Substance Misuse Nurse - Band 5

Location Sutton
Job type Permanent
Salary £30,615 per year
Reference 165067

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading recruitment company to the private and public sector has a permanent vacancy for a Band 5 Substance Misuse Nurse to work based in Sutton.

The salary for this permanent Substance Misuse Nurse job is £30,615 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 practice
  • Ensure that all aspects of professional behaviour and standards are practised in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct at all times
  • Medicines Management
  • 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
  • Ensure all documentation is legible, accurate, dated and signed to expected audit and NMC standards
  • 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 Substance Misuse Nurse:

  • Current Registered General Nurse, Mental Health Nurse or Learning Disability Nurse
  • Active NMC Registration
  • 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
  • Suitable experience for a newly qualified nurse
  • 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
  • Committed approach to continuous professional development and the revalidation process
  • Dignified and holistic approach to care
  • Experience of working within a secure environment
  • Evidence of personal development since entering the NMC register
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Leadership skills (motivating, use of initiative, change management)
  • Experience working within a recovery model
  • 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


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

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.

Reasonable Adjustments:

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