Therapeutic Recovery Lead

Kirklees – POSITION NOW CLOSED

Location:Kirklees
Hours:37.5 hours per week (times tba)
Salary:£22, 450 – Fixed Term contract 31/3/15 – subject to funding
Responsible to:The Corner – Recovery Manager
Main Role:To lead on the development and delivery of The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) services in Kirklees to provide easily accessible, non-judgemental, and confidential services, which support service users in reducing harm, engaging with treatment and achieving recovery.
• To facilitate/deliver the TBRP pre recovery and abstinence programme of recovery.
• To carry a caseload of clients for whom you co-ordinate assessment, care planning and service provision.
• To provide specialist drug interventions (information, advice, support, relapse prevention work and psychological and psycho-social interventions).
• To advocate, as necessary, on behalf of clients.
• To establish/maintain good working relationships with other services.
• The post holder will be expected to work in conjunction with partner agencies and with other agencies where appropriate.
• Manage, co-ordinate and deliver the operational elements of all interventions to ensure that the service runs efficiently and effectively, making the best possible use of financial and human resources.
• To take day-to-day responsibility for the management of all TBRP Kirklees Premises.
• Responsible for the day-to-day management of volunteers to meet the operational requirements of TBRP Kirklees.
Principal Duties:1. In the absence of the Recovery Manager, to be the first point of contact for the team, ensure liaison, via telephone and in person with clients, carers, other professionals and external agencies. Due to the nature of the team, this involves assessing the urgency of the problem and taking appropriate action. To use initiative and empathy to resolve queries this may involve sensitive service user/staff issues. To contribute to assessments as part of multi-agency team within agreed timescales.

2. To deliver a structured therapeutic support programme in conjunction with TBRP ethos and guidance.

3. To provide one-to-one key working and support, using effective communication skills and techniques such as motivational interviewing, solution-focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and 12-step.

4. Responsible for the management of complaints. This can also include dealing with clients or carers who are upset, angry, and aggressive and sometimes threatening.

5. To provide close supervision and direction to the office administrator, and in the absence of the office administrator, carry out the day to day functions – post, banking, data entry.

6. To maintain the team referral and confidential filing systems.

7. To take responsibility for meeting local and national performance targets.

8. To work with managers and staff to develop appropriate performance management systems to ensure that appropriate information is collected.

9. Ensure that recording systems such as care notes and reports are maintained by staff.

10. Participate in and make use of supervision and appraisal in line with TBRP policies.

11. To carry out day-to-day financial transactions, including banking and the management of a petty cash system.

12. Ensure the safety of all staff and clients by implementing risk assessment procedures and monitoring the maintenance of health, safety and security procedures in the working environment.

13. Undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with line lead as part of the personal development planning process.

14. To undertake any other duties at the request of the Recovery Manager which are commensurate with the role, including project work, internal job rotation and absence cover.

15. The post holder will be expected to work in conjunction with partner agencies and with other agencies where appropriate.

16. In the absence of the Recovery Manager, co-ordinate and deliver the operational elements of all interventions to ensure that the service runs efficiently and effectively, making the best possible use of financial and human resources.

17. In the absence of the Recovery Manager, to take day-to-day responsibility for the management of all TBRP Kirklees Premises.

18. Responsible for the day-to-day management of volunteers to meet the operational requirements of TBRP Kirklees.

19. To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and The Project’s policies.

In carrying out the above duties the post holder will:• Work flexibly across operational sites as required.
• Work flexibly within an agreed number of hours of work to maintain the most appropriate level of service provision. This will include evening and weekend working.
• Seek to improve personal performance, contribution, knowledge and skills.
• Participate in appraisal, supervision and Learning and Development processes.
• Keep up-to-date with developments in services, legislation and practice relevant to the relevant client group.
• Ensure the implementation of the TBRP policies.
• Undertake other duties appropriate to the grade of the post.
Essential Requirements:• Direct experience of working with drug/alcohol users and families.
• A recognised qualification in Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Community Learning, a graduate postgraduate qualification in addictions or accredited counselling qualification.
• Ability to deliver programmes within a group setting.
• Non-judgemental and empathic approach to drug/alcohol users.
• Have a clear understanding of drug/alcohol use dependency and related issues.
• Assessment and care planning skills.
• Knowledge and understanding of effective interventions which address diverse need.
• Knowledge and understanding of effective interventions which promote and support recovery.
• Knowledge and understanding of responses to Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills; overdose prevention; cultural awareness; equal opportunities; sexual health; and BBVs.
• Skills in delivering appropriate psychosocial interventions.
• Skills in motivational interviewing and motivational enhancement interventions.
• Understanding of harm reduction interventions, sexual health and Blood Borne Virus prevention
• Ability to communicate well with services users, other workers and agencies.
• Experience of working in community / outreach settings.
• Ability to work well as part of a team.
Desirable CriteriaHolds a current driving licence.
Skills in service development, monitoring and evaluation.
Notes:The Basement Recovery Project is committed to valuing and promoting diversity in employment, service delivery practices and its’ general environment. An expectation of all posts is that each individual will take responsibility for promoting open, inclusive and accessible service provision, staff development and a culture that values and respects difference.

At the core of TBRP’s efforts is the nurturing of a caring recovery community, with shared norms and values, which is dedicated to supporting the recovery of all who seek it. These communities “bring recovery to the High Street” and, by making recovery visible, carry a message of hope to the larger community