Substance Misuse Outreach Support Worker (Aylesbury) – Salary up to £24,618 p.a.

Job Purpose:

To work for the One Recovery Bucks Service in the Aylesbury Vale community – taking a multi-agency approach working with all partners also working in the area, offering a targeted support option to people using drugs and alcohol, or at risk of using substances as they may be homeless, living at hostels, recently released from prison or on community order.

· To provide a wide range of interventions with service users and substance users not yet accessing treatment, engaging them in community and open access services.

· To provide an essential liaison role to draw in local community assets to support the delivery of harm reduction and recovery focused outcomes, promoting and creating opportunities for service users to change.

· Work collaboratively with partners to ensure sustainable recovery opportunities are embedded within the service by integrating health, well-being, education, employment, training, volunteering, housing and social support.

· To promote mutual aid and peer support groups, facilitating access by maintaining referral pathways.

· To promote One Recovery Bucks to a wide range of partners, key-stakeholders and the general public.

· To motivate and engage people with Recovery Network Opportunities, Early Intervention groups, Harm Reduction, Access to Employment, Training, Education and Volunteering support.


Work as an integral part of the One Recovery Bucks service in delivering high quality and time bound interventions to Service Users throughout Bucks

· Engage people into open access services, which include take up off 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 – it is not necessarily about getting them into treatment but diverting them elsewhere.

· Ensure local information is regularly updated to recovery assets register

· Engaging and supporting treatment naïve

· Supporting a service user through their treatment from assessment and throughout their recovery journey as appropriate

· Supporting clients within Open Access, holding a small caseload of non-complex service users working collaboratively to reduce harm and build their recovery capital ensuring positive outcomes are achieved.

· Promoting Service User, Carer and Community Involvement

· Promoting visible recovery and community integration – promoting One Recovery Bucks and Recovery Network opportunities.

· Reducing drug and alcohol related harm to service users and the wider community – street drinkers, students, street homeless.

· Ensuring that your work is evidence based, up to date and in accordance with current policy, legislation and best practice. Training available on local policies and procedures.

· Keeping up to date and accurate records and documentation.

· Working closely with Peer Mentors and Volunteers

Service User Work:

Provide a needle syringe exchange service and distribution of Naloxone and Naloxone Training.

· Provide harm reduction advice, information and support with an emphasis on safer drug or alcohol use, safer sex, awareness of blood borne infections.

· Engage service users into treatment and support throughout their Recovery Journey in partnership with other staff.

· Complete screening and asset-based mapping to identify appropriate recovery focused interventions.

· Supporting recovery plans with service users that are goal focused.

· Care-coordinate an identified caseload of service users as appropriate to role.

· Identify and effectively manage risk with service users

· Identify and effectively oversee all Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults processes engaging with ORB lead as appropriate.

· Brief solution focused therapy and motivational enhancement techniques. Refer to keyworker, groups, and open access

· To assist and support prescribing regimes with keyworker. Support and motivate service users to remain in treatment.

· To make home visits consistent with need particularly for those with disabilities and to those with family responsibilities.

· Demonstrable commitment to service user involvement

· To work with a range of professional in ensuring service users’ needs in terms of safeguarding and mental health are met.

· Engage with Peer Mentors, support Recovery Coaches in their role and be an advocate for visible recovery and community integration.

DBS Clearance

This appointment is subject to a successful enhanced DBS

Job title:
Substance Misuse Outreach Support Worker based in Aylesbury
Full-time (37.5 hours per week) and may include some evening and weekend work including bank holiday
Salary up to:
£24,618 p.a.
Accountable to:
Safeguarding & Complex Needs Manager
How to apply:

To apply for this post please email with your CV and a cover letter. 

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