patient focused and enjoy a challenge. We provide a service 24 hours 7 days a week on an internal rotation basis. The team operates in a supportive environment with a commitment to personal and professional development.

This role is for both newly registered general nurses and for nurses wishing to pursue a career within Offender Health.

Main duties of the job

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.

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.

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

The Directorate provides healthcare to 7 Prisons and an IRC for a population of over 10 000. 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.

Please see full job description for job responsibilities

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

Person Specification



  • RGN/RMN Registered Nurse
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in relevant area e.g. Tissues Viability, Continence Promotion.



  • Experience of assessing patient conditions, triaging services and providing appropriate clinical interventions
  • Experience of working effectively within an MDT
  • Experience of Health Education


  • Experience of working with offenders/criminal justice system.



  • Effective problem solving and decision making skills
  • Plan and deliver patient interventions
  • Negotiation and mediation skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Good patient focused assessment skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills


  • An awareness of Clinical Administrative Systems
  • Ability to work without direct supervision



  • Good Knowledge of safeguarding
  • Awareness of other issues relevant to healthcare within criminal justice e.g. Substance Misuse
  • Assessment and triage skills
  • Awareness of other issues relevant to healthcare within criminal justice
  • Knowledge of a range of therapeutic approaches to care


  • Understanding of Health promotions

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Ranby


DN22 8EU

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