Senior Substance Misuse Nurse - Band 6

Location Sutton
Job type Permanent
Salary £37,890 per year
Reference 165069

Sanctuary Personnel, an award-winning and renowned Recruitment Agency is looking for an experienced and dedicated Band 6 Senior Substance Misuse Nurse to work based in Sutton.

The salary for this permanent Senior Substance Misuse Nurse job is £37,890 per annum.


  • Provide high-quality clinical assessment and treatment to substance dependant prisoners, working in partnership with HM Prison Service and all other stakeholders
  • Ensure the delivery and monitoring of high standards of nursing care and relevant substance misuse interventions to all Service Users in accordance with the standards set out in the NMC Code of Conduct
  • Provide high standards of nursing care through on-going clinical assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of treatment for drug and alcohol users
  • Work with a high degree of autonomy and professional accountability to safely deliver healthcare
  • Manage sensitive information empathically
  • Sharing and discussing a patient’s changing condition or needs with other relevant professionals
  • Participate in inter-professional and multidisciplinary working, to ensure continuity of care
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of clinical and psychosocial service delivery
  • Safely manage high risk areas and carry out risk assessments
  • Handling hazardous material and body fluids
  • Promote the health and well-being of patients, supporting their often complex needs to maintain their optimum level of physical and psychological health
  • Ensure care plans and needs assessments are reviewed and maintained
  • Hold an individual caseload of patients and manage these effectively
  • Ensure the 6 ‘C’s are embedded in your clinical practise
  • Ensure that all aspects of professional behaviour and standards are practised in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct at all times
  • Delivery of prescribed medication following patient assessment
  • Accountable and responsible for risk management and with-holding medication when appropriate, and that the correct reporting procedures are adhered to
  • Participate in the medication audit process, ensuring recommendations are implemented
  • Participate in continuous professional development opportunities ensuring requirements of revalidation are met
  • Ensure professional development and updating of knowledge to meet PREP requirements of the NMC
  • Participate in the development and implementation of service improvement initiatives
  • Deliver clinical supervision to junior staff
  • Deputise for the Lead Nurse when required
  • Attend clinical meetings, relevant groups and committees, including clinical governance and quality meetings when directed by the Lead Nurse
  • Support junior staff with their NMC revalidation process and continuous registration
  • Assess and mentor qualified and non/un-qualified staff
  • Work with the Lead Nurse to help identify and support junior staff learning and development training needs and ensure a good clinical learning environment for all members of the team
  • Supervise junior staff in all aspects of care and be responsible on a shift to shift basis for the management of clinical staff on duty as directed by the Lead Nurse
  • Take on other reasonable tasks and responsibilities as deemed appropriate by the Clinical Lead
  • Ensure all documentation is legible, accurate, dated and signed to expected audit and NMC standards
  • Participate in the collection of data for audit, survey and research purposes in line with Forward policies, HM Prisons policy and GDPR
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism at all times in accordance with NMC Standards and the Forward Trust values. Acting as an ambassador for the Forward Trust and HM Prisons
  • Liaise with the multidisciplinary team, HM Prison, other providers and stake holders and community services
  • Effectively manage and maintain information, including confidential information, within statutory duties and in accordance with best practice
  • Works in harmony with colleagues to deliver results

Requirements of the Senior Substance Misuse Nurse:

  • Current Registered General Nurse, Mental Health Nurse
  • Active NMC Registration
  • Demonstrate leadership and undertake managerial responsibilities when required
  • Have knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the Department of Health Drug Misuse and Dependence UK Guidelines on Clinical Management and all other relevant policy and research updates as outlined in your supervision
  • Up to date knowledge in all aspects of clinical practice, and act as a resource to colleagues
  • Post-registration experience working as a Substance Misuse Nurse
  • Evidence of personal development since entering the NMC register
  • Knowledge of the safe storage and administration of medication
  • Knowledge and ability to comply with the NMC Code of Conduct
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care and act accordingly if concerns present themselves
  • Ability and knowledge to carry out risk assessments and management
  • Strong IT Skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate patient records within the standards required locally, the Forward Trust and NMC
  • Demonstrate the ability to work under pressure
  • Understand the different roles within a multidisciplinary team and be able to work effectively within this
  • Ability to provide and accept feedback, support and clinical supervision
  • Knowledge and an awareness of health issues related to Substance Misuse
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Ability to travel to other sites
  • Committed approach to continuous professional development and the revalidation process
  • Dignified and holistic approach to care
  • Leadership skills (motivating, use of initiative, change management)
  • Ability to lead and facilitate decision-making processes
  • Organisational skills
  • Experience of working within a secure environment
  • Experience working within a recovery model
  • Ability to provide and coordinate clinical and management supervision
  • Working knowledge of SystmOne
  • Critical Analysis and Research Skills
  • Familiarity with Blood Bourne Viruses
  • Proactivity – Quick thinking with a high level use of initiative
  • Resilience – Solves problems, takes learning on board from mistakes to aid personal and professional growth
  • Adaptability – Can work in fast-paced changing environments
  • Confidence – Has confidence in own abilities, has good eye contact and able to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Open to Feedback - Open to constructive feedback in order to further develop
  • Mentorship Qualification
  • Diploma/Degree in Substance Misuse or willing to undertake


This Senior Substance Misuse Nurse job is advertised by Sadiq Rahman; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

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