Senior Healthcare Assistant

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (EDP) are passionate about supporting individuals to reduce their substance use and live happier, healthier lives. We support people with multiple disadvantages, including substance misuse & mental health, as well as those who find themselves in the criminal justice system. Our services enable the people we support to improve their health, wellbeing and employability. As a subsidiary of Humankind since 2020, we are pleased to confirm that from July 2023, EDP & Humankind will be fully merging to enable the people we support to benefit from a wider range of support and services. 

About the role 

As a Senior Healthcare Assistant, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a highly rewarding sector with some truly inspirational service users and colleagues. The Senior Healthcare Assistant reports to our Lead Independent Prescriber and is responsible for supporting and assisting in the provision of a range of healthcare interventions. 

You will be working with Together Drug & Alcohol Services, based in our Barnstaple hub, with some clinics held at our satellites in the surrounding North Devon towns. 

Day-to-day duties include: 

  • Supporting the clinical team with healthcare assessments and treatments 
  • Undertaking clinical supervisions 
  • Providing harm reduction support, information and advice to individuals in relation to substance misuse.  
  • Supporting colleagues in relation to detoxifications. 

About you 

We are looking for someone who is passionate about supporting individuals to make positive change.  You will need experience in a clinical/healthcare setting, ideally with clinical experience relating to substance misuse, although this is not essential. In addition, you will also have the following: 

  • A knowledge and understanding of policies related to safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults 
  • Ability to deliver high quality healthcare 
  • Experience of immunisation (desirable) 

Check out the Senior Health Care Assistant full job description and person specifications.

What can Humankind offer you? 

🏖️ Generous annual leave entitlement (27 days, plus bank holidays, increasing to 32 after 1 years’ service) 

📅 Annual leave purchase scheme 

💰 Enhanced occupational sick pay 

 % Enhanced employer contribution to your workplace pension 

👪 Death in service benefit 

✍️ Free Will writing 

👓 Eyecare vouchers 

🛍️ Blue light card discount 

💡 Fantastic learning and development opportunities, including free training courses 

🏠 Work-life balance- flexible working and family-friendly policies 

🏃‍♀️ Happy, Healthy You! – our wellbeing offers for our workforce 

🤝 Employee Assist Programme and Humankind Support Networks


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Barnstaple, North Devon

Part Time, 16 hours per week

£24,629 – £25,701 per annum, pro-rata (£11,329.34 – £11,822.46 per annum)


Midday on Monday 10th July 2023

How do I apply?

To apply, please click Apply Now to download an application form and send these through to

by the closing date of midday on Monday 10th July

Please note that CV’s can be submitted to support an application but may not be accepted without a completed application form. 

Interviews will be held Tuesday 18th July 2023

Please ensure that you quote reference number 19.23 when applying. 

EDP / Humankind is an equal-opportunity employer. 

If you feel that you would fit with our values & ethos, are passionate about supporting people, but maybe don’t feel you have the experience required, talk to us about your transferrable skills. For the right people, we can provide development to help you to realise your potential. 

We welcome applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, disability, or age.  

EDP / Humankind are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  Candidates are subject to additional checks including DBS (to the appropriate level) and prison vetting – details will be specified as part of the vacancy details. Outcomes of these additional checks will be considered before any offer/appointment is confirmed. 

If you have any questions, please email