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Clinical Nurse Specialist Independent Prescriber

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Dependent on experience
Closing date
22 Mar 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced NMP whose has a sound understanding of Substance Misuse? Are you motivated to help service users engage in their recovery journey? Are you a car owner/driver? Are you flexible? Are you proactive?

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.

Due to the high performance of i-access over many years Surrey County Council and SABP have worked together to find a commissioning model that did not cause the damage and service disruption procurement processes can often result in. i-access is now jointly delivered by Surrey County Council and Surrey and Borders under a cooperation agreement. This is an ongoing agreement, which enables i-access to continue to deliver a quality service to Surrey residents without the disruption of an impending procurement process

We are offering a full time Band 7-8a opportunity as a Clinical Nurse Specialist Independent Prescriber working predominately with our South-West team in Guildford but there is an expectation to cover our bases in Chertsey, Epsom and Redhill. The banding will be dependent on experience.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be proactive in reducing harm in line with the recovery agenda and advocate for service users in addressing their physical, mental health and social care needs.

We are looking for a dynamic nurse who have genuine interest in and empathy for people with a drug and alcohol addiction. We have 1 post for candidates who are comfortable travelling to and working in a variety of settings. This post is based currently at Farnham Road Hospital, Guildford but there may be flexibility. There is an expectation to deliver interventions across Waverley and the surrounding area.

The post involves working as part of a Multidisciplinary Team providing comprehensive assessments, safe prescribing practices and 1:1 key work support for service users using both drugs and alcohol as part of their Recovery Treatment Plan. You will need a strong understanding of the complex needs of people with addiction. Experience in strong team working across divisional and organisational boundaries is an advantage. The role is varied and exciting.

The successful applicant will have experience of working within the substance misuse and/or mental health field, have excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as an understanding of problems faced by people with substance misuse issues. The successful applicant will have a thorough understanding of the competencies prescribing framework from RPS and can demonstrate these.

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

  • To identify the dependence syndrome and to formulate a diagnosis and management plan in order to treat the disorder.
  • Support for preceptorship independent prescribing and interface with doctor and/or clinical lead.
  • Aiding effective care planning between i-access and other services.
  • Increasingly complex case load holder of Substance Misuse patients.
  • Provide nursing leadership within i-access.
  • Provide supervision and training to other qualified nurses and student nurses.
  • To provide timely assessment of adults with substances misuse problems and provide care planning and support for their pharmacological and treatment plans.
  • To support colleagues in the management of complex cases through formal and ad hoc clinical supervision
  • To practice as a non-medical prescriber and deputise for the Team Manager on clearly defined management and clinical functions as needed.
  • To contribute to ongoing clinical development within the service.

Person Specification



  • Minimum of 3 years' experience working in the relevant field
  • V300 Qualification
  • Post Graduate level qualification in Nursing or degree level nursing with additional Post graduate CPD course relevant to this field
  • Qualified Non-Medical Prescriber



  • Evidence of working with complex needs of service users


  • Experience of working in a Community drug and alcohol team
  • Continuing CPD in relevant areas

Employer details

Employer name

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Farnham Road Hospital

Farnham Road



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