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Independent Non-Medical Prescriber

East London NHS Foundation Trust
Bedford and Dunstable
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Dependant of experiends
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The East London Specialist Addiction Service is part of the East London NHS Foundation Trust and provides a full range of drug and alcohol services. We are a clinically-focused service, working in partnership with all patients, service users and their social networks, and with other services to provide strength-based recovery treatment. Our purpose is to reduce drug and alcohol related harms to individuals, families and communities to maximize the quality of life and well-being of service users, enable service users to make better choices about their lives, and to enable recovery. We are proud to offer one of the most comprehensive and successful treatment programmes in the country.

We invite applications from all non-medical prescribers, whether you have current or past experience as an NMP in substance misuse or are interested in training to become one. We welcome non-medical prescribers from all disciplines who seek a rewarding role and wish to work in a multidisciplinary medical team with high standards.

Main duties of the job

  • Delivery of Independent Non-Medical Prescribing (INMP) services in substance misuse substitute therapies and abstinence maintenance
  • Prescribe evidence-based treatments for people with substance misuse dependency (including stabilization, intermediate maintenance and detoxification regimes)
  • Act within competencies to provide other relevant substance misuse treatments for example community alcohol detoxification regimes and vitamin supplementation
  • Support service users to achieve their recovery goals and community re-integration
  • Be a specialist resource for the service team
  • Work with a high degree of autonomy and self-management

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Titration of complex and non-complex need
  • Carry out drug and alcohol misuse assessments and reviews including assessment of personal strengths and recovery capital, and risks.
  • Carry out clinical assessments and reviews using a variety of consultation and review methods including remote consultations.
  • Carry out clinical work in settings other than the primary workplace, e.g., when working with third sector agencies, when requested.
  • Management and mentorship of clinical staff as required in line with ELFT line management policy and procedures supervision, appraisal, capability assessments.

    Occasional management of non-clinical staff as required in line with ELFT line management policy and procedures.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • Relevant primary degree in nursing or pharmacology (or equivalent)
  • Member of the appropriate professional body (NMC, GPhC)
  • Successful completion of short courses to the equivalent of a post graduate certificates or diplomas relevant to seniority
  • Qualification as Independent Non-Medical Prescriber
  • Qualified and prescribing opiate substitute medication in current role without supervision



  • Experience in a clinical team in NHS substance misuse, physical health or mental health
  • Post registration experience relevant to primary degree or role
  • Experience of working confidently as an independent prescriber
  • Mentorship and training
  • Clinical audit including audit of prescribing
  • Line management of clinical and/or non clinical staff
  • To provide up to date and accurate medication and prescribing advice

Knowledge & Skills


  • To provide up to date and accurate medication and prescribing advice
  • To critically reflect on and evaluate own work
  • To manage prescribing workload
  • To assess medication needs and prescribe appropriately in line with clinical and risk guidelines
  • To maintain a record of all medicines prescribed for audit purposes
  • To monitor the efficacy of medicines prescribed and manage any side effects appropriately
  • To deliver against the current Recovery Agenda and updated national guidance

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Across Bedford and Dunstable

Bedford and Dunstable

MK40 2RT

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