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Band 7 Clinical Nurse Specialist - Substance Use

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Band 7 - Clinical Nurse Specialist working within the Substance Use Team.

v To practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for substance use within Forensic Services.

v To be a lead participant in the secure services substance use programme.

v To provide consultation and liaison to clinical teams and ward staff using evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.

v To model the C-BIT (Cognitive Behavioural Integrated Therapy) approach and other evidence-based interventions approach through joint working with multi-disciplinary staff

v To lead in establishing, running and regularly evaluating the group programmes and 1:1 intervention.

v To lead the development of training packages for Secure Services staff and provide input into their delivery alongside other members of the multidisciplinary team.

v To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of substance use interventions using advanced clinical skills and knowledge in evidence based interventions.

v To provide clinical leadership for staff through management supervision and training.

v To work closely with third sector organisations like Narcotics Anonymous to run joint interventions.

v To provide clinical supervision and mentoring to Trainee Assistant Practitioners.

Main duties of the job

v To consult and liaise with mental health and substance misuse services, and clinically co-work with Care Coordinators and MDT staff to provide substance use assessment and treatment.

v To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment using appropriate outcome measures to ensure effectiveness of intervention.

v To develop, co-ordinate and facilitate specialised group interventions for co-morbid clients and families.

v To select, apply and advise on assessments and interventions for clients with complex combined problems.

About us

Welcome to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Our 4000 clinical and support staff help us to improve mental health wellbeing and meet the needs of the 70,000 people we serve each year. We provide a range of mental healthcare services across Birmingham and Solihull, as well as specialised services nationally. We also offer medical, nursing and psychology training and are proud of our international reputation for both research and innovation.

Our population is culturally diverse, characterised in places by high levels of deprivation which create an increasing demand for our services and a necessity for us to make sure everyone can access the help they need. We are a team of compassionate, inclusive and committed people working together to provide excellent care to support our community. If you are looking for a place to belong, where you can make a real difference to people's lives, join our team where our warm welcome is waiting for you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will act as champion and expert in substance use related work in a complex group of patients. Most individuals who use our service will be high risk and will have a mental illness and/or a personality disorder in addition to substance use needs.

Please see the job description and person specification attached for in depth details of the role.

We highly recommend you submit your application as soon as possible, this post may close earlier than the indicated closing date if a sufficient number of applications are received.

Person Specification



  • Registered nurse: RMN/RGN


  • Educated to degree level with equivalent relevant experience in specialist services.



  • Experience of working with individuals diagnosed with a SMI and personality disorder
  • A good knowledge base of the complexities of working with co-existing mental illness and problematic substance use.


  • Experience of working in a prison/forensic setting/criminal justice
  • Relevant experience managing a caseload in a multi-disciplinary team within a health care environment



  • Good knowledge of recovery-based models within drug/alcohol use
  • Excellent knowledge of drug/alcohol treatment systems that make up an integrated recovery model.

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


Reaside Community Service Building

Reaside Drive


B45 9BE

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