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Senior Community Practitioner - Dual Diagnosis

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen as part of a joint approach between TEWV and South Tees Public Health working collaboratively with We Are With You (Redcar and Cleveland) and Accessing Change Together (Middlesbrough) to support people affected by co-existing mental health and substance use issues. This post is a new initiative aligned within Community Transformation and will involve working primarily with individuals experiencing mental health concerns as well as using drugs and/or alcohol.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be required to support the implementation of the Dual Diagnosis Strategy across both Adult Mental Health and Substance Misuse Services across South Tees area. The post holder will provide an outreach role and work alongside mental health and recovery services within South Tees locality.

This transformative approach aims to improve sharing of information between services supporting individuals in a holistic approach whilst working in a joint and more flexible way to meet increasing demands for community mental health care and addiction.

Main duties of the job
  • The assessment and delivery of evidenced based interventions and treatment for adults who have Dual Diagnosis
  • Recovery focused evidenced based interventions
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders
  • Meet the health and social care needs of patients within the team
  • Work closely with patients, carers and families to co-produce care

In return you will have access to fantastic training and development opportunities.

Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

About us

With a current professional registration with an approved professional body and experience of working with substance misuse services you will support the Link Worker in a multi-agency response to services users challenged by substance misuse and mental health issues.

You will provide an expert role across Adult Mental Health and Substance Misuse services in South Tees to deliver therapeutic evidenced based practice to complex dual diagnosis patients through a developed network of leads. You will support ongoing work in partnership with local substance misuse providers and voluntary agencies and support the development of education and training across South tees area within a defined budget, supported by national and local guidance.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will deliver a range of evidence-based interventions using a recovery and strengths based approach with solution focused intervention. Identify, assess and work therapeutically with risk and trauma. Practice will be creative and underpinned by knowledge of, and skills in evidence based practice and psychosocial interventions.

Constructive use of own supervision sessions, engagement in reflective practice, commitment to continuously develop self-awareness and work appropriately within professional boundaries.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Person Specification



  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a care environment
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers
  • Providing clinical supervision to individuals or groups as professionally appropriate
  • Mentoring or facilitating students on practice placement
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Quality improvement activities


  • Leadership or management experience
  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a community environment



  • Current professional registration with an approved professional body.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • For registered nurses: MIP, FLIP, ENB 998 Teaching & Assessing in Clinical Practice or City & Guilds 730 Teaching in Adult Education. Must be achieved within agreed timescale
  • Recognised sign-off mentor, clinical educator or equivalent. Must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)


  • Leadership or management qualification
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area



  • Demonstrable knowledge to post-graduate level of evidence-based practice in caring for patients in the designated field
  • Understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act)
  • Care Programme Approach and its application in practice
  • Detailed understanding of Safeguarding and its o The Trust's Quality Improvement System (QIS) Page 10 of 12 application in practice.
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice
  • Clinical Governance and its application in practice
  • Research and development methodology
  • Understanding of psychological models of care and treatment


  • The Trust's Quality Improvement System (QIS)



  • Communication
  • Teaching


  • Non medical prescribing

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Parkside CMRC

Park Road North



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