Recovery Navigator - Substance Misuse Charity

Exeter, Devon
£18,500 to £23,000 per annum
09 Aug 2018
31 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

We currently have a vacancy for a Recovery Navigator within our Together Community Service in Devon:

EDP is a high performing social enterprise, providing substance misuse support services across Devon and Dorset Communities, community initiatives, development programmes and substance misuse services in the prisons across Devon and Dorset (in partnership with Care UK). In Devon our community service (Together) is delivered in partnership with Devon Partnership Trust (DPT) and Devon Doctors providing the clinical element. Our mission is: To open doors for people affected by substance misuse so they can improve their lives and those of their families and communities.

The type of service that our EDP teams carry out is highly valued by service users and our community and prison stakeholders. As part of our team, you can make a difference to people’s health and wellbeing, perspectives on their long term potential, and ultimately their lives.  EDP can offer you a real opportunity for new, challenging and highly rewarding experiences. In return for your commitment and enthusiasm, we offer a comprehensive training & development programme, a generous leave package, child care vouchers, pension scheme, and a positive, friendly working environment.

Recovery Navigator
Base: Exeter
Hours: 35hrs a week
Salary: £18,500 to £23,000 per annum depending on experience
Contract: Permanent

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our newly established clinical assessment centre as a Recovery Navigator. The clinical assessment centre has been designed to improve access for individuals wishing to gain support to make changes to their substance misuse. We understand how difficult it can be for individuals to take the first step and seek support and we recognise the need to make access into treatment quick, easy and a positive experience for people once they build up the courage to do this. Working as a Recovery Navigator within the CAS team is a new and forward thinking role, where you have the opportunity to help shape an individual’s view of what treatment can be like and to ensure that following receipt of an effective, meaningful and positive initial experience, that individuals want to continue to engage with our service and receive the support we are able to offer.

As a Recovery Navigator working within our CAS team, you will provide digital support (inc phone, skype, facetime, text) for members of the public and will be responsible for not only improving service user experience on entry into treatment, maximising engagement into service but as part of your assessment, support, advice and triage role, together you will develop a tailored package of care, leaving referrers clear on the next steps and motivated to make change. You will work to promote a holistic approach to treatment, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and in partnership with the Devon together alliance to improve access and support into other services.

As a Recovery Navigator you will provide an integrated service through the provision of comprehensive assessment, triage, risk assessment and recovery planning; delivering a range of brief and structured interventions.  This includes liaising effectively with partnership agencies in order to ensure continuity of care, key working and access to appropriate services.

The Together integrated service opened its doors on April 1st, 2018 and so you will be joining us at a very exciting time. Integration means that our service welcomes people at any stage in their recovery journey, starting with the open end of harm reduction, being our needle and syringe programmes, using opportunistic advice and information skills, through to brief interventions, extended interventions and structured treatment. Our team of clinicians (Nurses, non-medical prescribers and Specialist substance misuse Doctors) ensure we have a high quality community detoxification offer as well as opioid substitution therapy. As service users progress they will move into the ‘aftercare’ and then post treatment element of recovery. Together is currently reviewing its programme delivery options, including Smart UK groups, Smart friends and family, a range of structured / unstructured interventions and assertive linkage to 12 step recovery mutual aid groups.

Day to day our service users will access a range of interventions, including: key-working, strengths based assessment, recovery planning, structured group and 1:1 work. Clients will work jointly with their key-worker and prescribing nurse in order to ensure receipt of the safest person centred treatment experience. As a Recovery Navigator, you will support your colleagues within service by generating enthusiasm and motivation at assessment stage, encouraging individuals to engage in the recovery programmes we offer in Devon as well as become involved in the communities they live in so that they connect with others and feel purposeful in everyday living.  This may sound like a tall order but we believe in the Together model and in the team in Devon that have been driving our vision forward. The Together philosophy is embedded with the asset based community development approach, which is a way of working with others that has great resonance with EDP Values.

Ideally, you will already have previous experience of working in a similar field, either in the community or a similar environment, including undertaking assessments and delivering a range of evidence based substance misuse psychosocial interventions.  You will be comfortable dealing with the emotional content of sessions and be able to utilise MI and CBA approaches to create discrepancy and positively challenge attitudes and beliefs that may be holding someone back from achieving their goals. Some knowledge and understanding of mental health issues would be advantageous.

In addition, you will be able to demonstrate excellent communication, organisation and time management skills and be confident in managing your own priorities in order to manage a workload with competing demands.  You will have at least five GCSE’s (or equivalent) and 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, Psychology related, whilst not essential, would be an advantage.

Just as importantly, you will have a genuine interest in the understanding of substance misuse problems and a positive recovery focused attitude.  You will be keen to develop professionally through our training programme and will demonstrate a high level of integrity and enthusiasm for working within the un-structured direct access ‘front door’ of our service as well as the structured group programmes that we run on a continuous cycle.

Closing date for applications is noon on Friday 31st August 2018
Interview date: Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September 2018


If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the 'Apply Now' button to be directed to the EDP website. There you can download the information pack and application form. 

Please ensure that you quote reference number 40.18 on your application and state which contract you are interested in.

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.

No agencies please.