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Substance Misuse Recovery Worker

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

HMP Bronzefield are currently recruiting for a Recovery Worker to support and encourage service users to overcome their substance misuse addictions and reduce their offending behaviour.

HMP/YOI Bronzefield is a closed local prison serving courts across the South of England. Our mission is to deliver quality of life services which make a meaningful difference to women in the criminal justice system by supporting them to change their lives for the better. To achieve this we focus on providing needs-based services and programmes to rehabilitate and improve the well-being of our women.

We house up to 572 women (approximately 14.5% of the national female prison population). The women in our custody have a diverse and complex set of needs and range from mothers and babies, young offenders, life and long term sentenced women, short to mid-term sentenced women, foreign nationals and women on remand.

We have been awarded a bronze accreditation by Investors in People for our commitment to our staff, their development, engagement and investment in a sustainable future.

Sodexo Justice aims to change lives for the better by reducing reoffending and improving the quality of life for those under our supervision and in our care. We deliver safe, effective and innovative custodial and community rehabilitation services that challenge offending behaviour, protect the public and offer individuals the opportunity to change their lives for the better. We deliver the total operation of five prisons within the UK and own six Community Rehabilitation Companies in partnership with crime reduction charity Nacro.

For more information on Sodexo Careers please visit Sodexo Careers and Careers in Justice

From April 2023, the healthcare services within Sodexo's prisons will be transitioning to a new service provider.

Role Responsibility

  • Hold a large case load and work with clients from a diverse background who often have very complex needs (including dual diagnosis). To act as their case worker offering one to one support and psychosocial interventions via 1-2-1’s and Group Sessions to help in their rehabilitation process.
  • Forge good working relationships with other services internally and with external agencies outside of the Prison to ensure that service users have an excellent quality of service, continuity of care and to ensure effective joined up working.
  • Contribute towards and adhere to the SJS Recovery Strategy, Drug Supply Reduction Plan and Substance Misuse Agenda.
  • Encourage, motivate and support clients through their Recovery journey.
  • Work alongside, train ,support and develop Recovery Peer Mentors (prisoners).
  • Complete initial screening assessments, comprehensive individual care plans and tailor the Recovery service (via an individual Care Plan) to the needs of your clients.
  • Have a good knowledge of substance misuse and issues surrounding substance misuse. To deliver harm reduction advice including safer injecting, harm minimization, safer sex and blood borne virus to your clients.
  • Use Motivational interviewing techniques and empathic listening skills to help service users with their motivation to change their lives.
  • Facilitate/co-facilitate groups
  • Compile and maintain a high standard of case notes (both in case files and on PNOMIS) and records in accordance with Clinical Governance (secure audit trail) and keep and provide information and statistics in line with SJS requirements (secure audit trail)

Please see attached job description for further information regarding the role requirements.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Completed Substance Misuse training level 1 or 2 and DANOS modules or equivalent.
  • Experience of delivering group work and holding therapeutic sessions
  • Experience of working with individuals that require psychological support.
  • Enhanced knowledge of drugs, including alcohol, NPS and their effects and of the issues surrounding blood borne viruses and sexual health.
  • Experience of working in the substance misuse field with clients from range of backgrounds
  • Understanding of issues relating to mental health and self-harm
  • Excellent communication skills and motivational interview skills

Package Description

£23856.48 per annum + recurring £287.75 monthly London Weighting

We also offer Sodexo Discounts site promoting discounted mobile phone tariffs, savings across restaurant chains and days out, where you and your family can save money on everything from your weekly food shop to the latest cinema blockbuster and much more.

Post holders will be subjected to an advanced DBS check, a prison security check (level 2) prior to being employed.

About the Company

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs around 30,000 people, and partners with clients in many sectors across business and industry; schools and universities; sports and leisure; energy and resources; government and agencies; healthcare; justice and defence.

Sodexo’s connected; people-centric approach brings together a diverse range of expertise. The breadth of services it offers ranges from food and hospitality; cleaning; reception; concierge (Circles); security; property management and technical services through to data driven workplace strategy and design (Wx); employee engagement and recognition services (Sodexo Engage) and personal home services through Prestige Nursing + Care and the Good Care Group.

Sodexo is committed to being an inclusive employer; we welcome and encourage applications from people with a diverse variety of experiences, backgrounds and identities.

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

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.

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.


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