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Hospital liaison worker

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
Depending on experience dependent on experience
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a dynamic hospital recovery worker with a passion for working with those affected by substance use to join our multi-disciplinary team the post holders will be responsible for managing a caseload of clients, completing comprehensive assessments, providing harm reduction advice, and developing individual care plans tailored to the client's needs.

Do you have a passion to help people make positive changes? experience and or knowledge of the impacts that substance use can have on a person life? Then this is your opportunity to make a difference.

We especially welcome applicants with lived experience who can demonstrate the motivation to provide help and support to those impacted by the complexities of substance use.

To work as a member of a multidisciplinary disciplinary specialist drug team, providing information, advice, assessment, caseload management, recovery and harm reduction services to drug users attending North Middlesex University Hospital. The post will support them to access community-based structured treatment or out-patients services, as appropriate.

Main duties of the job

To conduct full triage assessments of the referred patients attending A& E and / or admitted to other hospital wards.

To provide brief interventions to referred patients, including personalised feedback, advice and information, aiming to elicit a change in their drinking/drug behaviour, to encourage greater take-up of specialist community-based treatment services, where appropriate, and to avert future hospital attendances / admissions / readmissions.

To advise individuals about their alcohol/drug misuse, using motivational interviewing, relapse management and other evidence-based interventions.

To ensure that hospital staff and GPs are aware of alcohol/drug misuse issues, and are committed to screening patients for alcohol/drug misuse and making appropriate referrals to the hospital liaison worker.

To provide specialist substance use advice and support to staff in both acute and primary care settings on the management of clients with alcohol/drug problems.

To make appropriate referrals to community-based treatment services for longer term interventions, including structured treatment, counselling, mutual aid, family therapy, and pro-actively support patients to take up these services.

To be a part of the Liaison Team in order to assess psychological functioning and manage complex needs and high risks.

About us

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust provides services in partnership with Humankind and London Borough of Enfield. Enable Substance Misuse Service is a multi-disciplinary team comprising of addiction experts including Consultant Psychiatrist, Doctors, Nurses, drug and alcohol workers and Therapies Team.

Our services provide a wide range of substance misuse services to the local community including, substitute prescribing, community alcohol detox, criminal justice, community care assessments, BBV's, primary health care as well as a wide range of interventions to non-opiate users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See detailed job description attached.

Your normal place of work will be at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Sterling Way , London , N18 1QX. However, you may be required to work at any other location of the Trusts interests, including travelling to appropriate meetings, outside of the borough, as required.

Person Specification



  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written. To be able to communicate in English both verbally and written.
  • Experience of using word processing and database, as well as willingness to improve existing skills.
  • The ability to quickly respond to changing and unpredictable service user behaviour and manage situations accordingly.



  • Relevant qualification in the field of substance misuse or social care
  • Min requirement NVQ level 3


  • Experienced in the use of ITEP or other psychosocial interventions such as addictions counseling or Motivational Interviewing



  • Willingness to handle body fluids, eg urine screening and body fluid spillages.
  • Able to work flexibly according to the needs of the service



  • Recent and relevant experience of working with those affected by substance misuse
  • Experience of assessment of drug and alcohol users with complex needs.
  • Experience of working with a caseload of clients on Opiate Substitute Treatment
  • Experience of complex case management in a community setting
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team


  • Knowledge of working in liaison with GP's
  • Experience in carrying out Dry Blood Spot Testing



  • Ability to work independently if necessary and as part of a team, coupled with the ability to share skills, knowledge and experience
  • A good working knowledge of the specific health risks that those affected by substance misuse are exposed to.
  • An understanding of the principles and practice of harm minimisation, and a commitment to work within the harm reduction model of practice
  • The ability to conduct strength based assessment eliciting a client's recovery capital.
  • An understanding of the physical, psychological and social needs of those affected by substance misuse
  • An understanding and knowledge of the main psychoactive drugs used by this client group, their effects and current treatment
  • Ability to establish working therapeutic relationships and maintain professional boundaries
  • Ability to communicate complex and highly sensitive information to clients and other professionals
  • An understanding of the theories and practices of safeguarding procedures for children and vulnerable adults

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


North Middlesex Hospital

Sterling Way


N18 1QX

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