Specialist Substance Misuse Practitioner Required: London


Salary: £26,000 pro rata  including London Allowance

Contract: 26 Hours a week  include weekend work, Fixed term until 31st March 2022

  • 201 Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TB, UK
  • Part-time
  • Service type: Substance misuse
  • Pay scale: Zone 1 Grade D
  • Department: Young People & Families
  • Pay zone: Zone 1 – Inner London
  • Contractual type: Part time – fixed term


The role will require flexibility and skills in adaptability and the appointed person will be expected to carry out tasks over all different areas within the service.

  • Provide appropriate specialist or targeted substance misuse support, and interventions to a pre-defined case load of young people who are referred by means of effective assessment, care planning and risk management.

·       Support young people where required through referral and support to access:

o   Prescribing services

o   Appropriate health services including mental health, sexual health and BBV services and to facilitate the offer of personalised Hep B/C tests for certain clients.

o   Any other service to meet the young person’s individual needs and achieve positive outcomes.

·     Ensure that all records, activities and outcomes are documented and maintained accurately, in a timely manner in line with Catch22 service, standards and requirements.

·     Regularly review and take part in Catch22 audits of case files, ensuring all learning from these are implemented.

·     Develop, monitor, evaluate and report on; care plans, YPORS, risk assessments and outcomes throughout the young person’s treatment journey providing appropriate care and support of individuals accessing the service.

·       Provide advice to parents and carers of service users and those wishing to access our services.

·       Promote and support service user involvement through facilitation of service user groups and activities. Ensure that participation and feedback from the young people contributes to the service development.

·       Work within partnership working protocols with other agencies and promote effective dialogue, referral and care pathways between agencies, families and schools.

·       Work in partnership and ensure effective relationships with Children and Families services (CFS) and other local agencies and treatment providers

·       To liaise effectively with local partner organisations and other relevant agencies to ensure effective referrals, care and risk management as well as ease of transition and referral for young people and to promote the continued  joint work of the service and other partners.

·       Provide advice, support and guidance for professionals working with young people. Delivery of presentations and training, attending health fairs and events as appropriate.

·       Provide harm minimisation and drugs education activities and support for individuals and groups in schools and other services, engaging young people in accessing structured treatment if required.

·       Be an active member of the service team attending meetings and training events as necessary.

·       Ensure that the project promotes and reflects equality of opportunity and diversity at all levels.

·       To manage your time and activities safely and effectively, to meet with the priorities and delivery requirements of Catch22; contributing to achieving the standards of care, quality and positive outcomes required

·       Represent and promote where appropriate, the service and Catch22 at local events and meetings.

·       Maintain and update professional knowledge and competencies ensuring that you are up-to date on all relevant Catch22 policies and procedures and are working in line with local and governmental frameworks such as Public Health England, Safeguarding etc.

·       Comply with Catch22 Health and Safety policies and procedures

·   To share best practice both within Catch22 and externally with relevant agencies.



·       Minimum of 2 years’ experience of working with young people in a treatment and/ or prescribing setting for substance use/ misuse

·       Experience of working with challenging and hard to engage young people

·       Working with young people in group and one-to-one settings.

·       Experience of delivering one to one interventions and group work to young people

·       Excellent working knowledge of alcohol, drugs and their effects

·       Knowledge of issues around substance misuse amongst young people.

·       An awareness of the current issues relating to at risk and vulnerable young people.

·       Knowledge of engagement and intervention strategies.

·       Knowledge of Every Child Matters and other appropriate youth policies.

·       Skills/ experience in Inter-agency working.

·       Training/group work – information education delivery.

·       Specialist Alcohol Knowledge

·       Specialist knowledge in CBT, MI, REBT or other relevant intervention skills

·       Work within youth Justice Setting

·       Experience in delivery of presentations and training to professionals

·       Social and policy issues affecting young people (e.g. youth justice etc)

·       Work with disaffected teenagers.

·       Knowledge of support and referral agencies within Surrey

·       Knowledge of treatment methodology and relevant policies

·       Knowledge of NPS / emerging drug trends

·       Awareness and understanding of health and safety practice

·       An awareness and understanding of Equality & Diversity issues


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