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Specialist Addiction Practitioner

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust has a national and international reputation in Addiction and CoOccurring Mental Health Alcohol and Drugs (COMHAD) treatment. The COMHAD team, as part of LYPFT, works alongside other partners that make up Forward Leeds, a CQC outstanding rated organisation.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Specialist COMHAD Practitioner to join the multidisciplinary team. The team consists of a Consultant Psychiatrist, Consultant Psychologist, Mental Health Nurses, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Social Worker, Specialist Health Visitor and a Specialist Midwife.

There are excellent specialist training opportunities such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and a focus on career development. The successful candidate will also have opportunities to facilitate specialist psychosocial group work and an involvement with service development.

Please contact Catherine Stephenson (CTM) on 0113 8773477 if you would like any further information regarding this post
Main duties of the job

The job role will include providing specialist addiction treatment, including psychosocial and pharmacological interventions, harm reduction, & risk management to service users with co-existing mental health and/or pregnancy needs. The LYPFT team is trauma-informed and offers a formulation driven, psychological model.

The successful candidate will hold a caseload as well as delivering psychosocial interventions to service users to support the wider service. Excellent training, supervision and support from an experienced team based in a clinical centre of excellence will be offered.

About us

The Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) is the main provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York and some highly specialised services across the country. As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

There are many benefits of working for LYPFT including fantastic employee wellbeing support, 27 - 33 days annual leave, flexible working and remote working arrangements, the NHS Pension Scheme (LYPFT pays 20.6% into your scheme each year), coaching, support and opportunities for career development and training and education support alongside a range of exclusive discounts and payment schemes including for cars, extra leave days and more organisations such as Blue Light Card, Health Service Discounts and NHS Discount Offers.

We also have an incredible bank department, offering variety of roles in nursing, allied health professions, healthcare support worker and administration clerical. Permanent employees are automatically added to bank. Bank-only workers can choose the hours they want to work and will have the opportunity to gain additional experience, keep skills up to date, develop new ones and earn extra money without having to commit to a permanent role. For an informal discussion or more information please contact the team

Job description
Job responsibilities

Liaising with other teams within and external to Forward Leeds, other professionals, statutory and non-statutory bodies. To work effectively within the multi-disciplinary team

To develop and maintain excellent links with other agencies so as to ensure effective quality care for service users.
  • Able to communicate with service users who may be distressed and who may, on occasion, present with challenging behaviour.
  • Advise healthcare professionals on the management of patients with co-existing physical health and substance misuse problems.

2. Knowledge, training and experienceEssential RMN or relevant professional qualification. Positive attitude to the client group.Desirable Post Graduate Diploma in Addictions Studies. Experience in delivering manualised therapies.

Experience of supervision Venepuncture skills. Experience of virus immunisation administration.3. Analysis, Problem Solving and Judgemental Skills(covers judgements/decision making of straightforward, a range of situations, complex or highly complex of facts or situations) To ensure safe practice and ensure that the service is effective and safe for service users, staff and visitors To use clinical and line management supervision, as well as ad-hoc supervision if and when required, supporting decision making and managing complex situations. To report incidents in a timely manner using the Hub reporting system in line with Forward Leeds and Trust policies.4. Planning and Organisational Skills Provide specialist clinical expertise with the provision of assessments, care planning evaluation, risk assessment and follow up to patients. Manage a caseload and also deliver psychosocial interventions to service users within the wider service. Deliver a range of evidence led psychosocial interventions and support pharmacotherapies as appropriate with support from senior staff. Perform physical health checks and interventions such as venepuncture, immunisation, wound care, urine sampling. Participate in clinical supervision based on video recording of practice. Participate in continuous professional development. Undertake any other duties commensurate with the grade. Collaborate with primary care colleagues in improving care provided for this service user group.

5. Physical Skills(covers minimal demand for physical skills, standard driving/keyboard or advanced/highly developed physical skills such as hand-eye co-ordination, sensory skills, moving patients and surgical activities) Post holder will be able to demonstrate good key board skills Car driver is essential 6. Patient/Client Care Collaboratively plan and implement packages of care with service users in liaison with other multidisciplinary team members. Team meetings, regular clinical supervision, as well as ad hoc supervision will provide the opportunity to discuss service users and their specific needs. Provide advice and consultation on all aspects of addiction interventions relating to alcohol dependence and other substances to colleagues within the specialist team, Forward Leeds, LYPFT and Primary Care GPs, this will include psychological and pharmacological interventions

7. Policy and Service development Implementation(covers responsibility for development and implementation of policies and/or services i.e. implements in own work area, policy/service development across own area/directorate/organisation)
  • You must take personal responsibility in agreement with your line manager for your own personal development by ensuring that continuous professional development remains a priority.
  • You will undertake all mandatory training required for the role and participate in appraisal and regular clinical and line management supervision.

8. Responsible for Financial and Physical Resources(covers financial resources i.e. cash, cheques, budgets and physical resources such as clinical, office and other equipment, tools, instruments, personal possessions of patients/clients) To ensure that those responsible for financial and physical resources are made aware when equipment needs ordering.9. Responsible for Human Resources To ensure that all activity undertaken within the Specialist Addiction service adheres to Trust and Forward Leeds policies and procedures.

10. Responsible for Information Resources To complete System 1 records for service users in treatment with Forward Leeds To comply with Forward Leeds policy in relation to information sharing and recording with Humankinds SystmOne Management Information System. To maintain own paper and computerised records for line management supervision.

11. Research and Development (R & D)(covers informal and formal clinical or non-clinical R & D i.e. carries out audits, undertakes R & D, co-ordinates and implements R & D programmes) To comply with Trust Audits as required.

Will work collaboratively with the Service Manager and Clinical Lead in undertaking research and audit, whilst ensuring evidence based practice within the clinical service area.12. Freedom to Act Works on own initiative and takes responsibility for oneself and the quality of work undertaken. Will receive line management supervision and appraisal from the Line Manager. To work within guidance of Trust and Forward Leeds policies and seek advice from the Line Manager if further direction is required to assist with decision making.

Person Specification
  • RMN/RGN/equivalent professional qualification

  • Registered with professional body

  • Experience of undertaking risk assessment and management of clients with complex needs and trauma
  • Worked across life course, care settings, with 'difficult to treat' populations

Car Driver
  • Full clean driving licence

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