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Substance Misuse Nurse - HMP Huntercombe

Job Description

Break into prison healthcare!

HMP Huntercombe is a 430 bedded Cat C prison holding adult male, foreign national prisoners who have been identified by the Home Office as meeting relevant deportation criteria.

We're looking for a Substance Misuse Nurse or a Mental Health nurse with an interest in Substance Misuse to join our existing healthcare team on a full time or part time basis.

About Care UK

Care UK, a leading independent provider of healthcare services, is responsible for the healthcare contract at HMP Huntercombe. The service comprises of a Primary Mental Health, Physical Health and Integrated Substance Misuse Team. We require individuals to have the ability to work effectively as part of a multi professional team within a fast pace environment, in line with the protocols and policies of the local Service and Care UK.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced nurse to work within our Integrated Substance Misuse Team (ISMT). We are seeking dynamic, creative, team players to join as part of a multidisciplinary service. This is an exciting time to support and motivate individuals to take control of their lives and to make changes to overcome dependence on substances and move onto a life free of offending.

About the Job

As a Substance Misuse Nurse you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, whilst being a support and resource to less experienced members of staff. You must be able to carry out comprehensive assessments, initiate and review individual recovery plans and confidently communicate the full range of treatment options available to service users. You will work with individuals, on a 1-1 basis, providing advice and information. You will support in group work delivery and liaise with prescribers and Recovery Practitioners on clinical interventions. You will occasionally be required to support dispensing. You must have an understanding and commitment to recovery and a person centred approach. For this role it is vital you have a current registration with the nursing and midwifery council.

Skills & Experience

• Experience of work with Substance Misusers
• Experience of working autonomously
• Ability to gain the appropriate level of service user consent
• Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team.
• Sound clinical/substance misuse knowledge.
• Organisational skills
• Assessment skills, including an understanding of risk assessments.
• Awareness of health issues relating to substance misuse.
• Ability to work in partnership with other agencies.
• Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach, which considers the needs of the whole person.
• Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills.
• Evidence of knowledge in:
- current substance misuse issues
- health promotion
- clinical governance
- national initiatives e.g. NICE guidelines
- pharmacology
- evidence based practice
- Standard for Better Health


• 1st Level Registered nurse (RGN or RMN) with current registration within the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
• Evidence of Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

• RCGP 1 in Substance Misuse
• RCGP 2 in Substance Misuse
• ENB 998 or equivalent Teaching qualification or willingness to undertake.

Further Job Information

This is a full time role working 375 hours a week on a rota basis. The salary is £24,000 - £30,000 per annum, depending on experience.

Please note that employment is subject to receipt of satisfactory references, enhanced DBS check and prison vetting.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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