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Recovery Worker (Substance Misuse)

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Depending on experience pro rata
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Substance misuse
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
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Inclusion, created in 2002 is part of the Specialist Services Care Group of Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT). We believe that the individuals and families who use our services should receive high quality, committed and inclusive services realising all the benefits a modern national NHS organisation can bring. To do this, we need a well-trained and supported workforce and place significant investment in training and development opportunities. We have market-leading opportunities and terms and conditions.

The Inclusion Directorate with Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation currently provides Psychosocial Substance Misuse Teams into 5 prisons across Yorkshire. An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual to join our team at HMP Leeds. We are looking for a compassionate and skilled Recovery Worker to join our team.

Working in prisons is both challenging and rewarding. This is an opportunity to work with some very interesting people with complex substance misuse needs. Working in prisons is a fantastic opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of people who are often disadvantaged and vulnerable.

As a Recovery Worker you will need to have a sound knowledge of substance misuse and the barriers and issues faced by those affected. You will need to be confident in managing a caseload of people with complex substance misuse difficulties.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a range of low, medium and high intensity interventions as part of the integrated offender mental health, substance misuse team to those service users experiencing substance misuse problems.
  • To work within a multi-disciplinary team, in a custodial environment delivering a high standard drug and alcohol recovery service in response to the needs of the service users as part of Inclusion and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
  • To provide a range of psychosocial interventions motivating and supporting service users to achieve recovery and positive outcomes within a recovery-orientated substance misuse treatment service.
  • To work in collaboration with clinical prescribing services to ensure the needs of each service user is met and that integrated working is a key element to Inclusion's prison services.
  • To provide a drug and alcohol recovery service (incorporating assessment, recovery planning, casework coordination and psycho-social interventions) to problem drug and alcohol users located within the prison establishment.
  • To contribute and work within the prison and wider drug strategy.

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is an award-winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers.

We are proud to have dedicated, passionate, and professional staff across our services. There has never been a better time to join Inclusion. The Trust works in partnership with the NHS programme 'Step into Health', supporting ex-service personnel into a career in the NHS.

At MPFT we pride ourselves on staff wellbeing and development and can we offer you:
  • Our SOOTHE resources - supporting staff across the trust with their physical, mental and financial health. In addition to the support offered from our occupational health provider Team Prevent.
  • Counselling support and lifestyle information with advice on a variety of personal matters.
  • In our Gift providing a platform for your voice to be heard to inform change.
  • The opportunity to purchase additional annual leave.
  • Opportunities for flexible working.
  • Career development opportunities and coaching plus access to in house training programs.
  • Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills).
  • Child Care Vouchers Scheme.
  • Recognition and engagement through our staff LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and Staff Engagement Surveys.
  • NHS discounts available via the Blue Card and Red Guava schemes.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To deliver a steps-based, recovery orientated and outcome-focussed service within the host prison with a particular emphasis on high standards and good practice.
  • To work within an integrated team delivering psychosocial and clinical interventions to service users presenting with substance misuse issues, including alcohol.
  • To work closely with the mental health nurses as part of an integrated team.
  • To participate in the prisons induction programme, encouraging and motivating clients to engage.
  • To use strengths-based approaches including mapping techniques and relevant paperwork in order to carry out initial screening assessments.
  • To carry out further assessments that includes strengths-based node-link mapping techniques and recovery planning.
  • Work collaboratively with clinical services to ensure service users are referred for clinical services and supported whilst waiting for or receiving clinical treatment. Including joint recovery planning, attending joint clinical reviews, joint 1:1 sessions and communicating progress and needs to appropriate staff where need dictates.
  • To identify and formulate goals jointly agreed with the service user on their recovery plan appropriate to their needs.
  • To be responsible for the coordination of recovery for each client on your caseload.
  • To provide structured interventions in accordance with the needs identified on an individual basis, in line with the goals identified and agreed on the recovery plan.
  • To provide structured information and advice about drugs and, related issues that also includes blood borne viruses and safer sex and harm reduction.
  • To work with prisoners who have failed mandatory and voluntary urine tests and actively encourage them into treatment to engage in their recovery journey.
  • To provide general on-going support and assistance to service users by holding a substance misuse caseload.
  • To organise and facilitate short-term psychosocial intervention group work relevant to substance misuse issues and offending behaviour.
  • To support and facilitate longer term psychosocial, CBT based group work requiring multiple session delivery.
  • To mentor trainee grades within the service.
  • To mentor and supervise service user involvement/peer recovery champion scheme.
  • Compile and maintain a high standard of casework and recording.
  • To keep and provide information and statistics in line with Inclusion, NOMS and commissioners requirements.
  • To effectively liaise with community substance misuse services to establish a link for individuals, promoting retention in services and ensuring treatment is offered and appointments secured for service users wanting treatment to continue on release.
  • To carry out drug screening tests as service dictates.
  • To participate in activities designed to enhance the service such as clinical supervision and KSF reviews, needs analysis, service user forums, increasing personal knowledge and remaining up to date with training.

