Advanced Young Persons Substance Misuse Practitioner

Job Title: Advanced Young Persons Substance Misuse Practitioner
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £35,913 - £41,657
Job Published: January 30, 2019 09:37

Job Description

Location: 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG

Salary: £35,913 - £41,657

Permanent, Full time, 36 hours per week

Alternative flexible working options available/open to discussion 

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The Role

In Camden we are committed to ensuring that all young people succeed, do well in their education and if they need additional support and help, they are able to access a range of exciting and targeted youth support options. We want young people to maximise their potential for growth and development, become resilient and thereby remaining in education, stay safe, and develop healthier and more positive lifestyles.

FWD is a specialist substance misuse service for young people living in Camden aged up to 25 and is part of Camden’s Youth Early Help Service. Our service has grown significantly over the last few years and is well recognised for our effective and innovative approaches to working with young people.

We are looking for a diligent, competent and highly motivated Advanced Practitioner to join the team who is keen to progress and share our values of working as one team and finding better and more innovative ways of doing things.

Within this challenging role, you will manage a caseload of complex young people affected by substance use and engage with them and their families to assess, develop and deliver interventions and activities that support recovery and resilience. The successful candidate will be dealing with complex issues that may arise as a result of concurrent issues such as mental health concerns and involvement with criminal justice in a multi-disciplinary team.

The successful candidate would also be expected to offer support and guidance to other substance misuse case managers as well as the wider team within the Integrated Youth Support Service to improve service provision.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and will require an Enhanced DBS.

About you

To be considered for the post it is essential that you are educated to degree level in either Social Work, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Counselling or any other relevant mental health qualification alongside a substance misuse qualification. You will be a pro-active analytical thinker with experience of working in an integrated setting and possess the ability to provide clinical support and advice to the FWD and wider teams. You will have substantial post qualification experience of working in substance misuse field, with in-depth knowledge and understanding including the factors influencing substance misuse. You will have demonstrable experience of delivering outcome and evidence based intervention and treatment services to a high standard in line with local and national quality assurance standards. You will have an excellent working knowledge of the National Drug Treatment Service (NDTMS) requirements, including reporting requirements to meet the public health agenda and an understanding of the approaches to young people’s development; the purpose and methods of social and informal education within the context of health.

About Camden 

Camden’s main offices are located in modern, award-winning offices at King’s Cross. You can expect an exceptional range of benefits including discounted access to the onsite leisure facilities with swimming pool, recognition and reward for high performance with progression and pay increases, flexible and agile working hours and access to a leading pension scheme.

Camden is proud to be the country’s first Timewise council and as part of this accreditation, we work to help parents balance work with childcare. This fits in with our aim to be leaders in innovative, flexible and part-time working that allows for different patterns of care and for parents to share childcare responsibilities.

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Discover and Diversity

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How to apply

To apply for this job please follow the "Apply" link. In the ‘Why you?’ section of the application form you will be expected to explain how you meet the key requirements for this role listed in this Job Profile attached at the bottom of this Advert. When explaining how you meet each of the requirements, please give examples that clearly demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience. When writing your examples give a brief description of the situation or task but focus on the actions you took and the result of your actions.

To apply:

Camden is committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as inclusive as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition. If you would like us to do anything differently during the recruitment process, or provide any information in an alternative format, please contact us on 020 7974 6655, at, or post to 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG.

Closing dates for applications: Tuesday 26th February 2019

Interviews to be held: TBC

Please quote reference: 1900001Q

To view the Job Profile please visit our website.