Dual Diagnosis Practitioner
Connecting mental health and substance use services to deliver person-centred care.
In Kensington and Chelsea, we look after a diverse population. Our challenges have become particularly acute during the pandemic but, by sharing facilities and expertise in a bi-borough agreement with Westminster City Council, we have sustained joined-up health and social care services that put residents at their heart. We recognise the complexities between drug and alcohol use and mental health and seek to advocate for clients in both areas through a distinctive service model.
This is a critical outreach role specialising in hard-to-reach individuals with a dual diagnosis of mental health and substance use. Over time, you’ll build trusting therapeutic relationships, adopting a creative and wholly personalised approach to client engagement, and ensuring that services work together to address their needs. Liaising with psychiatric wards, social care, housing and other agencies in a consultancy role, you’ll advocate for support, and provide education, coaching and mentoring where appropriate. We’ll make sure you have the capacity and resources to spend one-to-one time with clients, and allow you a high degree of autonomy in designing and delivering person-centred solutions.
Please refer to the Job Description for more information.
Warm, empathic and able to build rapport with people in difficulty, you’ll have experience of using a range of therapeutic skills and psychosocial interventions to address complex mental health & substance use issues. You’ll be a qualified and registered social worker, nurse, chartered psychologist or occupational therapist with a background in inpatient, local authority or community settings. In particular, you’ll have a sound understanding of substance misuse and the needs of service users with severe and enduring mental health issues. Resilience, persistence and patience will be crucial to achieving positive outcomes.
In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.
If you feel that this could be the role for you, then please complete our online application form, giving examples of how your skills and experience meet the person specification.
We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.
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We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.