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Community Addictions Nurse

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Twickenham, London
£32,720 to £48,054 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
17 Jul 2024
You will work within the Richmond Community Drug and Alcohol Service (R-CDAS) to case manage and key-work a defined caseload of clients presenting with any drug or alcohol problem within the Borough and be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of clinical care through individual care-planning and in liaison with the multidisciplinary team.

This is a consortium partnership comprised of We Are With You, St Mungo's , CDARS and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) with SLaM being the lead agency in this model. This is a cross borough contract since 1st April 2020 with shared leadership and specialist roles as well as local core services.

We provide an excellent and first class range of drug and alcohol treatment options to residents of Wandsworth and Richmond . Our services are busy and dynamic, with a strong recovery focus. We currently operate across several sites in the two boroughs plus various satellites including in primary care.

Main duties of the job

About the team:

Richmond Community Drug and Alcohol Service is part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), within the Addictions Clinical Academic Group. The Trust provides recognised high quality learning and development opportunities as well as offering the chance to be involved in research projects through the Institute of Psychiatry and globally respected Addictions Department.

About the role:

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated, caring and creative people to come and join us and work within an exciting and fast paced environment that provides high quality addictions and recovery care to a diverse service user group. We are looking to recruit a Band 5 or experienced Band 6 nurse to be core members of the multi-disciplinary team, participating in the provision of on-going assessments, care planning, treatment and support of people with drug and alcohol issues to promote health, independence and recovery.

Our Band 5 posts are development posts. Subject to meeting core competencies and completing our preceptorship programmes we would look to support the post holder into a Band 6 role with the expectation that they then continue their professional development with mentorship training and moving towards undertaking Non-Medical Prescribing Training.

About us

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease, our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation, our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

We look forward to receiving your application

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are looking to recruit a Band 5 or experienced Band 6 nurse to be core members of the multi-disciplinary team, participating in the provision of on-going assessments, care planning, treatment and support of people with drug and alcohol issues to promote health, independence and recovery. You will be accountable and responsible for a defined caseload. Please see JD for full details.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (for band 6- with considerable post qualification experience which would include lengthy clinical experience working with people with substance misuse related problems and evidence of commitment to harm reduction interventions)
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and training (band 6: relevant to substance misuse work and harm reduction activity)
  • Willingness to work towards an NMP qualification if not yet achieved


  • Diploma or degree level qualification in addictions or related area of practice such as CBT, dual diagnosis, etc
  • Non-Medical Prescriber
  • Mentorship Qualifications and updates



  • Experience and evidence of ability to produce formal written reports, presentations and draft policies for consultation
  • Experience of supervising staff or students
  • Experience of using word processing and database use as well as a willingness to improve existing skill base
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of liaison with statutory and non-statutory services


  • Experience of working in the community
  • Experience of the management of clients with complex needs



  • A thorough understanding of harm reduction in relation to injecting behaviour as well as safer sexual practices
  • Knowledge of potential physical, psycho-social problems among this client group and appropriate interventions to address them
  • Knowledge of crack/stimulant interventions, PIEDs interventions, NPS interventions
  • Strong understanding of harm reduction, and relapse prevention in relation to substance misuse and planning recovery
  • An understanding of the current issues affecting substance misuse services


  • Experience of and skills in delivering training
  • Experience of supervising/managing junior staff and students



  • Effective assessment and engagement skills
  • Effective care planning skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to negotiate with clients to influence positive outcomes
  • Ability to be flexible and thrive in a rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to organise and manage time effectively and work autonomously
  • Ability to work effectively with clients with drug/alcohol assessments prioritise referrals

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Richmond Community Drug and Alcohol Team

Unit 2 Ilex House, 94 Holly Road

Twickenham, London


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