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Substance Misuse Nurse (B5-B6 Development Role)

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Including 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Job Details

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.

We are offering a Band 5/6 development opportunity as a Substance Misuse Nurse working in Guildford and the surrounding area.

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 has a 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. There is an expectation to deliver interventions and satellite clinics across the surrounding area.

The post involves working as part of a Multidisciplinary Team providing 1:1 key work support and group work support for service users using both drugs and alcohol as part of their Recovery Treatment Plan. Experience in strong team working across divisional and organisational boundaries is an advantage. The role is varied and exciting.

The successful applicants will have excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as an understanding of problems faced by people with substance misuse issues. Experience of working within the substance misuse and/or mental health field is desirable.

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 a nurse who is professional and dynamic, looking to develop within the substance misuse field. With a keen interest in substance misuse dependency, you will be able to work and act appropriately on own initiative and as part of a supportive multi-disciplinary team to deliver a high standard of evidence based clinical interventions. You will have a good understanding of the recovery agenda and be able to meet the needs of service users, establishing strong, professional supportive relationships.
  • 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 Opiate Substitution Therapy (OST) 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, and supervisors to provide quality 1:1 interventions including assessments / joint assessments, advice, information and support working collaboratively with the team.

Person Specification



  • NMC registration or approaching registration


  • Evidence of continuing professional development



  • Experience of facilitating groups
  • Experience of working in substance misuse and/or mental health

Employer details

Employer name

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Farnham Road Hospital

Farnham Road



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