Substance Misuse Nurse

Bridgend, Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr), Wales
£ 29025.0 - 34400.0 Per year
Full time
Job level
Qualified (non-manager)
4 Nov 2020
4 Dec 2020

Job Description

We are recruiting on behalf of our client for a Substance Misuse Nurse to join the MDT within a Category B men's private prison and Young Offenders Institution in Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, Wales and is the only privately operated prison in Wales.

The team take very seriously the difficulties surrounding substance misuse and provide a service for those who wish to address their drug and alcohol problems, with the aim of supporting residents to live a substance free lifestyle and minimising harm to themselves and others. We do this by focussing on disrupting supply, reducing demand and providing treatment, support and throughcare. We will raise awareness of the health and social implications of using illicit drugs through education and counselling. We are also committed to working with a range of other agencies to provide continuity of care on release so that opportunities for positive outcomes are maximised.

Clinical services include substitute prescribing for opiate dependence, prescribing for detoxification from alcohol, and relapse prevention prescribing for both opiates and alcohol. All clinical services are overseen by sessional doctors, with substance misuse nurses supporting the effective delivery of these services.

Clients will be offered a full range of support in order to assist them in overcoming their substance misuse; this will include harm reduction focused work delivered directly by Substance Misuse Nurses. Treatment will be individualised, and will seek to support clients to address their substance misuse as well as to raise motivation to address wider social and health issues.

Substance Misuse Nurses will deliver services in line with National Guidance, in addition to G4S/Kaleidoscope Operational Policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), ensuring that care is safe, undertaken to a high standard and informed by up-to-date, evidence-based practice.

The post holder will work with people who have recognised substance misuse issues. S/he will have excellent communication skills, be able to work closely with other multi-disciplinary agencies and flexibly and efficiently within a small team, to ensure services are delivered equitably and at times to suit the client.

S/he will have a non-judgmental approach to people who have substance misuse problems and be able to provide a welcoming and accessible service to existing and potential service users.

Individual supervision will be provided six weekly for one to two hours as required. There will be an induction period, during which training will be provided in specific areas.

Essential Skills

• RGN/RMN qualified

• Excellent case management skills, with experience in undertaking assessment, care-planning and treatment reviews with people who have diverse and complex needs.

• Previous employment in a substance misuse prescribing service.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Good facilitation/negotiation skills and a commitment to working in partnership with other agencies.

• Computer literacy and IT experience in relation to managing own administration, monitoring and clinical activity data reporting.

• Ability to work on own initiative, under pressure whilst demonstrating responsible time management and efficacy of prioritising workload.

• An insightful evidence-based approach to professional development and personal practice, including a commitment to clinical governance/ quality assurance

• A flexible approach to working in a developing service and a willingness to assist in its improvement, as well as, good humoured manner and positive, caring attitude towards clients.

• A pro-active attitude regarding user involvement and clear ideas about how to involve service users in the planning, development and monitoring of service delivery.

• Demonstrate a commitment to being available to work unsociable hours, which may include some evenings and weekends.

Desirable Skills

• RCGP Part 1 and 2

• Experience of developing and maintaining successful partnerships with GPs, treatment agencies and other healthcare providers.

• Experience in undertaking clinical audits.

• Specialist knowledge and demonstrable competencies in relation to substance misuse, dependency, and detoxification

• Awareness of current strategic developments and legislative frameworks.

This is a full time permanent post and offers a competitive salary of £29,025 to £34,400 per annum


• Company pension scheme with employer contributions

• Life Assurance Scheme

• Free eye-tests/discounts for VDU users

• Subsidised healthcare plan

• Charity work- Match-IT and Payroll Giving

• Employee Assistance Programme Scheme (Confidential Counselling Services, 24/7 support specialising in health and medical topics )

• Refer A Friend Scheme

• Discounts on high street shops and brands including several leading high street brands, retailers and travel supplier

For further information please call Maxine on 01387 37


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