Substance Misuse Recovery Worker

Location Stevenage
Job type Permanent
Salary £23,218 - 26,983 per year
Reference 167583

Sanctuary Personnel, an innovative and committed recruitment agency has a job based in Stevenage for a Substance Misuse Recovery Worker.

The salary for this permanent Recovery Worker job is £23,218 - £26,983 per annum.

This role may involve evening and weekend working.


  • Work as an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team at the service named above, to deliver high quality provision
  • Supporting service users from point of entry into the service and through their treatment/recovery journey
  • Providing screening, assessment, psychosocial interventions, recovery planning and onward referral
  • Reducing drug and alcohol related harm to service users and the wider community
  • Promoting carer, service user and community involvement
  • Providing advocacy for access to partnership services
  • Working with service users to support social (re)integration, enabling them to lead meaningful and purposeful lives: promoting recovery, resilience, peer support and self determination
  • Engage people who have substance misuse problems and provide them with advice, support and recovery focused structured clinical interventions to support their recovery and primary health care needs
  • Build therapeutic relationships and deliver a tailor-made package of care
  • 1to1 key work, POD and group work
  • Clinical interventions
  • Harm minimisation and brief interventions
  • Carry out comprehensive service user assessments and develop individual recovery plans that clearly identify how achieving each goal will enable progression in addressing substance use, re/integrating into the community
  • Support the development of service based recovery communities
  • Further develop CGL’s links with local recovery groups / mutual aid groups
  • Ensure the timely and accurate collection, recording and reporting of specified data
  • Assess suitability for groups in terms of risk and special needs
  • Carry out risk assessments and risk management
  • Triage assessment and onward referral to a range of treatment/community support agencies
  • Work with prescribing clinicians to support substitute prescribing regimes to improve social functioning
  • Ensure that all aspects of confidentiality are adhered to and that consent to share information is a key element to building trusting therapeutic alliances
  • Help individuals to develop recovery resources and access peer and mutual support groups to develop their own recovery capital
  • Work and liaise with other agencies involved with the service user’s broader care plan including health services, hospitals and GPs
  • Support the smooth running of the service, by contributing to tasks such as reception, duty cover, and clinical duties on an ad hoc basis
  • Provide health education especially in regard to harm minimisation, blood borne viruses and overdose prevention
  • Assist and carry out appropriate screening processes including DBST, urine and saliva tests, after completion of appropriate training or demonstration of relevant experience
  • Carry out key harm reduction strategies such as running of the Needle Exchange and distribution of Naloxone, after completion of appropriate training or demonstration of relevant experience
  • Undertake external training courses in line with their development needs

Requirements of the Recovery Worker:

  • Relevant qualification
  • Active NMC Registration
  • A flexible attitude to multi-agency working
  • Be creative and innovative so that the post best meets the needs of the service user, promoting access in to treatment, and continued engagement with underrepresented communities
  • Understand what it means to you in your respective role, to your team and to service delivery
  • Demonstrating an understanding of and commitment to best safeguarding practice, making awareness of documentation and referral pathways at your service a priority and taking immediate and appropriate action as necessary
  • Being committed to helping to build an organisation that respects and values the diversity of all staff, making our services accessible and inclusive, regardless of an individual’s protected characteristic (age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation) recovery status or offending background
  • Willing to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check at an enhanced level
  • Passion
  • Driven by innovation & determination –  to bring about the safest, healthiest outcomes for individuals & communities
  • Respect
  • Open mindedness
  • Excellent understanding of drug and alcohol issues and experience of working within a related field
  • A commitment to multi-agency working and establishing partnerships with other professions to achieve good outcomes for the service user group, e.g. mental health services, criminal justice agencies, community groups, etc
  • Accomplished written and verbal communication skills and a high degree of personal IT competency
  • The ability to accurately update and maintain records in a timely fashion and to work to deadlines for the submission of information, e.g. reports
  • Excellent time management skills, and an ability to work on own initiative, prioritising accordingly
  • Excellent team working and interpersonal skills, maintaining a highly cooperative approach to supporting colleagues in delivering service objectives
  • Good working knowledge of mental health interventions, services and good practice
  • Experience of working in an outcomes-focussed environment
  • Ability to manage change successfully in a way that prioritises the needs of service users
  • Ability to liaise and work in partnership with a wide range of professionals and agencies
  • Ability to communicate complex information to individuals and groups in a way that is easily understood
  • Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to engage successfully with internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others (internally and externally)


This Recovery Worker job is advertised by Craig Osborne; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.

As a pioneer of diverse recruitment, Sanctuary Personnel is proud to encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds as our pool of candidates is very much reflective of the clients that candidates will support within their role. This very much played a significant in previously winning ‘Best Candidate Care’ at the Recruiter Awards as well being a two-time finalist for the same award.

Sanctuary takes great pride in building candidate and client relationships that promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

With recruitment consultants and all other employees undertaking annual online training on EDI and many other compliance training courses, Sanctuary is best-placed to undertake a fair and thorough selection process.

Reasonable Adjustments:

If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.