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Psychosocial Team Leader

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
29 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
HMP Woodhill is a category A/B prison comprising of five residential wings (including a stabilisation unit), a segregation unit, clinical assessment unit, the close supervision centre and reception area. Each area has a group of dedicated healthcare staff committed to improving services and delivery of healthcare to prisoners with a range of complex health problems and diverse ethnic backgrounds.

The Addictions Team helps people in HMP Woodhill who want to break a cycle of addiction to substances such as heroin, club drugs, other types of stimulants or long-term alcohol addiction. It represents the bringing together of a variety of services under one roof to provide a better service to service users. We offer a variety of psychosocial and clinical interventions to support clients throughout their journey in custody, starting from their arrival into prison and through to their release.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has presented itself within our service! This is a unique opportunity to be part of an integrated substance misuse service combining the elements of education, prevention, treatment and recovery within a prison environment.We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and committed Band 6 Psychosocial Team Leader to complement our Addictions Team supporting the delivery of psychosocial interventions to very vulnerable and highly complex people.

The post holder should be ready for a new challenge, show initiative in service development and work collaboratively within the multi-disciplinary team. You should have experience of working with service users with addictions to provide evidence based interventions in line with NICE guidance. The successful candidate will oversee the delivery of psychosocial interventions and line management of a team of recovery practitioners.

About us

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organizations in the way that we are run.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We're proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff. We are recognized locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

We offer a generous relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles. See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing initiatives for staff.

Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Duties:
  • To work as a member of the multidisciplinary team in the management and treatment provision of a range of specialist services to problem drinkers and problematic drug users attending the service/unit, including harm minimisation approaches, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, individual interventions, health education and detoxification programmes, drug tests, pre and post-test discussion (BBV) key working and group work
  • To assess continuously the psychological, emotional, social and rehabilitative needs of own clients/patients, taking into account the needs of family and local community, and developing systematic plans for care and evaluation of treatment plans
  • To provide case management and direct clinical care to a defined number of clients as agreed with the Sector Manager. This includes assessment, ITEP care planning and providing specialist care
  • To be able to assess and case manage drug-using clients, applying the precepts of harm minimisation
  • To use agreed and established Outcome Monitoring Tools and any other relevant quality measures
  • To contribute to the development, provision and review of ITEP care plans
  • To manage the transfer of individuals between agencies and services
  • To counsel individuals about their substance use, using motivational interviewing, relapse management and other evidence-based interventions
  • To provide advice and support to other colleagues within the health care setting and to other agencies concerned with substance misuse
  • To ensure full risk assessment and risk management are delivered effectively
  • To support with administration of medications as and when required.

Management and Leadership:
  • To organise and provide line management and clinical supervision for staff that you hold responsibility for in line with Trust standards
  • To contribute to the development of a culture of risk assessment and management to be delivered effectively in own area of responsibility and practice
  • To represent the team/sector on both internal and external clinical and strategic planning forums and to act in a professional manner at all times.

  • To participate in multi-disciplinary meetings, both on-site and in the community relating to client management
  • To attend business and clinical service wide meetings and external satellites / groups as team representative, as and when required
  • To communicate and cascade disseminated information to learners and other staff being directly supervised
  • To develop close links with Primary Care Services and other local partner agencies as required
  • To liaise and communicate clinical information with partner agencies within the strict guidelines/ protocol of shared confidential information between Addictions and the named partner agencies.

Person Specification



  • oSocial Worker, Occupational Therapist, NVQ Level 3 in Substance Misuse OR qualified to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • oEvidence of continuing personal development and post-qualification training in the assessment and treatment of substance misuse clients.


  • oDiploma in Drugs and Alcohol Studies or equivalent qualification
  • oTraining in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • oCompleted Motivational Interviewing Training



  • oPost-registration experience working with clients in a health or social care setting, to include at least some working experience with clients with Substance Misuse problems OR post-qualification experience in substance misuse for non-registered professionals
  • oExperience managing a caseload, to include dual diagnosis clients
  • oExperience in undertaking Risk Assessments and Risk Management
  • oExperience of conducting clinical audit and evaluation of client care


  • oExperience of working in and delivering services to injecting drug users
  • oExperience of working in a prescribing service
  • oExperience of working with stimulant users and people with alcohol problems
  • oExperience of group facilitation

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Woodhill

Tattenhoe Street

Milton Keynes


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