The Role

The post holder will be responsible for the delivery of high standards of nursing care and psychosocial interventions to patients admitted to the service according to their clinical needs and in accordance with up-to-date evidence based practice and relevant clinical protocols and policies. The post holder needs to have an understanding of all aspects of security and safety consistent with working within a custodial framework.

The post holder will have specific responsibility for taking the clinical leadership for junior nursing staff as part of the multi-disciplinary team, upholding professional standards at all times. Carry continuing responsibility for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care without direct supervision; setting standards and managing the team caseload including liaison with other agencies (internally & externally to the prison) where appropriate. Demonstrate and supervise practice and procedures to registered and unregistered staff to secure effective nursing practice. The post holder will be responsible for overseeing the evidence-based practice of nursing within the team, and for the coordination of clinical care activities, including the development of a learning environment for students as well as taking a key role in the induction, training and mentorship of new and unregistered staff. You will also provide clinical and managerial supervision as appropriate. To act as a role model for junior staff.

You will be responsible for contributing to the targets set by Forward, the local commissioners and providing clinical management. One of the key targets will be measuring outcomes, so co-operative working relationships with other partner agencies is vital to this role. Some flexibility of delivery may be required within the role, you may also be required to travel to other projects in Kent to deliver services, enabling continuity of care for the client group.


To provide interventions and support for drug and alcohol users with complex needs as part of a recovery plan. This may include triage, assessment; administration of controlled drugs, and other prescribed medication, group facilitation and 1:1 key working
To provide and develop in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team and other relevant agencies, a service for clients, which takes account of individuals physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs
To participate in effective assessment of care needs, providing a high standard of care to clients in keeping with the philosophy and operational policies of the Prison, in addition to Forward policies and procedures.
Monitor the effectiveness of care delivery and ensure clinical records are of the highest standard
Develop, implement & evaluate programmes of care using a problem solving approach that ensures the needs of each individual patients are met throughout their admission, including detailed arrangements for through-care, transfer/discharge.
To participate in delivering training on substance misuse issues to wider stakeholders
Promote the health and well-being of prisoners and maintain a safe, caring and therapeutic environment which minimises risk at all times.
Participate in the maintenance of general and specific patient observations, accurately recording all relevant information, and in risk assessments as required/directed.
To ensure programmes are facilitated and co-facilitated to the standard required by your line managers
To meet required KPI’s to corresponding deadlines, as set out by the Service Manager