Substance Misuse Specialist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,391 to £42,503 a year incl. 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Substance misuse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a nurse, social worker or occupational therapist interested in a career in Substance Misuse? Do you have a relevant porfessioanl registration with experience in working in substance misuse? Are you motivated to help service users engage in their recovery journey? Are you a car owner/driver? Are you flexible? Are you proactive?

Would you like an opportunity to join our exciting and innovative Specialist Substance Misuse Service? I-access is seen as a forward thinking and innovative service. It has been a high performing service for many years and has remained in the NHS since it started over 3 decades ago. Quality standards are a high priority for the service and for Surrey County Council.

Due to the high performance of i-access over many years Surrey County Council and SABP have worked together to find a commissioning model that did not cause the damage and service disruption procurement processes can often result in. i-access is now jointly delivered by Surrey County Council and Surrey and Borders under a cooperation agreement. This is an ongoing agreement, which enables i-access to continue to deliver a quality service to Surrey residents without the disruption of an impending procurement process.

Main duties of the job

We are offering 1 Full Time, Band 6 opportunity as a Substance Misuse Specialist or Nurse working with our North-West team in Chertsey also covering the surrounding area.

The post holder will be proactive in reducing harm in line with the recovery agenda and advocate for service users in addressing their physical, mental health and social care needs.

We are looking for dynamic nurses or experienced practitioners who have genuine interest in and empathy for people with a drug and alcohol addiction. We have one post for candidates who are comfortable travelling to and working in a variety of settings. This post is based currently at Two Bridges, Chertsey but there may be flexibility. There is an expectation to deliver interventions across North-west Surrey.

The post involves working as part of a Multidisciplinary Team providing 1:1 key work support for service users using both drugs and alcohol as part of their Recovery Treatment Plan. Experience in strong team working across divisional and organisational boundaries is an advantage. The role is varied and exciting.

The successful applicants will have experience of working within the substance misuse and/or mental health field, have excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as an understanding of problems faced by people with substance misuse issues.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country withing easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

Suitable for someone who is a professional, dynamic and experienced clinician and has excellent complex risk management and crisis intervention skills in a fast moving environment, adaptable and can meet the needs of Service User’s establishing strong professional supportive relationships. To work and act appropriately on own initiative within a multi-disciplinary team and has the skills to utilise knowledge, skills and experience to deliver a high standard of evidence based clinical interventions.

You will have knowledge, skills and experience in Mental Health and Substance Misuse with an excellent understanding of the recovery agenda.

Full Job Description attached.

Person Specification Knowledge and skills Desirable
  • Experience in Hepatitis C testing
  • Knowledge & Awareness of blood-borne viruses
  • Prescription/medicine management skills
  • Practice Supervisor/Practice Assessor if registered nurse
Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse qualification.
  • Degree qualification in health related subject ie Social work/Occupational Therapist
  • Post Grad qualification desirable
Experience Essential
  • Minimum of 2 years in Substance Misuse / Mental Health
  • Excellent standard of Mental Health and Substance Misuse knowledge, skills and experience
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Experience in strong team working across divisional and organisational boundaries
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working and liaison, delivering training
  • high quality report writing, data management, i.e. populating spread sheets/collating information, excellent communication and liaison skills, strong engagement skills
  • Ability to provide Clinical Supervision as advised by Team Manager

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