Recovery Navigator and Assertive Outreach Worker

Our client is a high performing social enterprise, providing substance misuse services within the Dorset Community, community initiatives and development programmes in Devon, and substance misuse services in the prisons across Devon and Dorset. In Dorset their community service (Reach) is delivered in partnership with Avon & Wiltshire Partnership Trust (AWP) providing the clinical element and Essential Drug & Alcohol Services (EDAS) who lead the Young People’s offer. 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.

Reach delivers a diverse range of programmes which include Smart UK groups, the Moving Forward programme, accredited and non-accredited mentor training programmes and assertive linkage to 12 step recovery mutual aid groups. Their service welcomes people at any stage in their recovery journey, starting with the open end of harm reduction through to brief interventions, extended interventions and structured treatment.

The type of service that they carry out is highly valued by service users and their community and prison stakeholders. 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.

Recovery Navigator and Assertive Outreach Worker
Reference number: 01.19
Base: Weymouth and West Dorset
Hours: Full time (35 hours per week) Monday - Friday to include some evening work
Salary: £18,500 to £23,000 per annum, depending on experience
Contract: Permanent

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

Day to day duties will involve you delivering a range of interventions, including: key-working, strengths based assessment, recovery planning, structured group and 1:1 work. A significant proportion of your case load will be managed in partnership with a prescribing nurse, who you will collaborate with closely in order to provide the safest person centred treatment experience.

As a Recovery Navigator, you’ll be responsible for working with and motivating Reach Service Users to engage in the recovery programmes they offer in Dorset as well as become involved in the communities they live in so that they connect with others and feel purposeful in everyday living. The Assertive Outreach Worker aspect of this role specifically focuses on targeting those who struggle to engage with our client's services or who have disengaged from other services. You’ll carry out home visits to these vulnerable groups, promoting strength-based working and recovery.

What they’re looking for
Ideally, you’ll have previous experience of working in a similar field, including undertaking assessments and delivering a range of evidence based substance misuse psychosocial interventions in 1:1 and group-work settings. You’ll have a good understanding of group working, group dynamics, and will be able to demonstrate competent group work facilitation skills. You’ll 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’ll 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’ll 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 or Psychology, whilst not essential, would be an advantage.

Just as importantly, you’ll have a genuine interest in the understanding of substance misuse problems and a positive recovery focused attitude. You’ll be keen to develop professionally through our client's training programme and will demonstrate a high level of integrity and enthusiasm for working within the un-structured direct access 'front door’ of their service as well as the structured group programmes that they run on a continuous cycle.

As part of this role will involve working out in the community and making home visits you’ll need to be confident and happy to work autonomously and comfortable with lone working (adhering to their lone working policy). You’ll need to hold a current driving licence and have access to and insurance for a roadworthy vehicle.

For all roles, in return for your commitment and enthusiasm, they offer a comprehensive training & development programme, a generous leave package, pension scheme, and a positive, friendly working environment.

Closing date for applications is noon on Tuesday 29th January 2019.
Interviews will be held on Friday 8th February 2019.
Please ensure that you quote reference number 01.19 on your application.