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Substance Misuse Nurse Specialist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,503 a year incl. Fringe HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Fantastic Band 5/6 Development opportunity!

Are you a nurse interested in a career in Substance Misuse? Are you motivated to help service users engage in their recovery journey? Are you a car owner/driver? Are you flexible? Are you proactive?

Would you like an opportunity to join our exciting and innovative Specialist Substance Misuse Service? I-access is seen as a forward thinking and innovative service. It has been a high performing service for many years and has remained in the NHS since it started over 3 decades ago. Quality standards are a high priority for the service and for Surrey County Council.

Due to the high performance of i-access over many years Surrey County Council and SABP have worked together to find a commissioning model that did not cause the damage and service disruption procurement processes can often result in. i-access is now jointly delivered by Surrey County Council and Surrey and Borders under a cooperation agreement. This is an ongoing agreement, which enables i-access to continue to deliver a quality service to Surrey residents without the disruption of an impending procurement process.

We are offering a Band 5 opportunity with a developmental plan to Band 6 after 18-24 months (subject to evidence of competency). Flexibility will be offered to nurses with experience in mental health community settings. This role will be based in our East team in Redhill and Epsom and also covering the surrounding area.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be proactive in reducing harm in line with the recovery agenda and advocate for service users in addressing their physical, mental health and social care needs.

We are looking for dynamic nurses who have genuine interest in and empathy for people with a drug and alcohol addiction. We have one post for candidates who are comfortable travelling to and working in a variety of settings. This post is based currently at Wingfield Resource Centre but there may be flexibility. There is an expectation to deliver interventions across the East of Surrey.

The post involves working as part of a Multidisciplinary Team providing 1:1 key work support for service users using both drugs and alcohol as part of their Recovery Treatment Plan. Experience in strong team working across divisional and organisational boundaries is an advantage. The role is varied and exciting.

The successful applicants will have experience of working within the substance misuse and/or mental health field, have excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as an understanding of problems faced by people with substance misuse issues.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Embody the visions and values of Surrey & Borders Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

Adhere to the code of practice/conduct of your registering body at all times

Discharge professional responsibilities under the Mental Health Act (1983) and revised subsequent act Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the NMC Professional Code of Conduct

Be accountable and responsible for own practice.

Develop, implement and evaluate evidence based programmes of care; set standards of care and liaise with other agencies.

Participate in the multi-disciplinary assessment of individuals with mental health problems or vulnerabilities living in the community, by providing a community mental health perspective and expertise

Ensure that a risk assessment is completed for all service users

Adhere to professional confidentiality standards

Be aware of the potential for vulnerability to abuse amongst the people who use this service, and use of the local policy to inform appropriate personnel in line with safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and SABP Policies

Ensure that a carers assessment is offered to carers of service users, as in line with Standard 6 of the National Service Framework.

Help develop and maintain effective joint working arrangements with colleagues in the community mental health services, residential services, primary health care, social services and voluntary services, thus facilitating the co-ordination and comprehensiveness of provision.

Utilise the full range of mental health skills to participate in the assessment, care and support of people who use this service.

Use specialised knowledge, experience and skills in direct clinical work and act as a resource for the team and other agencies. This may include development of social networks and accessing other services/resources, Substance Misuse promotion, counselling and intercultural therapy, encouraging service user participation at all times.

Participate in the provision of substance misuse advice and consultation to colleagues, community groups and organisations.

Promote the recovery model to the people who use the service and their carers

Act in a manner to respect the customs, individuality, values, sexuality and spiritual beliefs, actively supporting the individual to fulfil these.

Ensure detailed and appropriate records are maintained to demonstrate that contact with people who use services, and their carers, is meaningful and effective.

Person Specification



  • RMN/RGN or approaching qualification



  • Band 5 experience working with people with Substance Misuse
  • issues
  • Band 6 18/24 months post qualification experience


  • Experience of working in community substance misuse team

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