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Addictions Prison Nurse - HMP Woodhill

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Substance misuse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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.

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

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 5 Nurse to complement our Addictions Team supporting the delivery of clinical and psychosocial interventions.

The post holder should be ready for a new challenge, demonstrate good communication skills and work collaboratively within the multi-disciplinary team. You should have experience of completing comprehensive assessments and risk management.

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

Clinical Responsibilities:
  • To provide nursing assessment, treatment and care to detainees within HMP Woodhill.
  • Work alone at times of the day and at night, with on-call medical support as required, to safely deliver healthcare.
  • Work with a high degree of autonomy and professional accountability
  • Deal empathically with sensitive information, to include discussing patients changing condition with patient and other professionals
  • Take responsibility for managing, co-ordinating and delegating work within a skill mix team in the absence of the team leader
  • Participate in inter-professional working and the development, implementation and evaluation of the delivery of health care services.
  • Safely manage high risk area including:
    • Handling body fluids and other hazardous material
    • Handling medical sharps
    • Challenging behaviour situations
  • In the absence of the Team Leader, you will have responsibility for providing the highest standards of patient care through on-going assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmers of care.
  • Working with the Team Leader and other agencies you will use your person-centred assessment skills for the health and well-being of patients with complex needs.
  • Collaborate with other agencies, statutory and voluntary to ensure continuity of care.
  • Participate in screening, caseload profiling and needs assessment of individuals and the caseload as required. To undertake health promotion and disease prevention activities with individuals or groups in line with the public health agenda.
  • Support, guide and teach patients to maintain their optimum level of physical and psychological health.
  • Discharge and/or refer patients on completion of episode of care.
  • Actively respect patients privacy and dignity and protect their property and possessions.
  • Participate in the service planning and nursing strategy within the Trust and Prison Service, promoting implementation within practice.
  • Ensure that all aspects of professional behaviour as required within the NMC Code of Professional Conduct are followed at all times.
  • Medicines management
    • Delivery of prescribed medication following patient assessment with responsibility and accountability for risk management and with-holding medication when appropriate and notifying medical doctor.
    • Prescribing of medication in line with own professional qualification and experience
  • To provide care including:
    • First contact: acute assessment, nursing diagnosis and care, treatment, and referral.
    • Continuing care: Intermediate Care, rehabilitation, chronic disease management and contributes to the delivery of the National Service Frameworks.
    • Public health: health protection and promotion programmes that improve and reduce inequalities.

    Educational Responsibilities:
  • Participate in training programmes for learners (students) and induction programmes for new staff. To undertake assessment and supervision of learners.
  • Undertake the training necessary to ensure own professional development and updating of knowledge and meet the PREP requirements of the NMC.

  • Administration and Management:
  • Adhere to all the Trust and Prison Service policies.
  • Participate in the collection of data for audit, survey, research, management and planning projects.
  • Maintain legible, accurate, contemporaneous records that are dated and signed.
  • As a role model demonstrate attitude and behaviour that reflects interpersonal skills to facilitate team working.

  • Communication:
  • To liaise with statutory and non-statutory services, CNWL NHS Foundation Trust and the general public in relation to the provision of services
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism at all times, acting as ambassador for the service, prison and Trust.

  • Person Specification Education Essential
    • Registered Mental Health Nurse or Registered General
    • 998 Mentorship / Slice / Mentor preparation course
    Previous experience Essential
    • Post registration experience
    • Evidence of personal and professional development in nursing since registration
    • Keeping accurate electronic records
    • Practical experience of providing high quality care
    • Experience of conducting risk assessments
    • Experience of working within a secure environment / prison
    • Experience of running clinics
    Skills and knowledge Essential
    • Knowledge of the safe storage and administration of medication.
    • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care & act accordingly if untoward changes occurred.
    • Demonstrates the ability to manage work under pressure
    • Knowledge of substance misuse issues and assessment of drug/alcohol problems
    • Leadership skills (motivating, using initiative, change management).

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