Inpatient Detox Nurse

Location Birmingham, Birmingham, England
Job type Permanent
Salary £37,331.56 - 37,331.56 per year
Reference 164977

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading and award winning recruitment agency is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Inpatient Detox Nurse to work based in Birmingham.

The salary for this permanent Inpatient Detox Nurse job is £37,331.56 per annum.

Shift Pattern:

Staff will need to work flexibly across operational sites as required and to work flexibly within an agreed number of hours to maintain the most appropriate level of service provision.

This role works to a shift pattern including nights, weekends and bank holidays.


  • Be an integral member of a multidisciplinary team offering specialist clinical interventions to a cohort of residents at the service
  • Be professionally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work and that of the team you are working with including the management of residents in your care
  • Ensure nursing treatment to residents is in line with national guidelines and local inpatient detox policies and protocols
  • Provide education, health promotion and screening for blood borne viruses (BBV)
  • Provide Hepatitis B vaccinations when indicated
  • Work within and consolidate integrated care and treatment pathways for individuals who are identified as being infected with BBV/s (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and/or HIV)
  • Undertake full clinical assessments and manage the health needs, planning, delivery, and evaluation of care
  • Undertake phlebotomy, as required, ensuring adherence to identified pathways for blood sample labelling, collection, obtaining results and signposting
  • Use blood results to support the assessment the current health status of service users, the need for specialist medical referral and the suitability for community detoxification
  • Maintain accurate, comprehensive, and up to date documentation in line with the NMC Code of Conduct, NMC Guidelines on Medicines Management and the NMC Guidelines on Record Keeping and any relevant change grow lives policies
  • Contribute to CGL’s Naloxone Strategy by training staff and residents in the use of Naloxone
  • Ensuring Naloxone is distributed to residents at every opportunity
  • Offer wound care assessment and basic wound dressing to service users
  • Organise signposting to other services as required and ensure clear pathways into other treatment arenas as appropriate
  • Accurately gather and interpret clinical information about residents, instigate appropriate remedial action and promptly record changes on CRiiS
  • Utilise psychosocial intervention including Integrated Test and Evaluation Plans (ITEP), in both one-to-one and group settings to promote engagement in treatment services and ownership of recovery planning
  • Ensure understanding and adherence to change grow lives infection control procedures through a clear understanding of enhanced requirements associated with a residential setting
  • Prompt recording, recording any accidents, and ensuring the safe use of equipment
  • Risk assess all areas of your work including manual handling risks, know when and how to use the hoist, biohazards from body fluids, and managing anxious or upset residents or residents with mental health or cognitive dysfunctions
  • Ensure residents involvement in the planning of their care to maximise engagement and retention
  • Develop therapeutic alliances with people who have substance misuse problems and develop effective partnerships with them to support their individual recovery journeys, offering health promotion and harm reduction advice
  • Communicate effectively within the referring Team and other partner agencies, prompting open and trusting relationships and develop effective communication pathways and partnerships
  • Ensure that there is good communication of treatments offered, treatment progress and outcome of any investigations to referring service and other healthcare agencies, including GPs

Requirements of the Inpatient Detox Nurse:

  • First level registered nurse with recent relevant post qualification experience and a current PIN
  • Understand and adhere to the legislation surrounding the use of patient group directives (PGDs)
  • Have a clear understanding and adherence to the Controlled Drugs process in line with the Standard Operating Procedure for Controlled Drugs
  • Be thorough and diligent in all drug administration and demonstrate a duty of candour in relation to any incidents relating to medicines management
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of Clinical Governance and be active in applying to your work situation, including maintaining own continuous professional development by keeping up to date in clinical practice, national guidelines and developments, and incorporate them as necessary in to your work
  • Have a clear understanding of the Health and Safety aspects of your work and implement any policies which may be required to improve the safety of your work area
  • Have a demonstratable ability to manage emergency situations by being proficient in intermediate life support and defibrillation plus carry out emergency anaphylactic and Naloxone administration as required until paramedic ambulance crew arrive, whilst maintaining the safety of all concerned
  • Demonstrating an understanding of and commitment to best safeguarding practice
  • Willing to be subject to appropriate professional revalidation program
  • Willing to be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check at an enhanced level
  • Believe in people
  • Be open
  • Be compassionate
  • Be bold
  • Professional values
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Nursing practice and decision making
  • Relevant recent experience of working within drug and alcohol treatment
  • A clear understanding of the need for and ability to deliver quality services
  • Sound and demonstrable knowledge of clinical prescribing issues
  • Sound and demonstrable knowledge of harm reduction and health promotion interventions
  • Knowledge of the issues facing substance misusers including appropriate medical interventions, social care, and health issues
  • Trained in phlebotomy
  • Experience of contributing to project development
  • Knowledge of local services and geography
  • Qualification(s) in substance misuse
  • Experience of working with people with complex substance misuse and health concerns with an understanding of how this is reflected within an inpatient setting


This Inpatient Detox Nurse job is advertised by Sadiq Rahman; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.

Reasonable Adjustments:

If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.