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Substance Misuse Practitioner - Forensic Community Services

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Nursing or Allied Health Professional
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 6
Contract
Secondment: 18 months (Fixed term contract also considered.)
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
350-SELD3025031
Site
Auden Unit, Hollins Park Hospital
Town
Winwick
Salary
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata
Salary period
Yearly
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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arose to work within the Forensic Community Services within Prospect Partnership new pilot service. The postholder will be part of a MDT working within the secure care pathway. The  Service aims to reduce length of stay within secure care inpatient services and enhance the community service to achieve earlier discharges and period of transition into the community. The postholder will work within the wider MDT to support timely, safe and clinically appropriate discharges from secure inpatient services. The Community Service will then work directly with service users following discharge to stabilise, support and provide on-going treatment as well as providing education, training and enhanced support to our third sector partner agencies, families and carers. This post also covers the male and female step down services attached to Forensic Community Services as part of the discharge pathway services.

Shortlisting: 13th April 2021

Interviews: 22nd April 2021

Main duties of the job

The postholder will take a lead on assessing the addiction needs and risks of an individual as well as formulating an appropriate management plan and treatment options. There will be an opportunity to provide training and education to wider team members and partners agencies as well as responding to crisis situations and/or potential relapse scenarios. The postholder will develop and facilitate groups as well as one to one sessions which will be collaboratively written and delivered with our service users and/or carers.

Working for our organisation

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world’s leading organisation in holistic health and well being.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Job Description attached outlines the main responsibilities of the role. The post holder will worker within Specialist Forensic Community Services with Secure and Specialist Learning Disability Division of Mersey Care.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Nursing Registration (Mental Health or General Adult Nursing) OR Allied Health Professional Registration
  • Validated qualifications in relevant areas, such as counselling, CBT, motivational interviewing, solution-focused approaches.

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of different professionals
  • Ability to undertake risk assessments or willingness to undergo training using standardized methods
  • Ability to create care plans and packages of care
  • Awareness of the Recovery Model and the ability to conduct strengths based assessments
  • Ability to develop and sustain therapeutic relationships, and provide support to individuals with complex needs
  • Ability to network, collaborate and liaise with other agencies
  • Ability to work independently and autonomously
  • Able to apply an understanding of equal opportunities, confidentiality and consent issues within this service user group
  • Ability to communicate complex and highly sensitive information to clients and other professionals in verbal and in written formats
  • Ability to contribute to the design of training programs, educating others about substance use.
  • Ability to work in sometimes highly distressing and emotional circumstances
  • Ability to assess and manage high risk service users’ challenging behaviours and crisis situations
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team and contribute to the development of care management plans for vulnerable and complex service user groups
  • Demonstrate skills in assessment, formulation, risk and care management of service users with complex mental health and substance misuse needs
  • Evidence of applying working knowledge of complex interactions in mental health and substance misuse
  • Knowledge of complex poly substance misuse and therapeutic medication use, including complex interactions of poly pharmacology

Knowledge and experience

Essential criteria
  • Extensive experience of working with those affected by substance misuse.
  • Experience of working with people with complex mental health problems.
  • Experience of comprehensive assessment of drug and alcohol users with complex needs
  • Knowledge of the range of physical, psychological and social needs of people with complex mental health and substance use needs.
  • Experience of case/care management for vulnerable and complex mental health and substance misuse problems
  • An understanding of the principles and practice of harm minimisation and relapse prevention, and a commitment to work within a recovery model of practice
  • A good working knowledge of the specific health risks that those affected by substance misuse are exposed to.
  • An understanding and knowledge of the main psychoactive drugs used by this client group, their effects and current treatments
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding procedures for children and vulnerable adults
  • Knowledge of Data Protection Act
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety requirements
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working with mentally disordered offenders.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of clinical audits
  • Experience in contributing to multiagency case/care management plans for service users with complex presentations
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act, Care Program Approach, Orange and NICE Guidelines, and National Drug & Alcohol Strategy and the impact on service delivery
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Alison Walker
Job title
Lead Psychologist - Forensic Community Services
Email address
alison.walker@merseycare.nhs.uk