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Recovery Focus

Senior Practitioner

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£24,184.00 - £29,211.00

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Closing Date

West Midlands

4 June 2021

20 June 2021

Do you have an understanding of drugs and alcohol and health related issues, the Recovery Agenda and experience of working with adults or young people in an addictions or social care setting?

Would you like to be part of an organisation that counts on the professionalism, insight, expertise and passion of its staff to inspire individual recovery for the people they work with?

Welcome to Aquarius as a Senior Practitioner.

The Solihull SIAS service (Solihull Integrated Addiction Services), is a partnership between the lead partner Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT), Welcome, Changes UK and Aquarius.

The service provides Drug and Alcohol substance misuse treatment and recovery support for adults and young people across Solihull, as well as homeless outreach, and floating support to clients who are rough sleeping or vulnerably housed.

SIAS have a good track record of service delivery with the addiction service being recommissioned in 2018 and the vulnerable housing service being re commissioned in 2020.

Within SIAS, Aquarius lead on Brief interventions, Family support, training and homelessness.

Right now, one of our partners, Aquarius Action Projects, is looking for a Senior Practitioner to join their team in Solihull.

Aquarius helps people overcome the harm caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling working closely with individuals, family and friends.

But it’s only possible with the help of people like you.

This is an exciting post funded to develop and deliver a proactive engagement service to people at risk off offending and in order to prevent involvement in crime.

The Team will be focused on delivering targeted support to women, 18-25 year olds, and offenders in order to encourage them into training, education and diversionary activities.

Your challenge? To undertake a portfolio of cases, generally incorporating the more complex situations, and deputise for Service Managers as and when required.

Supervising the work of Practitioners and Support Workers will be important too, as will prioritising activities and monitoring service delivery, outputs and outcomes and providing guidance, training and clinical supervision.

And, all the while, we’ll expect you to work in a way that recognises and values diversity and make the most of your understanding of the functional model of alcohol, the model of change and CBT.

To succeed, you’ll need a professional qualification in health/social care, youth and community work (e.g. NVQ Level 4 or above, DipSW, Mental Health Nursing, Counselling, Addiction Studies). Alternatively, we’ll consider candidates with experience of working in the substance misuse field with a commitment to complete NVQ4 Health and Social Care or equivalent.

In addition, you will have experience of managing caseloads around safeguarding children as well as an awareness of safeguarding processes.

Knowledge of the functional model of alcohol use is also required, together with knowledge of primary, secondary and other outreach settings.

As comfortable engaging with clients as you are supervising staff, delivering training or liaising with voluntary and statutory agencies, you have a flexible approach, a commitment to the principles of confidentiality and excellent office IT skills (Microsoft Office).

The salary for this role is £24,184.00 - £29,211.00 per annum (under review).

To review the job description, please click here.

Closing Date for applications is 17th June 2021. (We reserve the right to close vacancies before the specified closing date, should a large number of applications be received).

We are committed to increasing our diversity and we would welcome applications from those with lived experience and/or who are from a BAME background.

So, are you ready to take on this rewarding role that comes with some really great benefits? Apply now via our website.

Aquarius is part of Recovery Focus, a national group of charities highly experienced in providing specialist support services to individuals and families living with the effects of mental ill health, drug and alcohol use, gambling and domestic violence. We know that recovery can look and feel very different to each and every one of us. But we also know that if we provide the right support, at the right time, we can inspire recovery nationwide and that recovery is possible for everyone.

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