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NHS AfC: Band 7
Bank: Flexible working pattern
Flexible working - Bank shifts
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Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
ARC-MK, Campbell Centre & MKUH- Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
£38,890 - £44,503 CNWL Bank Rates
Salary period
21/04/2021 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Senior Specialist Liaison Nurse - Bank Staff (Covid-19 Response)

NHS AfC: Band 7


CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond.  We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run. 

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation.  We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference.  We’re proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

We are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

We offer a generous relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles.  See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing intiatives for staff.

Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist to work flexibly in our ARC-MK service to work with the Rapid Engagement and Support Team (REST), supporting discharge coordination within the Campbell Centre and MKUK during the winter period. We have a range of roles available for immediate start.

Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist  (Band 7)

The aim of the role is to provide specialist Addiction nursing support to facilitate timely assessment, engagement and discharge for patients admitted in a mental health crisis with substance use needs, supporting integration into the community, preventing readmission and facilitating engagement ARC-MK. The role will be responsible for coordinating medical detoxification of alcohol and advising on OST prescribing to the ward teams.

We are looking for an experienced registered nurse, with knowledge of mental health and substance misuse disorders and acute mental health pathways and demonstrable experience in specialist assessment and decision making.

Aims of the Team:

Patient safety, support and suicide prevention: The REST CNS and recovery champion will provide post-discharge care either at home or in a range of community settings, guided by the patients’ needs. Our recovery champion will have lived experience and expertise in helping patients navigate local support services such as mutual aid groups (AA, NA, SMART, etc) as well as the ‘support, Advice, Mentoring and Advocacy Service’ (SAMAS), commissioned to support MK residents with substance use problems, through sustained recovery support. Our team will integrate with follow on mental health care providers to offer a person-centred care plan, investing heavily in post-discharge care to help prevent readmission.

  • Reduction in MH bed pressures and access to MH beds: The REST nurses will engage quickly with patients admitted to the Campbell Centre with comorbid substance use issues to provide assessment and intervention which may be a barrier to a safe discharge. The team will support existing ward staff to identify underlying substance use through training and screening programmes. Our Senior CNS will coordinate prescribing intervention in the community including continuing ambulatory detoxes at home or at the ARC-MK service, to avoid unnecessary bed nights (often saving 3-5 nights). Our CNS and Recovery Champion will support patients on discharge to reintegrate into the home environment and community setting, supporting navigation of local community support services.
  • Reduction in A&E pressures

Our REST Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist will provide rapid assessment and support A&E teams at MKUH to formulate care planning on presenting substance misuse needs. This will include recommending prescribing of alcohol detoxification or commencement of opiate substitute therapy (OST) for those preventing with issues relating to opiate dependence. For patients with no other presenting issues, follow up appointments will be offered by the Senior CNS in our “Morning After Clinic” for longer term treatment planning as well as provision of a seamless transition of care the Addiction Recovery Community-Milton Keynes (ARC-MK), which is a short walk from the MKUH site.


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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

Teresa Wirz
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Additional information

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