NORTH EAST COUNCIL ON ADDICTIONS
Please note this is a new post. The Job Description is subject to review and may be
changed to take account of future service development.
Job Title Community Integration Worker
Location NECA reserves the right to change the postholder’s place of work
Line Manager Project Manager
Team Members Community Integration Team Project Workers
Other Key Local Authority, Community Projects, Health Projects, Other relevant
Working Voluntary Services, DIP, Harm Reduction Service Other Tier2/3 services
Purpose of Job To provide comprehensive support for substance misuse clients
including those who have been through the criminal justice system, to
facilitate successful rehabilitation into the community.
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Planning & Development of the Service
To contribute to the creation and maintenance of a directory of accessible community
services, which would include life skills, training or education.
To develop individual programmes of structured activities as a result of assessment and care
To provide advice and support and consultation to other agencies working with clients who
have substance needs.
To utilise existing services to provide therapeutic group work activities, e.g. relapse
To promote personal independence and responsibility, and alternatives to drug using
To network, establish and maintain working relationships and protocols with community
based services, other agencies and professionals.
Develop monitoring and evaluation systems to support the completion of statistical and
Quality Assurance-Monitoring & Evaluation
To be familiar with and work to quality assurance standards including QUADS. DANOS,
Models of Care and any other standards relevant to the Service.
To continually monitor and review the Service in line with NECA policy & procedures
To provide statistics and reports as required.
NECA aim to offer a quality service at all times and are committed to promoting continual
improvement throughout all services delivered. All staff are expected to share this aim and
contribute towards upholding and enhancing further the standard and quality of service
delivered throughout NECA.
Staff & Supervision
To seek and accept line management supervision on a regular basis from the Manager, and
to attend training courses as required, in line with professional development needs.
To manage an agreed caseload of clients within the Community Integration Service.
Attend and contribute to team meetings and any other relevant group or forum, related to the
duties and responsibilities of the post.
To undertake any other task which may be deemed appropriate to the post
Limits on Authority
Issues relating to NECA business may only be communicated to external bodies with the
permission of the Line Manager
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Role Profile - Units of national occupational standards
Reference to substance means alcohol
AA1: Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists
AB2: Support individuals who are substance users
AB3: Contribute to the prevention and management of abusive and aggressive behaviour
AB5: Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users
AD1: Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects
AD4: Develop and disseminate information and advice about substance use, health and
AF1: Carry out screening and referral assessment
AF2: Carry out assessment to identify and prioritise needs
AF3: Carry out comprehensive substance misuse assessment
AG1: Develop, implement and review care plans for individuals
AG2: Contribute to care planning and review
AG3: Assist with the transfer of individuals between agencies and services
AG4: Retain individuals in contact with substance misuse services
AH10: Employ techniques to help individuals to adopt sensible drinking behaviour
AJ1: Help individuals address their offending behaviour
AJ2: Enable individuals to change their offending behaviour
BA3: Contribute to the development of organisational policy and practice
BC4: Assure your organisation delivers quality services
BE4: Supplying information for management control
BE6: Preparing reports and returns
CfA311: Plan, organise and support meetings
GEN36: Make use of supervision
GEN48: Promote your organisation and its services to stakeholders
HSC22: Support the health and safety of yourself and individuals
HSC33: Reflect on and develop your practice
HSC226: Support individuals who are distressed
HSC233: Relate to and interact with individuals
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HSC330: Support individuals to access and use services and facilities
HSC335: Contribute to the protection of individuals from harm and abuse
HSC433: Develop joint working agreements and practices and review their effectiveness
HSC3111: Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals
HSC3115: Receive, analyse, process, use and store information
LLUK L10: Enable learning through presentations
LLUK L13: Enable group learning
M&L A3: Develop your personal networks
M&L C6: Implement change
M&L D1: Develop productive working relationships with colleagues
M&L D6: Allocate and monitor the progress and quality of work in your area of responsibility
M&L E6: Ensure health and safety requirements are met in your area of responsibility
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Person Specification – Essential Criteria
Equality and Diversity Practices
Understanding of issues relating to alcohol misuse and the impact on individuals and their
Ability to comprehensively assess people’s varying needs
Knowledge of partnership agencies to which clients can be signposted
Knowledge of social care and principles of care in the community
A knowledge and understanding of using different activities to promote physical and
emotional wellbeing within the client group.
Ability to produce written reports & statistics to deadlines
Ability to engage with and motivate Service Users
Proven ability to network and build professional relationships
Ability to comprehensively assess varying needs of clients
Ability to use own initiative and manage resources
Experience of supporting people with alcohol misuse issues.
Experience of working with socially excluded groups
Experience of using a range of therapeutic approaches and interventions
Experience of working with people from a wide variety of settings
Experience of researching, collating and developing resources
NQF level 4 (and above) Professional Diploma Qualification in Welfare, Youth Community,
Substance Misuse, Health and Social Care, Counselling or similar relevant discipline is
The above attributes are essential criteria without which a candidate would not
normally be short listed for interview.
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Terms of Employment
Salary £11354pa pro rata of £22689pa
Hours of work 17.5 hours per week
Annual Leave The post holder will be entitled to 4.8 weeks annual leave in
the first year of employment and 6 weeks thereafter, plus all
bank and statutory holidays. Pro rata for part time staff.
Sick Pay (OSP) The post holder will after six months service receive an
allowance of four weeks full pay and four weeks half pay;
after one years service six weeks full pay and six weeks
half pay; (less statutory sick pay); within each period of
12 months commencing on the first day of sickness
Allowances Expenses for travel whilst on NECA business are claimable, in
the case of car mileage according to the prevailing rate set by
the Inland Revenue, and in the case of public transport, at
cost. Staff who agree to use their car must have insurance
cover which includes business use.
Stakeholder Pension You have the option to join a Stakeholder Pension Scheme
with Scottish Widows. In addition to your contribution, NECA
will contribute 3% of your salary.
NECA is an organisation which is exempt from the spent convictions clauses of the
Rehabilitation Of Offenders Act
NECA aims to be an equality and diversity employer
NECA reserves the right to amend or add to Job Descriptions
Health Care Benefit You have the option to join BUPA. There is no direct cost,
although this benefit incurs a taxable payment. In addition the
provision exists to include dependents, the cost to the
employee varies according to individual circumstances of the
Death In Service Benefit Lump sum payment of two times salary.
(Eligibility age 18 to 65. Post 65 subject to Deferred
Childcare Voucher You have the option to participate by salary sacrifice.
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