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Alcohol Liaison Nurse

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
14 Dec 2023
The post holder will be responsible alongside the Lead Nurse for the day to day running of the Alcohol Liaison Nurse service andprovide specialist nursing advice and support to patients, their families and carers from the time of diagnosis and throughout the treatment and follow up phases of care.

Main duties of the job

  • Assess all patients referred from the Emergency Department and inpatient wards and clinics and provide expert advice and signposting to community substance misuses.
  • To communicate and negotiate in complex situations and can make clear, autonomous, and clinically safe decisions related to patient care.
  • Provide a screening and brief intervention service to patients who have been identified as requiring intervention for drinking at a level that is assessed as harmful to their health.
  • To actively seek patients within the acute wards to facilitate early intervention with a specific focus to admission areas including ED, the acute medical unit, and the surgical admissions unit.
  • To liaise appropriately with all key members of the multi-disciplinary including colleagues external to the Trust, specialist services, national networks, and users of the alcohol liaison service.
  • In addition, the post holder will be required to liaise with colleagues across the Trust, divisional lead nurses, the divisional management team and appropriate corporate directorates and teams.
  • The post holder will liaise with colleagues external to the Trust and national networks and maintain clear lines of communication with primary healthcare and specialty teams to increase knowledge and facilitate the care of patients in the community to ensure cohesive multidisciplinary management.
  • The post holder will liaise and interact with administrative support staff to deliver seamless care.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression, and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

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.

Person Specification



  • Current NMC registration
  • ENB998 teaching and assessing course or equivalent mentorship preparation course


  • Health Promotion Course
  • Management Qualification



  • Use and knowledge of the HepCare database.
  • In depth knowledge of care required by patients with general gastroenterology/Hepatology conditions
  • Up to date knowledge of current evidence-based practice in nursing
  • Knowledge of relevant NHS legislation to include clinical governance/COSHH/Health & Safety/Infection Control/Clinical Waste/ Manual handling/PEAT/Confidentiality and the Data Protection Act.



  • Effective working with multi-disciplinary teams.


  • Managing clinical and cultural change in the care of patients within gastroenterology
  • Knowledge or experience of caring for patients with palliative conditions
  • Management experience at ward level
  • Completed period of preceptorship.
  • Previous involvement in change management
  • Teaching and supervising of junior staff in both formal and informal settings.

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Musgrove Park Hospital

Parkfield Drive



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