Substance Misuse Clinical Lead Nurse £34,722-£44,541

Substance Misuse Clinical Lead Nurse

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Salary: £34,722-£44,541 |
Posted: 31 Oct 2019 |
Closes: 12 Dec 2019 |
Job Type: Permanent & Full-time |
Business Unit: Health Services |
Region / Division: UK & Ireland |
Reference: 8150

Role Responsibility:

G4S Health Services has been one of the leading providers to all justice health environments since 2005. Working across Secure, Custody and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) across the UK, we provide primary care and forensic healthcare to a wide range of patients.

HMP Durham is a reception prison accommodating remands and men serving short sentences of no more than 56 days. With the high turn over, the healthcare focus is on immediate needs and safety. This may include substance misuse issues, mental health, physical injury and acute illness. As a member of the nursing team, you would be providing reception screening procedures, emergency response, immunisation and screening services, medication administration and medication management procedures. 


We are recruiting for a Substance Misuse Clinical Lead Nurse to join our team at HMP Durham

Benefits as a Substance Misuse Clinical Lead Nurse

  • Salary of £34,722- £44,541 per annum 
  • Company pension scheme with employer contributions 
  • Life assurance
  • Employee discount scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • O2, Aviva and British Gas discounts


Shifts: 37.5 hours per week (Full Time)


Job outline: To take the lead role in providing a successful and effective delivery of Substance Misuse Clinical Services to the population of HMP Durham. To work with colleagues within the North East region ensuring the effective delivery of a Substance Misuse Clinical Services in the wider region.To work as the lead substance misuse nurse prescriber within a multi-disciplinary team in a prison setting, providing care to patients with complex substance misuse problems, from the point of entry into the prison system to re-entry into the community so that re-offending is reduced and the health and social functioning of clients is improved. To ensure the provision of a nursing service that meets the physical and mental health needs of offenders in line with professional, contractual and
company requirements.


Key responsibilities/accountabilities:

  • Provide health and social care to offenders to ensure a professional service is delivered in line with professional, contractual and company standards, including security instructions.
  • Undertake assessments of offenders to identify physical and mental health needs and determine the appropriate level of intervention, care and management.
  • To work predominantly within own area of specialism but to operate as part of a team delivering generic primary care service.
  • To work clinically within all areas of the Substance Misuse treatment delivery system and to role model good practice to all nursing staff under their responsibility. This will include drug and alcohol assessment, co-working, care planning and review, medication titration and dispensing.
  • To provide senior nursing advice on substance misuse and related issues to a range of health and non-health professionals related to the assessment, planning, implementation
    and evaluation of the plan of care for patients referred to this specialist service. This includes advice on treatment options including detoxification, substitute maintenance prescribing, symptomatic management, the management of alcohol withdrawals and detoxification, advice on medication titration, dispensing of medication including controlled drugs, and managing all aspects of clinical safety e.g. potential overdose, pertinent to a high risk environment.
  • To manage a case load of patients with substance misuse issues – both drug and alcohol, and to be a resource for colleagues to assist in the improved understanding of these conditions within the team,
  • Liaise with key stakeholders, including external agencies, to ensure the delivery of an effective and appropriate health service.
  • Provide professional advice and support to allied health professionals and non-clinical staff to ensure the effective health and social care of offenders in line with current best practice.
  • Manage, coach, support and supervise healthcare staff, as required, to develop their skills in line with professional standards and current best practice as appropriate.
  • Promote an understanding of, and develop health and social care services within the prison environment to maximize personal well-being and promote independence.
  • Promotion of a positive health, safety and infection control culture to maintain a safe environment for all stakeholders.
  • Complete all relevant documentation to deadline in accordance with professional, contractual and company requirements.
  • Produce, analyze data that demonstrate delivery and compliance to national standards, use data to develop and improve the service.
  • Liaise and support regional service delivery and development
  • To work at all times within the bounds of confidentiality, adhering to data protection and maintaining Caldicott Guidelines.
  • Communicate effectively with appropriate others to minimize risk.
  • To operate within the equality and diversity framework.
  • Participate in bi annual Employee Development Review (EDR).
  • Engage where appropriate in the selection, training and development of healthcare professionals and other related staff, in conjunction with appropriate others.
  • Operate in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct and G4S policies and procedures, adhering to legislation and best practice, undertaking further training as identified in conjunction with Line Manager.
  • Any additional duties as negotiated with your Line Manager.

The Ideal Candidate:

Person Specification



  • Part 1 NMC registration
  • Experience of working within a team.
  • Management experience
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of literacy and numeracy
  • Able to provide examples of diversity in practice
  • Able to work within challenging and complex situations
  • Experience of working with potentially aggressive people
  • Evidence of ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships at all level.
  • Hold a Nurse prescriber qualification or willing to undertake
  • Experience of managing patients with substance misuse issues – both drug and alcohol
  • Proven post nursing registration experience



  • Evidence of further development of own clinical practice
  • Experience of working within a secure environment
  • Degree level qualification or above
  • Evidence of working within a ‘value for money’ service
  • Driving License and use of a vehicle
  • RCGP 1 and 2



This role requires the ability to work with vulnerable, frail people, who may be distressed or experiencing pain, in a caring and compassionate way. A Criminal Records Bureau check will therefore be required to exclude any individual with a history of criminal behaviour which could be considered unacceptable (by G4S or the clients) in a patient care environment. Safety is of paramount importance and the post holder must ensure that safe systems of work are followed without compromise.  The post holder needs to be committed to maintaining high standards of customer care and service delivery.

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