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Co-occurring Mental Health & Substance Misuse Practitioner

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum (pro rata if part time)
Closing date
27 Sep 2023
This post is a fantastic new opportunity to take part in a new role developed to improve outcomes for those with co-occurring mental health and substance misuse concerns. The role is to work with individuals that meet the criteria for secondary mental health services and require CTP who also have substance misuse concerns. To provide support and advice to both services in working with substance misuse and mental illness, as well as providing strong communication links and shard joined up approach to working with individuals.

The successful applicant will be expected to be able to assess and manage substance misuse clients by applying the concepts of harm minimisation approaches, relapse prevention, motivational Interviewing, detoxification programmes as well as providing mental health care and treatment according to their clinical needs, and in accordance with up-to-date evidence-based practice and relevant Trust clinical protocol and policies.

The successful candidate will be a core member multi-disciplinary team, liaising with community mental health services as well as participating in the provision of on-going assessments, screening, care planning, treatment and support of people with drug and alcohol issues, who also experience mental health issues, to promote health, independence and recovery.

Main duties of the job

You will be expected to: -

To hold a limited caseload for those identified as having established Substance misuse issues within the CMHC/CMHT.

To provide assessment, care planning, review of risks assessments and evaluating care of patients that fits the criteria for co-occurring substance misuse and mental health needs

Deliver appropriate interventions to meet the needs of patients in our care, and connect individuals to appropriate community resources to support recovery and independence.

To support the MDT in delivering safe, effective treatment for patients with substance misuse and mental health needs.

To be part of a culture that focuses on improving outcomes across the care pathway for patients, and joint working with CMHT and CDAT colleagues.

To keep updated with national policy and legislation, attending relevant health board meetings.

Manage workload effectively and responsibility for planning and delivering of individuals care and discharge process.

To provide compassionate service and excellent patient experience to all in out population, working to the no wrong front door ideology that we will support any person to get the help they need.

Provide support, advice and education for family members or care

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.
The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

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Interviews will be held on: 03/10/23

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Professional Qualification/Registration from a recognised body - i.e.: RMN, OT, Social Worker
  • Post-basic education in the area of practice to postgraduate diploma level
  • Demonstrate an understanding of relevant legislation i.e.: Mental Health Act, Capacity Act, Mental Health (Wales) Measure


  • Relevant degrees



  • Post registration experience
  • Wide range of experience within a service related setting
  • Demonstrates achievements in developments of care standards/procedures guidelines
  • Use of IT skills


  • Experience or special interest in working with individuals with co-occurring substance and mental health issues
  • Demonstrates research and audit experience

Language skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Bro Cerwyn

Fishguard Road


SA61 2PZ

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