Bank Project Worker
Application For: Bank Project Worker
Closing Date: This is an ongoing recruitment exercise. Applications
are welcome at all times.
Thank you for your interest in employment with the Blenheim CDP.
I enclose the following information about the organisation and the role:
About Blenheim CDP
Guidance for Applicants
Terms & Conditions of Service
Copy of advertisement
Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form
Declaration of Offences Form
Please take time to read all the information before completing the Application
Form. Once completed your form should be sent to us by one of the following
Post HR Department
66 Bolton Crescent
Fax 020 7582 2211
This is an ongoing recruitment exercise and there is no closing date. Interviews
will be held on a rolling basis throughout the year and it may be some time
before we respond to your application. Due to the high level of response to our
advertisements and our need to keep costs as low as possible I regret that we are
unable to inform people if they have not been short-listed.
If you would like to find out more about Blenheim CDP’s services please check our
website at www.blenheimcdp.org.uk. Again, thank you for your interest and I look
forward to receiving your completed application form.
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About Blenheim CDP
Blenheim CDP has been providing services to people with drug problems in
London for over 40 years. We have been and remain a pioneer in developing
services to address the wide range of issues facing communities from problematic
We continue to innovate and influence best practice. We have developed a
practical skills approach to service delivery which enables us to be realistic about
what we can provide, responsive to emerging need and creative in our outlook.
An accessible, non-judgemental, client-focussed and proactive approach is central
to our philosophy. We work alongside offenders, communities, partner providers
and local commissioners in striving to improve public health, community safety
and social inclusion. We aim to play a full role within the health and community
safety agendas of the areas in which we work.
We currently provide a range of evidence based initiatives that reflect the
multicultural and diverse needs of the communities we work in. These currently
Structured Day Programmes
Specialist Stimulant Services
Direct Access Services
GP Shared Care
Criminal Justice Services
DRR Day Programmes
Volunteer and Trainee Programmes
Training & Consultancy
Blenheim CDP was created in 2007 from the merger of two leading London-
based drug services – The Blenheim and The Community Drug Project (CDP)
– both with a long history of providing quality services in this sector.
The Blenheim was founded in 1964 by a group of local people in Kensington
and Chelsea responding to concern over the number of itinerant young people
converging on the area in West London around Portobello Road. By the
1980’s the project was well funded and purchased a permanent property to
In 2002, in response to continued growth in the activities and services
offered, major works were carried out on the property to improve facilities
and add extra space. More recently the Blenheim established day
programmes in the boroughs of Lambeth and Hackney.
CDP was established in 1968 in Southwark by a group of parents, supported
by the church, to address the rise in drug related problems in the local
community. CDP remained a small organisation until the mid 90’s when it
developed other initiatives to serve the boroughs of Lambeth and Lewisham.
Investment in the infrastructure of the organisation ensured that the quality
of service delivery remained high during a period of further steady growth
that encompassed the development of new projects in the boroughs of
Wandsworth, Greenwich and more recently Harrow and Hillingdon.
For more information about Blenheim CDP please visit our website at
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Board of Trustees
Chair – Eric Feltin
Client Services Client Services Client Services Director of Director (Learning Director of
Director Director Director Resources & Development) Finance
Jan Jenkins Brian Dalton Martin Brown Simon Lincoln Jo Palmieri Sylvia Hill
Information Business Office & Comms HR Manager LAD Manager Finance Officer
Services Mgr Development Mgr Manager
Gareth Packham Cathy Devincenzi Helen Deeson Diana Clough Laraine Start Serena Joseph
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CLIENT SERVICES STUCTURE
Client Client Client
Services Services Services
Director Director Director
Jan Jenkins Martin Brown Brian Dalton
Area Manager Area Manager Area Manager Area Manager
H&F/K&C Lambeth K&C Southwark
Liz Barter Angela Small Brendan McGrath Liz Legge
The Old Coach Lambeth Harbour Portobello Road RISE Day
House Project Programme
Alyson Henry Amit Kumar Yvonne Jones
Bridges Latch House Insight K&C Evolve Project
Denell Dema Sarah Cahn Maggie Boreham
Area Manager Area Manager
Haringey IDAS Battersea CASA Southwark DIP
Janice Gittens Hazel Jordan
Rob Calder Renee Brotzman
Eban Islington Kappa Project
IDAS Garratt Lane
Lisa Davis Eric Holmes Nick Wilson
Insight Haringey CASA Family
IDAS CJIS Service Insight Southwark
Jo Choi Ben Kandelaars
Parul Patel Alison Campbell
Michelle Francis Katy Bradbury
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PROJECT: Blenheim CDP
POST: Bank Project Worker
HOURS: As and when required
RESPONSIBLE TO: Service Manager
The postholder will work in any Blenheim CDP Project to cover vacancies
or busy periods as required. They will work as part of that team to provide
the services specific to that project, which will generally include receiving
referrals, conducting assessments, groupwork, keywork, care planning,
outreach, and referral onto other services.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Client Work
1.1 Conduct brief or full assessments as appropriate with service users
coming into the service ensuring that the process includes the
giving as well as gathering information.
