Band 5 Drug & Alcohol Nurse - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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We are looking for a registered nurse to work as part of the Specialised Drug and Alcohol Service in Bristol, supporting a caseload of complex needs service users with their drug and alcohol use. The post holder will also be involved in the running of our community detox clinic and popular group work programmes.

BSDAS is part of Bristol ROADS, the commissioned Drugs and Alcohol Service within Bristol. We work closely with our partner agencies within DHI, BDP and ARA.

We are looking for a RGN as well as RMN.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a registered health professional with a passion for supporting people with drug and alcohol problems. The ideal candidate will have experience of working with patients facing social exclusion and of co-ordinating holistic packages of care that ensure all needs are met.

Good interpersonal skills and the ability to build trust and rapport with service users is essential as is the ability to work as part of a multi disciplinary team.

Good record keeping and administrative skills are also a must.

We support and encourage applications from those with a lived experience.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust)a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for managing a caseload of drug and alcohol users. Assessment, support planning risk assessment, safeguarding and the delivery of psychosocial interventions will be key tasks on a daily basis. This post sits within a multi disciplinary team consisting of psychiatry, psychology and nursing staff. The MDT approach is central to the management of the team caseload and the post holder will be expected to contribute collaboratively within this environment.

Person Specification



  • Appropriate health / social care professional qualification and registration or equivalent relevant experience. o Evidence of continuing professional development relevant to the post.



  • Experience as a practitioner working with service users and carers, relevant to the delivery of substance misuse services. o Competent in assessment, risk assessment and risk management, care planning, care co-ordination and evaluation of care.



  • Able to develop therapeutically effective relationships with service users and carers, working effectively with diverse groups. o Up to date knowledge of, and relevant skills for delivering a range of psychosocial and/or prescribing interventions to this client group as appropriate to this role. o Up to date knowledge of current developments in the drug/alcohol field and related aspects of general / mental health. o Up to date communication, presentation, interpersonal and liaison skills, both verbal and written. o Sound basic IT literacy, including word processing, e-mail and internet use.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Specialist Drug and Alcohol Services BSDAS Campbell House 1 Montague Place Bristol BS6 5UB



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