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Integrated Substance Misuse Service Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
10 Jul 2024

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Are you ready to unlock your potential within a challenging, creative and fast paced work environment? Do you want to escape your current job role and work with people to build positive and productive lives, whatever their past? Now is the time to break into offender healthcare and develop your career.

As part of the South West Prison Healthcare contract awarded to Oxleas NHS trust in 2022, we are able to expand recruitment and are looking for two compassionate, knowledgeable and motivated Substance Misuse Nurses to join our friendly team at HMP Bristol.

Our healthcare team have a real impact on promoting health and well-being to those in prison and we pride ourselves on using skills and strategies that instil hope for patients future resettlement back into the community. We directly deliver Mental Health, Physical Health, Pharmacy and Clinical Substance Misuse in an integrated healthcare delivery model to provide effective and responsive care to improve wellbeing and support better outcomes in the future.

As part of our substance misuse team, you will enjoy all the benefits of NHS AfC employment (inc pension) with the opportunity to work within a forward-thinking service, who encourage career and personal development to all staff to increase their clinical and interpersonal skills.

Main duties of the job

In this impactful role, you'll be at the forefront of treatment management, directly influencing health outcomes. Your guidance and oversight will play a crucial role in the health and recovery of individuals under your care, making a significant difference in their lives. As a key member of our team, your role will be instrumental in shaping our strategies and patient outcomes. Your insights and contributions will be invaluable, and you'll collaborate with a diverse group of professionals, contributing to the delivery of an integrated healthcare model. As a leader in our team, you will play a crucial role in maintaining the highest professional standards and clinical practices. Your mentorship and role-modelling of clinical excellence will foster a culture of continuous improvement, ensuring the best possible care for our patients. You will also champion health promotion initiatives that empower the prison population on substance misuse, focusing on preventative measures and aiming to diminish drug-related harm and improve the overall health and lives of those under our care. Join us in a role that offers endless opportunities for professional development. You'll be encouraged and supported to continue learning, pushing the boundaries of our understanding about substance misuse and its place within the criminal justice system. This is the beginning of a fulfilling professional journey where you can truly make a difference in Offender Healthcare.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London.

Our wider services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:

We're Kind We're Fair We Listen We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide comprehensive and timely reports and expert substance use/treatment information to multi agency public protection panels (MAPPA), police, probation services, solicitors and court liaison teams as directed.

Provide supervision to junior staff and to receive supervision as directed (line management and clinical).

To participate in resource centre services as directed, delivering specialist drug, alcohol and holistic healthcare activities under the direction of the clinical lead.

To work in a psychologically minded way with prisoners in achieving their agreed goals and quality health outcomes.

Close working relationships with all prison staff and other partners to improve patient care outcomes, to include participation in sentence planning, resettlement, safer custody, and ACCT processes.

To develop and take on a specialist lead role within the Integrated Substance Misuse Service as appropriate and provide peer support and training in this area.

To contribute towards support, advice, consultation, and training for other prison departments.

The post holder will be part of skilled multidisciplinary teams comprising all healthcare staff, including strategic partners, and prison managing a single referral pathway.

The post holder will be required to undertake training to maximise uptake of screening, health promotion and prevention activity, including vaccinations.

The post holder will ensure a named care co-ordinator is allocated for every patient with complex needs who will ensure a proactive, evidence-based approach to clinical interventions, health promotion/prevention activity, and management of acute and long-term conditions using our stepped care approach.

The post holder will ensure that a single, integrated, care plan is developed for each patient, and the individualised care is regularly reviewed. This will be reviewed in conjunction with the patients psychosocial recovery worker and ISMS prescriber.

The post holder will ensure that a comprehensive risk assessments and care plans are regularly reviewed in a needs-led review cycle.

The post holder will ensure a care coordination criteria and MDT meetings for patients with complex needs will be tailored to the needs of the establishment.

The post holder will ensure that they undertake all training in evidence-based drug and alcohol treatment approaches, to enhance consistency and quality of care delivery.

The post holder will support patients to manage their health at every stage, from oral health to long term conditions.

The post holder will ensure that health promotion embedded into every aspect of the service.


All applicants must be willing to undertake National Security Vetting in order to work in a Prison Setting. This will be completed as part of the pre-employment checks through Oxleas and the prison vetting team.

You will need to provide:

Proof of right to work documentation

Proof of ID, needs to include 1 photographicID

Proof of address documentation

Non-UK passport holders will need to have correct documentation (right to work in the UK) and a Home office Share code.

Address History:

5 years address history will be needed.

Applicants that are not UK Passport holders who provide less than 5 years UK address history will need to provide a Police Certificate which must be in English from where they resided previously.

Applicants who are UK Passport holders who have lived abroad for a period of more than six months during the last three years will need to provide a certificate of good conduct or an overseas police check in English from the countries resided in or visited .

In order to assist you in obtaining a Police Certificate, guidance can be sought from:

If the country you have resided in is not listed here, you can obtain the necessary information by contacting the relevant Embassy or High Commission for that Country. Their contact details can be found on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website ( ).

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse



  • Minimum 2 years of working post qualification as a Registered nurse
  • Experience in prison or secure settings



  • Clear understanding of Risk Assessment principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of substance misuse assessment, identification and management of withdrawal symptoms

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Bristol



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