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Lead Nurse - Substance Misuse

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 Per Annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, motivated, and experienced Lead Nurse to apply for a post within the Substance misuse team for young people with complex mental health needs.

The post holder carries continuing responsibility for their team and will provide clinical leadership and operational management to the Forward Thinking Birmingham - Substance misuse team to:

Ensure safe and effective clinical practice

Enhance the children and young people's experience of care

Manage and develop the performance of the team

Contribute to the delivery of the Trust objectives

To work in partnership with Aquarius with Young people 0-18yrs who are experiencing mental health difficulties

You will work collaboratively with multi-agency services and other stakeholders to plan, develop, implement and evaluate services available to people with such complex needs.

Main duties of the job

Recruitment / work force planning.

Contribute to building external stakeholder relationships aligned with the Substance misuse

The post holder will lead regular clinical supervision, appraisal and performance of the staff within the team.

The lead nurse will provide advice and support to other professions and colleagues within the substance misuse team.

The lead nurse will provide leadership and clinical expertise to the team, enabling the team to deliver a comprehensive mental health service and improve outcomes to young people with substance misuse

The lead nurse will engage with Aquarius and partner agencies

The lead nurse will also ensure training and evidence-based guidance's provided to the wider mental health teams to deliver effective interventions.

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families.

Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centered care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas. Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care. Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification



  • Working knowledge of mental health.
  • Knowledge of how to undertake complex assessments with young people
  • A good knowledge of own professional guidelines.
  • Good knowledge of complex trauma and trauma informed care.
  • Understanding of a range of communication styles when working with children, young people, young adults and families in distress.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act.
  • Knowledge of use of PowerPoint's and excel to contribute to audits and showcase delivery of services.
  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour.
  • Role modelling good behaviour and able to regulate own emotions within highly charged environments.
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback.
  • Ability to praise and be supportive to others that you work with.
  • Appropriate and adaptable verbal and written communication.
  • An experienced NMP

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to undertake risk assessments within the service.
  • Able to run groups with this client group.
  • Able to demonstrate leadership skills.
  • Ability to work within teams and make team working effective for all.
  • Ability to be flexible.
  • Ability to motivate self and others.
  • Reliable and organised.
  • Dynamic and creative within skill set.
  • Driven and ambitious to grow the service to better outcomes for young people.


  • Basic IT competency.

Other Qualities


  • Able to work independently.
  • Able to work as a member of a team.
  • Awareness of personal strengths and limitations.
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the role.
  • Car user and have access to a car for work purposes.

Experience managing a team/service


  • History of band 8 managing a team.
  • Appropriate level of Community Mental Health Teams experience at band 8.
  • Managing services with children and young people
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary team and leading teams through change.
  • Delivering teaching / training to staff on working with patients in a crisis
  • Providing consultation to staff teams.
  • Liaison with external stakeholders
  • Experience of supervising other staff.
  • Experience of leadership in teams.
  • Knowledge, skills and experience of multi-agency working.
  • Experience of working within complex organisations/systems.


  • management of a range of teams and services.
  • Providing care in community settings.
  • Developing a specialist area on behalf of the Service/ or local Team.
  • Developing policies and protocols.

Experince and Knowledge of Substance misuse


  • Experience and Knowledge of substance misuse

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Finch Road



B19 1HS

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