Team Profile

Specific standards (DANOS related where appropriate) for this role include

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Specific standards (DANOS related where appropriate) for this role include:

Unit Number and Title


Relate to, and interact with individuals


Support individuals to access and use services and facilities


Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals


Promote choice, well being and the protection of all individuals


Support individuals who are distressed


Support individuals who are substance users


Contribute to the prevention and management of abusive and aggressive behaviour


Contribute to the protection of individuals from harm and abuse


Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users


Contribute to assessing and act upon risk of danger, harm and abuse


Reflect on and develop your practice


Make use of supervision


Contribute to the development of the knowledge and practice of others


Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects


Develop and disseminate information and advice about substance use, health and social well-being


Carry out screening and referral assessment


Carry out comprehensive substance misuse assessment


Develop, implement and review care plans for individuals


Assist in the transfer of individuals between agencies and services


Support individuals to undertake and monitor their own health care


Support individuals through detoxification programmes


Help individuals address their substance use through an action plan


Contribute to the development of organisational policy and practice


Promote your organisation and its services to stakeholders


Support the health and safety of yourself and individuals


Receive, analyse, process, use and store information


Supply information for management control


Promote effective communication for and about individuals


Develop productive working relationships


Develop and sustain effective working relationships with staff in other agencies


Participate in inter-disciplinary team working to support individuals


Counsel groups of individuals about their substance use using recognised theoretical models

Person Specification

Essential criteria:

  • Experience of working with substance misuse including alcohol and mental health issues and a clear understanding of the need for and ability to deliver quality services.

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited psychology degree with a degree classification of 2:1 or above.

  • Post Graduate training and registration with BPS as either a clinical or counselling psychologist.

  • Sound and demonstrable knowledge and understand of addiction.

  • Knowledge of the issues facing substance misusers including appropriate psychological interventions, social care and health issues.

  • Ability to assess and care plan service users and formulate written reports as necessary.

  • Community based support practices.

  • Maintain professional boundaries and work effectively with partnership agencies.

  • Demonstrate skills to undertake administrative duties and PC literacy.

  • Experience of contributing to project development.

  • Clinical auditing skills to inform evaluation of the service and identify areas for development.

And the ability to:

  • empathy and a person-centred approach to clients;
  • tolerance of stress;

  • the ability to recognise your own limitations and respond to difficult situations; the ability to apply your knowledge of academic psychology and research to clinical problems;

  • the capacity to be critical and analytical and to work in a self-motivated, independent way;

  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to deal with people in distress;

  • the ability to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines;

  • the determination to succeed;

  • a strong understanding of the profession and the role of a clinical psychologist, and an awareness of current NHS issues.

  • Communicate confidently and effectively, verbally and in writing.

  • Respond flexibly to the demands of the post.

  • Work as a member of a team.

  • Show a capacity to work alone and the ability to keep calm under pressure.

  • Understand and have a commitment to the principles of equal opportunity and diversity.

  • Employ a professional, empathetic and non-judgmental attitude towards service users.

  • Show commitment to facilitating positive outcomes for service users.

Desirable criteria:

  • Access to own transport.

  • Knowledge of local services and geography.

  • Knowledge of mindfulness based cognitive therapies

This post is subject to a DBS check at an enhanced level.

Amendments: This description accurately reflects the present position; it may be amended and reviewed. Any change will be made following a proper period of consultation.

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