Relief Workers – Dorset

Base:               Dorset (1 based in East Dorset and 1 based in West Dorset)

Hours:             Part Time, 17.5 hours per week

Salary:             £16,000 – £18,000 FTE pro rata dependent on experience

Contract:         Permanent

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Relief Worker will support teams to deliver an integrated service providing support and guidance to volunteers and mentors. You’ll be responsible for working with and motivating service users to engage in the recovery programmes we offer in Dorset, as well as becoming involved in the communities they live in so that they connect with others and feel purposeful in everyday living. You’ll employ your skills and expertise to encourage those suitable to access the mentoring program as part of their aftercare/post treatment, and will be instrumental in ensuring that volunteers and mentors are supported to develop their confidence and skills within the integrated provision.

In this role, you’ll provide relief work in the various hub and/or satellite teams. This will include supporting the service user throughout their treatment journey from the initial referral/presentation stage through to treatment completion. Day to day duties will involve supporting the delivery of a range of interventions, including key working, strengths based assessment, recovery planning, and structured group and 1:1 work. You’ll also oversee caseloads in the absence of the allocated worker and will work in close partnership with a prescribing nurse in order to provide the safest person-centred treatment experience. You’ll receive training to ensure you can undertake comprehensive and ongoing assessments, recovery planning, appropriate referral/linkage and psychosocial interventions. You’ll also liaise with partnership agencies in order to ensure continuity of care, key working and access to appropriate services.

Integration means that our service welcomes people at any stage in their recovery journey, starting with the open end of harm reduction through to brief interventions, extended interventions and structured treatment. This may sound like a tall order, but we believe in the Reach model and the team in Dorset have been driving our vision forward with great success. The Reach philosophy is embedded with the asset based community development approach, which is a way of working with others that have resonance with EDP Values.

What we are looking for

Ideally, you’ll have previous experience in a similar field or a similar environment, including undertaking assessments and delivering evidence based substance misuse psychosocial interventions in 1:1 and/or group-work settings. You’ll understand the importance of the therapeutic alliance and will have some understanding of group working and group dynamics. You’ll be willing to undertake training and development that ensures you learn to demonstrate competent group work facilitation skills. Some knowledge and understanding of mental health issues would be helpful.

In addition, you’ll demonstrate excellent communication, organisation and time management skills and will be confident in managing your own priorities in order to carry a diverse workload with competing demands. You’ll ideally have five GCSE’s (or equivalent) and will 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 and will demonstrate a high level of integrity and enthusiasm.

How to apply

For further details and instructions on how to apply for this role please download the Candidate Information Pack, EDP Application Form and Equal Ops Form.

Candidate Information Pack

EDP Application Form

Equal Ops Form

Please note that CVs will not be accepted without a completed application form

Closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 4th March 2019.

Interviews to be held on Wednesday 13th March 2019.

Please ensure that you quote reference number 78.18 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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