Bedford, Bedford (On-site)
£ 21,881 with progression up to £24,240 per annum
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

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

Right now, one of our partners, Aquarius is looking for a Drug and Alcohol Practitioner to join their Bedfordshire Young People’s Team. Aquarius helps young people aged 5-18 overcome the harm caused by drugs and alcohol by working closely with the individual, family members and other professionals . But it’s only possible with the help of people like you.

Your challenge? – To provide information and advice, 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.

As this role requires travelling around Bedfordshire, you will also need to have a clean driving licence and access to a vehicle.

The salary for this post is £21,881 with progression to £24,240 per annum.

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

We are committed to increasing our diversity and we would welcome applications from those with lived experience and/or who are from a BAME background.

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.

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

This is a rolling recruitment process. Candidates will be interviewed as and when they are shortlisted. 

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

Posted on: 05 August 2022
Closing date: 04 September 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Social Care/Development, Practitioner