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Specialist worker in New Psychoactive Drugs

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year per annum including HCAS
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to develop the New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) pathway in Islington within the Better Lives substance misuse service. Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust are the lead providers of this service and work in partnership with WDP and Humankind to deliver treatment to residents of Islington borough. The post-holder will take a lead in developing this pathway for New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) within the existing service. The post will involve working with people using drugs such as crystal meth, GHB, ketamine, mephedrone and Spice. A large part of the role will be working with LGBTQ clients involved in the chemsex scene. They will offer one to one session as well as developing and offering a group that will be able to further support clients. The post-holder will work collaboratively with both statutory and non-statutory services to engage clients who use NPS, which will include running specialist clinics in services such as Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) Services in Acute Trusts. They will also work collaboratively to build packages of care for clients to ensure they receive person centred care

Main duties of the job

  • Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.
  • Provide comprehensive specialist assessment for individuals using NPS and stimulants. Including specialist risk assessment in relation to NPS. Referring on for specialist assessment s (e.g., psychiatric assessment) when appropriate. Undertakes patient-centred interviews which identify areas that the person wishes to change in relations to substance use, physical health and mental health and makes an accurate assessment of risk to self and others. To assess high-risk sexual behaviour, particularly in a chemsex setting.
  • Provide a range of evidence based psychological interventions to individuals seeking to make changes to usage of NPS and stimulants (including motivational and cognitive-behavioural interventions).
  • Provide a range of evidence based psychological interventions to individuals seeking to address mental health issues i.e. depression and anxiety (including cognitive-behavioural interventions), referring onto service Psychologists when necessary.
  • Develop and provide a range of evidence based psychological interventions to be delivered within a group work setting for individuals using NPS and stimulants.

  • About us

    Camden and Islington Foundation Trust is a strong performing and ambitious organisation. The Trusts four key priorities are

    Early and Effective Interventions

    Helping People to live well

    Research and Innovation

    Keeping our service users, carers and staff safe .

    Our cultural pillars are

    We Value each other: Supporting each others wellbeing and development.

    We are empowered: Taking action and responsibility to do what is best for your services and team

    We keep things simple: Cutting out bureaucracy when it adds nothing

    We are connected: Working collaboratively across services and organisations rather than in silos

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

  • To represent and promote the service.
  • To attend appropriate meetings as requested.
  • To provide formal and informal teaching and support in relation to NPS.
  • To develop and maintain effective communication and positive working relationships with other services and professionals as required.
  • To be responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to educate other multi-disciplinary professionals to ensure that they can provide advice and support for clients in relation to NPS.
  • To lead in the dissemination of research findings relating to NPS, Harm Reduction and other relevant subjects.

  • Professional:

  • To Promote and subscribe to evidence-based practice within the context of delivering NPS services to client groups.
  • To be aware of own personal development needs and to be proactive in identifying and meeting own learning needs.
  • To attend appropriate workshops, seminars, and conferences to ensure professional development and awareness of current issues.
  • To develop and maintain a professional portfolio (PREP).
  • To participate in the supervision and teaching of staff and students, carrying out clinical supervision as required.
  • To maintain knowledge of trust policies and procedures, attending training sessions as appropriate.
  • To be responsible for their own health and safety and that of their colleagues.
  • To adhere to the Trust Equal Opportunity policies and strive to practice and promote anti-discriminatory practice in others.

  • Person Specification



    • Current Registration Mental health /registered General nurse or qualified to degree level
    • Evidence of continuing personal development and post registration training in working with people who use New Psychoactive Substances
    • Relevant and up to date training and evidence of ongoing development



    • Experience of assessment and on-going case management of clients with complex needs.
    • Experience of working with the LGBTQ community
    • Experience of management of clients who use New Psychoactive Substances.
    • Experience of developing and providing training for health care professionals.

    Skills and Knowledge


    • Knowledge of current issues relating to NPS.
    • Knowledge on sexual health issues and awareness of appropriate specialist referral pathways.
    • Counselling and assessment skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills in order to negotiate effectively both inside and outside of Foundation Trust services.


    • Competent in phlebotomy.

    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) .

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust


    Better Lives sites

    309 Grays Inn Raod


    WC1X 8QS

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