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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







AA2

Relate to, and interact with individuals




AA3

Support individuals to access and use services and facilities




AA4

Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals




AA6

Promote choice, well being and the protection of all individuals




AB1

Support individuals who are distressed




AB2

Support individuals who are substance users




AB3

Contribute to the prevention and management of abusive and aggressive behaviour




AB4

Contribute to the protection of individuals from harm and abuse




AB5

Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users




AB8

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




AC1

Reflect on and develop your practice




AC2

Make use of supervision





AC3

Contribute to the development of the knowledge and practice of others




AD1

Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects




AD4

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




AF1

Carry out screening and referral assessment




AF3

Carry out comprehensive substance misuse assessment




AG1

Develop, implement and review care plans for individuals


AG3


Assist in the transfer of individuals between agencies and services




AH4

Support individuals to undertake and monitor their own health care




AH7

Support individuals through detoxification programmes




AI2

Help individuals address their substance use through an action plan




BA3

Contribute to the development of organisational policy and practice




BB1

Promote your organisation and its services to stakeholders




BD3

Support the health and safety of yourself and individuals





BE2

Receive, analyse, process, use and store information




BE4

Supply information for management control




BI5

Promote effective communication for and about individuals




BI1

Develop productive working relationships




BI6

Develop and sustain effective working relationships with staff in other agencies




BI7

Participate in inter-disciplinary team working to support individuals


AI3

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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