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Dual Diagnosis Practitioner

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annun pro rata
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Are you an experienced social worker or mental health nurse seeking a new challenge bridging the gap between mental health services?
Would you like the opportunity to make a difference to the way primary care, secondary care and mental health services work collaboratively to support service users?

In a pilot introduced by NSFT and Turning Point, we are seeking an experienced practitioner to join the Access and Assessment team as a Dual Diagnosis Practitioner.

This is a standalone role and we're looking for someone to work as a consultant; supporting, educating and promoting information throughout Turning Point and NSFT to ultimately improve the outcomes of service users accessing both services.

Turning Point is a social enterprise working with people who need support with their drug and alcohol use, mental health, offending behaviour, unemployment issues and people with a learning disability. You'll work closely with Turning Point recovery workers, Primary Care Practitioners, Homeless Outreach to name a few.

We have fixed term opportunities in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds and you'll need to travel to our Lowestoft base once per week. This is a Monday-Friday role and we expect the team to be working hybrid; working from home, working from Turning Point and from NSFT locations.

If you're looking for the opportunity to proactively work with service users, encouraging them to engage with mental health services whilst not holding a caseload, this could be the ideal role for you!
Main duties of the job

You'll be identifying the gap between what is addiction and what is mental health; identifying the difference and bridging the gap. You'll support and educate and determine how both aspects work individually and jointly.

The ideal candidate should have experience working with addiction and/or dual diagnosis, you'll have experience working within the community and alongside multi-agencies.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to consult, educate, deliver training, be part of decision marking, cofacilitate meetings and reviews, engage with people who are open to secondary services and those who are under substance misuse services to engage with the mental health support available. You'll be involved in review meetings, risk assessing service users, providing feedback through data streams, reporting on NSFT and Turning Point Systems and much more.

We're looking for someone to come and shape and lead the project and to highlight the huge benefits to collaborative working across the whole pathway. You won't hold a caseload but you will provide expert guidance with complex cases and support and educate colleagues.

This is the perfect role for someone who can positively influence and work independently as well as collaboratively to ensure service users access the care they need. It is an innovative and forward thinking pilot which we hope will continue to grow and evidence a huge benefit to those accessing drug and alcohol misuse services.

About us

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing experiences and learning from each other. In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive.

Why work for us? We have challenges as a Trust, but we have ambitious aspirations, are pushing ahead with exciting transformation work and we need dedicated individuals to support us on our journey. We have strong, established nursing networks coupled with an exceptional leadership team who will ensure you are truly cared for and cared about.

Why Norfolk and Suffolk? The people here are warm and welcoming, you'll never be far from the beautiful coastline or Broads National Park. We're an hour and a half away from London and have an international airport in Norwich too. Our villages, towns and cities are packed full of history, independent cafes, shops and theatres. We have excellent shopping, eating out, top ranking schooling and affordable house prices too.

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Job responsibilities

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

**Please note: Job Evaluation Pending**

Person Specification
  • Possession of recognised Social Work Qualification - Degree in Social Work, DipSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent
  • Registration with HCPC

  • Studying or willingness to study towards full Post Qualification Award in Social Work

  • Multi-disciplinary Social Care experience within multi-disciplinary team - relevant to people with mental health difficulties and substance misuse.Evidence of partnership working with other agencies including Social Care Services, Health Services, Voluntary Agencies, Her Majesty's Prisons, criminal justice and/or Education
  • Evidence of partnership working with other agencies including Social Care Services, Health Services, Voluntary Agencies, Her Majesty's Prisons, criminal justice and/or Education
  • Experience of undertaking assessments and other duties in accordance with the Mental Health Act 1983 and Amendments 2007 and the Mental Capacity Act.

  • A variety of experiences working with people with mental health difficulties and substance misuse.
  • Practice teaching experience

Knowledge / Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of Social Care practice as defined by HCPC and appropriate legislation and guidance.

  • Good analytical skills, open and creative thinking and effective problem solving in relation to service, clinical and staffing issues.
  • Understanding of social care resources and provision available beyond statutory agencies

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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