Scottish Drugs Forum
Scottish Drugs Forum

Charity registered in Scotland SC008075

Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is a membership-based drugs policy and information organisation and is a national resource of expertise on drugs issues.

Current vacancies

Recovery Worker Training Project (RWTP)

  • Full time
  • Sessional
  • Highlands
  • Closing 29th June 2021

Applications are invited from people living in the Highlands Local Authority area ONLY.

The Recovery Worker Training Project (RWTP) is a new initiative that launched in 2020 in partnership with the Highlands Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP), which supports, trains, and prepares individuals with a history of problematic drug and alcohol use, and who live in the Highlands to work in Social Care.

The project, based on SDF’s award-winning Addiction Worker Training Project, prepares participants for employment through formal learning and in-work placements over a 39 week period – whilst paying them to take part.

A key evolution and strength of the RWTP is that the learning aspects of the course are primarily remotely delivered, thus enabling people who live in rural areas across the Highlands to actively participate.

As a Trainee Addiction Worker on the programme, you will learn about the addiction field and how to support people who are currently experiencing issues with their substance use. You will then be able to take this knowledge and put this into practice during a placement within Social Care services.

Alongside learning, you will also meet a tight-knit group of peers and future friends who will be on the programme with you, sharing every step together.

We offer £8.91 per hour before deductions with a fixed term contract of 30 hours per week for 39 weeks. Trainees will undertake work placements in social care agencies and will study towards an SVQ 2 in Social Services and Health Care. At SDF, we believe your experience of drug or alcohol problems is a strength, as it can help you understand some of the issues that someone who is accessing services may face.

Don’t know how to use a computer? – No problem. We will help you learn how to use a computer and provide you with a laptop so you can get the most out of the programme.

“The SVQ class was amazing. Really, really good. The tutor was really good as well. In addition, it was arranged that I got ‘dyslexia support’. Getting the extra support has made me a lot more confident. I still have work to do and hope to continue this after the course.” = Former Trainee

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Addiction Worker Training Project - Borders

  • Full time
  • TBC
  • Newton St Boswells, Melrose
  • Closing 29th June 2021

Do you want to become a Trainee Addiction Worker?

Applications are invited from people living in the Scottish Borders Local Authority Area ONLY: (Subject to funding).

“This has been my most special and rewarding year to date and I am grateful to Scottish Drugs Forum for not only giving me the opportunity but being a solid and constant support through it all” – Former Trainee.

We’re looking for people with a history of drug or alcohol problems to take part in a supported Employment programme that will help you take the first steps towards in securing a paid job within the social care field and the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives.

Our life-changing Addiction Worker Training Project will support, train, and prepare you to gain a qualification in Social Services and Health Care – whilst paying you for taking part.

As a Trainee Addiction Worker on the programme, you will learn about the addiction field and how to support people who are currently experiencing issues with their substance use. You will then be able to take this knowledge and put this into practice during a placement within Social Care services.

Alongside learning, you will also meet a tight-knit group of peers and future friends who will be on the programme with you, sharing every step together.

We offer £8.91 per hour before deductions with a fixed term contract of 30 hours per week for 39 weeks. Trainees will undertake work placements in social care agencies and will study towards an SVQ 2 in Social Services and Health Care. At SDF, we believe your experience of drug or alcohol problems is a strength, as it can help you understand some of the issues that someone who is accessing services may face.

Don’t know how to use a computer? – No problem. We will help you learn how to use a computer and provide you with a laptop so you can get the most out of the programme.

“The SVQ class was amazing. Really, really good. The tutor was really good as well. In addition, it was arranged that I got ‘dyslexia support’. Getting the extra support has made me a lot more confident. I still have work to do and hope to continue this after the course.” = Former Trainee

If you are interested in developing a career in the drug and alcohol field, and you are either two years drug free (two year free of substitute prescribing) or 2 years free of problematic alcohol use by 30th June 2021, we’d like to hear from you.

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Addiction Worker Training Project

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • North Lanarkshire
  • Closing 29th June 2021

Do you want to become a Trainee Addiction Worker?

