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Substance Misuse Nurse

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
1 Jul 2022

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Substance misuse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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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)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Practice Nurse to work within our Substance Misuse Team at HMP Lowdham Grange, providing care to offenders that is equivalent to that in the community

The substance misuse team at HMP Lowdham Grange has recently been restructured to introduce changes to the way we work with our Service Users. This is an exciting time where we have the opportunity to develop a service with excellent provision and positive outcomes.

The Substance Misuse Team is made up of Nurses, Pharmacy technicians, a GP with Special Interest/NMP and Psychosocial Staff to provide the whole package of care for those individuals receiving treatment and support. The team provide Psychosocial, Psychological and pharmacotherapy interventions to ensure the opportunities for sustained recovery are explored and maximised not only whilst in custody but when our Service Users return to the community.

Main duties of the job

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

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

Prison Healthcare - ever wondered what it was?

We aren'ta hospital in the Prison.

We don'thave in-patient beds.

We dooperate as a Primary care centre, with some urgent treatment provision.

We dohave general nurses, mental health nurses, substance misuse practitioners, an advance nurse practioner, GPs, physio, dentist, optician, podiatrist , paramedics and psychiatrist and so on....... over 40 staff infact !!

Andwe dohave an exciting opportunity to recruit additional Band 6 Senior Nurses to work within our Integrated Mental Health Team at HMP Lowdham Grange, providing a level of care to over 800 men that is at the least equivalent to what they would expect to receive in the community.

Healthcare delivery in a Category B male prison is never dull or predictable - but it is very rewarding. Every day will bring new challenges and new experiences to you as a qualified professional.

Exciting times are ahead in our forward thinking privately run prison, which has a dedicated drug recovery wing, a sensory room and an exciting development of a Wellbeing centre .

Want to know more ?Come and pay us a visit - and see the world of prison healthcare for yourself.

Contact Ian Ranson for more information.

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

To carry a complex case-load. you will hold responsibility and accountability for comprehensive assessment, planning, formulation and evaluating patient care and positive outcomes for those referred to our service. You will ensure Care Plans are individual to the patients' and SMART.

To plan programmes of clinical and psychosocial interventions using evidences based practice, utilising relevant clinical tools both clinical, psychosocialand psychological.

To provide information and advice about all substances (including drugs, alcohol, psychoactive substances and prescribed medications) on which individuals can become dependentwhich impacts on daily living.

To provide information and advice on Blood Bourne Viruses and safer sex.

To facilitate group-work relevant to substance misuse and offending behaviour. to provide smoking cessation advice support and interventions in line with National Guidance and locally agreed targets.

To actively liaise and develop links with services within the prison setting and in the community to establish effective throughcare and after care pathways. Ensure those leaving our care have a safe discharge.

To assess and respond to clients/patients at risk of suicide or self-harm using appropriate interventions, prison service ACCT procedure, drug screening, interpreting the results and refer to appropriate part of our integrated service.

To hold a radio as first or second response in attending to those thought to be under the influence of unknown substances. Ability to complete physical observations using NEWS2 and COWS, escalating appropriately based on your clinical findings. To attend training sessions including Trust mandatory training.

Responsibility for the safe storage, handling and administration of medications including controlled drugs.

To undertake any other duties that would be a reasonable expectation of the role.

Person Specification
  • First level registered nurse
  • Mental Health Registration

  • Certificate/diploma in Counselling.
  • Significant demonstrable skill within the field of substance misuse, with evidence of appropriate continued learning.
  • Mentorship training

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

  • Experience of working within a criminal justice setting.
  • Experience of close working relation ships with a variety of statutory and non statutory organisations.
  • Experience of supervising junior staff.

  • Negotiation and mediation skills
  • Ability to use information technology systems
  • Ability to engage with and develop rapport with the patient group.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to participate in and understand multi-professional teamwork.
  • Ability to establish therapeutic relationships with clients

  • Evidence based therapeutic skills
  • Ability to work without direct supervision
  • Experience of delivering training
  • Experience of delivering groupwork

  • Awareness of current issues in drug misuse field
  • Awareness of other issues relating to offender health
  • Equal opportunities
  • Local and natural strategies

Contractual Requirements
  • Flexibility to work in any of the Nottinghamshire cluster of Prisons.
  • Subject to occupational health check
  • Flexibility to work any shift within our seven day week shift rota is required

Physical requirements
  • Ability to undertake training in physical interventions

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