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Substance Misuse Practitioner

  • Location: Aldershot
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Contract hours: FullTime

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Company Description

At Catch22, we are proud of our reputation as a modern and progressive employer. Our 1,300 colleagues and 300 volunteers work at every stage of the social welfare cycle, supporting over 60,000 individuals from cradle to career. Our work spans education, social justice and rehabilitation, children's social care, family support, social action and getting people into work.Our Hampshire 24/7 Substance Misuse Service is a county wide, community engagement based service offering targeted and specialist treatment to young people aged 25 years and under. We are a multi-professional team with a designated worker in each district of Hampshire, supported by our partnership with Inclusion Recover Hampshire, and Parent Support LinkWe are a forward thinking, person centered service with a high level of credibility among young people. We work with young people to help them achieve the "3 Ps" of our vision. To have a purpose in life, to have a good place to stay and to have good people around them. We achieve this in Hampshire by working in partnership with other agencies to to support young people who are misusing substances..Job Description

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Substance Misuse Practitioner, experienced in working with young people. You will be working with young people up to age 24, young carers and the children of substance misusing parents.You will join a friendly team, co-located with the local adult Substance Misuse service. We aim to deliver an integrated offer of support, using a variety of therapeutic interventions. There is regular training on offer and clinical supervision.As a Substance Misuse Practitioner, your main duties will include: Providing an integrated targeted, specialist and transitional structured treatment interventions for young people up to age 24 referred to the serviceProviding targeted interventions both 1:1 and group work for those young people identified via triage, assessment and care planning.Providing sustained support to a pre-defined case load of young people who are referred by means of effective assessment and care planning.Supporting young people where required through referral, triage and offer age appropriate interventions across the tiers of service provision.Providing consultation and information to other professionals from a range of settingsProviding satellite services away from our central office bases where required, to offer clients a wide choice of accessing substance misuse services and to enable those with specialist requirements to have their needs met in appropriate settings.In this role you will also:Carry out effective holistic assessment of the young personOrganise, design and deliver a range of specialist and targeted interventions, based on the clients identified needs for young people aged 11 – 18. And transitional services for those aged 18 – 25 years.Develop, monitor, evaluate and report on the care plans for children and young people.Support young people to access appropriate prescribing services, if required.Support young people to access appropriate sexual health and BBV services and to facilitate the offer of personalised Hep B/C tests for certain clients.Hold a caseload of up to 20 children and young people at any one time (dependant on need).Liaise effectively with other agencies and work in partnership with YOT case managers/CAMHS and wider partners to enable young offenders to address their substance misuse problems and reduce potential and presenting risks.Develop partnership and integrative care pathways with health services, partnerships within Inclusion22 to support associated physical and psychological health.Provide advice, support and guidance for professionals working with young people.Ensure affective participation and feedback from the children and young people to contribute to the service development.Act as an advocate for the young person or family as required.Be an active member of the service team attending meetings and training events as necessary.Ensure that the service promotes and reflects equality of opportunity and diversity at all levels.Represent where appropriate, the service at local events and meetings.Maintain highly effective administrative and reporting processes. To support the implementation of the ILLY Care Path systems and maintain key performance indicators in line with service (PHE) deliverables.Ensure that you are up-to date on all relevant policies and procedures in line with local and governmental frameworks and practice standards. Qualifications

To be successful in this role you will need experience of working in the area of substance misuse and young people and be keen to develop integrated partnership working. In addition we are looking for:Essential criteriaA level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care or relevant related qualification in substance misuse, youth work, counselling etcExperience of working with young people in a treatment and/ or prescribing setting for substance use/ misuseExperience of working with challenging and hard to engage young peopleExperience of working with young people in group and one-to-one settings.Excellent working knowledge of alcohol, drugs and their effectsKnowledge of issues around substance misuse amongst young peopleAn awareness of the current issues relating to at risk and vulnerable young peopleKnowledge of engagement and intervention strategies.Knowledge of Every Child Matters and other appropriate youth policies.Desirable criteriaRelevant professional qualification in substance misuseRelevant qualification in youth work studiesSkills in Inter-agency workingTraining/group work – information education delivery.Specialist Alcohol KnowledgeSpecialist knowledge in CBT, MI, REBT or other relevant intervention skillsCounselling qualification and/ or skillsPrevious work experience within a youth justice setting.Knowledge of social and policy issues affecting young people (e.g. youth justice etc.)Knowledge of support and referral agencies within HampshireKnowledge of treatment methodology and relevant policies.Previous work experience with disaffected teenagersSkills and AbilitiesExcellent engagement skills, able to motivate and enthuse young peopleCommunicate well in a range of settings, with different peopleGood organisational skills (for self and others)To be able to use a range of intervention and engagement styles as appropriateWork effectively in a teamManage conflicting demandsTo be able to adopt a flexible approach to all aspects of workProblem solving and a “can do” attitudeGood ICT skillsHigh attention to detail.A current driving licence and use of car are required for this role as you will need to travel across Hampshire.There may be a requirement to work occasional evening and weekends

Additional Information

Salary: £25.500 (Grade F Zone 3)This role is subject to an Enhanced DBS check.



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