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Tower Hamlets, London
Up to £22500 per annum + benefits
Job description

Recruiting a Specialist Support Worker (Substance Misuse) to join our Homelessness and Complex Needs service in Tower Hamlets!

GBP 22,500 per annum plus 25 days Annual Leave, Pension schemes, Staff discounts, healthcare and more

This role is a 40 hour per week.

Daniel Gilbert House
Daniel Gilbert House is a 24 hour supported accommodation for single homeless adults in the vibrant area of Brick Lane. There are 3 services - Station House Complex Needs Service, Daniel Gilbert House Hostel and Field House Medium Support Service. Daniel Gilbert House has 42 self contained bedsits for single homeless men and women with high support needs.

Station House
Station House has 21 flats for customers with complex needs. Station House Complex Needs Service works in partnership with external agencies in the borough such as RESET substance misuse service, mental health services and health providers to set and achieve SMART goals with customers.

Field House
Field House Medium Support Service is step down accommodation for 24 customers who are preparing to move on from the service. The service is not staffed 24 hours a day but customers can access support from staff based at Daniel Gilbert House Hostel. Customers will be supported to move on through their identified move on pathway.

The specialist support worker in substance misuse supports the customers with the most complex support needs around substance misuse. They work in partner ship with the alcohol and substance misuse worker and external substance misuse agencies- RESET Outreach, RESET treatment and RESET recovery Services. The role also includes supporting the keyworkers to improving their knowledge and practice around substance misuse. The post includes working shifts

There is on site parking for staff and an excellent staff training programme.

Job Overview:

Within the environment of a 24 hour staffed homeless hostel, the Specialist Support Worker in Substance Misuse , leads the support that enables customers to recover from substance misuse. From start to finish they facilitate person centred planning and access to services that helps customers with their recovery.

Key Responsibilities:

- Undertake key-working responsibilities for a caseload of customers with substance misuse support needs assigned by the Team Leaders / Manager.
- Carry out initial assessments of potential customers and make decisions over access to the service
- Undertake continuous assessment of needs and potential risks & agree levels of support and actions.
- Create support / action plans for providing appropriate services based on the assessment and reflecting the services and resources available to enable the customer to recover from substance misuse
- Provide support and access to relevant services to enable customers to access treatment programmes, support services and maintain sobriety.
- Undertake support work in partnership with various teams across Tower Hamlets including RESET Outreach, RESET Treatment Services, RESET Recovery Services, DIP, SORT and Adult Services to compliment their interventions.
- Fully liaise with substance misuse/dual diagnosis professionals, including psychiatrist and nurses, and maintain excellent relationships with them.
- Share specialist knowledge with colleagues at Daniel Gilbert House to improve the teams understanding of substance misuse and recovery.
- Facilitate multi-agency case conferences for customers to discuss their recovery, barriers to recovery, treatment , risk management and future goals.
- Refer customers to external substance misuse and recovery services including treatment programmes.
- Motivate customers to contemplate treatment , continue treatment programmes or maintain recovery.
- Organise in-house recovery groups.
- To stay up to date with regard to development and research in the substance misuse field, in housing support and in
- Provide intensive support (both practical and emotional) to people undergoing a substance misuse relapse.
- Act as a positive influence on clients encouraging responsible behaviour and self reliance to people receiving the Service.
- Support people in a way that maximises their self-sufficiency and enables them to move on via their identified move on pathway.

This is not an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time and is subject to change in accordance with the needs of Look Ahead.

Person Specification:

- Prefers working as part of a group or team
- Is fundamentally calm and resilient, does not let emotion adversely affect them or obscure their judgement
- Has a practical and logical mind and is naturally well organised
- Thrives on change and enjoys dynamic diverse environments

Skills, Knowledge and Experience:


- Demonstrable experience of supporting vulnerable adults with substance misuse needs and/or mental health related dual diagnosis needs.
- Experience of working with vulnerable complex people whom are undergoing a period of crisis.


- An understanding of treatment programmes, support and recovery within substance misuse
- Knowledge of group and individual therapy and an understanding of risk management.
- NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social care, Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (alcohol and substance misuse specialism) or equivalent.

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Look Ahead supports around 8,000 people across London and the South East each year. People who for a variety of reasons may need some extra suppor... Read more

Posted on: 17 September 2019
Closing date: 08 October 2019
Job ref: REQ001215
Tags: Support Worker,Social Work
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