GP With Special Interest in Substance Misuse

Competitive with benefits
07 Feb 2017
07 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Contract, Permanent

About the Role


Our prison GPs are extremely valued and well respected members of the Offender Health community. Delivering first class healthcare to a group with such a wide variety of patients, GPs at Care UK get the opportunity to further develop their knowledge in areas they that wouldn’t usually experience within a practice.

As a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team, the General Practitioner will provide clinical assessment and diagnosis to patient’s requirements and make timely decisions regarding future management. You will also provide a highly specialist resource to other healthcare staff, patients and carers and have active involvement in clinical governance/effectiveness activities.

HMP Pentonville is a Cat B/Local Men's Prison situated in N7, London. Pentonville is a local prison accepting all suitable male prisoners over the age of 18 from courts in its catchment area. Job Summary As a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team, the post holder will provide clinical assessment and diagnosis to patient’s requirements (a significant proportion of whom have a history of substance misuse) and make timely decisions regarding future management. They will also provide a highly specialist resource to other healthcare staff, patients and carers and have active involvement in Clinical Governance/ Effectiveness activities.


Key Responsibilities


•To manage the patient caseload in partnership with other practitioners to ensure quality outcomes for patients and carers.

•To act as an accountable general practitioner, managing clinical care and facilitating general management through partnership with the service management team.



•To provide medical leadership as appropriate to the wider healthcare team requirements.

•To identify and utilise appropriately best practice through bench marking and clinical guidelines.

•To develop positive collaborative working relationships across all areas of the care team, including the substance misuse team, mental health team and primary care team.

•To undertake appropriate clinical risk assessments and implement management strategies for risk identified.

•To be actively involved and engaged in practice and wider team meetings and forum to promote communication and development.

•To play an active role in multidisciplinary discussions around complex case management



•To provide appropriate care and services to patients in all age ranges and type of health care needs.

•To respond to medical/health problems presented by patients on the registered list including history taking, diagnosis, investigation, treatment and referral as appropriate.

•To provide on-call and other services within the prison as appropriate.

•To provide management of long term conditions in line with national guidelines and pathways

•To prescribe generically for patients as appropriate to need and if none generics utilised be able to provide appropriate clinical rationale with support from Medicines Management team.

•Regularly review medications and monitor repeat prescribing

•To provide appropriate health promotion and preventative health care advice to all patients.

•To engage with the Care UK Recovery Model


Non Clinical Responsibilities



•To carry out appropriate administrative and other duties in line with the needs of the Offender Healthcare services, including referral to other services, maintenance of records, managing registers etc

•To maintain appropriate clinical records in line with professional code and requirements utilising appropriate READ coding.

•To identify ways to promote opportunities for patient involvement in service development and evaluation.

•To work flexibly across the healthcare service within the prison.

•To work in line with appropriate Care UK and local commissioning policies/procedures including human resources, safeguarding vulnerable adults etc.


Training & Education

•To provide appropriate health education and advice to patients to enable self management and choice.

•To undertake and complete appraisal process on yearly basis.

•To undertake appropriate training to meet personal and mandatory educational needs and practice development needs.

•To undertake Practice/Personal development, in line with CPD objectives and record activity.

•To deliver practice development projects in the practice as agreed with practice staff and Care UK Managers and Directors.

•To share and disseminate acquired knowledge with all team members through in development sessions and clinical governance meetings or critical incident reviews.


Clinical Governance/Research and Audit

•To work collaboratively with the Clinical Lead and the entire team to ensure that effective clinical governance is incorporated into day to day practice.

•To undertake appropriate clinical audit in practice to identify clinical quality issues and markers and define processes to improve clinical outcomes and ensure the prison delivers care in line with identified quality outcomes.

•To take part in appropriate R&D and audit processes as agreed in line with Care UK primary care division priorities.

•To develop and implement as appropriate guidelines, policies and procedures as required.

•To utilise latest available evidence to shape and organise services to reflect needs of population.



•To develop and maintain high levels of communication with patients, ensuring effective care delivery.

•To promote effective communication processes between all team members to enable good working practices.

•To maintain communication processes with acute and other colleagues and partners in care to ensure care delivery.

•To actively engage with Care UK supervision and support processes to ensure equity of service delivery and target achievement.


Qualifications, Skills & Experience


• Inclusion in the GMC Register.

• On a CCG Medical Performance List

• RCGP pt 1 (or willing to undertake)


Essential Experience:

•Experience of working as a General Practitioner.

•Proven experience of working within substance misuse

•Willingness to provide mentoring and support to all other Clinicians where appropriate.

•Evidence of continuing professional development.

•Knowledge of methods of developing clinical quality assurance and evidence based practice

•Evidence of up to date knowledge and skills.

•Evidence of ability to maintain and monitor high standards of care.

•Excellent Computer Skills.

•Evidence of audit activities.

•Ability to communicate with people of all capabilities and attitudes.

•Strong commitment to provide high quality clinical services.

•Commitment to team working.

•Must pass Care UK pre-employment checks (including health assessment) and the prison vetting process.


Desirable Experience:

•Experience working in a prison environment

•Experience of working with patients with a history of substance misuse


Additional Information

Care UK is the UK's largest provider of Health in Justice services. We operate in over 30 prison services where we work with all types of offenders in all categories of prisons.

Are you interested in making this opportunity work alongside your current commitments, or are you interested in a full time position?

If so, please upload your CV for further information about this role or working in a prison environment please contact us on 0118 9521869.

Applicants must have the right to work in the EU.

Employment is subject to satisfactory references, a DBS check and prison vetting