1.2 To work on a one to one basis with service users to ensure that
care planning and outcome monitoring is conducted on an individual
basis according to the specific needs of the service user. The post
holder should employ a range of theories and methods to ensure
that the needs are met.
1.3 Make referrals to relevant treatment services based on the needs of
the service user and encourage the uptake of treatment, e.g. by
offering a ‘handholding’ service – meeting with and providing
support to service users.
1.4 To work with other team members to plan, facilitate and deliver a
comprehensive groupwork programme including relapse prevention
and harm reduction etc.
1.5 To provide shared care arrangements for service users and work
from GP satellite prescribing clinics as required.
1.6 Operate a busy needle exchange and ensure that exchanges are
carried out in line with health and safety procedures.
1.7 Provide and facilitate a busy drop-in service and provide support
and effective harm minimisation advice to service users.
1.8 To work in police custody suites and courts to provide assessment,
referral and harm minimisation information to detainees.
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1.9 To work within a cultural competent framework to ensure that the
needs of various cultures are met.
1.10 To work with the other members of the team to ensure a holistic
programme of care is maintained addressing the physical,
psychological and spiritual needs of the service users are
2. Networking and Liaison
2.1 Maintain professional links with related organisations to ensure
elements of continuity of care, up to date profiling of the project,
referral links, and general information sharing.
2.2 To work in partnership with other agencies (statutory and non-
statutory) in relation to the quality delivery of the programme and
to maintain appropriate information sharing systems. To attend
relevant forum meetings as required.
2.4 To write reports for service users with guidance from Manager for
purposes of referral, courts, probation, housing etc.
3. Recording, Monitoring and Evaluating
3.1 To maintain client records in such a way that conforms to Blenheim
CDP policies and procedures and complies with medical and legal
3.2 To assist the Service Manager and Administrator in the provision of
information that enable data collection, input and retrieval.
3.3 To conduct regular outcome monitoring to ensure that the
programme meets the identified need of the service users and
3.4 To keep all client information in a neat and accessible manner
ensuring that service users can access the information kept on
them, and that the information is able to be used by all members of
3.5 To keep all client information in a secure area to ensure that
confidentiality is maintained at all times.
3.6 To ensure that all interventions are underpinned by sound
theoretical methods and ensure that outcomes are positive and
4. General duties and responsibilities
4.1 To maintain the building environment in line with health and safety
requirements as well as ensuring that it is a positive physical
environment that enhances the therapeutic atmosphere for other
staff and service users.
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4.2 To ensure that the premises are safe and secure.
4.3 To assist in the process of review.
4.5 To attend supervision, appraisal and other meetings as directed by
4.6 To represent Blenheim CDP in a professional manner at all times.
4.7 To treat all colleagues and service users with respect and dignity.
4.8 To contribute to the strategic development of Blenheim CDP by
identifying skill sharing opportunities, training provision,
information exchange etc.
4.9 To work within a team context, recognising the dynamics and
4.10 To undertake any task in line with role and responsibilities as
directed by Line Manager.
DANOS Units Relevant to this Role:
AA2 Relate to, and interact with individuals
AA4 Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals
AA6 Promote choice, well-being and the protection of individuals
AB2 Support individuals who are substance users
AC1 Reflect on and develop your practice
AC2 Make use of supervision
AD1 Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects
AF2 Carry out assessment to identify and prioritise needs
AG1 Develop, implement and review care plans for individuals
AG3 Assist in the transfer of individuals between agencies and services
AI3 Counsel groups of individuals about their substance use using recognized
BD4 Promote, monitor & maintain health, safety & security in the working
BI5 Promote effective communication for and about individuals
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PROJECT: Blenheim CDP
POST: Bank Project Worker
RESPONSIBLE TO: Service Manager
Job Criteria Appli- Interview
1. A minimum 12 months experience of working with
people with drugs and alcohol problems (adults and/or
2. NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care or equivalent
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
3. A good understanding of the complex needs and
problems that confront those with a history of
problematic drug and alcohol misuse
4. A good understanding of harm minimisation and how
it can be used as an intervention to reduce the risk of
harm to individuals and communities
5. Able to effectively engage with clients about their drug
and alcohol use through good verbal and non-verbal
communication whilst maintaining boundaries.
6. Knowledge of the types of services available to people
who have drug and alcohol issues and how they are
accessed or referred into.
7. Able to build and maintain positive and productive
working relationships with both work colleagues and
people from partner agencies.
8. Good written communication skills with ability to write
clear concise case notes, care plans, letters and
prepare reports (including use of relevant IT).
9. Able to reflect on own working practice to identify
appropriate learning and development. Make effective
use of supervision.
