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Alcohol & Substance Misuse Nurse Specialist

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum plus HCA pro rata
Closing date
17 Jul 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen to work at University Lewisham Hospital in the Alcohol and Substance Misuse Team. We are looking for an individual who possess a caring, positive attitude and is dedicated and conscientious. Good communication abilities, compassion and organisational skills are paramount. The candidates will have the ability to lead by example and work well in a team.

Main duties of the job

The Alcohol and Substance Specialist Nurse will be an integral member of the Alcohol and Substance Care Team which provides care and treatment for patients with alcohol and drug misuse. The Alcohol and Substance Specialist Nurse will work as an autonomous practitioner in the assessment, implementation and evaluation of patient care for those who present with alcohol misuse, alcohol related injuries and substance misuse.

To advise Trust staff on the care and management of acute alcohol withdrawal, substance misuse, deliver training to staff on brief interventions and participate in the development and delivery of education programmes for Trust staff in the speciality of alcohol and drug misuse.

Willing to be flexible to meet the needs of this new team and you must demonstrate knowledge, expertise and passion in working within the speciality of alcohol and substance misuse.

About us

Our people are our greatest asset. When we feel supported and happy at work, this positivity reaches those very people we are here for, the patients. Engaged employees perform at their best and our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives contribute to cultivate a culture of engagement. We have four staff networks, a corporate EDI Team and a suite of programmes and events which aim to insert the 5 aspirations:
  • Improving representation at senior levels of staff with disabilities, from black, Asian, and ethnic minorities background, identify as LGBTQ+ and women, through improved recruitment and leadership development
  • Widening access (anchor institution) and employability
  • Improving the experience of staff with disability
  • Improving the EDI literacy and confidence of trust staff through training and development
  • Making equalities mainstream

  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

    To comprehensively assess patients, gaining information about their physical health, mental health, social issues as well as their alcohol and substance misuse history to format a plan of care based on the patients individual needs.

    To advise clinical staff on the management of patients experiencing acute alcohol and substance misuse withdrawal, including detoxification medication and vitamin prescribing.

    To advise and support emergency department staff on the admission criteria for patients with alcohol and substance misuse issues attending the department.

    To liaise with and build strong professional relationships with other healthcare professionals both within the hospital and external agencies to meet the needs of the patient.

    To screen patients to identify those at risk from alcohol related health and social problems (hazardous drinkers) and those whose health is being damaged by alcohol (harmful drinkers) and undertake appropriate interventions or referrals.

    To undertake individual case management to provide immediate and on-going support to those patients who are unsuitable or unwilling to engage in community services.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications and Training


    • Registered Nurse Level 1 register
    • 1st Level Degree or equivalent Teaching and assessing qualification


    • Counselling course Specialist course



    • Minimum two years post-registration experience of working with people with Substance misuse related problems
    • Experience of working within the multidiciplinary team
    • Experience of liaising with other agencies
    • Experience in developing and delivering teaching programmes
    • Knowledge of the impact alcohol misuse can have on physical health, mental health and social issues.


    • Previous experience in the specialty Experience of working in alcohol liaison within an acute hospital.



    • Well developed interpersonal skills
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
    • Evidence of continued professional development of self and other health care professionals
    • Knowledge and understanding of the relevant NICE guidance


    • IT skills Knowledge of research and audit

    Personal Qualities


    • Fit for active physical workload and resilient under reasonable pressure of work
    • Ability to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills.
    • Ability to work both autonomously and within a multidisciplinary team.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust


    University Hospital Lewisham

    Lewisham High Street



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