Substance Misuse Support Workers

Portland, Dorset
£17,675 - £18,685 per annum depending on experience
08 Oct 2019
28 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Due to a recent expansion of our services, we require additional staffing resource and are looking for three Substance Misuse Support Workers to join our team at HMP Portland.

Substance Misuse Support Workers
Reference number: 52.19J
Based: HMP Portland
Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week (to include some weekend working)
Salary: £17,675 - £18,685 per annum depending on experience
Contract: Permanent

As a Substance Misuse Support Worker, you’ll work as part of a wider team supporting individuals with drug and alcohol misuse issues within the prison.

Key responsibilities will include working with clinical teams to monitor and observe individuals during the administration of their medications. Support Workers also provide individuals with important health and harm reduction information and advice covering a range of areas, as well as basic levels of recovery focused psychosocial support. Finally, you’ll contribute to the continuity of care through effective liaison with partnership agencies and undertake key administrative tasks including the collection and inputting of data and information systems.

What we’re looking for 
You’ll already be an effective communicator, comfortable with conveying key information efficiently and effectively both in writing and verbally. You’ll be proficient with administration and IT skills, and will be experienced at managing your own time, workload and priorities.

Whilst not essential, previous experience of working within a similar recovery orientated environment and/or as part of multi-disciplinary team in a social or health care environment would be a distinct advantage. This could include experience of administering drug and alcohol tests, working with people with drug and alcohol problems, assessment and individual care planning, and involvement in delivering a range of evidence based psychosocial interventions in 1:1 and group-work settings.

More 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 and will demonstrate a high level of integrity and enthusiasm for working within the structured environment of a prison.

About EDP 
EDP Drug & Alcohol Services is a thriving charity, working in Devon and Dorset with people affected by drug and alcohol use and their families. Increasingly we work with people that have a range of challenges impacting on their wellbeing, building on their strengths, hopes, aspirations and hidden talents. Because we focus on what’s strong not what’s wrong our work is highly valued by service users. Simply put, we help people to live fulfilling 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, pension scheme, and a positive, friendly working environment.

Closing date for applications is noon on Monday 28th October 2019.
Please ensure that you quote reference number 52.19J on your application.


If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the button to be directed to our website to download the information pack and application form. 

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.