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Substance Misuse Practitioner - Ref smp25


As a Substance Misuse Practitioner, you will work closely with other internal and external agencies to provide support to rough sleepers or those at risk of rough sleeping due to substance misuse issues as identified through rough sleeper task force meetings.

Due to the complexities of and the toxic trio many of the rough sleepers are experiencing and the post holder will have specialisms in order to assist the clients embracing the concept of recovery, and establishing links within public health to ensure they are accessing the help and medication required to ultimately prevent vulnerable people rough sleeping.

Hours of work

25 hours per week.

The working pattern will be between Monday and Friday

Salary & benefits

£16,640 per annum.

Fixed-term contract for 12-months. Contract extension is dependant upon the securing of future funding streams.

Annual leave entitlement, access to work-based pension scheme and mileage expenses.

Qualifications & Experience:

Qualifications at level GCSE or above in English, Maths.

To have relevant experience with supporting those with Substance misuse issues, including Substance misuse counselling.

Have proven experience of experience of working in addition recovery services for a minimum period of two years

Be Computer literate being able to use word processing, data bases, & report writing.

Full UK driving licence and use of own vehicle is essential. You may be required to add business use cover to your insurance policy (policy & insurance company dependant).

Enhanced DBS Certificate is required for all applicants.

Responsible to:

The Health & Wellbeing Specialist

Location of Work:

Operating across the Telford and Wrekin area as required by the service.

Job Summary:

Working closely with the Health & Wellbeing Specialist, Positive Diversion Team, KIP and STaRS, you will provide support to those rough sleeping or at risk of rough sleeping who have substance misuse issues as identified by the Rough Sleeper Task Force.

You will provide a person centered, evidence-based, non-judgmental and recovery orientated service and be a link between other services to ensure the client is receiving the correct support and medication. You will be the point of contact for the client to turn to when they are in crisis connected with their substance misuse and also provide after care around ensuring regular contact with the client to support them to manage and reduce their use of substances. You will be offering an alternative approach of support for those initially struggling to access appropriate services for whatever reason, if they are willing to engage.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Daily Activities

Abilities required:

Personal Specification:


  1. Relevant experience in substance misuse diagnoses.
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of substance misuse, their effects and its impact on a individual’s life.
  3. Knowledge of blood born viruses and sexual health.
  4. Experience of working with the Homelessness/ Accommodation, Social Care setting /Supporting People Programme or similar programme.
  5. Have a qualification in support services, health and social care or related relevant experience providing advice and guidance.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of working with vulnerability, disability, cultural sensitivity and equal opportunities.
  7. To work effectively within the immediate and wider staff team.
  8. Demonstrate ability to use word processing, data bases, & report writing.
  9. Demonstrate ability to work flexibly, independently, be self-motivated, non-judgementally and as a lone worker.
  10. Identify a commitment to working with Maninplace policies and procedures.
  11. Be emotionally resilient
  12. Demonstrate relevant experience of support planning and enabling service user experience.
  13. A Proactive, collaborative and customer-focused approach
  14. Have experience of managing budgets.
  15. Have proven experience of experience of working in addition recovery services for a minimum period of two years
  16. Demonstrate effective communication, and presentation skills.
  17. Car owner and driver with clean UK driving licence
  18. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the issues facing those who are homeless and those who use substances.


  1. Demonstrate relevant knowledge of the criminal justice system and drivers that impact on offending behaviour.
  2. Demonstrate relevant knowledge of Mental Health issues and the impact on individual’s ability to make positive decisions.
  3. Counselling or therapy skills in areas on substance misuse.
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