Recovery Worker – Alcohol, £24,366.20-£27,749.25 p.a.

Job Title: Recovery Worker – Alcohol. Salary: £24,366.20-£27,749.25 p.a. Hours: This is a full-time role (37.5 hours per week) and will include evening, weekend and Bank Holiday work. Accountable to: Detox Nurse/Team Manager.

Job Summary: 

  • To work with the One Recovery Bucks (ORB) team to provide a dedicated comprehensive recovery focused service for people with alcohol misuse across Bucks
  • To provide structured psychosocial interventions, group work and harm minimisation support within a recovery framework
  • To contribute to the delivery of Oasis business plans and ensuring that OASIS’ vision and values are embedded within the organization

Responsibility for:

  • The post holder will be responsible for delivering safe and effective psychosocial interventions to alcohol users and non-opiate users within a community setting.
  • The caseload will be lower than generic recovery workers within the service as there will be the expectation that service users will be seen weekly / fortnightly. 
  • Treatment for the alcohol cohort will be delivered within a 12-week time frame, apart from the most complex service users. 
  • The post holder will delivery evidence-based interventions in line with Inclusions alcohol pathway. This will include referral into the 8-week alcohol group.
  • The post holder will work collaboratively with the alcohol detox nurse / NMPs / Medics to ensure a seamless transition into and through alcohol detox.
  • The post holder will work in partnership with key agencies to ensure service users are supported on their individual recovery journeys including GPs, detox facilities, mental health services, AA, SMART recovery etc.
  • Assist managers to complete monthly audit tools to ascertain service user progress. 
  • The post holder will attend monthly case management sessions.
  • Embracing the concept of recovery and demonstrating this in your clinical work
  • Ensuring that your work is evidence based, up to date and in accordance with current policy and legislation
  • Keeping up to date and accurate records and documentation
  • The post holder will be responsible for ensuring that the targets are achieved in line with expectations from commissioners. 

Skills and Expertise:

  • Experience in managing a caseload of service users with complex needs
  • Understanding of the issues faced by those experiencing drug and alcohol related problems
  • Awareness of issues faced by others involved with people experiencing drug and alcohol related problems
  • Proven verbal and written communication skills with the ability to tailor the message to the audience
  • Able to deliver a range of services/treatments/interventions in a person centred, non-judgmental manner
  • Able to demonstrate flexibility and creativity when developing support packages
  • Collaborative team working skills
  • Adaptable and able to work in a challenging and changeable environment 
  • Ability to deliver against agreed objectives and targets


  • Vocational qualification e.g. Minimum of NVQ 3 in Health & Social Care or equivalent qualification
  • Demonstrable education and/or training in alcohol/substance use work
Key Duties & ResponsibilitiesJob Description – Detailed Duties and Responsibilities
1. QualityTo ensure quality standards are maintained by:- Monitoring own performance to ensure it meets expectations and agreed performance criteria Reporting variances to expected outcomes to the line manager  Participating in and utilising management information and data collection systems as appropriate Participating in the continuous improvement of the service
2. Own      DevelopmentTo continuously review own performance and development needs to assist growth and development by:- Participating in open two-way dialogue during supervision, case management and appraisal meetings agreeing own task and development objectives and reviewing these as appropriate  Participating in training and other development opportunities as agreed within the supervision and appraisal process To provide mentoring support for new and/or inexperienced workers
3. Health and     Safety & Risk    ManagementTo ensure a safe working environment for self, colleagues, and service users by:- Ensuring good standard of housekeeping is maintained within own area Ensuring risk assessments are completed when appropriate Taking personal responsibility for own safety e.g. reporting concerns, ensuring appropriate vaccinations and eye tests etc. are obtained Complying with all H&S policies and procedures including serious untoward incidents and accident reporting 
4. Compliance To ensure compliance with internal and external standards and codes of conduct by:- •    Meeting all regulatory requirements •    Complying with The OASIS Partnership’s Code of Conduct, policies and procedures
5. Service provisionTo proactively deliver a high quality/person-centred service provision by:- Working as an effective member of a multi disciplinary team  Managing a full caseload of complex clients  Undertaking responsibility for clinical risk and needs assessment and the formation and implementation of management plans including agreeing and formulating individual action/care plans Providing harm reduction advice, information and support with an emphasis on safer drug use, safer sex, HIV, Hepatitis A, B & C and other blood borne infections Carrying out comprehensive assessments, construct care packages with multi-disciplinary colleagues where required,  review recovery plans in a structured format and manage onward referral. Assisting and supporting medical and nurse prescribers during harm reduction and prescribing clinics. Providing a range of intervention including CBT based brief solution focused therapy and motivational enhancement techniques. Providing advice and information to service users, their families and friends and professionals regarding their support  Demonstrating commitment to service user involvement Working with a range of professionals in ensuring service users’ needs in terms of safeguarding and mental health are met. Delivering harm minimisation interventions  Undertaking mandatory testing as appropriate Making home visits dependent on need Retaining contact with service users whilst they are accommodated in residential rehabilitation units including visits when required Promoting peoples’ rights and responsibilities
6. Service deliveryTo assist the management team in the implementation, development and delivery of the service by:-
Developing and sustaining links with multi-disciplinary services including statutory and non-statutory providers of drug services & criminal justice services, and providing written reports for these services where appropriate Attending meetings with these services representing Oasis when required. Developing a network of contacts with relevant agencies to promote service accessibility for the client group Ensuring record keeping is maintained to the required standard at all times and contributing to service monitoring requirements Ensuring that all joint working Policies and Procedures are adhered to where the service is run on a partnership basis
7. Service      DevelopmentTo work collaboratively to develop the service by:- Developing and coordinating professional links with other statutory and voluntary service providers. Assisting in establishing formal communication / support / education structures for statutory and voluntary service providers throughout the Local area. Ensuring the service is represented in a professional manner at all times. Proactively contributing to continuously improving the service by making positive suggestions, providing constructive feedback and assisting in the implementation of agreed new ways of working. Ensuring day to day delivery of service provision embeds and extends The OASIS Partnership’s person centred approach. Meeting agreed performance targets and outcomes
Key Duties & ResponsibilitiesJob Description – Detailed Duties and Responsibilities
8. AdministrationTo keep up to date records and information for the purpose of internal and external evaluation via Carepath. To provide information and statistics consistent with PHE and ORB requirements To prepare and present reports when required to do so
9. Empathy &      SupportSupport service users with substance use issues by adopting a person centred approach which leads to:-
Recognising indicators of substance misuse and making appropriate referrals  Enabling individuals to adopt safe practice associated with substance use and supporting them in reducing substance use  Supporting individuals when they are using substances ensuring that actions are consistent with agreed role and The OASIS Partnership’s policies and procedures Providing information and raise awareness about substances, their use and effects  Applying recognised theoretical models (e.g. motivational interviewing) to enable individuals to identify and explore concerns relating to their substance use Developing, implementing and reviewing formal and informal group work interventions where appropriate  Ensuring effective care pathways are provided 
10. Miscellaneous
To ensure service delivery is delivered to recognised standards by the commissioning officers  To undertake any other duties reasonably requested by the Management team

This job description reflects the overall scope and responsibilities of the role.  All jobs change or evolve over time in order to meet corporate or local needs and this job description will therefore be subject to periodic joint review and change if required.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS.   Closing date: 31st July 2021

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