Recovery Worker

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North West
£19,436.56 to £19,436.56 per annum
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£19,436.56 per annum
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HMP Forest Bank are recruiting for a Recovery Worker to provide ongoing case management and support for substance users whilst in custody.

HMP Forest Bank serves the courts of Greater Manchester and maintains strong links to the local community with a focus on resettlement. We aim to deliver quality of life services and support people to change their lives for the better.

Opportunities for learning and developing work-ready skills are on offer for all who come in to custody, but our commitment to reducing reoffending in local communities does not end at the prison gate. We support people released from custody through innovative partnerships in substance misuse services in Bury and Oldham, working with people to maintain recovery and lead law-abiding lives.

As well as the 16 residential units on site, there is a healthcare centre, gym, library, workshop complex, visits hall, chaplaincy and kitchen. The prison’s capacity stands at 1,460, holding adult men both on remand or sentenced and young prisoners between the ages of 18-21 years.

For more information on working in Justice within Sodexo please see Careers in Justice
Job Description37.5 hours per week - working various shifts including weekends and evenings

Salary £19,436.56 per annum, 20 days holiday plus bank holidays, pension, free meals on duty and free on-site parking.
Main Responsibilities
Complete appropriate assessments of problematic substance users in order to construct individualised care plans to meet their needs.
Provide relevant information, advice and support to substance users with the aim of reducing harm to themselves and others; reducing the risk of overdose, spread of communicable diseases and lapse/relapse.
Promote the Recovery Agenda and encourage substance users to engage with the Recovery Pathway.
Provide and facilitate psychosocial interventions in the form of one to one and group work sessions.
Provide effective communication and integration with all relevant internal and external partners, such as the Offender Management Unit, Programmes, Healthcare and Community Drug Teams.
Deliver staff awareness training to promote the work of the Recovery team.
Attend relevant training and be committed to continuous professional development.
Arrange urine testing for all clients on the caseload and collate the results accordingly.
Deal fairly, humanely and openly with all prisoners and combat discrimination wherever it occurs
 Attend one to one supervision and weekly group supervision where required to discuss performance, which feeds into the PDR process
 Complete all written and typed paperwork to a high standard maintaining accurate and up to date records.

The Ideal CandidateEssential

A good level of numeracy and literacy
Good interpersonal skills and have an Empathic approach.
Good planning and organisational skills
Have a keen interest in the substance misuse field and a passion to promote and encourage change
Time management skills


NVQ in substance misuse

About The CompanyIn the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 36,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the energy, corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

At Sodexo we are committed to a leading role in promoting equality opportunities and valuing diversity and inclusion. We seek to create a work environment based on mutual respect for all individuals, building a culture that appreciates and values the experiences and skills brought by each person to benefit our organisation and work hard to ensure that all people, whatever their race, colour, sex, gender identity  disability, nationality, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital/partnership or family status, sexual orientation, age, social class, educational background, employment status, working pattern, are welcome to and included within our organisation. 

We’re a Disability Confident Leader employer. We’re committed to changing attitudes towards disability, and making sure disabled people have the chance to fulfil their aspirations.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.

Please note all roles within Sodexo Justice are subject to security and recruitment checks which may include a Social Media Check. You will also be asked to provide 5 years’ worth of references and request employment history details from the HMRC.

Contact Details:
Tel: 01276 687 000
Contact: Chloe Bromley

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