  • To contribute to the development of systems and interventions as and when required.
  • To familiarise and use I.T. equipment as provided by Inclusion and the Prison Service and accurately record all required information.
  • Ensures personal duty of care in relation to equipment and resources used in course of work.

  • To make decisions based on effective co-ordination and management of service users on caseload to best meet individuals need.
  • To promote the integrated service and lead on new initiatives/areas within the service as service need dictates.
  • To identify training needs and utilise supervision effectively.
  • To be aware of boundaries at all times, attend prison training relating to conditioning, security awareness and reporting and raise any issues with line manager immediately.
  • To be responsible for identifying individual training needs and keep abreast of new trends and substances emerging within the substance misuse field.
  • To work within the clear boundaries and guidelines set out by Trust policies, Prison Service Orders and codes of conduct and be responsible for ensuring own practice is safe at all times.

  • To effectively communicate and work collaboratively with a range of people including service users, colleagues, prison staff and external partners/providers to ensure the service users needs are met both inside and outside of prison.
  • To work within and promote an integrated service.
  • Complete written reports or provide verbal feedback in line with data protection to relevant partners engaged with the service user.
  • To be professional at all times whilst representing Inclusion at internal and external events.
  • To take part in appropriate training and development

  • As the role is not permanently office based there is a requirement to visit service users and other professionals in different areas of the establishment on a daily basis.
  • To use IT and visual display equipment on a daily basis.
  • To attend training and meetings in different geographical areas from the host prison.
  • To work flexible hours in line with service needs (i.e. evening and weekend as and when required)

  • To co-ordinate and manage a caseload of service users with a range of risk factors and needs including, dual diagnosis and other mental health related issues, self-harm, chaotic drug use, accommodation needs.
  • Managing own responses and feelings towards the sensitive information which may be disclosed through effective use of supervision, self-exploration or seeking support of colleagues or managers.
  • To be responsible for your own security and safety by working in line with prison and trust policies.
  • To be aware of the unpredictable and potentially volatile environment of a prison setting and remaining alert to those surroundings during daily working practices.

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING Essential
  • Relevant University Degree NVQ 3 Health & Social Care (or commitment to work towards) And/Or Relevant experience in comparable setting.
  • Relevant training / Qualification in associated field oCBT oMotivational Interviewing oBrief solution focussed therapy oMapping techniques oAuricular acupuncture trained
  • Experience of integrated working practices
  • 12 months minimum of working with substance user's
  • Experience of criminal justice field / prison setting
  • Experience of working with offenders
  • Experience of group facilitation
  • Experience of working with dual diagnosis/mental health
  • A thorough knowledge of substances and their effects
  • A knowledge of blood borne viruses and sexual health
  • An understanding of harm reduction approaches in relation to substance misuse
  • Ability to work with drug/alcohol users in a prison environment
  • Ability to conduct assessments and formulate recovery plans
  • Ability and commitment to facilitate psycho-social group work programmes
  • Ability to manage a DART service user caseload
  • Ability to keep records and statistical data
  • Ability to prioritise
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other professionals and develop links with agencies internal and external to prison
  • Understanding of equal opportunities
  • Knowledge of criminal justice field

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