Community Addictions Nurse (Dual Diagnosis)

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum incl. of HCAs pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Substance misuse
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated, caring, and creative people to come and join us and work within this newly developed clinical service, the first and only in UK to offer an intervention to reduce/stop cannabis use to young adults with co-morbid psychotic disorders. The Cannabis Clinic for Patients with Psychosis combines expertise in addiction with experience in working with young adults with psychosis to deliver high quality addictions and recovery care to the diverse service user group that represent the trust catchment area.

We are looking to recruit an experienced Band 6 nurse to be a member of the Cannabis Clinic for Patients with Psychosis (CCP) multi-disciplinary team, participating in the provision of on-going assessments, care planning, treatment delivery of the young adults with psychotic disorders and cannabis used referred to the service. Young adults with psychotic disorders often struggle to engage with the existing addiction services and therefore someone with experience in working with this clinical population would be preferred.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will form part of a team aiming to:

a) Work closely with the Trust dual diagnosis pathway practitioners to promote aware of the service and coordinate new referrals

b) Complete the assessment of the patients referred for intervention

c) Deliver the one to one intervention and participate in the weekly clinical group supervision where all the cases under the care of the service are presented

d) Take part in the organization and expansion of the weekly PEER group open to the clinical population served by the CCP. The PEER group runs on ZOOM every Tuesday pm.

e) Take a leading role in the further development of the service : a) reaching out to carers and b) collaborating with the smoking cessation team and c) dual diagnosis practitioners working in CAMHS services.

f) Build resilience and capacity in local addiction treatment systems to continue to meet the needs of this population in future years (resilient and sustainable models of care).

About us

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) provide the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK as well as substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. We work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London and are part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. There are very few organisations in the world that have such wide-ranging capabilities working with mental illness. Our scope is unique because it is built on three major foundations: care and treatment, science and research, and training.

SLaM employ around 5000 staff and serve a local population of 1.1 million people. We have more than 230 services including inpatient wards, outpatient and community services. Currently, provide inpatient care for approximately 5,300 people each year and treat more than 45,000 patients in the community in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; as well as substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

Job description Job responsibilities

To lead the clinical management of a care package to the young adults with cannabis use and psychotic disorders who use our services, as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.

To co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of care with a person centred healthcare model, using complex clinical decision making where appropriate and responding to changes in presentation/ situation appropriately. To promote shared decision making with patients/relatives/carers, as appropriate, in terms of involvement in all aspects of their care.

To deliver individual and group therapy utilising CBT skills as well as developing skills in using other therapy approaches used in addiction..

To deliver the one to one therapy session proving emotional support and stability to ensure effective engagement whilst maintaining professional boundaries.

To maintain regular contact with the referring mental health team to manage risk and promote consistency of care

To lead the development, maintenance and monitoring of service standards, collect and collate data/ information effectively for the purpose of audit, research and service performance.

To ensure compliance by self and staff of the Trusts Policies, Procedures and Guidelines, including taking all reasonable steps to manage and promote a healthy working and diverse working environment.

To participate in clinical governance activities including monitoring standards set within the service.

To participate in the recruitment and selection of newly appointed staff

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse (RMN/ RGN) with considerable post qualification experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and training
  • Diploma or degree level qualification in addictions or related area
  • Non-Medical Prescriber
  • Mentorship Qualifications
  • Experience with working with young adults with a psychotic disorder
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in a mental health setting
  • Experience of working in an addictions setting
  • Experience and evidence of ability to produce formal written reports, presentations and draft policies for consultation
  • Experience of supervising staff or students
  • Experience of using word processing and database use
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of liaison with statutory and non-statutory services
  • Experience of working in the community
  • Experience of the management of clients with complex needs
  • Experience in working with young adults with psychotic disorders
Knowledge and skills Essential
  • Up to date knowledge of psychiatric disorders including standard treatment offers
  • A thorough understanding of harm reduction
  • Knowledge of potential physical, psycho-social problems among this client group and appropriate interventions to address them
  • Knowledge of cannabis use disorders related issues
  • Strong understanding of harm reduction, and relapse prevention in relation to substance misuse and planning recovery
  • An understanding of the current issues affecting substance misuse services
  • Effective assessment and engagement skills
  • Effective care planning skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to negotiate with clients to influence positive outcomes
  • Ability to be flexible and thrive in a rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to organise and manage time effectively and work autonomously
  • Ability to effectively evaluate care using audit and outcome measurements
  • IT skills in relation to clinical notes and report writing
  • Experience of and skills in delivering training
  • Experience of supervising/managing junior staff and students
  • Experience in working with carers

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