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Treating Tobacco Dependency - Specialist Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
23 Mar 2023
An exciting opportunity in Dorset to be part of a new Tobacco Dependency Team working across Dorset supporting patients who smoke within Dorset HealthCare Hospital Trusts.

The NHS Long Term Plan gives a commitment that all people admitted to hospital that smoke will be offered NHS-funded tobacco treatment services by 2023/24.

The CARED project, based on the Ottawa/CURE model, is Our Dorset's systematic implementation at scale, of the treatment of tobacco dependency and the provision of on-going support for people with mental ill health who have been discharged from inpatient care and continue on their tobacco harm reduction journey.

Dorset's Integrated Care System is committed to implementing the CARED project in all Mental Health settings from early 2022.

The CARED project will increase the support we offer to people who are admitted to or attend our Hospitals to help them to stop smoking or to reduce harm from tobacco and be smoke free during an inpatient admission (temporary abstinence).

The CARED project recognises smoking as an addiction (tobacco dependency) and that it is a chronic, relapsing clinical condition that prematurely kills at least half of people who smoke. Smoking is seen as a medical condition that can be treated, rather than as a lifestyle choice.

Main duties of the job

This post will contribute to tackling inequalities in health as well as promoting and supporting people with severe mental health problems or learning disabilities to stop smoking.

We have created this new role to support the policy implementation.

The primary focus of the role is to provide a comprehensive tobacco dependence treatment service. The post holder will:

Promote the general health and wellbeing of people who use the service through offering tobacco harm reduction support.

Act as a smoke-free champion promoting the smoke free message through their day-to-day work.

Provide advice and support to ward staff, including reinforcing the training provided to inpatient teams by the Treating Tobacco Dependency Programme Manager to reduce harm from tobacco and the promotion of smoke free settings.

Ensure robust discharge planning for the patient's on-going tobacco dependency treatment for patients wishing to quit or who have an on-going harm reduction programme.

The post-holder will be expected to work flexibly across sites providing face to face as well as telephone/digital/remote support.

The post holder must have experience of working autonomously and have a passion for treating addiction, promoting health and supporting recovery with a vulnerable and diverse population.

A job secondment can be considered providing the candidate has permission in writing from their line manager prior to accepting the post.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities, and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification Knowledge, Skills and Training Essential
  • Registered Practitioner to degree/diploma level supplemented by post registration diploma level specialist training and or short courses or experience in relevant speciality.
  • Membership of relevant Professional body.
  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio
  • Non-Medical Prescriber (if professionally appropriate)
  • Knowledge and understanding of Trust Strategy relevant to role
Job Specific Experience Essential
  • Experience at Practitioner Band 5 level
  • Experience of specialist working
  • Experience of managing change
  • Demonstrable knowledge of assessment and therapeutic interventions in area of specialism
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing highly specialist advice
  • Able to demonstrate specialist clinical reasoning skills to assimilate information in order to make a clinical judgement regarding diagnosis and intervention.
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload effectively
  • Trained in PMVA techniques or willing to be trained.
  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role
Mangement/Supervisory Experience Essential
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and mentoring to junior staff
  • Experience of devising and delivering training
Personal Qualities and Attributes Essential
  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of the organisation and with staff, patient/service users, visitors or external organisations both verbally and in writing in the exchange of highly complex, sensitive or contentious information which may require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills.
  • Able to overcome barriers to understanding where there are physical or mental disabilities.
  • Able to analyse and assess situations and to interpret potentially conflicting situations and determine appropriate action, where there is a range of options and judgement is required.
  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities, e.g. organise own time and that of junior staff and learners, planning off duty rotas and undertaking discharge planning involving co-ordination with other agencies.
  • Ability to use own initiative within sphere of authority
  • Demonstrable leadership qualities and the ability to perform as a role model
  • Willingness to advance own clinical knowledge, skill and competence based on current evidence

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