Applications are invited from people living in the North Lanarkshire Local Authority Area ONLY

“This has been my most special and rewarding year to date and I am grateful to Scottish Drugs Forum for not only giving me the opportunity but being a solid and constant support through it all” – Former Trainee.

We’re looking for people with a history of drug or alcohol problems to take part in a supported Employment programme that will help you take the first steps towards in securing a paid job within the social care field and the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives.

Our life-changing Addiction Worker Training Project will support, train, and prepare you to gain a qualification in Social Services and Health Care – whilst paying you for taking part.

As a Trainee Addiction Worker on the programme, you will learn about the addiction field and how to support people who are currently experiencing issues with their substance use. You will then be able to take this knowledge and put this into practice during a placement within Social Care services.

Alongside learning, you will also meet a tight-knit group of peers and future friends who will be on the programme with you, sharing every step together.

We offer £8.91 per hour before deductions with a fixed term contract of 30 hours per week for 39 weeks. Trainees will undertake work placements in social care agencies and will study towards an SVQ 2 in Social Services and Health Care.

At SDF, we believe your experience of drug or alcohol problems is a strength, as it can help you understand some of the issues that someone who is accessing services may face.

Don’t know how to use a computer? – No problem. We will help you learn how to use a computer and provide you with a laptop so you can get the most out of the programme.

“The SVQ class was amazing. Really, really good. The tutor was really good as well. In addition, it was arranged that I got ‘dyslexia support’. Getting the extra support has made me a lot more confident. I still have work to do and hope to continue this after the course.” = Former Trainee

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Communications Assistant

  • Full time
  • £23,884
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 29th March 2021

Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is Scotland’s national resource of expertise on drugs and related issues. We seek to lead and represent the drugs field in Scotland in order to improve Scotland’s response to problem drug use. This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team that plays a crucial role within a national third sector organisation.

We are pleased to be recruiting for an exciting new position of Communications Assistant to support our communication and information activity on a day-to-day basis. This post will involve supporting SDF’s social media presence, website, and other online channels - as well as content creation for regular e-bulletins.

The post will also help design and produce a range of resources including reports, brochures, leaflets and flyers for a range of audiences including people who use drugs; people who use specialist drug treatment and support services; professionals and staff working in these and mainstream services.

The role will also include the development and editing of video and still image resources and support to online events. As part of a team, you will be supported to develop skills in these areas but should have enthusiasm and a demonstrable aptitude for this work.

A strong visual design sense and or an interest and aptitude for photography would be valued.

Benefits

As an SDF employee you will benefit from generous annual leave entitlement, a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution, enhanced sick pay and an employee support and counselling service. SDF encourage a healthy work life balance and also offer a flexible working scheme.

The successful candidate will be based at SDF’s Head Office, which is located in Glasgow city centre, close to Central Station. Under current pandemic restrictions SDF’s office has been closed as a ‘non-essential office’. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home under these circumstances.

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Addiction Worker Training Project

  • Full time
  • Sessional
  • Various locations
  • Closing 21st May 2021

Do you want to become a Trainee Addiction Worker?

Applications are invited from people living in the following Local Authority Areas ONLY:

East Ayrshire, (Edinburgh & Fife subject to funding).

“This has been my most special and rewarding year to date and I am grateful to Scottish Drugs Forum for not only giving me the opportunity but being a solid and constant support through it all” – Former Trainee.

We’re looking for people with a history of drug or alcohol problems to take part in a supported Employment programme that will help you take the first steps towards in securing a paid job within the social care field and the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives.

Our life-changing Addiction Worker Training Project will support, train, and prepare you to gain a qualification in Social Services and Health Care – whilst paying you for taking part.

As a Trainee Addiction Worker on the programme, you will learn about the addiction field and how to support people who are currently experiencing issues with their substance use. You will then be able to take this knowledge and put this into practice during a placement within Social Care services.

Alongside learning, you will also meet a tight-knit group of peers and future friends who will be on the programme with you, sharing every step together.

