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Alcohol Liaison Nurse Practitioner

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder is responsible for the assessment of patient care needs and development, devising, implementing and evaluating programmes of care, both for a specific group of patients as the named care provider and in supporting the care of all patients. As a Alcohol Liaison Nurse Practitioner you will provide specialist advice and support in treating alcohol dependency to the acute trust staff, patients and family members.The post holder will be expected to provide clinical expertise and knowledge, demonstrating a sound understanding of the issues related to the identification, assessment, treatment, and management of the client group: alcohol users, this includes those with increasingalcohol risk, those who are experiencing alcohol harm as well as those who are dependent.

Main duties of the job

Work as part of the multi-disciplinary Mental Health Liaison team to deliver aneffective and efficient response to referrals from the acute trust for personspresenting with alcohol related difficulties, providing clinical assessments andinterventions focussing on relapse prevention, early discharge and improved qualityof life for patients referred.o Provide a service to the wards within the general hospital, assessing individuals whohave alcohol dependence difficulties and may also have a range of complex physicaland mental health needs. This would include both functional and organic illnesses oflater life in addition to younger peopleo Develop and provide training and support to acute hospital staff regardingrecognising alcohol dependence conditions and appropriate management andonward referral pathwayso Provide information and clinical support to police and ambulance staff in order to helpthem make appropriate pathway decisions

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

You will help nurture and develop other staff in a team where opinions of all will be valued. As we discover what works for whom interventions will change and be adapted, so this will be a dynamic working environment.

This will sit within the broader values of Pennine NHS Foundation Trust.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide in-reach into the general hospital wards and competently undertake comprehensive mental health and risk assessments to identify the needs of individuals referred who have difficulties with their alcohol use. To have an understanding of physical health conditions and the impact they can have on mental health To work in close liaison with staff within the Acute Trust and Health & Social Care Services in upholding and implementing clinical standards for the care of people with mental health needs within the Acute Trust. To be able to engage and establish and empathic rapport with individuals with a wide spectrum of mental health conditions in difficult settings

To possess the knowledge of the different components of mental health assessments for a range of conditions including robust risk assessments and management of risk following assessment To ensure the timely and comprehensive completion of specialist mental health assessments for individuals within the general hospital to support discharge planning and funding of ongoing care To ensure appropriate patient and carer involvement in care To support best interest meetings as required To have an up to date knowledge of a range of clinical pathways within the mental health and acute trust setting To be able to competently make clinical decisions, particularly in relation to referring patients on to other services, admitting for treatment and discharging individuals. To possess a sound knowledge of issues surrounding the management of violence and aggression and to be able to diffuse potentially difficult and volatile situations. Be able to effectively support non-mental health colleagues from a range of disciplines

Person Specification qualification Essential
  • RMN or RGN
  • Experience of working in mental health settings Experience of working with individuals in distress Experience of working with non pharmalogical approaches to managing challenging behaviours with people with dementia Experience of modelling behaviours to new staff members Experience of working with people with physical ill health issues and disabilities
  • Basic understanding of mental health issues including dementia. Understanding of confidentiality and data protection issues. Consent issues Privacy and dignity issues
  • Ability to listen effectively Ability to follow a plan of care and recognise the boundaries of own role Good written and verbal communication skills Ability to create innovative solutions to help empower service users. Ability to work without direct supervision in a range of settings. Ability to form positive therapeutic relationships with service users and carers. Ability to acknowledge diversity and promote anti-discriminatory practice/equal opportunities. Ability to provide practical support with daily living activities. An ability to act calmly in emergencies and to respond in a professional manner to stressful and challenging behaviour. Basic IT Skills Ability to work flexibly and to prioritise workload Ability to work as part of a team Ability to model appropriate behaviours and communication skills to others Ability to de-escalate situations when service users are in distress
  • Previous experience of working effectively with other disciplines
  • Experience of delivering training / teaching to other professionals in an acute setting
  • Good understanding of the impact of alcohol use and the impact on physical and mental health comorbidities.
  • Sound working knowledge of Mental Heath Act and Mental Capacity Act Legislation and DOLS
  • Skills in Assessment / Care Management and Planning to support individuals with alcohol difficulties
  • Training related to management skills, teaching, staff development and supervision

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