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Community Substance Misuse Worker

Hywel Dda University Health Board
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
£28,834 to £35,099 per annum
Closing date
28 May 2024

Job Details

An opportunity has arisen within the Community Drug and Alcohol team for a Community Substance Misuse Worker to join a developing substance misuse team within the Ceredigion locality, based in Aberystwyth.

We are looking for an individual who has experience of working with substance misuse and can demonstrate core and specific competencies related to tier 3 substance misuse work or who is keen to develop their skills and experience within a tier 3 substance misuse service.

Experience in the assessment and treatment of service users with opiate dependency would be an advantage as well as a good working knowledge of harm reduction approaches and managing prescribing regimes within a recovery focused treatment framework.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will act as care manager for the caseload and any significant change in circumstances that may result in increased risk to the service user or their significant others must be discussed in the appropriate forum. This will include:

Comprehensive assessment of the service user's substance misuse problem including their health and wellbeing needs and level of motivation to change

Agreeing a care plan /aftercare / discharge plan with the service user that may include other professionals or onward referral as appropriate.

Implementation and review of the care plan and associated evaluation in line with service and Health Board policy

Consideration of the needs of significant others and the opportunity to engage them in the care plan.

Joint working with partner agencies and contributing the treatment and clinical components of the agreed care plan where the service user is subject to a treatment order through the courts

The post holder must at all times respect the rights, dignity and interests of service users.

They should treat all individuals equitably, and must not discriminate on grounds of Age, Sex, Disability, Gender re-assignment, Marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, Race, Religion or belief, Sexual orientation against service users, colleagues, or anyone else with whom they have dealings in the course of their work.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 11/06/2024

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Level 3 QCF Health & Social Care (Adults) or equivalent or able to evidence KSF / DANOS competencies for role in CPD portfolio and willingness to work towards required Level 3 QCF
  • Degree in Substance Misuse or related field or equivalent experience and willingness to work towards
  • Knowledge of M.I, CBT, CTP or other therapeutic approaches
  • Sound knowledge of substance misuse issues


  • Certificate / Diploma in Counselling or other related field



  • Recent relevant experience & knowledge of Substance Misuse field


  • Recent experience in health/social care agency
  • Recent experience in Tier 3 Treatment provision

Language Abilities


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Community Drug & Alcohol Team

Gorwelion Day Hospital, Llanbadarn Road,

Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

SY23 1HB

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