Drug & Alcohol Nurse-RGN/RMN-Substance Misuse

Location: Norfolk  |  Norfolk  |  England
Sector: Criminal Justice
Consultant: Michele Dawson
Job Reference: GS36621
Salary: £28000 - £38000
Job Status: Permanent / Full Time

Seven Criminal Justice are looking for an Health and Wellbeing Nurse to fill an exclusive opportunity within a leading addictions service in King’s Lynn. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced RGN or RMN to join a substance misuse clinic in Norfolk. They are currently looking for a Health and Wellbeing Nurse who has a positive attitude, that is willing to learn and understand the treatment process. The service provides an Alcohol Liaison Service, an Alcohol Detox Service and an Opiate Replacement Service for NHS patients.

The role:

As a Drug and Alcohol Nurse (RGN or RMN) you will be joining a national charity with a reputation for delivering excellence in services for people with drug and alcohol dependency issues. Ideally, they are looking for a Nurse who has a background in either substance misuse, prison services or clinic/practice nursing.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Undertake Health and Wellbeing assessments for all opiate service users and users of other drugs when indicated by clinical need.
  • Undertake Nurse Alcohol Assessments for all alcohol service users as indicated by policy, using results to determine safe detoxification as required.
  • Provide titration for opiate service users as part of the health and wellbeing clinics to ensure the service user achieves an optimum dose of OST. This process is supported by good communication to other team members, including community pharmacists.
  • Provide screening for blood borne viruses (BBV), through dry blood spot testing.
  • 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).
  • Following health and wellbeing assessments ensure appropriate sign posting to primary care or referral to appropriate secondary health care services for identified health issues.
  • Undertake community alcohol detoxification either at the service or at the service user’s home.
  • Support Opiate detoxification in the community.
  • 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.
  • Where indicated, refer for specialist inpatient services (including detoxification) and liaise with hospital and inpatient unit staff.
  • To contribute to Naloxone Strategy by training staff and service users in the use of Naloxone. Ensuring Naloxone is distributed to service users 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.
  • 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.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Qualifications: First level registered nurse with recent relevant post qualification (RMN or RGN)
  • Experience: Experience in Substance Misuse
  • Compliance: NMC Pin
  • Hours: Full time

Working with Criminal Justice:

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