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Alcohol Nurse Specialist

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Carlisle / Whitehaven
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
20 Jul 2024

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Alcohol excess plays a significant role in a wide array of health and social care needs. Consequently this impacts and imposes a burden on the whole health economy.

A significant and rising number of patients with alcohol related problems attend our Emergency Departments which, for NCIC, includes 81% presenting via our ambulance services. Many may subsequently be admitted. There is a high re-attendance and readmission rate and we have a higher than average alcohol related mortality.

Consequently there is a case for improvement in the provision of alcohol related services and better coordination of care together with our community providers.

The North East and North Cumbria ICS support the development of alcohol services and NCIC have made a successful bid for funding to support Alcohol Care Teams. They invite us to join with colleagues within our ICS to pledge support for the development of services to address this pressing need.

Main duties of the job

We would like to invite applicants from enthusiastic nurses to support the Trust in raising the profile of alcohol related problems, seek engagement of teams to enable interventions and to act as a conduit to community based alcohol services.

Alcohol Care Teams (ACTs) aim is to:
  • Reduce avoidable alcohol-related hospital admissions by reducing severe health risk among dependent drinkers
  • Reduce the length of stay for inpatients by improving the management of withdrawal
  • Provide appropriate, timely, meaningful education and support for those attending or being admitted with alcohol-related problems
  • Facilitate integrated alcohol care between secondary, primary and community care providers and provide an alternative to admission
  • Provide psychosocial interventions to support dependent drinkers to sustain abstinence following discharge
  • Improve compliance with the Trust's alcohol withdrawal guidelines
  • Educate staff on alcohol use disorder and its management
  • Improve information sharing between services (e.g. secondary care, primary care and community services)
  • Improve data collection and opportunities for analysis

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. All staff are expected to support sustainability.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Please note, due to changes implemented by the Government to the UK immigration policy, individuals who require a Health and Care Visa or a Skilled Worker Visa may no longer be eligible for sponsorship where the UKVI salary threshold is not met or if the occupation is not included in the updated Immigration Salary List (ISL). Applicants must check their eligibility to be employed in any role they are interested in applying for, prior to completing an application for employment.Any applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be progressed.

If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27-day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • 1st level Registered Nurse
  • PP126/127 or equivalent experience


  • Registered Mentor
  • Leadership course
  • Management course
  • Prescribing course/willingness to work towards

Knowledge & Experience


  • Clinical supervision
  • Initiation and development of ward based educational programmes


  • Previous experience working in gastroenterology / alcohol areas



  • Advanced communication skills
  • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • High level of decision making
  • Good time management and able to prioritise workload
  • Self-motivation
  • Leadership
  • Innovative
  • Teaching ability
  • Audit skills
  • Basic IT Skills competent in standard computer software packages
  • Negotiation skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Able to cope under pressure
  • Presentation skills
  • Knowledge of recent NHS legislation, recommendations and changing trends in specialist field. Good knowledge of Trust and external organisational ways of working
  • Approachable, flexible enthusiastic motivator with a keen interest in staff development and education
  • Ability to organise and delegate effectively
  • Excellent Presentation skills

Personal Circumstances


  • Ability to work flexibly

Other requirements


  • Ability to travel independently across Cumbria.

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cumberland Infirmary or West Cumberland Hospital

Carlisle / Whitehaven


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