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Addictions Senior Nurse

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£35,392 to £42,618 a year R&R for Prison enhancement
Closing date
25 May 2024

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HMP Woodhill is a category A/B prison comprising of five residential wings (including a stabilisation unit), a segregation unit, clinical assessment unit, the close supervision centre and reception area. Each area has a group of dedicated healthcare staff committed to improving services and delivery of healthcare to prisoners with a range of complex health problems and diverse ethnic backgrounds.

The Addictions Team helps people in HMP Woodhill who want to break a cycle of addiction to substances such as heroin, club drugs, other types of stimulants or long-term alcohol addiction. It represents the bringing together of a variety of services under one roof to provide a better service to service users. We offer a variety of psychosocial and clinical interventions to support clients throughout their journey in custody, starting from their arrival into prison and through to their release.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has presented itself within our service! This is a unique opportunity to be part of an integrated substance misuse service combining the elements of education, prevention, treatment and recovery within a prison environment.We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and empathic Band 6 Nurse to complement our Addictions Team supporting the delivery of clinical and psychosocial interventions in line with NICE guidance.

The post holder should be ready for a new challenge, demonstrate good communication skills and work collaboratively within the multi-disciplinary team. This includes medication administration, specialist assessment, management of opiate and alcohol dependence including pharmacological interventions and physical healthcare assessment and interventions such as attending emergency situations inside the prison and acting accordingly.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

About us

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We're proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff. We are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

We offer a generous relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles. See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing initiatives for staff.

Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Ensure nursing practice is in accordance with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct and Mental Health Legislation, which incorporates and respects differences in gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, culture and disability.
  • To provide and develop in conjunction with the Sector Manager, the multi-disciplinary team and other relevant agencies, a service for clients, which takes account of individuals physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
  • To participate in effective nursing assessment of care needs, providing a high standard of care to patients in the unit, in keeping with the philosophy and operational policies of the Prison, in addition to Trust policies and procedures.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of care delivery and ensure clinical records are of a high standard.
  • Manage a House unit and administer medications / attending emergency codes and management of all the medical situations and care for the patients.
  • Maintain and monitor systems to support the provision of evidence based practice within the department.

Person Specification



  • oRegistered Mental Health Nurse/Registered General Nurse
  • oEvidence of personal and professional development in Nursing since Registration


  • oPost registration qualification appropriate to speciality
  • oManagement Qualification



  • opost registration experience
  • oExperience at senior band 5 grade within an in-patient service.
  • oAbility to keep accurate records.
  • oPractical experience of providing high quality care and exceeding expectations.
  • oExperience in providing and receiving supervision
  • oExperience of running Clinics.
  • oExperience of working within a secure environment / prison


  • oExperience of managing other staff.



  • oKnowledge of medication rounds and the safe storage and administration of drugs.
  • oKnowledge of, and ability to follow, NMC code of conduct
  • oKnowledge of clinical audit process and an ability to use audit tools.
  • oAbility to assess plans, implement and evaluate patient care & act accordingly if untoward changes occurred.
  • oKnowledge of risk assessment and management and its implementation.
  • oAbility to treat patients with respect and dignity.
  • oAbility to use computer to access patient information and use email.
  • oAble to use computer software packages such as MS Word and Excel.
  • oDemonstrates the ability to manage work under pressure
  • oSensitive to colleagues and able to promote a positive motivating environment.
  • oExcellent shift management skills & Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • oProblem solving skills & Stress management skills & Conflict resolution skills
  • oKnowledge of, and ability to uphold patient confidentiality
  • oAbility to maintain patient records within standards required by locally, Trust & NMC
  • oUnderstand the different roles of the multi-disciplinary team and own role within it
  • oAbility to demonstrate evidence-based practice & understanding of clinical governance in maintaining quality of care
  • oAbility to provide and accept feedback, support, clinical/managerial supervision
  • oKnowledge of current developments in specialist clinical area.
  • oCaring approach
  • oCommitted to personal/professional development
  • oDependable and a sense of responsibility
  • oFlexible approach to work


  • oLeadership skills (motivating, using initiative, change management).
  • oSenior Nurse/Bleepholding/Bed Management experience



  • oMotivated to maintain the highest standards in a changing service.
  • oAwareness of health & Safety issues.
  • oWillingness to undertake further training relevant to clinical area.
  • oAble to recognise signs of stress in self & others.
  • oAble to work day and night flexible shifts
  • oAbility to understand and implement the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the job.
  • oSatisfactory Enhanced Criminal records Bureau Disclosure and enhanced Prison clearance

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Woodhill

Tattenhoe Street

Milton Keynes


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