Bedford, Bedford
£21,664.00 - £24,000.00 dependent upon experience per annum + excellent benefits
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Do you have an understanding of drug and alcohol related issues, the Recovery Agenda and experience of working with young people in an addictions or social care setting? Would you like to be part of an organisation that counts on the professionalism, insight, expertise and passion of its staff to inspire individual recovery for the people they work with? Then join us as a Practitioner.


Right now, one of our partners, Aquarius Actions Team, is looking for a Practitioner to join their Bedfordshire Young People’s service. Aquarius helps people overcome the harm caused by drugs and alcohol working closely with individuals, family and friends. But it’s only possible with the help of people like you.


Your challenge? – To provide information and advice to individuals and groups, brief interventions and long term structured interventions to support young people who are using drugs and alcohol or being impacted by someone else’s use.  You will be conducting assessments, risk assessments, care-planning and working directly with other services such as schools, social care, mental health services and youth offending.  The successful candidate must have exceptional organisational skills and the ability to work with other agencies both face to face, email and via telephone.


An energetic and confident self-starter, you will be required to hold a qualification in health/social care, youth and community work (e.g. NVQ Level 3 or above, DipSW, Mental Health Nursing, Counselling, Addiction Studies). Alternatively, we’ll consider candidates with experience of working in the substance misuse field with a commitment to complete NVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care. As well as good knowledge of alcohol/drug and health related issues, you will be used to liaising with voluntary and statutory agencies and health professionals and comfortable engaging with clients in a variety of service delivery settings. You will have a flexible approach, a commitment to the principles of confidentiality, excellent record keeping and  a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.


Due to extensive travel across the county, the successful candidate will be required to have a full driving licence and access to a vehicle.


The salary for this post is £21,664 with progression to £24,000 per annum.


This post is offered as a fixed term contract ending 31st July 2023.


This is a full-time role requiring the post-holder to work 37 hours per week.


Recovery Focus is committed to working towards equal opportunities and we select staff solely on merit irrespective of race, colour, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, social class, religious belief, disability or history of mental health or addiction problems.

If you need support to apply for the role or adaptions at interview please contact the recruitment team to discuss.


Closing date for applications is 1 January 2022. (We reserve the right to close vacancies before the specified closing date, should a large number of applications be received).


To apply please submit a CV and supporting statement which should clearly outline your skills and experience.


In return, you can expect some great benefits, including 32 days' holiday, contributory pension scheme, employee assistance programme and childcare vouchers, plus exceptional professional development and training opportunities.

Posted on: 03 December 2021
Closed date: 01 January 2022
Tags: Practitioner