Alcohol Assertive Outreach Lead Clinician

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year per annum incl. of HCAs
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Alcohol Assertive Outreach service is an innovative team of clinicians working with patients who frequently use local hospital and mental health services and aim to help reduce attendances through good quality supportive key working.

The team work with a small caseload of around 20 patients each. You will hold day to day management responsibility for the small clinical team, ensuring high standards of clinical care are maintained but the majority of the work is direct clinical care

Direct Addictions experience is not essential if the candidate has experience of working as an OT/Nurse/Social Worker in a community setting, as often the role is around helping to remove physical, social or other barriers that are preventing patients from recovery and resulting in high use of local Acute or Mental Health Hospitals.

You will support the Clinical Service Lead to look at ways the team can optimize their work with particular mind to expanding the way the team works with other mental health services.

If you do not have direct addictions experience please make clear in your supporting statement how you have equivalent experience such as working with patients with co-existing mental health and addictions in a relevant field. Please ensure you are clear how you meet all essential aspects of the PS within your application.

Main duties of the job

  • To manage a small case load, assessing the individual's needs, formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating care plans.
  • Ensure that clinical practice is developed and delivered safely and effectively, ensuring that staff have the appropriate skills and knowledge to carry out their duties.
  • Ensure that staff receive regular supervision and appraisal and are offered mandatory and developmental training in accordance with their personal development plans and the needs of the service.
  • Maintain accurate and timely clinical records, and ensuring relevant information is shared across the services delivering care.
  • To be involved in the development of local guidance and policies and to have a key role in their implementation.
  • Participate in clinical audit, service evaluation and research. Initiate, assist or co- operate with the evaluation of the post.
  • To ensure compliance with Trust targets relating to CQUIN, CQC, Complaints, SUIs, Health and Safety standards.
  • Appropriate use of resources, ensuring that these are managed within the team budget

About us

SLaM is part of Kings Health Partners, an Academic Health Science Centre, comprising of Kings College Hospital, Guys and St Thomas Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts and Kings College London.

This partnership ensures that developments and research feed directly into clinical practice.

Trust services are primarily focused on people with severe and enduring mental illness. However, we also promote good mental health, early intervention to prevent more serious problems and provide support to primary care in dealing with people who have less severe problems.

The Addictions CAG provides a wide range of interventions across tiers 2, 3 and 4. This is either directly or through partnerships and close collaboration with primary care.

We have a strong community focus and our services are provided in a wide range of settings, including people's own homes, GP practices, day centers, residential and nursing homes, prisons and hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Alcohol Assertive Outreach Team is an intensive outreach which has been developed to target patients who are resident in Southwark and Lambeth boroughs and who have frequent alcohol related admissions to hospitals across the Kings Health Partnership

Alcohol-related frequent attenders (or ARFAs) place a disproportionate strain on NHS resources, and can often have severe and complex needs that are better dealt with outside of the acute hospital setting, in order to achieve real and lasting health and wellbeing improvements.

The clinicians on the team will offer intensive case management to a small group (approx. 15)of clients over a 12 month period.

Person Specification



  • RGN/RMN With current NMC registration, Qualified OT, or Social worker or other relevant professional qualification
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • A recognised management qualification (e.g. MSc) or evidence of other advanced education



  • Experience working with patients with alcohol use disorders either in a community or inpatient setting.
  • Experience of devising and delivering teaching to a range of professionals
  • Experience of working successfully in engaging with and developing effective relationships with other substance misuse providers
  • Experience of using psycho-social interventions of patients with alcohol use disorders.
  • Strong record of multi-professional collaboration


  • Experience of working with patients with duel diagnosis.
  • Experience of facilitating reflective practice for staff



  • An understanding of the principles of structured alcohol interventions, pharmacological interventions, motivational interviewing and brief interventions. (A,I)
  • Clear understanding of professional and multidisciplinary roles


  • An understanding of the Mental Health Act/Mental Capacity Act particularly in relation to this client group (A,I)



  • Ability to engage and motivate patients to support them in making changes
  • Able to assess patients with complex needs including patients with mental health or complex physical needs alongside their alcohol use.
  • Ability to risk assess for patients referred to the service. To be able to escalate concerns & ensure they receive the appropriate interventions to maximise safety.
  • Able to work collaboratively with other teams



  • Demonstrate a commitment to working with clients with substance misuse problems
  • Able to demonstrate a genuine commitment to ensuring that the service meets the needs of service users and is sensitive to equality and diversity needs.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Marina House



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