Alcohol Liaison Nurse

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
3 Jun 2023
Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for two registered nurses to join the Alcohol Care Team at the Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust. These posts have been created to assist with the delivery of a 12 month pilot project within the Emergency Department (ED). We are looking for enthusiastic nurse/practitioners with a passion for working with patients with alcohol related conditions. These posts are for a fixed term of 12 months with the hope that further funding will be secured for continued support in the ED.

The ACT currently operates a 5 day service from 8am to 6pm covering all 4 sites (John Radcliffe, Churchill, NOC and the Horton).Our team has been developed to improve the treatment of alcohol withdrawal, reduce alcohol related presentations and facilitate referrals to community alcohol services. The 12 month project will be focused on offering timely and effective interventions to patients presenting to the ED. A very important part of this project will be data collection to develop an evidence base for continued ACT support to this cohort of patients. The role will include cross site travelling in order to cover the needs of the service. We would like to encourage applicants from qualified nurses who like to develop a career within this speciality as well as those who have previous experience in substance misuse.


Main duties of the job

  • Assist in the assessment of patients admitted with alcohol related issues, or where alcohol has been identified as being used in a hazardous, harmful or dependent way
  • Provide advice and guidance regarding medication with regards to alcohol maintenance and withdrawal management as specified in clinical guidelines.
  • Work in conjunction with ED colleagues to assess and re-direct patients to more appropriate community based services
  • Accountable with senior colleagues for accepting, prioritising and processing referrals from relevant wards and departments
  • Provide specialist treatment advice to all relevant members of the multidisciplinary team
  • Help the senior ALN to formulate in-patient treatment plans, risk assessment, management and appropriate aftercare and/or onward referral
  • Required to offer individual opportunistic brief interventions to referred patients regarding their use of alcoho whilst they are in hospital
  • Ensure that the clients care plan meets the diverse needs of all groups of service users
  • Ensure accurate records are kept of all patient contact and interventions made
  • Work with other hospital liaison staff (i.e. liaison psychiatry) and team members to make substantial contribution to the development of policies and practice
  • Help to develop and maintaining a local database system to evaluate the service
  • Assist in the evaluation of the service as required and appropriate

About us

The Alcohol Care Team provide support to patients that are alcohol dependant or consuming alcohol to a degree where it is affecting there health and activities of daily living. They also provide teaching and support to hospital staff to help them improve their management of patients that are admitted with alcohol dependence.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide training and education to medical, nursing and other related staff across the Trust with a special focus on the ED
  • Participate in a multi-disciplinary coordinated approach to raising alcohol misuse issues onto the MDT agenda.
  • Help with the development of training packages, session plans, learning objectives, and visual aids ensuring a consistent approach to training is implemented and delivered across the Trust to all relevant members of Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Provide support and specialist education for student nurses while on placement in clinical areas developing competency in clinical practice and recording in documentation as required.
  • Explore the benefits of developing a model to recruit and manage a network of Link Trainers that will be supervised and trained to deliver standardised training
  • Assist in the ongoing development and maintenance of alcohol resource and information folders within the clinical areas. This enables staff to access information outside the services working hours which, ensures an equitable service
  • Help to maintain and develop assessment packages and negotiate with clinical leads the implementation of an alcohol use assessment tool into the collaborative assessment documents. This aims to improve trust wide documentation
  • Maintain the database for all patients seen by the service. In order to provide annual reports on the services activity, audit service provision and highlight areas for service development

Person Specification



  • Registered Adult Nurse - Level 1 Diploma or Degree in Health Care Studies. Demonstrable post graduate level working. Evidence of ongoing preparation for revalidation GCP

Experience of working in an acute care setting.


  • Registered Adult Nurse - Level 1 Diploma or Degree in Health Care Studies. Demonstrable post graduate level working. Evidence of ongoing preparation for revalidation GCP


  • Relevant training or experience in the areas of addiction or mental health



  • will be done by paper


  • will be done by paper

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