Aquarius Practitioner Ref: 18/343

Contract Type
Application closing date
£20,015 - £23,420
South East


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Do you have an understanding of substance useand associated health and social  issues? Do you have experience of working with  children and 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 improve health and social outcomes  for the people they work with? Then join us as a Practitioner.

Recovery Focus is a new group of expert charities with the shared aim to inspire individual recovery nationwide. Between us we have a track record of more than 200 years of developing and running personalised services that work with people with mental health, substance misuse and other complex needs to achieve their ambitions. Each partner organisation has its own rich history of success, but together we believe we can lead the way in evidence-based recovery pathways, tailored to meet local and individual needs.

Right now, one of our partners, Aquarius Action Projects, is looking for a Practitioner to join their children and Young Peoples’  team in Oxfordshire. Aquarius helps people overcome the harm caused by alcohol, drugs working closely with individuals, family and friends. But it’s only possible with the help of people like you.

 Your challenge? To provide advice, assessments, brief and structured interventions and group programmes. As a practitioner in this role you will be the initial contact for referrals into the service, conducting initial assessments via telephone, face to face and offering relevant and appropriate advice, harm minimisation, family interventions risk assessment and management, actioning onward referrals to partner agencies. You will also be required to manage a caseload.

An energetic and confident self-starter, you will be required to hold a qualification in health/social care, youth and community work (e.g. NVQ Level 3 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 NVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care. As well as good knowledge of alcohol/drug and health related issues, you will be used to liaising with voluntary and statutory agencies and health professionals and comfortable engaging with clients in a variety of service delivery settings. You will have a flexible approach, a commitment to the principles of confidentiality, excellent record keeping and  a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

In return, you can expect some great benefits, including 32 days' holiday, contributory pension scheme, employee assistance programme and childcare vouchers, plus exceptional professional development and training opportunities.

So, get inspired and take the first steps towards a more fulfilling career.

*Progression of salary to £27,596 is applicable to this role dependant on the successful candidate holding or attaining a relevant NVQ qualification with accredited DANOS units

Closing date: 22nd October 2018

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