County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service is a service made up of several key partners led by Humankind, enabling the development of a peer led, recovery community. Providing a safe environment in which people can develop the life skills, and confidence to achieve and maintain recovery and abstinence from their substance misuse, successfully re-integrate into society, and become active, contributing citizens. This role is to work as part of an integrated team to provide collaborative case management to substance misusers in contact with the criminal justice system. To work effectively with Police, Courts, Prisons, Probation/CRCs and other appropriate stakeholders across the full range of settings. To provide holistic and structured recovery coordination and psychosocial interventions to service clients, their families and carers. Working to ensure effective delivery of recovery coordination within the full integrated service model. Main duties and responsibilities:
Actively develop collaborative relationships with Police, Courts, Probation, CRCs and Prisons ensuring robust engagement and referral protocols and care pathways are in place. Actively develop effective relationships with other stakeholders and partner agencies ensuring robust referral protocols and care pathways are in place to deliver wider holistic support to service users and their families. Where required provide prison in-reach to support positive community re-integration, including supporting abstinent individuals, and linking with a wide range of community support organisations. To provide a named single point of contact for an allocated criminal justice partner on behalf of the service, maintaining effective communication and care pathways. To exercise excellent communication skills and therapeutic skills when dealing with service users, carers, and partner agencies. Manage a service user caseload, reviewing on-going care and treatment and liaising closely with the full range of workers and skills within the multi-agency team, including family members and significant others as appropriate. Work in partnership to carry out joint assessments, key working and interventions to enable individual service user progression from engagement, through structured treatment to self-sustained recovery. To work closely and collaboratively within the multi-disciplinary team across the service partnership and externally, providing advice and information to managers and other colleagues, through attendance at reviews, team meetings, supervision and via telephone conversations. To provide effective coordination of individual service user’s recovery plans and actively promote service user and stakeholder involvement within recovery planning. To improve outcomes for children and families of service users by reducing the impact of drug and alcohol related harm on family life and promote positive family involvement in recovery. To lead effective case management for allocated service users, including on-going processes such as risk assessments, risk management plans and safeguarding assessments and plans. To develop and deliver quality psychosocial interventions that meet local need across both group work and one to one formats, including ATR and DRR programme delivery. To promote visible recovery across the service and ensure peer support opportunities are relevant and accessible for all service users. Carry out drug screening and testing when required. To support delivery of key service functions through actively participating in duty worker, needle exchange and access to testing and immunisation service provision when requested.
Comply with all monitoring and evaluation systems, collecting and monitoring information as appropriate and provide reports when required, actively contributing to the service achieving successful service user outcomes. Maintain accurate, up to date records and work in accordance with organisational guidelines and procedures. Strive to reduce substance related harm to individuals and the wider community. Comply with all aspects of Humankinds Code of Conduct and adhere at all times to national/local and Humankinds safeguarding policies. Provide information in accordance with Humankind’s confidentiality policy to the wider team supporting service users ensuring a holistic recovery approach. Uphold data protection legislation, including both local and formally agreed information sharing protocols and service user confidentiality agreements. Actively participate in supervision and provide evidence of achieving performance targets alongside other supervision requirements as detailed within Humankind’s supervision policy. Seek to improve personal performance, contribution, knowledge and skills. Participate in appraisal and learning and development processes. Promote service best practice and successes through contributing to Humankind’s internal and external communications. Recognise personal and professional boundaries and work within Humankind’s clinical governance framework at all times. The post holder will be required to work flexibly across operational sites and within an agreed number of hours to maintain appropriate service provision. This will include evening and weekend working. Provide a full range of service interventions in an outreach and in-reach capacity including satellite offices and partnership co-location venues with other organisations. Contribute to maintaining safe systems of work and a safe environment. Comply with all relevant policies and procedures.
This job description is intended to provide a guide to the general duties and responsibilities of the post. It should not be regarded as a contractual document. It will be reviewed regularly and may be varied at the discretion of Humankind. Person Specification - Essential criteria:
NVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care qualification, or above or equivalent Experience of working/volunteering in a drug and alcohol recovery service Knowledge and understanding of criminal justice systems and organisations Understanding of best practice frameworks NICE, DOH, NTA, NMC, Care Quality Commission frameworks & Caldicott Standards Ability to carry out assessment and recovery planning and risk management plans Experience of delivering 1-1 and group therapeutic interventions Ability to organise own workload in response to supervision Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative Ability to write case notes, reports and complete any required monitoring returns Ability to maintain and work within professional boundaries Knowledge of working within Safeguarding and Hidden Harm Ability to travel across service area and as required Ability to work flexibly including late nights and weekends 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 . Internal candidates at risk of redundancy will be prioritised for this vacancy therefore, we retain the right to withdraw the advert before the closing date. Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address you provide on your application form. We will contact shortlisted candidates by email to confirm the arrangements for interview. Please check your email inbox after the closing date for notification as you will not be notified by any other means. Please remember to check your junk folder. Due to the current restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, interviews will be via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.