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Addictions Nurse

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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ARC-MK works as a multi-disciplinary team, in partnership with With You, to improve services and delivery of healthcare to adult residents of Milton Keynes with a range of complex health problems and diverse ethnic backgrounds.

The Addictions Team helps people who want to break a cycle of addiction to substances such as heroin, club drugs, other types of stimulants or long-term alcohol addiction. We offer a variety of psychosocial and clinical interventions to support clients throughout their treatment journey.

The role will provide mainly peripatetic support to the Rough Sleepers Outreach team as well as support the wider ARC-MK team based in Netherfield.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has presented itself within our service! This is a unique opportunity to be part of an integrated substance misuse service combining the elements of education, prevention, treatment and recovery within a prison environment. We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and empathic Band 5 Nurse to complement our Addictions Team supporting the delivery of clinical and psychosocial interventions.

The post holder should be ready for a new challenge, demonstrate good communication skills and work collaboratively within the multi-disciplinary team. You should have experience of completing comprehensive assessments and risk management.

About us

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We're proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff. We are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

We offer a generous relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles. See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing initiatives for staff.

Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities:
  • To provide nursing assessment, treatment and care
  • Work alone on an outreach basis, at times, with support as required, to safely deliver healthcare
  • Work with a high degree of autonomy and professional accountability
  • Deal empathically with sensitive information, including discussing patients changing condition with the patient and other professionals
  • Take responsibility for managing, coordinating and delegating work within a skill mix team in the absence of more senior colleagues
  • Participate in inter-professional working and the development, implementation and evaluation of the delivery of health care services
  • Safely manage high risk area including:
      • Handling body fluids and other hazardous material
      • Handling medical sharps
      • Challenging behaviour situation
  • In the absence of more senior colleagues, you will have responsibility for providing the highest standards of patient care through on-going assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmers of care
  • Working with the team and other agencies you will use your person-centred assessment skills for the health and well-being of patients with complex needs
  • Collaborate with other agencies, statutory and voluntary to ensure continuity of care
  • Participate in screening, caseload profiling and needs assessment of individuals and the caseload as required. To undertake health promotion and disease prevention activities with individuals or groups in line with the public health agenda
  • Support, guide and teach patients to maintain their optimum level of physical and psychological health
  • Discharge and/or refer patients on completion of episode of care
  • Actively respect patients privacy and dignity and protect their property and possessions
  • Participate in the service planning and nursing strategy within the Trust, promoting implementation within practice
  • Ensure that all aspects of professional behaviour as required within the NMC Code of Professional Conduct are always followed.
  • Medicines management
      • Delivery of prescribed medication following patient assessment with responsibility and accountability for risk management and with-holding medication when appropriate and notifying medical doctor.
  • To provide care including
      • First contact: acute assessment, nursing diagnosis and care, treatment, and referral.
      • Continuing care: Intermediate Care, rehabilitation, chronic disease management and contributes to the delivery of the National Service Frameworks.
      • Public health: health protection and promotion programmes that improve and reduce inequalities

    Educational Responsibilities:
  • Participate in training programmes for learners (students) and induction programmes for new staff. To undertake assessment and supervision of learners
  • Undertake the training necessary to ensure own professional development and updating of knowledge and meet the PREP requirements of the NMC.

  • Person Specification



    • oRegistered Mental Health Nurse or Registered General Nurse


    • o998 Mentorship / Slice / Mentor preparation course



    • oExperience in Emergency response/ Minor illness and Minor Injury
    • oKeeping accurate electronic records
    • oPractical experience of providing high quality care
    • oExperience of conducting risk assessments
    • oEvidence of personal and professional development in Nursing since registration


    • oExperience of running clinics
    • oExperience of working within a secure environment / prison



    • oKnowledge of the safe storage and administration of medication.
    • oKnowledge of, and ability to follow, NMC code of conduct
    • oAbility to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care & act accordingly if untoward changes occurred.
    • oKnowledge of risk assessment and management.
    • oAbility to treat patients with respect and dignity
    • oMaintain patient confidentiality.
    • oAbility to use computer to access patient information and email
    • oDemonstrates the ability to manage work under pressure
    • oSensitive to colleagues and able to promote a positive motivating environment.
    • oShift management skills
    • oGood written and verbal communication skills
    • oKnowledge of, and ability to uphold patient confidentiality
    • oAbility to maintain patient records within standards
    • oUnderstand the different roles of the multi-disciplinary team and own role within it
    • oAbility to provide and accept feedback, support, clinical/managerial supervision
    • oKnowledge of current developments in specialist clinical area.
    • oCaring approach
    • oCommitted to personal/professional development
    • oDependable and a sense of responsibility
    • oFlexible approach to work


    • oLeadership skills (motivating, using initiative, change management).
    • oAudit process and an ability to use audit tools in an inpatient setting
    • oKnowledge of substance misuse issues and assessment of drug/alcohol problems
    • oProblem solving skills, stress management skills & conflict resolution skills



    • oMotivated to provide the highest standard in a changing service
    • oAwareness of Health & Safety issues.
    • oWillingness to undertake further training relevant to clinical area.
    • oAble to recognise signs of stress in self
    • oAble to work day and night flexible shifts
    • oAbility to understand and implement the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the job.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust



    33-37 Farthing Grove, Netherfield

    Milton Keynes

    MK6 4JH

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