Alcohol Care Nurse

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year Per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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To work within the drug and alcohol team, based within the liaison psychiatry service at Cambridge University hospital. (CUH)

To work across a 7-day, 9-5 service with the primary focus of supporting patients admitted to the Emergency Department (ED) at CUH, with significant alcohol issues, requiring community support upon their discharge.

Main duties of the job

To work in partnership with the Liver Specialist Nurses across sites to support the current plan of care.

Advise and help manage patients requiring medically assisted alcoholwithdrawal as an inpatient and provide education to staff groups aboutpharmacological management of withdrawal including CIWA.

Form working networks within the hospital to aid and support care of patients with alcohol related problems.

Participate in Steering and Working Groups across the acute Trust to ensure a proactive approach to service user's mental health.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share out vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our BAME & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for the full job description and main responsibilities.

To review patients and identify those with alcohol related attendance and admission.

Provide brief advice and refer to appropriate community support for patients who can be discharged from the ED.

Carry an appropriate case load of patients with alcohol dependency admitted to CUH.

To complete a comprehensive alcohol assessment for patients requiringadmission to CUH and provide support throughout the admission.

To work with the Band 7 and Alcohol Care Team to deliver specialist alcoholnursing care to a case load of patients.

Liaise with medical staff and contribute to the plan of care.

To provide interventions which includes motivational interviewing, relapseprevention medication, medication to prevent alcohol related brain injury and refer for appropriate mental health assessments.

Contribute to the safe discharge planning of patients which includes referral to appropriate community support services whilst developing strong networks with the community teams following MDT meetings.

Contribute to Trust wide education and training to all grades of staff in relation to alcohol.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse or equivalent professional registration
  • Evidence of relevant post registration training and development.
  • Independent and supplementary Prescriber
  • Recognised training qualification
  • Mentor and mentorship training
Experience Essential
  • Experience in working with people with alcohol dependence.
  • Experience in alcohol misuse service delivery within hospital and/or primary care settings
  • Knowledge base in the provision of substance misuse and preferred treatment methods with a recovery focused agenda
  • Experience of effective collaborative working.
  • Evidence of experience in service evaluation and improvements
  • Experience working within liaison teams/general hospitals
  • Clinical audits and research
  • Experience of engaging frequent attenders who can be hard to reach, complex and more resistant to treatment
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Competent IT skills including word, outlook, excel and power point
  • Ability to prioritise workload effectively, meeting expected deadlines
  • Excellent analytical and decision-making skills
  • Good interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to communicate and work with a wide range of professionals
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Good understanding of issues relating to alcohol/substance misuse
  • Knowledge of person-centred care and its application
  • Knowledge of psychosocial interventions and their appropriate use
  • Good knowledge of the policies and guidelines pertinent to the planning and delivery of care to adults with alcohol and substance misuse.
  • Knowledge of practical application and use psychological approaches
  • Knowledge of service improvement models and its application
Physical Requirements Essential
  • Ability to foster good interagency working
  • Ability to represent the team / service / Trust in a professional manner
Other Essential
  • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
  • Ability to travel independently

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