Substance Misuse Nurse – Band 5 Job Wotton-Under-Edge, GL12 8DB

Bristol Community Health CIC – Wotton-Under-Edge, GL12 8DB

Permanent – £23,023 to £29,608 per annum

Substance Misuse Nurse – Band 5

Looking for something different from the traditional nursing role? Do you want to use your nursing skills in new and exciting ways? Are you therefore looking for an organisation that really values your desire to develop?

We might just have the role for you within the Substance Misuse Team at HMP Eastwood Park. Because all good nurses should go to prison…


Where you’ll work

HMP Eastwood Park caters for approximately 400 women who are currently on remand (in custody to await trial or continuation of their trial). The prison is based in the village of Falfield, in South Gloucestershire.

The site offers a safe, friendly and supportive working environment, a hassle-free commute (with ample free on-site parking!) and a positive work-life balance culture, which includes access to an on-site fitness centre with free exercise classes.


What you’ll do

We are looking for a Registered Nurse to be a part of our on-site Substance Misuse service, working full-time, 37.5 hours a week in a range of shift patterns

(as we provide a 24 hour service).

You’ll be part of the prison’s dedicated Substance Misuse unit, where alongside other colleagues in our specialist Healthcare Centre we aim to provide holistic care to patients equal to that they would expect and deserve within the wider community. The unit works directly alongside our colleagues in physco-social care, offering general nursing and physco social interventions within a recovery focused model.

Specifically, you’ll help patients with substance misuse issues to regain confidence in their ability to safely and actively manage their own health and make a difference to their lives. Whilst doing so, your innovative ideas and desire to provide the best service for our patients will be supported by your team, to enable you to work at the upmost boundaries of your practice and put yourself at the forefront of your profession.

Here, you’ll thrive on the diversity and variety of work on offer, and be eager to step-up to challenge, autonomously and assertively. You’ll also relish the opportunity to improve outcomes by building strong relationships with the people in your care.

In thanks for your work, you’ll also receive an additional £1,250 per annum, pro-rata on top of their basic salary in the form of Prison Setting Allowance and Secure Environment Allowance (as of 1st July 2015).

For more information, please read the attached ‘Nursing Case Study’ to gain a first-hand insight into what working in prison healthcare is like.


What we’d like from you

  • NMC Registration (Pre-registered Nurses are also welcome to apply!)
  • A willing attitude, and being open to undertaking new training to adapt to the Eastwood Park environment, and an openness to working within a secure workplace
  • A high level of motivation and innovation in your approach to care
  • Prison experience is welcomed, but absolutely not essential!
  • The full specification can be accessed from the Role Profile attached.

    As part of the recruitment process, you will also be required to undergo prison security vetting, on top of an Enhanced DBS check.

    About Bristol Community Health

    Bristol Community Health care a not-for-profit social enterprise, that delivers NHS high-quality healthcare services across the South-West. As well as healthcare within prisons, we help communities through end-of-life care, school nursing, diabetes support, physiotherapy and many more services. In doing so, we focus on improving healthcare in the community for the benefit of all.

We’re proud that we’re aCommunity Interest Company (CIC) and not-for-profit social enterprise. As a social enterprise, we trade for social and environmental benefit. Our profits are not distributed to shareholders, but are rather re-invested back into our organisation to consistently improve upon the services we provide – re-investment that will help people live healthier lives.

Because we’re a social enterprise, we can be more flexible in our approach. We also welcome innovation which helps us to deliver better care – for example, all of our community nurses use mobile working, which reduces bureaucracy and frees up time to care. At the same time, we align to the NHS’s Agenda for Change principles, allowing us to offer the attractive pension scheme and the same salary scales that would be expected from NHS organisations.



For more information please contact Tamara Healey or Cerys Lee on 01454 382003 / 2288, or Catherine Aitken on 01454 382014

Informal visits are recommended and encouraged; candidates are welcome to come for a tour of the healthcare facilities and find out more about the environment and diverse range of services we deliver to patients.

Closing date: 28/04/2019