Jobs and vacancies at Norfolk Recovery Partnership
Welcome to the vacancies page of the Norfolk Recovery Partnership website. Here you will find testimonials from staff who work for the service and current vacancies available within the three organisations which make up the Partnership; (RAPt, The Matthew Project and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust).
As a partnership we value our staff and have a very supportive team of people who make up the organisation. Opportunities vary from clinical positions, support workers, recovery workers, care coordinators, peer support workers, volunteers and administrative and management positions. If you would like to find out more, please click on the attached links for current vacancies. You will also find testimonials at the bottom of this page which provide you with an idea of what it’s like to work for such a diverse organisation who’s vision is that all “individuals, families and communities in Norfolk can live free from the harms of alcohol and drugs”.
RAPt have Apprentice vacancies in Kent, Surrey, Norfolk and London Prisons as well as in Hull in the community.
These apprenticeships are open to volunteers or friends or people in recovery who might be interested in a career in substance misuse.
Nursing Positions for NRP
There are a number of nursing posts within NRP, you don’t need to be mental health trained, other registered nurses are also very welcome.
Nurses might be involved in Acute hospital liaison, community detoxes, health screening and health promotion, non medical prescribing and care coordination.
Nursing in an addictions service is very rewarding, it is about working with people with a wide range of backgrounds and from all walks of life who have found themselves addicted to drugs or alcohol. This is a group that often faces stigma and may struggle to acknowledge the difficulties to those around them. Close family relationships may suffer which can make the problem worse. Nursing skills are utilised to engage with the individual, assess their needs, negotiate and implement a plan to achieve recovery.
Working as a Nurse in a substance misuse service can be very rewarding, you work with an excellent team of clinical and non clinical staff, utilise nursing skills and knowledge and have the opportunity to develop and gain new interventions such as motivational interviewing and relapse prevention. What can be truly inspiring is witnessing individuals achieving recovery, some of whom may move on to become volunteers in the service, gain employment and also become future colleagues.
Like illness or accidents, addiction can develop for anyone, Nurses have an important role to play.
Recovery Worker Roles
Our roles are varied and interesting from the time we start work in the morning to the moment we go home. Our days generally start with an initial check of our emails and looking at what appointments and meetings we have set for the day.
We follow an induction programme when we first start working for NRP and, as part of this programme, we spend time with managers, other recovery workers, counsellors, nurses, homeless outreach workers and admin staff to enable us to fully understand the processes within the organisations. All staff are very supportive of new staff starting at NRP.
We attend assessment slots and these depend on what we are rostered to work. This is the Open Access part of the service where anyone with substance misuse issues or an affected other can come and speak to someone and get advice/information and, if needed, a comprehensive assessment. Each assessment can last up to an hour depending on the needs of the individual. These can be a busy time as it is usually a first come, first serve basis, unless an appointment has been pre booked, this can happen with a professional referral.
Dependent on the reason the person has come to ‘Drop In’ will very much shape this meeting and the Recovery Plan. For example someone has come in with an opiate dependency and would like substitute prescribing, then a UDS will be taken to be sent off for analysis and Start up Clinic paperwork will be started.
If the person has an issue with alcohol then the referral pathway will depend on their needs, this could mean that a referral is made for a detox either in the community or inpatient or a reduction plan. All these options are provided to the service user and it is up to the individual to shape their Recovery Plan with guidance from us.
Once my Assessment slot is complete I will ensure all the relevant paperwork which includes a risk screen safeguarding and a health screen is ready to hand over to the allocated Key Worker. Adding a note on Care notes stating the reason they have accessed our service and an overview of the Recovery Plan.
We also cover 1.1 client work, this is when we see anyone on our caseload for a session which can be Recovery support, Psychosocial support, taking a UDS referral to groups updating their Recovery Plan basically whatever is needed. This face-to face part of our role is most enjoyable, being involved with a client’s Recovery journey can be very rewarding to see their self-esteem and confidence grow, their life becomes less chaotic, and seeing their health and wellbeing improve is the reason why we become Recovery Workers.