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Substance Misuse Practitioner - OpCourage (Urgent Pathway)

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2024
Are you passionate about ensuring that our ex-British Armed Forces (Veterans) - Navy, Army and RAF servicewomen and men have excellent mental health care?

Are you driven and professionally skilled in engaging, assessing and helping to navigate patients that sometimes can be difficult-to-engage, complex and risky?

Are you determined, can-do and resourceful to help support the urgent care pathway team as part of the wider NHS OP Courage services , supporting veterans and their families at times of mental health crisis? Working and supporting those struggling with substance misuse difficulties.

Are you team-playing, initiative-taking, persuasive and robust? This is an exciting opportunity to join the recently rebranded OP Courage, bringing together all the three elements of NHS mental healthcare for our veterans,

This service was previously called the Veteran High Intensity Service ( now OpCourage) urgent pathway

Main duties of the job

Engaging, assessing and helping to navigate patients that sometimes can be difficult-to-engage, complex and risky. Working with veterans with substance misuse difficulties and their families in times of crisis across the West Midlands region.

Liaising with other NHS services and third sector agencies to ensure collaborative working across the patch.

You will be joining a team of highly committed people from the Midlands OpCourage non-urgent and treatment pathway who are all dedicated to the cause and working to provide the kind of service that you would want for your own loved ones all with the right spirit of fun, camaraderie and trust in each other.

Leading and supporting the team, specifically around the area of substance misuse and linking in with the other substance misuse practitioners across the region.

Together we can go further to ensuring that the NHS fulfils its commitment and picks up and responds to the particular needs of veterans and their families. You will work within the team, covering a wide geographical area from a satellite base in Rugby.

For more information on this role please see the attached support information. This will give you a better overview of the job role and requirements.

About us

At Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT), we deliver a wide range of physical, mental health, learning disability and autism services, and are proud to serve communities across Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond.

We put 'people at our heart' this ethos is at the centre of everything we do and how we do it. We care for our staff and colleagues as much as they care for others and offer a wide range of benefits and development opportunities.

These include:
  • generous annual leave entitlement which increases during your time with us
  • excellent learning and development opportunities, including apprenticeship frameworks, distance learning, internal training, coaching and mentoring, and much more
  • salary sacrifice schemes for lease car/ vehicle, Cycle to Work, home and electronics, gym membership and more
  • discounts with a range of retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues through our Employee Assistance Programme and NHS discount schemes
  • wellbeing support, including an in-house counselling service, external helpline and more
  • staff networks and support groups

We're always on the lookout for people who share our passion for improving the lives and wellbeing of people in our community, as well as our values of compassion, collaboration, excellence, integrity and respect.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see detailed job description and main responsibilities

First-hand experience or knowledge of veterans mental health or working within the military community and is essential.

Substance misuse background is essential for this position

Due to the specialist nature of this service, we recommend making contact with us prior to you application form. We are very proud of our service and would be more than happy to show it off.

Person Specification



  • Knowledge/Understanding of Armed Forces and the mental health needs of veterans and their families
  • Experience of working with individuals in crisis and skills that are transferable to both community/in-patient
  • Experience of working with people with severe and enduring mental illnesses
  • Experience of working within substance misuse service or with substance misuse clients in MH setting
  • Evidence of continuing professional development

Skills and Knowledge


  • Sound knowledge of national agenda for mental health.
  • Highly developed clinical reasoning skills.
  • Sound knowledge of clinical/risk assessment and understanding of Information Goverance principles.
  • Highly developed communication skills.
  • Delegation whilst maintaining overall responsibility for patients care, where appropriate
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead a clinical team
  • Highly motivated & able to engage with service users & carers to improve outcomes.



  • Current Registered Professional
  • Evidence of specialised continued professional training (degree level) in clinical practice

Employer details

Employer name

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust


The Railings

Woodside Park, Rugby


CV21 2AW

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