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Recovery Workers (across Devon) - Substance Misuse Charity

Posted 23 January by CHM Featured Ended

Our client is a high performing social enterprise, providing substance misuse services within the Dorset Community and in partnership with CareUK in a number of prisons across Devon and Dorset. Their mission is: To open doors for people affected by substance misuse so they can improve their lives and those of their families and communities.

The type of service that their teams carry out is highly valued by service users and prison staff. As part of their team, you can make a difference to people’s health and wellbeing, perspectives on their long term potential, and ultimately their lives.

Our client can offer you a real opportunity for new, challenging and highly rewarding experiences. For all roles, in return for your commitment and enthusiasm, they offer a comprehensive training & development programme, a generous leave package, child care vouchers, pension scheme, and a positive, friendly working environment.

Theyare currently seeking to fill the following roles at various locations:

Recovery Worker - HMP Dartmoor - Ref 54.17
Recovery Worker x2 - HMP - Channings Wood - Ref 56.17 and 17.17 FTC
Recovery Worker x2 - Devon Cluster to cover HMP Exeter, HMP Dartmoor and HMP Channings Wood - Ref 55.17

Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: £18,500 to £23,000 per annum depending on experience
Contract: Permanent and Fixed Term available

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, Recovery Workers deliver an integrated service through the provision of assessment, recovery planning and appropriate referral and psychosocial interventions. This includes liaising effectively with partnership agencies in order to ensure continuity of care, key working and access to appropriate services.

As a Recovery Worker, you will be responsible for working with and motivating adult male prisoners to engage in recovery. This will involve you delivering a range of interventions, including: key-working, strengths based assessment, recovery planning, structured group and 1:1 work and drug testing.

Ideally, you will already have previous experience of working in a similar field, either in the community or a similar environment, including undertaking assessments and delivering a range of evidence based substance misuse psychosocial interventions in 1:1 and group-work settings. You will have a good understanding of group working, group dynamics, and be able to demonstrate competent group work facilitation skills. You will be comfortable dealing with the emotional content of sessions and constructively challenging the behaviours you see. Some knowledge and understanding of mental health issues would be helpful.

In addition, you will be able to demonstrate excellent communication, organisation and time management skills and be confident in managing your own priorities in order to carry a diverse workload with competing demands. You will have at least five GCSE’s (or equivalent) and either hold or be willing to undertake a Vocational Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care. A further qualification in a relevant area such as Nursing, Health and Social Care, Community Development, Psychology, whilst not essential, would be an advantage.

Just as importantly, you will have a genuine interest in the understanding of substance misuse problems and a positive recovery focused attitude. You will be keen to develop professionally through our training programme and will demonstrate a high level of integrity and enthusiasm fort working within the structured environment of a prison.

Closing date for applications is 12, noon on 5th Feb 2018.
Interviews will be in two stages w/c 19th Feb

Stage 1 is an assessment centre where you will be given the opportunity to evidence your practical skills.
Stage 2 is a formal interview where you will be given an opportunity to evidence your experience


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Our client is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. Candidates are subject to additional checks including DBS (to the appropriate level) and prison vetting - details will be specified as part of the vacancy details. Outcomes of these additional checks will be considered before any offer/appointment is confirmed.

No agencies please.

Required skills

  • Communication Skills
  • Interventions
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Misuse
  • Health & Social Care

Reference: 34295028

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