10.Demonstrates respect for the diversity, culture, values
and choices of clients. Promotes equal opportunities
and challenges discriminatory practice.
11.Able to assess the complex needs of drug and alcohol
users, identify risks and formulate action plans to
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Job Criteria Appli- Interview
identify how these can best be addressed.
12.Knowledge of the specific interventions required for
crack/cocaine users and the ability to apply these.
Criminal Justice Services
13.An understanding of the criminal justice system and of
working with offenders to address their offending
Day Programme Services
14.Knowledge and ability to plan, deliver and evaluate
group work with substance users.
GP Shared Care Services
15.Knowledge of GP shared care arrangements in relation
to substitute prescribing for opiate dependency, with
specific knowledge around methadone and other
opiate substitute medications.
Needle Exchange Services
16.A good understanding of needle exchange procedures
and the ability to put these into effective practice.
Young People’s Services
17.Knowledge of safeguarding issues and the ability to
effectively engage with young people.
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Guidance For Job Applicants
Please read the information below carefully before completing your
application as it will help you complete your form as effectively as
1. Please do not send a CV. To ensure equal opportunities in recruitment we ask
that all applicants complete all parts of the Application Form.
2. When completing the form please type or write clearly in black ink.
3. The job description describes the main purpose and responsibilities of the job
you are applying for. You should take time to read the job description so that
you get a good understanding of what is required.
4. The person specification sets out the experience, knowledge, skills and
abilities we think you need to do this job.
5. The Relevant Skills and Experience part of the application form is very
important as it is used to determine who will be short-listed for interview.
6. Please address each heading in this section thinking carefully about how your
skills, and experience match those shown. Then, where possible, give clear
examples of how you have demonstrated this in your current or previous job.
7. Do not make assumptions that we will know about your skills and experience
from your employment history.
8. You should also consider any experience you have gained outside work, ie
through voluntary experience or community activities.
9. The referees you give should, where possible, be your current or previous
manager (or HR Department) and cover your three most recent jobs. If these
cover a period less than 3 years we may ask for additional referees.
10. To ensure that our Equality and Diversity Policy is effective, all candidates are
asked to complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form. This will be
treated as confidential and removed before the short-listing process.
11. When, completed please read through your application form carefully checking
for any errors or omissions.
12. As there is no closing date for these posts, applications will be short-listed
periodically by an interview panel of designated managers who will make an
assessment as to how each applicant meets the criteria on the person
specification. Those who sufficiently meet the requirements will then be
invited for interview on one of the scheduled dates.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact
the HR Department on 020 7582 2200.
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Main terms & conditions
Pay: Bank Workers are only paid for hours worked. Pay is normally an
hourly rate based on the lowest point of the appropriate full time
salary scale. Salaries are paid on the 20th of each month and Bank
Workers are paid for correctly authorised time sheets that are
submitted by the 15th of the month.
Hours of Bank Workers are engaged on an ‘as and when required’ basis and
work: may work between 0 – 35 hours per week, but may not work in
excess of 35 hours in any one week. The standard working week is
35 hours (excluding breaks for lunch). Normal office hours are
9.30am to 5.30pm however some services are open on one or more
evenings a week and/or the weekend.
Holiday: You will be entitled to 5.6 weeks' paid leave per annum. This is
equivalent to 2.3 days per month if you work a five-day week, or a
pro-rata of this if you work part-time.
This entitlement is inclusive of all bank holiday entitlements, for which
no additional payment is therefore due.
Sick Pay: There is no occupational sick pay for Bank Workers. You may be
entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) according to the Statutory Sick Pay
rules that apply at the time. Please note that the first three qualifying
days of a period of entitlement will be waiting days and will not attract
payment of SSP. It is unlikely, therefore, that casual work for a week
or less will entitle the worker to SSP.
Please note that not all of the above are contractual entitlements and may
be varied or withdrawn in the future.
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Bank staff required
From £14.28 per hour (with NVQ3 in Health & Social Care or
We are looking to build our bank of casual staff to cover Project Worker
positions in any of our services across London on an “as and when
The roles require the ability to carry out a range of tasks, from delivering
Tier 2 and structured interventions to group work and open
access/outreach work, depending on the project.
It is essential that you already have experience of working in the drug and
alcohol field and are able to work professionally and effectively with a
wide range of service users (adults and/or young people). Ideally you
should have a Level 3 NVQ in Health & Social Care or equivalent.
All bank staff will undergo full reference checks and be required to apply
for an Enhanced CRB Disclosure, the cost of which will be re-imbursed on
completion of the first period of employment.
This is an ongoing recruitment exercise and there is no closing date.
Interviews will be held on a rolling basis throughout the year. For details
of how to apply or to download an application pack please visit our
You may also request a pack by phoning 020 7840 0099 (answerphone)
and leaving your contact details.
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