Substance Misuse Clinical Lead Practitioner

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£34,306 to £41,027 a year pa inc
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Substance misuse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you looking for a challenge?

Do you enjoy variety and dealing with complex patients?

Do you possess excellent clinical skills?

Do you want to make a difference?

We have an exciting and challenging new post in the Offender Healthcare Service at HMP Elmley. This is a unique opportunity to be part of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and to work at one of the largest prisons in the UK. You will assist us to provide excellent primary care and substance misuse services for our population.

Offenders are a challenging population group to work with and they often have complex healthcare needs. Offenders often have chaotic lives in the community and a history of poor engagement with community healthcare services. With high rates of substance misuse and mental health problems, this is a real chance to make a difference.

Main duties of the job

You will join our established team of nurses across the prison and will be part of a multidisciplinary team supporting the following services: Primary Care services including First Night in Custody screening, secondary screening, nurse clinics, long term condition management, health promotion; Inpatient Unit; Emergency Response and Substance Misuse nursing services. You will be supported by our friendly team of healthcare staff in an environment where no two days are the same.

We are looking for a Band 6 nurse from a wide variety of backgrounds. Experience of working with patients with substance misuse and mental health issues, or experience within a prison environment would be an advantage, but not essential as full support and training will be provided.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our 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 multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

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


Practice under direction and demonstrate evidence based clinical decision-making, including risk assessment and care planning.
  • To participate in the process of positively supporting and inspiring colleagues within the service to improve standards and quality and to develop professional practice.
  • The post holder will be responsible for assessing, delivering and evaluating the effectiveness of nursing care for defined offender groups.
  • Implement and evaluate care delivery for offenders with mental health or primary care needs, as delegated by senior staff.
  • Have and understanding of partner organisations and is able to work collaboratively and coordinate their role in the delivery of individualised care.
  • Develop areas of special interest supported by senior practitioners and in keeping with professional development and individual appraisal plans.
  • Attendance and participation in effective care co-ordination and the single point referral process.
  • Monitor offenders prescribed treatments and administer medications as required in keeping with Medicines Management policies and protocols.
  • Engage in supporting offenders to address their own health issues, actively participating in health promotion.

Person Specification Substance Misuse Clinical Lead Person Spec Essential
  • Registered Nurse
  • Relevant, post registration training in one of the following areas: Substance misuse/dual diagnosis, Psychological therapies, RCGP Part 1 Certificate
Experience Essential
  • Minimum 2 years of working post qualification as a Registered nurse
  • Experience in prison or secure settings
  • Post qualification experience in working within substance misuse services

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