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Dual Diagnosis Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum / pro rata for part time
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are seeking dual diagnosis practitioners to provide additional clinical and leadership capability to our community mental health teams. The post holder will be able to provide specialist assessments and evidence based interventions as well as enabling adoption of the Trust's Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health (COSUMH) Conditions Strategy.

Practitioners will be able to support and implement changes to practice build relationships with other organisations and professionals to promote communication, joint working and good practice be able to undertake audit activity and supervision to other staff. Practitioners will have Subject Matter Expertise with Train the Trainer ability to disseminate bio-psychosocial interventions including Motivational Interviewing. The post holder will ensure that high standards of assessment and treatment are provided to people with co-existing mental health and substance misuse problems, based on the best available evidence. The post holder will provide education, training, support and coaching to all colleagues working in this area in line with Making Every Adult Matter principles.

Main duties of the job

Clinical practice

To improve the quality of assessments and treatments for people with both mental health and substance misuse issues

To have experience in and specialist knowledge of evidence based interventions and lead on their dissemination across clinical areas.

To establish professional relationships with other system partners and professionals to shape better care.

Practice Development

To provide specialist training and advice to other professionals and agencies.

To clinically supervise other members of the team.

To facilitate area communities of practice to promote skills sharing, reciprocity and clinical network development.

Research and Development

To develop teaching and training sessions for staff and professionals on specialist subject area.

To develop joint working protocols and pathways and contribute to continuous service improvement.

To undertake research, service evaluation and clinical audit and participate in clinical quality and governance forums as required.

Leadership and management

To provide effective leadership and supportive management which promotes high performance standards both individually and as a team. The Trust's success is dependant on the contributions of all and leaders will need to understand the Trust's priorities and those of our external partners and translate these into opportunities to improve outcomes for the populations we serve.

About us

As we work towards our goal of providing an integrated service across primary and secondary care, our community mental health services are being transformed to recognise the changes in how people want to access them. We are working in close partnership with a range of partners and our 'experts by experience' to develop and improve our service offer.

As part of this exciting transformation, we are expanding our community rehabilitation, personality disorder and eating disorder services, as well as providing investment to our community mental health teams and increasing mental health provision in primary care.

What does this mean for you?

Because we need to recruit a diverse range of people and skillsets to join us, the job (and training & development) opportunities we have on offer are as broad as they are interesting.

For an informal chat and to find out more about our range of vacancies, send us your contact details to

This post offers an incentive or relocation package up to the maximum of �8000 (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification for further details and contact Becky Marshall about this year's and next year's plans.

Person Specification



  • Core Training (OT, Nursing, Social Work) with current registration appropriate to the job role
  • Degree/diploma level supplemented by specialist qualification, training, experience, courses to masters level equivalent relevant to the care group
  • Evidence of post registration training in relevant service area
  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent if relevant

- Knowledge/Experience


  • Extensive post qualifying experience in relevant service area
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Able to manage a caseload of patients with complex mental health needs
  • Comprehensive knowledge of interventions specific to service area
  • Awareness of Trust policies and service specification

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


West Sussex


BN13 3EP

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