Substance Misuse Outreach Support Worker (High Wycombe) – Salary up to £24,168 p.a.

Job Description  
Job Title: Substance Misuse Outreach Support Worker (High Wycombe)  Accountable To: Criminal Justice and Engagement Manager
Hours: This is a full-time role (37.5 hours per week). Flexible working hours may include evening, weekend and bank holiday work.  Salary up to:   £24,168 p.a.
Job Purpose:   To work with multi-agencies to offer a targeted support option to substance users, or people at risk of using substances due to homeless, temporary housing or unsuitable housing.  Facilitating assessments and interventions for people who are attending court or have recently been released from prison to encourage engagement in services.   To work collaboratively with partners such as police, courts, probation, community support, health, well-being, education, employment, training, volunteering, housing and social support enabling a full integrated service to be offered.    To be the point of contact for Thames Valley Police and will complete custody visits where needed to complete initial assessment and engagement.   To attend Court regularly and assess suitability of DRR/ATR requirement with the support from Prison Link Worker.  To engage difficult to reach clients including tackling homelessness by working in partnership with street wardens and other agencies for joint outreach working.   To provide a wide range of interventions with service users in recovery and substance users not yet accessing treatment, engaging them in community and open access services, initial assessment and recovery planning.   To provide and support the delivery of harm reduction and recovery focused outcomes, promoting and creating opportunities for service users to change.   To promote mutual aid and service user involvement, facilitating access by maintaining referral pathways.   To promote One Recovery Bucks to a wide range of partners, key-stakeholders and the general public.      
Responsible for:   Work as an integral part of the One Recovery Bucks service in delivering high quality and time bound interventions to Service Users throughout Buckinghamshire.Engage people into open access services, which include take up of the needle and syringe exchange programme, harm reduction, structured and semi-structured interventions. Covering at least one open access service per week to link from community into services.Work with a range of organisations and members of the community to harness local community assets, bridging between the community and One Recovery Bucks, supporting long-term sustainable change for service users. And those not in service eg cannabis users – delivering harm reduction and signposting to other services.Support the updating of an online Community Support Services Manual.Engaging and supporting people new into treatment.Supporting a service user through their treatment from assessment and throughout their recovery journey.Holding a caseload of non-complex service users Promoting Service User, Carer and Community InvolvementPromoting visible recovery and community integration Reducing drug and alcohol related harm to service users and the wider communityEnsuring that your work is evidence based, up to date and in accordance with current policy, legislation and best practice. Demonstrating an understanding of service users physical and mental health needs and be able to support and refer as appropriate.Keeping up to date and accurate records and documentation with our online database (Illy Carepath)Working closely with Peer Mentors and Volunteers
Working Relationships
Internal: Administrators, Data Administrators, Administrator manager, Recovery workers, Medical and Clinical staff, Volunteers, Peer Mentors, Team leaders, Inclusion Managers, Oasis Managers.   External: Service Users, potential service users, Recovery coaches GP’s, Prisons, Probation, Police, Court, Primary and Secondary healthcare services, Health and Non-health related professionals, Education, Employment and Training agencies, Housing organisations, employers, Recreational providers, Gyms, Sports clubs and general community services
Service User Work
Engage service users into treatment and support throughout their Recovery Journey in partnership with other agencies and staff. Provide harm reduction advice, information and support with an emphasis on safer drug or alcohol use, safer sex, awareness of blood borne infections.  Provide a needle syringe exchange service and distribution of Naloxone and Naloxone Training. Complete screening, assessments and recovery/care plans. Manage a caseload of non-complex service users. Identify and effectively manage risk with service users Work within Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults processes. Deliver a range individual and group interventions. To assist and support prescribing regimes as appropriate. To make home visits as appropriate. Demonstrable commitment to service user involvement Support and supervise Volunteers and Peer Mentors.   
To participate in regular supervision and take part in annual appraisal and review.  To attend relevant internal and external meetings. To be prepared to work some evenings and weekends and bank holidays. A commitment to the equal opportunities and confidentiality policies of One Recovery Bucks. To be committed to anti-discriminatory practice. Travel to various locations consistent with service and client needs. To take part in all relevant training and development opportunities. An understanding that some service users will be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the start of their treatment. To undertake any other duty relevant to the role as directed by the Criminal Justice and Engagement Manager.  

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.