Senior Substance Misuse Nurse vacancy

Job details

Job number:
HMP Lewes
Health in Justice
East Sussex
Contract type:
Schedule type:
Full Time
Closing date:
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 23:59
£37,000.00 / Year

Looking for something different?

Are you a self-starter who enjoys challenges where no two days are the same?

A unique opportunity has arisen for an experienced nurse to work within our Substance Misuse Team at HMP Lewes. As a creative team player, you'll become part of a multidisciplinary service. This is an exciting time to support and motivate individuals to take control of their lives and make changes to overcome dependence on substances and move onto a life free of offending.

About us

Practice Plus Group is Health in Justice Market leader, providing healthcare services to offenders across the country. Our model of care is our Wellbeing Approach – an integrated, comprehensive approach in recognition of the fact prisoners are a socially-excluded group with healthcare needs that are complex and often associated with poor outcomes. It adopts the premise no single health/wellbeing factor can be taken in isolation of other motivational issues which might impact a person’s care.

HMP Lewes is a local category B men’s prison for those on remand to local courts as well as those who have been sentenced and those awaiting release. With an operational capacity of 692, HMP Lewes is based in Lewes in East Sussex, within the South Downs National Park. It’s approximately 25 minutes from Brighton and Hove, 35 minutes from Eastbourne and Worthing by car.

What can we offer you?

You will receive a salary of up to £37,000 per annum - dependent upon experience.

We offer 25-days annual leave plus 8 public holidays and a contributory pension scheme. As well as CPD, revalidation support, free online and face-to-face training, /national opportunities, cycle to work scheme and online discounts.

At Practice Plus Group, we are proud to support our employees with continued professional development opportunities and further education (subject to service needs). Staff are encouraged to develop skills and learning to contribute to the dynamic care needs of our specific client groups. Other benefits include cycle to work scheme, on-site gym facilities and free onsite parking at some locations

About the job

As a Senior 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 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.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:
• Experience of working in a prison environment
• Experience in working with substance misusers
• Ability to gain the appropriate level of service user consent
• Sound clinical/substance misuse knowledge.
• Assessment skills, including an understanding of risk assessments.
• Awareness of health issues relating to substance misuse.
• 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.


• 1st Level Registered nurse with current registration within the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - RGN/RMN
• RCGP Certificate in Management of Drug Misuse
• Evidence of Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
• Non-medical prescribing (desirable)

More information

This is a full-time role, working 37.5 hours per week on a rota basis, however, we also welcome part-time applications.

The salary for this role is up to £37,000 per annum - dependent on experience.
Please note that this role is subject to Practice Plus Group Terms & Conditions and offers of employment are subject to receipt of satisfactory references, enhanced DBS check, and prison vetting.

At Practice Plus Group we actively promote diversity and equal opportunities and we are committed to this in both the running of our prison healthcare service and how we recruit our staff. We actively encourage applications from everyone with the essential requirements of the job, regardless of any protected characteristics.

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