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Job Details: Lead Practitioner - North Yorkshire Horizons

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Lead Practitioner - North Yorkshire Horizons
BD23 1NJ
United Kingdom
Mill Bridge House - Skipton BD23 1NJ
To supervise and maintain the day-to-day functioning and performance of the team and deputise for the Project Manager in their absence - overseeing the day to day running of the Hub.
To take a lead role in the development of a specialist area of work across the county and to work with the Project Manager and Area Manager to maintain a positive working environment and quality service.
An expectation of the role is that the Lead Practitioner will also carry a small caseload.

Main duties and responsibilities:
  • To contribute, develop and promote effective working relationships within the partnership across North Yorkshire
  • To ensure the achievement of key performance outcomes
  • To implement, develop and assist in the management of services delivered by the team as a whole, including supervising Humankind staff within the service. 
  • To take responsibility for Health and Safety issues within the working environment.
  • To provide support to the staff and promote self-development through supervision and appraisals, and on occasions chair team meetings ensuring these are supportive and informative
  • To implement performance management and undertake supervision with staff
  • To analyse information and utilise this analysis to continuously improve the service
  • To actively engage service users in future service design/changes to delivery
  • To ensure all services delivered are accessible paying particular attention to underrepresented groups, e.g. women, BME, LBGT, gypsy and travellers etc
  • To work as part of the Service Delivery Unit Management Team and participate in Humankind’s Corporate activities where appropriate.
  • Work with the Project Manager to establish, develop, monitor and improve processes, control systems and work environments to meet quality requirements and contractual needs including KPI’s.
  • Contribute to the development of company strategy by communicating and implementing at project level
  • Where appropriate contribute to the development of corporate policy by joining working parties, delivering staff training and communicating and implementing at project level
  • To ensure compliance with all relevant policies and procedures and contribute towards policy development and implementation
Main duties and responsibilities - Case work:
  • Use a range of medium/high intense structured psychosocial interventions including motivational interviewing, ITEP, CBT-SBNT and MET in both one-to-one and group settings to promote engagement and retention in treatment services, encourage self-esteem, well-being, self-responsibility and enhanced motivation
  • To be part of the Humankind team supporting service users to move forward in their treatment journey by delivering interventions in accordance with NICE guidelines
  • Delivering a robust and varied combination of structured 1-2-1 work and group work to tackle some of the underlying issues that prevents service users from successfully progressing and exiting treatment
  • To individually asses and use the most suitable intervention – CBT, MET, SBNT – with each service user
  • To work in collaboration with the others and independently on the development and facilitation of specific therapeutic workshops and group work with the PSI team and Structured Group workers, to provide a compliment of courses and group work provision for North Yorkshire  service users.
  • Contribute to the effective preparation, monitoring and review of individual and group PSI intervention plans
  • Manage a service user caseload and review on going care and treatment liaising closely with the full range of specialist workers within the multi-agency team, including family members and significant others as appropriate
  • To exercise excellent communication skills and therapeutic skills when dealing with service users, carers, caring agencies and be able to manage work with individuals on any tension between their hopes and expectations and the reality of resource limitations
  • Maintain accurate, up to date records and work in accordance with organisational guidelines and procedures
  • To provide effective coordination of the individual’s recovery plan and promote family, carer and service user involvement
  • To reduce substance related harm to the individual and the wider community
  • To contribute to on-going assessments, including risk assessments, Safeguarding assessments and plans, and recovery plans
  • Actively participate in supervision and be willing to personally reflect on interpersonal dynamics within the therapeutic relationship and provide evidence of achieving performance targets alongside other supervision requirements as detailed in Humankind policy
  • Recognise personal and professional boundaries, and work within Humankind clinical governance framework at all times
  • To report all problems and incidents to the Operations Director and Project Manager and Area Manager at the earliest opportunity
Key duties:
In carrying out the above duties the post holder will:
  • Contribute towards the out of hours management cover arrangements
  • Work flexibly within an agreed number of hours of work to maintain the most appropriate level of service provision, including evenings and weekends
  • Seek to improve personal performance, contribution, knowledge and skills
  • Participate in appraisal, supervision and Learning & Development processes
  • Keep up to date with policy and guidance relating to service delivery and development services in line with these and legislation
  • Ensure the implementation of all Humankind policies
  • Contribute to maintaining safe systems of work and a safe environment
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to the grade and spirit of the post
Person Specification - Essential criteria:
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience working with drug/alcohol users
  • Experience of delivering 1-1 therapeutic interventions
  • Experience of using/inputting on to various Management Information Systems
  • Direct experience of service delivery to a substance misusing service user group
  • Able to represent and advocate for Humankind in a professional and positive manner
  • Able to provide effective and regular supervision to Project Workers
  • Able to present and interpret data to ensure that Project KPI’s are met
  • Self-motivated, ability to use own initiative and able to galvanise a team of staff to achieve effective outcomes for service users
  • Effective time management and organisational skills and the ability to manage competing work demands
  • Good communication skills e.g. active listening, identifying key messages, negotiating, problem solving, ability to challenge appropriately
  • Ability to maintain and work within professional boundaries
  • Knowledge of completing service user assessments including comprehensive and risk assessments
  • Knowledge of safeguarding adult and child protection policies
  • Committed to the principles of equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Willingness to work outside office hours when required
  • Full driving license and regular access to a car
Person specification - Desirable criteria:
  • Experience/Qualification in therapeutic interventions (i.e. MI, CBT, MST)
  • A minimum of 2 years management experience
  • Knowledge of the Criminal Justice System and Substance Misuse fields
Candidates will be recruited within the advertised range, please did not automatically expect initial recruitment to be at the top end, as this will depend on experience and enables progression in role through the Humankind development process.

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Due to the current restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, interviews will be via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
Per Annum
Up to 32 days Annual Leave per year
Competitive company pension scheme with employer contributions
Life Assurance Scheme
Discounts on high street shops and brands including several leading high street brands, retailers and travel suppliers.
Eye Care Vouchers – Free eye-tests/discounts for VDU users
Employee Assistance Programme
Learning & Development opportunities
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21 Jan 2021

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