Specialist Substance Misuse Practitioner

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year pa inc
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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(BYPDAS) Specialist Practitioner

Bexley Young People Drug & Alcohol Service

Do you want to support & be apart of the development & treatment of our recovery path for BYPDAS?

An exciting opportunity in Bexley CAMHS for a full time BYPDAS Specialist Practitioner. The post holder will be based at Park Crescent, Borough of Bexley, working across the CAMHS, Social services, Education setting & other community care pathways. The substance misuse care pathway for young people in Bexley is designed so that the pathway extends across all services to ensure the substance related needs of individual young people can be met at the most appropriate stage, according to severity.

The commissioned service is funded for 3 WTE posts, a full time Specialist Practitioner (Band 6) & 2 Community Recovery Practitioner (Band 4). The Specialist Practitioner will be responsible for the management of the substance misuse treatment service provided by CAMHS in collaboration with the team manager & ensure that each young person is assessed & provided with the appropriate individual or group intervention to meet their needs whether referred by YOS, social care or another service.

The substance misuse posts are designed to be part of an integrated model of service delivery for young people's substance misuse services within Bexley. As such the post holder will work closely with colleagues working as part of the young people's substance misuse treatment system within Bexley.

Main duties of the job

The pathway begins in the Getting Help Quadrant (using the I-THRIVE Model within CAMHS) through targeted services to specialist substance misuse services (Getting More help, through to, Getting Risk support). These services represent the young people's substance misuse treatment system in Bexley. Through partnership working, commitment to addressing substance misuse amongst young people in the borough and through regular review, it is anticipated that the care pathway will facilitate a seamless pathway through the treatment system for all young people according to their individual needs.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:

  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To hold a professional qualification in Mental Health Nursing/ Social Work/Occupational Therapist.
  • Have a minimum of 2 years post qualification experience working in a health or Social Care setting, with clients with mental health problems and or have provided specialist substance misuse treatment service within a multidisciplinary team to young people aged up to 18 years and their families / carers, whose substance misuse is at a level where their functioning is significantly disrupted and where their substance misuse needs cannot be met by either targeted or universal childrens services.
  • Providing clinical supervision and having oversight of the Community Recovery Practitioners (band 4s)
  • To be responsible for a complex, specialist caseload, working as care coordinator and working closely in partnership with a range of universal, targeted and specialist substance misuse providers internal and external to the Trust.
  • The post holder will be responsible for ensuring the substance misuse treatment service provided by CAMHS to young people in need of specialist treatment who are referred through the YOS, CAMHS and those referred from other sources who need specialist treatment.
  • To liaise with the YOS Manager and the Manager for Substance Misuse within Bexley Council as required.
  • Provide a specialist substance misuse resource, providing clinical advice, support, training, and consultation to professional colleagues within CAMHS and those from partner agencies working with young people as part of the substance misuse treatment system.
  • The Specialist practitioner will ensure that a flexible, responsive service is provided to young people and whilst the post is based in CAMHS, the service will also be delivered on an outreach basis in settings such as YOS, Bexley Youth Advice and other community resources. There will be close partnership working with professionals in key agencies to ensure that safe and effective care is provided to young people.
  • The post holder will collect report data to meet the requirements of performance monitoring through NDTS.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • oRegistration Mental Health Nurse or Children's Nurse or RSCN or HV with related CAMHS experience
  • oRelevant training /qualification in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
  • oPost registration qualification in Addictive Behaviour Studies to diploma level specialist training, experience, short courses
  • o2 years previous experience of working with children, adolescents, and families
  • oExperience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency setting oExperience of CPA
  • oPrevious involvement in setting up or developing a service
  • oEvidence of well developed clinical skills in assessing and treating young people with complex substance related needs and knowledge in CAMHS
  • oGood knowledge of issues relating to substance misuse in young people including and in-depth knowledge of substances, their effects and risks
  • oGood working knowledge of appropriate legislation relating to young people and substance use/misuse.
  • Teaching and training experience

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