Recovery Navigator and Assertive Outreach Worker – Weymouth and West Dorset

Base:            Weymouth and West Dorset

Hours:          Full time (35 hours per week) Monday – Friday to include some evening work

Salary:          £18,500 to £23,000 per annum, depending on experience

Contract:       Permanent

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, Recovery Navigators deliver an integrated service through the provision of comprehensive and ongoing assessment, recovery planning, appropriate referral/linkage and psychosocial interventions. This includes liaising effectively with partnership agencies in order to ensure continuity of care, key working and access to appropriate services.

Day to day duties will involve you delivering a range of interventions, including: key-working, strengths based assessment, recovery planning, structured group and 1:1 work. A significant proportion of your case load will be managed in partnership with a prescribing nurse, who you will collaborate with closely in order to provide the safest person centred treatment experience.

As a Recovery Navigator, you’ll be responsible for working with and motivating Reach Service Users to engage in the recovery programmes we offer in Dorset as well as become involved in the communities they live in so that they connect with others and feel purposeful in everyday living. The Assertive Outreach Worker aspect of this role specifically focuses on targeting those who struggle to engage with our services or who have disengaged from other services. You’ll carry out home visits to these vulnerable groups, promoting strength-based working and recovery.

What we’re looking for

Ideally, you’ll have previous experience of working in a similar field, including undertaking assessments and delivering a range of evidence based substance misuse psychosocial interventions in 1:1 and group-work settings. You’ll have a good understanding of group working, group dynamics, and will be able to demonstrate competent group work facilitation skills. You’ll be comfortable dealing with the emotional content of sessions and constructively challenging the behaviours you see. Some knowledge and understanding of mental health issues would be helpful.

In addition, you’ll be able to demonstrate excellent communication, organisation and time management skills and be confident in managing your own priorities in order to carry a diverse workload with competing demands. You’ll have at least five GCSE’s (or equivalent) and either hold or be willing to undertake a Vocational Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care. A further qualification in a relevant area such as Nursing, Health and Social Care, Community Development or Psychology, whilst not essential, would be an advantage.

Just as importantly, you’ll have a genuine interest in the understanding of substance misuse problems and a positive recovery focused attitude. You’ll be keen to develop professionally through our training programme and will demonstrate a high level of integrity and enthusiasm for working within the unstructured, direct access, ‘front door’ of our service as well as the structured group programmes that we run on a continuous cycle.

As part of this role will involve working out in the community and making home visits you’ll need to be confident and happy to work autonomously and comfortable with lone working (adhering to our lone working policy). You’ll need to hold a current driving licence and have access to and insurance for a roadworthy vehicle.

How to apply

For more information on this role and how to apply please download a Candidate Information Pack, EDP Application Form and Equal Ops Form.

Candidate Information Pack

EDP Application Form

Equal Ops Form

Closing date for applications is noon on Tuesday 29th January 2019.

Interviews will be held on Friday 8th February 2019.

If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date please assume you have not been successful.

Please ensure that you quote reference number 01.19 on your application

EDP is 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.

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