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3665 - Alcohol Specialist Nurse

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for 1 x Band 6 registered professional to join the Barnsley Alcohol Care team as a specialist nurse based at the Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The Alcohol Specialist Nurse will be responsible for the care and treatment of patients with alcohol misuse issues.

The Band 6 alcohol specialist nurse will work as an autonomous practitioner in the assessment, implementation and evaluation of patient care for those who present with alcohol misuse and alcohol misuse physical health problems. Implementing measures which support reduction in presentations, acute admissions reduction in length of stay, and promote recovery.

The post holder will predominantly work across the acute trust, assessing patients who are referred for brief interventions, complex case management including Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome, seizures and delirium tremens.

Delivering a holistic approach is paramount, considering the physical, mental health and socioeconomic factors each individual may require further assessments and support with.

The Band 6 alcohol specialist nurse will be willing to be flexible to meet the needs of the team and must share a passion to support people with alcohol problems.

Main duties of the job

To comprehensively assess patients who are referred for brief interventions and gather information regarding alcohol history, physical/mental health and social issues therefore delivering an individual holistic approach.

To advise clinical staff on the management of patients experiencing alcohol withdrawal syndrome, seizures and delirium tremens ensuring these are managed as per trust policy

To liaise and refer to other internal/external agencies including hospital mental health team, safeguarding team, local community alcohol treatment and recovery services

Attend multidisciplinary team meetings : high intensity user group, frequent attender

About us

Please note that the Trust reserves the right to close a position early.

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a high performing Trust achieving a Good rating in our most recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) assessment and achieving significant progress in the delivery of our strategic objectives. We are proud of the commitment of our staff to ensuring a strong and sustainable future for this organisation which is highly valued by our local communities.

There has never been a better time to join Barnsley Hospital. It is moving at pace and a we can do this attitude is evident right through the organisation, where staff are engaged for change and committed to being part of the journey to sustainability and growth.

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and fair treatment to all applicants regardless of race, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, mental or physical disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or offending history.

The cost of the DBS (criminal records check) for Band 6 and above roles only will be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details of the role and responsibilities

Person Specification



  • Experience delivering Alcohol Treatments and relapse prevention strategies.

Knowledge and Awareness


  • In depth, current knowledge of an individuals physical and mental health needs and appropriate care pathways.
  • Up to date working knowledge of the best evidence based practice within Alcohol care. Having the ability to demonstrate and deliver an advanced level of skill and competent professional judgement in assessment, risk assessment and risk management, care planning, care co-ordination and evaluation of care.
  • Possess a broad knowledge and understanding of safeguarding and the mental health act and referral process.





  • Degree/Masters level qualification.
  • Non-Medical Prescribing certificate or willingness to undertake.

Skills and Abilities


  • Able to present and receive complex information within a multi professional team.
  • Ability to convey sensitive information in
  • an empathetic manner to patients.
  • Ability to deal with patients/carers who are uncooperative, abusive, or are in distress e.g. Intoxicated.
  • Adhere to trust information governance and process when asked for information.
  • Able to demonstrate advanced patient assessment skills e.g. Interpret essential Blood results.
  • Dexterity and accuracy in undertaking clinical skills, use of equipment and documentation.
  • Driving license with access to a car during the working day.

Trust Values


  • In around 100 words please describe an example of where you have helped to improve the service of a department.
  • In around 100 words please describe a time where one of your team underperformed? How did you address this and what was the outcome?

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