We offer £8.91 per hour before deductions with a fixed term contract of 30 hours per week for 39 weeks. Trainees will undertake work placements in social care agencies and will study towards an SVQ 2 in Social Services and Health Care. At SDF, we believe your experience of drug or alcohol problems is a strength, as it can help you understand some of the issues that someone who is accessing services may face.

Don’t know how to use a computer? – No problem. We will help you learn how to use a computer and provide you with a laptop so you can get the most out of the programme.

“The SVQ class was amazing. Really, really good. The tutor was really good as well. In addition, it was arranged that I got ‘dyslexia support’. Getting the extra support has made me a lot more confident. I still have work to do and hope to continue this after the course.” = Former Trainee

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This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic three-person team that plays a crucial role within a national third sector organisation. Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is Scotland’s national resource of expertise on drugs and related issues. We seek to lead and represent the drugs field in Scotland in order to improve Scotland’s response to problem drug use.

We are pleased to be recruiting for this exciting new position.

The Communications Assistant (Design, Images, Graphics) will deliver high quality design and image content for our communications while supporting our communication and information activity on a day-to-day basis.

This post will involve developing SDF’s communications generally and particularly the design of publications, posters, flyers etc and still image and video resources for a range of audiences including people who use drugs; people who use drug treatment and support services; staff and management in treatment and support services; other professionals; politicians and the media.

Working with two colleagues, the post supports SDF’s media and social media presence, website and other online channels - as well as content creation for regular e-bulletins. The team also supports SDF’s programme of online and live events.

As part of a team, you will be supported to develop skills in all areas.

You will have enthusiasm and a demonstrable aptitude for this work. A strong visual design sense and or an interest and aptitude for photography are required.

Benefits

As an SDF employee, you will benefit from a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution, generous annual leave entitlement, enhanced sick pay and an employee support and counselling service. SDF encourage a healthy work life balance and also offer a flexible working scheme.

The successful candidate will be based at SDF’s Head Office, which is located in Glasgow city centre, close to Central Station. Under current pandemic restrictions SDF’s office has been closed as a ‘non-essential office’. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home under these circumstances.

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This post has been funded by the Scottish Government in response to outbreaks of infection among people who use drugs.

The post holder will undertake a range of work to improve and safeguard the health of people who use drugs with regard to bacterial and other infections.

This will include improving both prevention and response. The aim is to improve the quality of interventions to people at risk of infection; partnership working between appropriate services and the preparedness of frontline services and user groups to respond to outbreaks of infection among people who use drugs.

Training experience and an understanding of harm reduction approaches and practice are essential, as are strong communication skills and an ability to develop joint working and a partnership approach. Candidates must show evidence of initiative, resourcefulness and the ability to effectively engage with diverse groups.

For enquiries, please contact Norma Westland, Acting Programme Manager Hepatitis Scotland normaw@sdf.org.uk

Benefits

As an SDF employee you will benefit from excellent terms and conditions including generous annual leave entitlement, a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution and an employee support and counselling service. SDF encourage a healthy work life balance and also offer a flexible working scheme.

The successful candidate will be based at SDF’s Head Office, which is located in Glasgow city centre, close to Central Station. Under current pandemic restrictions SDF’s office has been closed as a ‘non-essential office’. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home under these circumstances.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

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Researcher : Naloxone for reversal of opioid overdose - NalPORS

  • Part time
  • £30,845 – £33,596 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 1st June 2021

We are looking to appoint a researcher to work on a new study of naloxone.

Accidental opioid overdose has become a public health crisis in many countries, causing annually more than 100,000 deaths worldwide.

NalPORS is a multi-national, prospective, mixed methods study of the effectiveness of naloxone (including intranasal Nyxoid) administration by lay people in reversing opioid overdose. It aims to obtain rates of overdose and naloxone use in its various formulations (as well as how closely real-life use conforms to the suggested overdose response guidelines), develop a better understanding of naloxone administration and related overdose reversals by lay people, and quantify the administration rate of take-home naloxone by lay people to prevent fatal outcomes from opioid overdose.

The study involves recruiting 6000 individuals over 6 countries who have been pre-supplied with naloxone and followed up over six months to determine whether they have witnessed (or experienced) an overdose.

