Support Worker - HMP Durham

£17,500 - £21,000
04 December 2020 12 Noon

Humankind are an established provider of substance misuse, health, young people and families, employment training and education and housing services. We are proud to be a national charity based in the North East, promoting fair chances for all.

An opportunity has arisen for a Support Worker to support Humankind’s service delivery within Reconnected to Health in HMP Durham. The service is led by Spectrum Community Health CIC delivered in partnership with Humankind and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.  Reconnected to Health launched on 1st April 2020, provides quality care, promotes opportunities and supports the best possible outcomes for individuals, their families and communities across North East prisons. The successful post holder will match our ambition and commitment to provide the highest standards of service quality and performance within this partnership.

Main duties of the role will include to:

  • Work in partnership to carry out assessments and deliver drug and alcohol recovery interventions to enable individual service user progression from engagement, through structured treatment to sustained recovery.
  • Facilitate service user access to treatment, assets and resources to increase recovery capital, supporting service users and their loved ones to achieve and sustain recovery goals.
  • To ensure service users are informed about their options and opportunities, encouraging active engagement and ownership of individual recovery.
  • Work in collaboration with recovery co-ordinators to ensure effective access to appropriate recovery interventions in accordance with agreed recovery plans and individual need/priorities.
  • To support Reconnected to Health service delivery by co-facilitating group and programme sessions with other team members, including peers with lived experience.

Applicants must have NVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care or above or equivalent (Or be willing to work towards this) with an understanding of and commitment to integrated recovery focused drug and alcohol services. Knowledge of the substance misuse, models of recovery and issues relating to recovery planning. Understanding of best practice frameworks NICE, DOH, NTA, NMC, Care Quality Commission frameworks & Caldicott Standards.

Candidates will be recruited within the advertised range, please did not automatically expect initial recruitment to be at the top end, as this will depend on experience and enables progression in role through the Humankind development process.

The closing date for completed applications is 12 noon on Friday 4th of December 2020.

Application packs are also available via email at or by contacting our recruitment line on 01325 731160 quoting reference 20/NEP/17.

Please read the full Job Description and Person Specification prior to applying for this position.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address you have provided on your application form, including your invite to interview if you are shortlisted. Ensure that you check your emails after the closing date as you will not be contacted by any other means.

What we offer you?

We offer benefits including

  • Up to 32 days Annual Leave per year (pro rata)
  • Optional Annual Leave purchase scheme
  • Competitive company pension scheme with employer contribution
  • Life Assurance Scheme
  • Discounts on high street shops and brands including several leading high street brands, retailers and travel suppliers.
  • Eye Care Vouchers – Free eye tests & discounts for VDU users
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Exceptional Learning & Development Opportunities