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Substance Misuse Specialist / Substance Misuse Nurse

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Including Fringe HCAS
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

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Would you like an opportunity to join our exciting and innovative Specialist Substance Misuse Service? I-access is seen as a forward thinking and innovative service. It has been a high performing service for many years and has remained in the NHS since it started over 3 decades ago. Quality standards are a high priority for the service and for Surrey County Council.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in a full-time role as a Band 6 Substance Misuse Nurse or Substance Misuse Specialist depending on qualifications. You will have 2 years experience in Substance Misuse and mental health with knowledge, skills and experience in key working people with substance misuse issues.

We have several posts available to work as part of our i-access Community Drug and Alcohol Service. The posts will cover each of our 3 main hubs in the NW SW and East Surrey.

The successful candidates will be enthusiastic, committed to working with people with substance misuse problems and supporting them towards improving their health and wellbeing in their recovery from addiction. The role consists of providing clinical interventions including OST prescription management, alcohol interventions, BBV testing and vaccination for those service users who have complex needs including pregnancy, mental and physical health issues

This role comprises of offering high quality evidence based interventions in line with treatment pathways. Additional roles would involve, but are not limited to, facilitating groups/1:1 interventions for service users at different stages of their recovery journey for the wider i-access community teams.

You will be joining an experienced and friendly multi-disciplinary team in a supportive working environment, with a visible and accessible management team who are committed to providing a high quality of service to our population.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Suitable for someone who is a professional, dynamic and experienced clinician and has excellent complex risk management and crisis intervention skills in a fast moving environment, adaptable and can meet the needs of Service Users establishing strong professional supportive relationships. To work and act appropriately on own initiative within a multi-disciplinary team and has the skills to utilise knowledge, skills and experience to deliver a high standard of evidence based clinical interventions.

You will have knowledge, skills and experience in Mental Health and Substance Misuse with an excellent understanding of the recovery agenda.
  • Developing strength-based recovery plans with individuals that are comprehensive, person-centred and individualised based on a clear assessment of the individuals needs and circumstances.
  • Manage a case load with some complex service users including Safeguarding Children/Adult, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol issues providing 1:1 key working and group work according to the needs of the service.
  • Ability to manage a caseload including diary management, record keeping, care planning and risk assessments.
  • Ability to engage and manage service users with challenging behaviour.
  • Referrals to other services where appropriate and joint working with partnership agencies.
  • To be part of the i-access team and liaise with relevant professionals in delivering appropriate interventions including medical reviews, BBV interventions and community-based recovery support ie SMART / Fellowship and i-access group programme.
  • To provide clinical care for service users with drug and alcohol dependency issues including knowledge of Opiate Substitution Therapy and Alcohol Treatment Pathways in the Community.
  • To provide high quality substance misuse information, advice, support, liaison, treatment and signposting.
  • To work closely with the MDT, service users, 1:1 brief work including assessments / joint assessments, provide advice, information, support and substance misuse interventions and work collaboratively with the team.

Person Specification



  • Degree in relevant health related area
  • NMC registration


  • Evidence of continuing professional development in relevant subjects



  • Minimum of 2 years experience working in a substance misuse setting


  • Sound knowledge of working with OST clients and managing prescriptions
  • Experience of facilitating groups

Employer details

Employer name

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Two Bridges

Guildford Street


KT16 9AU

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