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Dual Diagnosis Practitioner

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum inlcu of HCAS
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post holder will work as a dual diagnosis/substance misuse nurse specialist within the Mental Health Liaison Team (MHLT) at University Hospital Lewisham to provide dual diagnosis/substance misuse expertise and facilitate co-ordinated service delivery for people aged 18+ with suspected co-existing mental health and substance misuse issues. The post holder will help address many of the co-morbid drug/substance misuse related issues that can, in some circumstances, lead to delay in assessment times.The post holder will promote high standards of assessment and treatment of people of anyone aged 18+, including older adults, with suspected or co-existing mental health and substance misuse problems, based on the best available evidence, within the expected response times set out for urgent referrals from the ED and inpatient wards.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide clinical expertise and support in assessment, care planning and the delivery and evaluation of interventions to people with co-morbid mental health, physical health and substance misuse problems.
  • Act as a dual diagnosis resource to the MHLT, accessing and disseminating up to date information on local/national guidance, research and audit and promoting implementation of same.
  • Communicate regularly with partner agencies involved in the care/treatment of people with dual diagnosis. This will include agencies that provide substance misuse treatment, acute physical health care, housing, criminal justice, education, and employment for this group of clients.
  • Use DATIX effectively and support teams to enhance data collection and up to date reporting of incidents relating to substance misuse.

About us

The Mental Health Liaison Service provides a 24-hour service, 7 days a week to Lewisham Hospital offering urgent assessment and intervention to patients attending the Emergency Department and those admitted to the inpatient wards. The service works closely with UHL staff in a variety of medical settings.

You will join the team at an exciting time as we are currently developing our service in line with NHS England standards according to the CORE 24 Model for Mental Health Liaison Services.

About the location:

You will be based at Lewisham Hospital, Lewisham High Street, London, SE13 6LH

Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2). We also provide services and operate across other locations, such as London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; and substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Lambeth, Greenwich and Wandsworth.

We are committed to provide a high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for our care and treatment we provide. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good'.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values and our promise to be caring, kind, polite, prompt, honest, listen and do what I say I'm going to do is at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you'll be part of something special.

As an Trust we are happy to talk flexible working

Job description Job responsibilities

About the role:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two Senior Psychiatric Liaison Practitioner to join the Lewisham Liaison Service within our busy, multi-disciplinary Mental Health Liaison Service.

You will join the team at an exciting time as we are currently developing our service in line with NHS England standards according to the CORE 24 Model for Mental Health Liaison Services.

It is essential that the post holder is flexible in working hours as the team operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You must have excellent clinical skills, be able to demonstrate an ability to complete comprehensive mental state examinations, thoroughly assess risk, formulate safe and effective risk management plans and document this clearly. You should have experience of mental health emergencies, and crisis care in a variety of settings including community.

You must also be experienced and motivated, flexible and be able to show initiative in an environment which can be fast paced and pressured, Clinical supervision can be provided along with excellent training opportunities.

The Trust is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and that promote equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident Employer, we welcome applicants from all sections of the community and people of all protected characteristics. We provide reasonable adjustments for candidates with a disability and are committed to treating people fairly with compassion, respect and dignity and in promoting equality and human rights. We aim to put this commitment into practice by:
  • Embedding our commitment to tackling inequality, eliminating discrimination and harassment; promoting equality of opportunity and fostering good relations in our everyday practice
  • Ensuring that all our services and all staff understand and support our commitment
  • We believe that people who use our services, their carers and our staff, should be treated with compassion, respect and dignity

Please note:
  • That all applications for this post will need to be made online
  • That you read and understand the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role. Your Statement in Support should reflect the requirements specified as your application will be judged against these criteria
  • That the closing date listed is a guide only and that the vacancy may close earlier should sufficient number of applicants have been received. We advise that you submit your application as early as possible
  • That once you have submitted your application you agree to your application being transferred to a 3rd party e-recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from
  • That should you not have heard from us within three weeks from the closing date your application has not successful
  • That priority consideration for applications may be given to at-risk NHS employees
  • That should you be successful and appointed, you authorise South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to confirm your previous NHS service via an Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process
  • That we are a smoke-free Trust

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A qualification in mental health nursing (RMN), social work, occupational therapy or clinical psychology.
  • Professional registration appropriate to own discipline (e.g. NMC, HPC, BPS)
  • Evidence of continuing professional development particularly in relation to the development of knowledge and skills for working with people with dual diagnosis
  • Mentorship/ENB998 or other Assessment and/or Teaching in Practice equivalent qualifications
  • A qualification in a relevant area of practice eg dual diagnosis, substance misuse, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy
  • A qualification in general nursing (RGN or part 12 or the NMC register) Degree in relevant profession
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working in a mental health and/or substance misuse setting
  • Substantial experience of working with people with co-morbid mental health and substance misuse problems
  • Delivering teaching/training to multidisciplinary groups
  • Supporting the implementation of clinical practice improvement initiatives
  • Working clinically within a substance misuse team
  • helping to develop other colleagues and providing critical and constructive feedback
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Current issues facing liaison services working with people with a dual diagnosis
  • Knowledge of, and skills in appropriate therapeutic interventions for working with people with dual diagnosis o
  • Assess and manage the range of acute clinical risks associated with co morbid substance misuse and Desirable Requirements o Knowledge of quality standards & NICE recommendations o Prioritise workload and manage time effectively o Evaluate and develop one's own practice mental health problems.
  • Using relevant tools and guidelines to facilitate comprehensive assessments of dual diagnosis clients and also planning, implementing and evaluating their care
  • Knowledge of quality standards & NICE recommendations

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