Substance Misuse Nurse - Band 6

Location Sutton
Job type Contract
Salary £25 per hour
Contact Rihana
Call Rihana
Reference 169263

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading recruitment company within the private and public sector has a locum role for a Band 6 Substance Misuse Nurse to work full-time (37.5 hours per week) based in Sutton.

The pay rate for this locum Substance Misuse Nurse job is £25 per hour (Assignment rate) and is an initial 3-month contract.


  • Work as an effective member of a multi disciplinary Integrated Partnership Team
  • Undertake Deputy Manager Responsibilities in Liaison with Team Manager including supervision of staff
  • Undertake assessments, care co-ordinate and provide treatment and care to clients experiencing or at risk of significant alcohol and drug related harms at a variety of settings including Primary Care and partner agencies services
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with service users, carers and all agencies involved in supporting drug and alcohol users
  • Offer a wide range of treatment options in accordance with NICE guidance and policy including pharmacological, supportive counselling interventions, harm minimization including health screening and vaccination
  • Action the values of the Trust Recovery and Social Inclusion strategy, and Inspire Partnership Recovery goals
  • Represent the team locally and within the Trust
  • Be responsible for the flexible management of a defined caseload, meeting the needs of the client in conjunction with other members of the partnership team
  • Function as a key member of the partnership in all matters relating to the assessment, treatment and care of clients
  • Undertake Deputy Manager Responsibilities in providing efficient & effective delivery of the service including effective organization and continued service development
  • Work closely with all partner agencies to ensure a coordinated integrated appropriate multi agency response
  • Provide an effective link and to act in an advisory capacity to stakeholders in other fields and to develop joint working relationships
  • Develop & maintain up to date records and written work including letters, reports & client records
  • Comply with the Trust Policy on the Care Programme Approach, Care Management, Risk Assessment & Management and ensure trust policies are known & implemented
  • Comply, incorporate and advocate child and vulnerable adult safeguarding into practice
  • Administer prescribed medication and provide supervision of prescriptions, noting effects and side-effects, monitoring compliance, and ensuring that required observations are performed in a timely and effective way
  • Ensure that performance and standards are maintained and monitored through all relevant reporting arrangements
  • Participate in ongoing team audit, research, Clinical Governance and Nursing Strategy activities and ensure client & carer involvement is central to planning & reviewing of service delivery
  • Provide mentorship for nursing students and provide education and training of colleagues and to participate in educational programs
  • Liaise closely with other services keeping them informed of relevant service issues
  • Provide information and reports as required and accurately document all relevant information regarding clients and staff, in keeping with the Trust guidelines and the NMC standard for records and record keeping
  • Undertake successful induction of new staff and provide regular supervision of junior staff
  • Have responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of self and others
  • Comply at all times with the requirements of the Health and Safety regulations
  • Participate in the development and acting as a preceptor to Band 5 nurses with responsibility for providing annual Development Review/appraisal and provide mentorship for student nurses ensuring appropriate teaching, support and supervision

Requirements of the Substance Misuse Nurse:

  • RMN (current NMC registration)
  • Having a collaborative approach with the client, carers and other agencies
  • Have an awareness of the need to manage resources effectively within determined budgets
  • Be conversant in and contribute to local initiatives on Clinical Governance, i.e.; Risk Management, Clinical Effectiveness and Local Clinical improvement Groups
  • Be fully conversant with legislation relevant to current practice
  • Demonstrable post qualification experience of working in substance misuse field
  • Experience in assessment and care management
  • Experience of working in the community
  • Experience of contributing to policy and procedure development and implementation
  • Experience of managing and supervising other staff
  • ENB 998 or equivalent or willingness to undertake within year of appointment
  • Qualified Nurse prescriber or willingness to undertake training within year of appointment
  • Evidence of continuing professional and personal development
  • Counselling or other relating training qualification
  • Knowledge of alcohol/substance misuse
  • Knowledge of harm reduction strategies
  • An understanding of treatment interventions used in the management of alcohol drug related problems
  • Effective communication skills both written and verbal
  • Basic IT skills
  • Skills in assessment, care planning and case management
  • Ability to interpret research and apply to practice
  • Knowledge of counselling skills, group skills, cognitive skills and behavioural skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team
  • Awareness of other cultural and anti-discriminatory practices
  • Clear understanding of the Mental Health Act, Clinical Governance and National Policies including NICE
  • Knowledge of recent initiatives in nursing
  • Understanding of the National Treatment agency agenda
  • Teaching and training skills
  • Up to date knowledge of effective models of Substance misuse , mental health & social care
  • A working knowledge of recent innovations in the treatment of substance misuse
  • An understanding and positive regard for the needs and rights of people experiencing substance misuse and mental health problems including carers
  • Ability to adapt to changing environments, needs and demands
  • Ability to work closely and form good working relationships with a wide range of people
  • An understanding of and commitment to principles of equal opportunity, fair access and service, and user empowerment and an ability to translate these principles into practice
  • Personal experience of mental health problems

Benefits of working for Sanctuary Personnel:

  • Daily payroll
  • Free DBS and compliance service
  • Access to exclusive roles that aren't available with other agencies
  • Your own dedicated consultant with extensive substance misuse knowledge
  • Refer a Friend bonus - get £250 for each candidate you refer who we successfully place
  • Find your own job bonus - Receive £250 for bringing your own position to us
  • Clinical governance support
  • In house payroll system
  • Revalidation
  • Industry-leading shift booking system
  • Nationwide coverage including the Channel islands


This Substance Misuse Nurse job is advertised by Rihana Chowdhury; 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.

As a pioneer of diverse recruitment, Sanctuary Personnel is proud to encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds as our pool of candidates is very much reflective of the clients that candidates will support within their role. This very much played a significant in previously winning ‘Best Candidate Care’ at the Recruiter Awards as well being a two-time finalist for the same award.

Sanctuary takes great pride in building candidate and client relationships that promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

With recruitment consultants and all other employees undertaking annual online training on EDI and many other compliance training courses, Sanctuary is best-placed to undertake a fair and thorough selection process.

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.