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Dual Diagnosis Clinical Nurse Specialist (EWS - Brighton)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Jan 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Brighton and Hove Emotional Wellbeing Service (B&H EWS) is seeking to recruit ONE BAND 7 CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST DUAL DIAGNOSIS PRACTITIONER to its growing team based in the city's East and Central Primary Care Network (PCN).

You will work closely with voluntary sector partners and GPs to provide accessible, high quality clinical consultation, assessment, and tailored one-to-one substance use and mental health interventions right on the GP practice doorstep. You will provide a vital safety net for people at risk of falling into the gaps between traditional services.

The people you will work with are often unable to access IAPT services, and may not meet the threshold for secondary care. We have excellent links to local teams to ensure people move seamless if we aren't best placed to help them. This includes CGL, other SPFT community teams (ATS, Wellbeing etc.) and third sector partners.

Main duties of the job

The B&H EWS is a cornerstone of Brighton & Hove's community mental health transformation. You will work in the EAST AND CENTRAL GP PCN but benefit fully from being part of the SPFT family, with excellent training, support, and supervision as standard.

Encountering people with a range of dual diagnosis and mental health needs, you will have outstanding engagement and assessment skills, and will work with appropriate service users over 6-8 sessions to establish them on the right support pathway. You will communicate closely with service users, GPs, secondary care services, carers, and voluntary sector networks. You will make sure that people's needs are fully understood at the earliest point, often providing a bridge between primary and secondary care.

Your experience and interventions will be vital to preventing deterioration in previously stable patients, and supporting GPs and voluntary sector colleagues to provide safe, evidence-based substance use and mental health support.

About us

Sussex Partnership places a huge focus on the wellbeing of our staff, and ensures our reward packages reflect the immensely important work they do. We know that a positive work / life balance brings about massive health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example: home-working, part time hours, flexible start or finish times, or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

Your benefits:
  • Access to full psychological support via our internal wellbeing team
  • Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development
  • Access to a host of discount schemes, and excellent NHS pension
  • Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days plus bank holidays, increasing with continuous NHS service)
  • A 'Golden Hello' or relocation package for non-SPFT staff of up to £2000 (see attached documentation for terms and conditions)

Job description Job responsibilities

We would strongly encourage you to give us a ring / skype to discuss this exciting role in advance of your application:

Clinical Service Manager, B&H EWS: James Watson 07393 235 042

We are looking for self-motivated, energetic, and creative clinicians who can not only deliver great care, but can support PCN and other non-specialist staff to understand and work more effectively with mental health service users.

You will have substantial, transferable substance use and mental health skills (whether inpatient or community), and up to date professional registration from a core mental health profession.

This role is important to the transformation of community mental health service in Brighton and Hove, helping ensure that gaps in service between GPs, the voluntary sector, and secondary tier services can be bridged. We are looking for practitioners who can build partnerships, and can work flexibly and adaptively in developing these locally focussed services.

The team supports blended working options within the needs of the service, and of service users.

Please note: this role is open to RMN Mental Health Nursing professionals with current registration on the NMC register only. Applicants without this core professional qualification or registration will not be shortlisted.

Interviews will be conducted remotely.

Person Specification Skills / Experience Essential
  • RMN with current registration
  • Extensive post qualifying experience in relevant service area
  • Degree/diploma and specialist qualification, training, experience, courses to masters level equivalent relevant to the care group
  • Experience of supervising staff and students

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