12 14 Alcohol Practitioner Assertive Outreach JD

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					                                         JOB DESCRIPTION

ROLE TITLE:                                   Alcohol Practitioner (Assertive Outreach) 12-14


COMPETENCY LEVEL:                             Practitioner


PRIMARY BASE:                                 ADS (Horizon) Cookson Street Blackpool


ACCOUNTABLE TO:                               Team Leader/Service Manager


STAFF MANAGEMENT:                             None but may involve some direction for support
                                              workers and/or volunteers


LOCAL ORGANISATIONAL CHART
                                                               Service
                                                               Manager




                                                 Team Leader                 Coordinator




                   Substance Misuse       Alcohol         Alcohol Practitioner            Drug           Administrator
                     Practitioner       Practitioner         (Outreach &               Practitioner
                                      (Primary Care)          Retention)            (Criminal Justice)




PURPOSE OF ROLE:

To provide effective, high quality and evidenced based services to people affected by alcohol
misuse within the overall treatment system.

SUMMARY OF ROLE

To work as an integral member of the Horizon Treatment Service in the identification,
engagement, re-engagement and case management of individuals affected by alcohol misuse.
To develop, implement, co-ordinate and evaluate packages of care and support with service
users and others involved to empower them to realise and achieve their full potential.

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PRINCIPLE RESPONSIBILITIES

To support the identification and engagement of potential service users, undertaking triage
assessments to identify, inform and prioritise the immediate and potential ongoing needs,
providing appropriate advice, information and brief intervention, signposting and facilitating
access to ADS and other Horizon and local services as required.

To undertake comprehensive assessments including risk and health issues. Negotiate with the
client a package of care in response to their identified needs, facilitating collaborative working
with others where appropriate and with informed consent, ensuring that the care plan is
effectively coordinated, regularly reviewed and evaluated.

To utilise a range of evidence based interventions, delivered through individual and group work
in a range of settings, empowering and encouraging clients to engage with services and
achieve and sustain positive outcomes.

To provide and/or facilitate access to services which are responsive to the needs of the
families and friends of alcohol misusers.

To promote the involvement of clients and their significant others in the design, development
and delivery of services.

To provide advice, support and consultancy to partner agencies working with people affected
by alcohol misuse, facilitating joint working with clients where appropriate.

To maintain accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date client records, ensuring all necessary
information is entered onto client information systems.

To comply with all ADS policies and procedures; safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
protocols and legislative requirements, contributing to case conferences, reviews and
investigations as required in line with ADS, and where appropriate, external processes.

To actively engage in ongoing personal and professional development, making full use of
supervision, appraisal and learning opportunities.

To act at all times to promote equality and diversity ensuring inclusive and integrated services.

To be an active participant in ADS groups, meetings and events.

To undertake any other duties appropriate to the role as required by the Service Manager or
Area Director.

ADDITIONAL ROLE SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

To work with clients in a variety of settings to ensure maximum engagement and re-
engagement with alcohol treatment services, particularly in relation to clients who have a
history of erratic or non engagement with treatment services, or who have dropped-out of
treatment.

NOTE:
The details contained in this Job Description summarise the main expectations of the role at
the date it was prepared. It should be understood that the nature of individual roles will evolve
and change as service, client and commissioner needs change. Consequently, ADS will


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expect to review and revise this Job Description from time to time and will consult with the
post-holder at the appropriate time.




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                                                 PERSON SPECIFICATION
 POST:              Alcohol Practitioner

                                ESSENTIAL                          METHOD OF                     DESIRABLE                    METHOD OF
                                                                   ASSEMENT                                                   ASSEMENT
QUALIFICATIONS      A relevant health or social care           Certificates/Application Degree/diploma in nursing,        Certificates/Application
                    qualification or willingness to complete                            social work or addiction
                    NVQ 3 or equivalent.                                                studies.
 EXPERIENCE         Demonstrable experience of working         Application, interview,   Development and delivery of      Application
                    with people affected by alcohol and/or     references                group work programmes.
                    substance misuse.
                                                                                         Working with the families and    Application
                    Liaison and joint working with a variety Application, interview      friends of substance misusers.
                    of professionals from a range of
                    disciplines.
    SKILLS          Ability to case manage a significant     Application, interview
                    caseload of clients

                    Ability to communicate effectively with    Application, interview,
                    clients, families and professionals        references
                    using a variety of verbal, written and
                    electronic formats.

                    Ability to provide training and support    Application, interview
                    to others.
  KNOWEDGE          Sound knowledge of a broad range of        Application, interview    Knowledge and understanding      Application
                    evidence based interventions for the                                 of community engagement


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                   management of people with alcohol                                 and development approaches
                   related problems and dependency.
    OTHER          A flexible and adaptable approach to    Application, interview,
                   ensure services which are accessible    references
                   and responsive to the needs of users.

                   Willingness to work from and travel     Application, interview
                   between various sites.




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