Band 5 Drug & Alcohol Nurse - Bristol

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Specialist Drug & Alcohol Practitioner
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Specialist Drug and Alcohol Services BSDAS Campbell House 1 Montague Place Bristol BS6 5UB
£28,407 - £34,581 per annum
Salary period
26/09/2023 23:59

Job overview

We are looking for a registered nurse to work as part of the Specialised Drug and Alcohol Service in Bristol, supporting a caseload of complex needs service users with their drug and alcohol use. The post holder will also be involved in the running of our community detox clinic and popular group work programmes.

BSDAS is part of Bristol ROADS, the commissioned Drugs and Alcohol Service within Bristol. We work closely with our partner agencies within DHI, BDP and ARA. 

We are looking for a RGN as well as RMN.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a registered health professional with a passion for supporting people with drug and alcohol problems. The ideal candidate will have experience of working with patients facing social exclusion and of co-ordinating holistic packages of care that ensure all needs are met. 

Good interpersonal skills and the ability to build trust and rapport with service users is essential as is the ability to work as part of a multi disciplinary team. 

Good record keeping and administrative skills are also a must. 

We support and encourage applications from those with a lived experience. 

Working for our organisation

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.  We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for managing a caseload of drug and alcohol users. Assessment, support planning risk assessment, safeguarding and the delivery of psychosocial interventions will be key tasks on a daily basis. This post sits within a multi disciplinary team consisting of psychiatry, psychology and nursing staff. The MDT approach is central to the management of the team caseload and the post holder will be expected to contribute collaboratively within this environment. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Appropriate health / social care professional qualification and registration or equivalent relevant experience. • Evidence of continuing professional development relevant to the post.


Essential criteria
  • Experience as a practitioner working with service users and carers, relevant to the delivery of substance misuse services. • Competent in assessment, risk assessment and risk management, care planning, care co-ordination and evaluation of care.


Essential criteria
  • Able to develop therapeutically effective relationships with service users and carers, working effectively with diverse groups. • Up to date knowledge of, and relevant skills for delivering a range of psychosocial and/or prescribing interventions to this client group as appropriate to this role. • Up to date knowledge of current developments in the drug/alcohol field and related aspects of general / mental health. • Up to date communication, presentation, interpersonal and liaison skills, both verbal and written. • Sound basic IT literacy, including word processing, e-mail and internet use.

We are proud to be fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our communities.  A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, people with ‘lived-experience’ of mental health conditions and people living with disabilities,– we are a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We encourage applications from people who wish to work on a flexible basis, recognising that flexibility may mean a range of different working patterns and hours, we do our utmost to work with our staff to meet their needs and the needs of our service users.

Please apply to join us, we would love to hear from you. Any personal details you supply to us are kept safe in line with the General Data Protection Regulations. 

Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date and we will let you know if we are offering you an interview by email via our recruitment system ‘TRAC’. We contact all applicants within 4 weeks after the closing date, so please check your emails regularly once you have submitted your application; you are welcome to contact us, via the TRAC system, if you have any queries about your application.

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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Claire Hoggans
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