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Substance Misuse Nurse

  • Full time
  • £26,500 – £34,500
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 31st May 2023

  • Advertised from 3rd May 2023
  • The working pattern is Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, however some flexibility will be required This role is a Fixed Term Contract until the end of March 2025.


Are you looking for a rewarding new opportunity that helps improve people's lives? We are recruiting for a Registered Nurse to join our fantastic team.

We need your passion and dedication to help us change the lives of the people we support. You will be part of a dynamic team who will value your input and ideas. Our clients will be benefit from your clinical skill set, experience and knowledge as you empower them to overcome their personal challenges. We truly believe that education is a powerful tool, we are continuously learning how our clients want to be supported and reflecting on ways to improve our services.

This is an extremely rewarding role, one from which you will have the opportunity to be part of a patients journey from end to end. We are certain this role will remind you of why you chose nursing as a career pathway.

Job Purpose

As our Substance Misuse Nurse, you will provide a range of Health and Wellbeing, and harm reduction interventions to service users in accordance with the agreed model of service delivery. You will deliver high standards of nursing care to substance misusers and be responsible for the assessment of care needs, development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care.

Main Responsibilities

You will be an advocate for our patients, working closely with them to identify the physical, psychological, spiritual and social support they need. The postholder will work flexibly providing a high standard of nursing care in a variety of settings, promoting the health and well-being of service users whilst maintaining a safe, caring and therapeutic environment. As a Substance Misuse Nurse you will participate as an active member of the nursing and multi-disciplinary teams, accountable for your practice, and work in partnership with other health care professionals, psycho-social case managers, patients and others in the delivery of care.

You will support the delivery of specific healthcare clinics or groups, designed to support and educate clients, providing them with practical tools to overcome life’s challenges, this will include pre-session planning and post-session evaluation.


Essential Criteria

  • Registered Nurse with Valid registration via the NMC
  • Completed pre-registration Registered Nurse training
  • Demonstrable experience of comprehensive assessment of need including risk assessments
  • Knowledge of safe storage, handling and administration of drugs in particular controlled drugs
  • Knowledge and understanding of NMC code of conduct
  • Knowledge of risk assessment and management and its implementation
  • Understanding of the roles, responsibilities and structures of agencies involved in responding to drug and alcohol issues
  • Demonstrable ability to work constructively with a wide variety of groups and individuals in a range of settings and work roles


Desirable Criteria

  • Studied to Degree Level
  • Post basic study covering substance misuse and blood borne viruses
  • Qualified to perform immunisation and vaccinations
  • Mentorship Course/ENB 998 or equivalent or willingness to undertake
  • Minimum 12 months post registration experience
  • Evidence of personal and professional development in nursing since registration
  • Relevant healthcare experience working within substance misuse
  • Experience of delivering nursing interventions in a community setting
  • Experience in delivering structured psychosocial interventions
  • Knowledge and awareness about current developments in drug and alcohol issues
  • Thorough awareness of drugs and their effects, models of intervention and treatment, relevant legislation and issues and debates in the drugs and alcohol field
  • Experience of planning and providing harm reduction initiatives and recovery solutions in a substance misuse setting

If working in prison setting:

  • Relevant health care experience in a forensic or secure setting
  • Experience of using Methosoft dispensing systems
  • Experience of using SystmOne
  • Relevant health care experience in a forensic or secure setting


Everyone should feel comfortable getting the support they need for issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health.

At We Are With You we work with people on their own goals, whether that’s staying safe and healthy, making small changes or stopping an unwanted habit altogether. We give people support in a way that’s right for them either face to face in their local service, community or online.

We provide a free and confidential service without judgement to more than 100,000 people a year.

We use our expertise to improve the help available and raise awareness around drugs, alcohol and mental health so that more people can get support.

We Are With You.


There are a number of staff benefits of working for We Are With You that include:

  • 28 days holiday plus a bank holiday allowance (pro rata for part time staff)
  • Enhanced employer pension contribution
  • Life assurance benefit scheme
  • Flexible working patterns to help with work life balance
  • Diverse package of training and development opportunities
  • 24/7 access to employee assistance programme
  • Cycle to work scheme

We have an excellent Refer a Friend scheme which offers you a £500 bonus for any recommendations, any role! Our scheme allows you to recommend your friends and family to work with us and earn a £500 bonus payment for every successful referral you make. Please note, the Refer a Friend scheme is only applicable if your recommended friend completes their 6 months probation period

Application notes

This advert may close early should sufficient applications be received, so please don't delay sending in your application.

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