Responsible to: Lead Nurse
Location: Walters Road, Swansea
Hours: 35 hours per week to include some Saturdays
Annual Leave: 25 days, rising to 28 days after 12 months’ service
Pay Scale: TBC
Background and Service
Kaleidoscope is a pioneering service provider that endeavours to offer holistic support to the
clients who access its services. You will be working within the DIP (Drug Intervention
Programme) to provide treatment to clients referred to Kaleidoscope who may be within the
Criminal Justice system.
Community detoxification will be initiated and overseen by the community prescribing service.
Prescribing regimes will be decided by the prescribing doctor and prescribing service staff.
Clients receiving Methadone Replacement Therapy (MRT) are dispensed on the premises,
using an automated computer guided dispensing system.
Dispensary assistants will need to enjoy having face-to-face contact with people who have
recognised that their use of substances has become problematic. S/he will have excellent
communication skills, be flexible and be able to work closely with other staff and very
efficiently within a small team. S/he should have a non-judgmental approach to people who
have substance misuse problems and be able to provide a welcoming and accessible
approach to existing and potential service users.
Ensuring good practice and adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) is vital in
providing a safe dispensing service to our clients. Being able to follow specific procedures is
therefore of utmost importance.
Individual supervision will be provided six weekly for one to two hours as required. There will
also be an induction period, during which time training will be provided in all relevant areas.
To administer methadone to clients accessing prescribing services, adhering strictly to
To supervise medication consumption by individuals accessing our prescribing services.
To ensure administrative responsibilities, such as completing the daily dispensing log, are
maintained according to legal and organisational requirements.
To maintain an awareness of personal responsibilities in relation to medication
To perform other dispensary tasks as appropriate, such as keeping the area clean,
organised and sufficiently stocked with required items.
To undertake drug screening on clients as required.
To maintain and develop personal expertise and knowledge by reading and further
training in order to develop professional competence, and to contribute to the
development of competence within the team.
To help with the induction and orientation of new staff.
To keep abreast of developments in the field and to increase skills and knowledge by
participation in courses, in-service training etc.
To recognise own limits and to seek support.
To ensure professional development by seeking regular supervision and annual
To ensure a high quality of service is delivered by following SOPs and organisational
policies and procedures as set out by Kaleidoscope.
To effectively manage own time and to prioritise workload, maintaining own
administration and accurate personal records regarding travel, diary appointments, TOIL,
and expenses incurred.
To be directly accountable and responsible for own professional practice, operating in
line with own professional regulating bodies and within all of Kaleidoscope’s policy and
procedure and other local protocols.
To participate in all team meetings and case discussions and to represent the project at
other multi-agency/disciplinary meetings and care co-ordination meetings as required.
To undertake any other duties as may be required by management, which fall within own
sphere of duties.
Health and Safety
To take reasonable care for the health and safety of oneself and others who may be
affected by one’s acts or omissions at work and to co-operate with statutory and local
Health and Safety regulations.
To ensure at all times that clients and other workers perform safely and in accordance
with Health and Safety regulations.
To report and record any accident or untoward incident to the Line Manager and/or other
Essential Qualifications and Professional Experience
1 Good computer literacy.
Skills and Ability
2 Excellent organisational skills to ensure the smooth and safe operation of the
3 Good facilitation/negotiation skills.
4 Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
5 Ability to work on own initiative, under pressure whilst demonstrating
responsible time management and efficacy of prioritising workload.
Knowledge and Attitudes
6 An insightful approach to professional development and personal practice,
including a commitment to clinical governance/quality assurance and an awareness
of current legislation.
7 A willingness to undertake drug screening if required.
8 A commitment to accurate monitoring and punctual reporting.
9 A flexible approach to working in a developing service and a willingness to assist in
its improvement, as well as a good humoured manner and positive, caring attitude
10 A pro-active attitude regarding user involvement.