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Specialist Addiction Harm Reduction Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
Are you an experienced registered practitioner or hold the equivalent experience with transferable skills in a similar role? The new Tobacco Dependency team have a varied role for you as a Specialist Addiction Harm Reduction Practitioner!

The Tobacco Dependency team work Dorset Wide supporting mental health patients who smoke within Dorset HealthCare Hospital Trusts, who have been discharged from inpatient care and continue on their tobacco harm reduction journey. The NHS Long Term Plan gives a commitment that patients admitted to hospital that smoke will be offered NHS-funded tobacco treatment services by 2023/24. The CARED project will increase the support we offer to our patients to reduce harm from tobacco and be smoke free during an inpatient admission (temporary abstinence).

As a Specialist Addiction Harm Reduction Practitioner, you will have an awareness of addictions and co dependencies. Work with partners to develop comprehensive approaches to managing co and multiple dependencies by signposting to partner agencies. You will provide smoking cessation specialist care and interventions, assessments, treatments and managing patients on a caseload, as part of the wider multi-disciplinary care team. You will work autonomously and have a passion for treating addiction, promoting health and supporting recovery with a vulnerable and diverse population.

This post is a full time, weekday 9 to 5pm 18-month fixed term or secondment. Being a driver is essential for this role.

Main duties of the job

The CARED project recognises smoking as an addiction (tobacco dependency) and that it is a chronic, relapsing clinical condition that prematurely kills at least half of people who smoke. Smoking is seen as a medical condition that can be treated, rather than as a lifestyle choice.

You will have specialist skills and knowledge: to deliver public health messages to patient, their families and the wider community with particular reference to the harmful effects of smoking and other co dependencies including alcohol and drug misuse.

The role will involve providing supervision, mentorship, training and clinical support to students and trained practitioners and to provide specialist advice to others regarding the management and care of patients / service users.

The CARED project, based on the Ottawa/CURE model, is Our Dorset's systematic implementation at scale, of the treatment of tobacco dependency and the provision of on-going support for people with mental ill health who have been discharged from inpatient care and continue on their tobacco harm reduction journey.

This is a fixed term role and for those with current NHS service, the role will be offered on a secondment basis only. Please obtain permission to be released on a secondment before submitting an application.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities, and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Dorset HealthCare is in partnership withThe Princes Trustto support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we offer an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. Please contact to access the support.

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills and Training


  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio


  • Non-Medical Prescriber (if professionally appropriate)
  • Knowledge and understanding of Trust Strategy relevant to role
  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level supplemented by post registration diploma level specialist training and/or short courses or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant speciality
  • Membership of relevant Professional body
  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training

Job Specific Experience


  • Experience at Practitioner Band 5 level or equivalent
  • Experience of specialist working
  • Experience of managing change
  • Demonstrable knowledge of assessment and therapeutic interventions in area of specialism
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing highly specialist advice
  • Able to demonstrate specialist clinical reasoning skills to assimilate information in order to make a clinical judgement regarding diagnosis and intervention.
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload effectively
  • Trained in PMVA techniques or willing to be trained.


  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role

Mangement/Supervisory Experience


  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and mentoring to junior staff
  • Experience of devising and delivering training

Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of the organisation and with staff, patient/service users, visitors or external organisations both verbally and in writing in the exchange of highly complex, sensitive or contentious information which may require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills.
  • Able to overcome barriers to understanding where there are physical or mental disabilities.
  • Able to analyse and assess situations and to interpret potentially conflicting situations and determine appropriate action, where there is a range of options and judgement is required.
  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities, e.g. organise own time and that of junior staff and learners, planning off duty rotas and undertaking discharge planning involving co-ordination with other agencies.
  • Ability to use own initiative within sphere of authority
  • Demonstrable leadership qualities and the ability to perform as a role model
  • Willingness to advance own clinical knowledge, skill and competence based on current evidence

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


St Ann's Hospital

69 Haven Road


BH13 7LN

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