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Alcohol specialist nurse

Band 6

Main area
Alcohol Care Team
Band 6
Fixed term: Permanent
Part time up to 15 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£30,401 -£37,267 pa pro rata
25/02/2020 23:59

There is an opportunity to join the Alcohol Care Team as a specialist nurse on a fixed term contract until the end of August 2020 this post is 15 hours per week. We are looking for an enthusiastic nurse, with a passion for working with patients with alcohol related conditions to join our team to help embed the alcohol element of CQUIN 9 ‘Health Matters: preventing ill health from alcohol and tobacco use’ and the CQUIN for 20/21 relating to alcohol dependence and liver screening.


The Alcohol Care Team offers a service from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings so some flexibility is required. As a liaison service we see patients who are 18 years and older across the whole of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS), to advise on management of any alcohol use disorder and plan ongoing care with patients. We are an enthusiastic team who are passionate about the service we offer.


The team delivers patient centred evidence based care to patients. We provide support, advice, and information to patients and their families. Liaison with referrers, community services and members of UHS multidisciplinary teams are essential elements to ensuring patients receive a seamless service. The team is involved in teaching both within the hospital and to colleagues in the community about many aspects of alcohol use disorders. There will be opportunities for the successful candidate to be involved in this.


We are looking for someone with experience of working with patients with alcohol use disorders who can work independently within the team.Ideally experience of motivational interviewing and delivery of brief interventions would be beneficial though not essential.An open minded non-judgemental attitude is crucial to this role.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.                      

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Anya Farmbrough

Alcohol Clinical Nurse Specialist

02381 205721

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