Job Description

Job reference: 086632

Location: HMP Edinburgh

Job closing date: 02/03/2022

Job posted date: 16/02/2022

Salary: Band 6 (£33,072 – £40,736)

Employment type: Permanent

Job Type: Nursing and Midwifery

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: HMP Edinburgh

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Lothian


NHS Lothian is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.

To this end, NHS Lothian welcomes applications from all sections of society.

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This post requires the post holder to have a PVG Scheme membership/ record. If the post holder is not a current PVG member for the required regulatory group (i.e. child and/or adult) then an application will need to be made to Disclosure Scotland and deemed satisfactory before they can begin in post.

The post holder is responsible for the development and delivery of programmes of care for a substance misuse service within the unique setting of a prison environment.  The post holder is responsible for the initial assessment, planning, implementation and ongoing care needs of the prisoners whose substance misuse is associated with dependence and/or significant impairment of their physical, psychological and social functioning and adjusting their care on a daily basis, including assessing medication requirements and forwarding the medication request to either the doctor on duty or on-call doctor to prescribe (in most cases there is no medical review undertaken).

The post holder will provide a comprehensive discharge and follow up service whilst managing and maintaining their own caseload.  They work within an integrated multi-disciplinary team providing a specialist drug problems service to prisoners within HMP Edinburgh.  The post holder will develop and maintain close working relationships with statutory and voluntary sector organisations and forge positive links within the local community.

The post holder will promote a harm reduction philosophy with all agencies and individuals in contact with the service.

The post holder is also responsible for managing their own caseload as part of a specialist service for prisoners experiencing a broad range of complex needs relating to substance misuse.  The post holder has the autonomy to decide when a prisoner should be discharged from their caseload and will provide support, education and advice on how to manage the prisoners ongoing healthcare needs.

​​​​​​​For further information on what is included in the role and what skills/experience are being looked for, click on the links at the bottom of the screen to the job description and person specification. If after reading this information you have any questions please contact Sharlyn Taylor on 0131 444 3065 or email