Substance Misuse Recovery Worker - Band 5

Location Stafford
Job type Contract
Salary £16.00 - 19.25 per hour
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Reference 169542

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading recruitment company within the private and public sector has a locum role for a Band 5 Substance Misuse Recovery Worker to work full-time (37.5 hours per week) based in Stafford.

The pay rate for this locum Recovery Worker job is £16.00 - £19.25 per hour (Assignment rate) and is an initial 1-month contract.


  • Provision of drug & alcohol treatment to Service Users within the locality
  • Holding a caseload of service users and being responsible for offering a range of interventions to those individuals
  • Supporting service users through their treatment journey from beginning to end
  • 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
  • Provide a dedicated comprehensive Tier 2/3 service to people with drug use problems their families and friends within the organisational framework of the Inclusion Recovery Hampshire
  • Accept referrals, assess need and make appropriate recommendations as part as a robust ‘duty system’
  • Provide harm reduction advice, information and support with an emphasis on safer drug use, safer sex, HIV, Hepatitis A,B and C and other blood borne infections
  • Be responsible for maintaining a full case load of complex clients as the key worker
  • Make home visits consistent with need
  • Carry out comprehensive assessments, construct care packages with multi disciplinary colleagues where required, review care plans in a structured format and manage onward referral
  • Assist and support medical and nurse prescribers during harm reduction and prescribing clinics
  • Provide a range of structured psycho-social interventions including CBT based brief solution focused therapy and motivational enhancement techniques
  • Make domiciliary visits to service users particularly for those with disabilities and to those with family responsibilities
  • Retain contact with service users whilst they are accommodated in residential rehabilitation units including visits when required
  • Create and facilitate group work interventions
  • Provide a needle exchange service
  • Work with a range of professional in ensuring service users’ needs in terms of safeguarding and mental health are met
  • Carry out needle exchanges, home visits and the running of clinics
  • Encourage and work with service users to move forward in their recovery
  • Encourage and work intensively with service users to support them move away from maintenance treatment where appropriate
  • Develop and sustain links with multi-disciplinary services including statutory and non statutory providers of Tier 2,3,4 drug services, criminal justice services and providers of wrap around services
  • Develop a network of contacts with relevant agencies to promote service accessibility for the client group
  • Attend relevant meeting to represent Inclusion and the team when required
  • Keep up to date records and information for the purpose of internal and external evaluation
  • Provide information and statistics consistent with the Drug Action Team (DAT) and Inclusion’s requirements

Requirements of the Recovery Worker:

  • Foundation Degree / HNC in related field which may include counselling, social work, nursing, psychology, human resources, social studies or equivalent experience
  • Active NMC Registration
  • Demonstrable commitment to service user involvement
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a patients physical health needs and be able to carry out blood pressure checks, infections control checks and ensure the service is in line with COSHH standards
  • Be prepared to work some evenings and weekends
  • Demonstrate commitment to evidenced based practice and keep up to date with trends and changes in the drug field
  • A commitment to the equal opportunities and confidentiality policies of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust
  • Be committed to anti-discriminatory practice
  • Hold a full driving license and be prepared to travel to various locations consistent with service and client needs
  • Be aware of boundaries at all times
  • Be professional at all times, including whilst representing Inclusion at internal and external events
  • Familiarisation with and adherence to Trust Safeguarding policies is an essential requirement of all employees as is participation in related mandatory/statutory training
  • Auricular acupuncture trained
  • A professional qualification in Social Work, Probation, Nursing, Psychology, Youth and Community etc
  • Considerable experience of working with drug users
  • A commitment to and understanding of harm reduction & recovery approaches to working with drug users
  • A sound knowledge of drugs and their effects
  • Knowledge of blood borne viruses and sexual health
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to promote service user involvement
  • Experience of developing and Delivering group work
  • Counselling skills, case management experience & the ability to work under pressure
  • Willingness to contribute toward Training & mentoring
  • Good presentation skills both written and oral including the ability to produce & present reports
  • A sound experience of working with techniques such as CBT, Motivational interviewing and Solution focused therapy
  • A thorough knowledge of substances and their effects
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Knowledge of criminal justice field
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Understanding of equal opportunities
  • Ability to work with drug/alcohol users in a Community environment
  • Ability to prioritise
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other professionals
  • Good interpersonal skills and communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure

Benefits of working for Sanctuary Personnel:

  • Free DBS and compliance service
  • Daily payroll
  • Access to exclusive roles that aren't available with other agencies
  • Your own dedicated consultant with extensive substance misuse knowledge
  • Refer a Friend bonus - get £250 for each candidate you refer who we successfully place
  • Find your own job bonus - Receive £250 for bringing your own position to us
  • Clinical governance support
  • In house payroll system
  • Revalidation
  • Industry leading shift booking system
  • Nationwide coverage including the Channel islands


This Recovery Worker job is advertised by Rihana Chowdhury; 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.