The post will involve assisting with every aspect of this study being undertaken in Scotland, including set up of the study, liaising with sites, overseeing recruitment, ensuring adherence to protocol, administering research interviews over the telephone (or face to face if restriction allow), undertaking data entry and reporting of serious adverse events.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a project of international significance.

The post will also involve providing research support for the evaluation of the peer naloxone project.

For enquiries, please contact Kirsten Horsburgh, Strategy Coordinator (Drug Death Prevention) kirsten@sdf.org.uk

Benefits

As an SDF employee you will benefit from excellent terms and conditions including generous annual leave entitlement, a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution and an employee support and counselling service. SDF encourage a healthy work life balance and offer a flexible working scheme.

The successful candidate will be based at SDF’s Head Office, which is located in Glasgow city centre, close to Central Station. Under current pandemic restrictions SDF’s office has been closed as a ‘non-essential office’. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home under these circumstances.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

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Training and Development Officer (Drug Death Prevention)

  • Full time
  • £30,845 – £33,596
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 1st June 2021

Scottish Drugs Forum is delighted to be seeking a passionate and motivated individual to develop, coordinate and support peer naloxone supply across Scotland.

This post is an extension to the existing peer naloxone project that has been funded by the Drug Deaths Taskforce Innovation Fund and is an exciting opportunity to contribute to drug death prevention efforts.

People who have experience of drug use are instantly credible among their peers when it comes to imparting harm reduction messages and in particular, overdose prevention strategies. They have a powerful reach in to communities and within the prison environment, which is unique to other forms of service provision.

This post will seek to maximise peer to peer naloxone with a coordinated and supported approach by delivering high quality training to peers, providing ongoing support and developing a national peer network to enhance the delivery of naloxone provision by people who have experience of drug use. Importantly, this will include paying community peers as sessional workers.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a project that can reduce the stigma towards people who use drugs by embedding the work of peers in drug services so that they are viewed as equal partners in overdose responses.

Experience of drug use is desirable for this post.

For enquiries, please contact Kirsten Horsburgh, Strategy Coordinator (Drug Death Prevention) kirsten@sdf.org.uk

Benefits

As an SDF employee you will benefit from excellent terms and conditions including generous annual leave entitlement, a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution and an employee support and counselling service. SDF encourage a healthy work life balance and also offer a flexible working scheme.

The successful candidate will be based at SDF’s Head Office, which is located in Glasgow city centre, close to Central Station. Under current pandemic restrictions SDF’s office has been closed as a ‘non-essential office’. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home under these circumstances.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

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Senior Training and Development Officer – Harm Reduction

  • Full time
  • £35,150 – £38,379
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 7th June 2021

Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is Scotland’s national resource of expertise on drugs and related issues. We seek to lead and represent the drugs field in Scotland in order to improve Scotland’s response to problem drug use.

We are pleased to be recruiting for this exciting position of Senior Training & Development Officer.

This is an opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team that plays a crucial role within a national third sector organisation and to contribute towards the reduction of drug related harms by ensuring the workforce is fully trained to deliver harm reduction interventions.

This will be achieved by assessment of injecting risk (AIR) training for frontline workers who work with people who inject drugs, providing bespoke training for NHS resus training officers who will cascade to all GP practice staff as well as general harm reduction training for frontline workers on responding to poly substance use and overdose.

The post holder will work alongside our existing trainers, the work will aim to contribute to measurable improvements in the quality of services for people affected by problem drug and alcohol use.

For enquiries, please contact Adelle Still, Acting Workforce Development Programme Manager adelles@sdf.org.uk

Benefits

As an SDF employee you will benefit from excellent terms and conditions including generous annual leave entitlement, a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution and an employee support and counselling service. SDF encourage a healthy work life balance and also offer a flexible working scheme.

The successful candidate will be based at SDF’s Head Office, which is located in Glasgow city centre, close to Central Station. Under current pandemic restrictions SDF’s office has been closed as a ‘non-essential office’. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home under these circumstances.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

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Training and Development Officer - Learning Centre

  • Full time
  • £30,845 – £33,596
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 7th June 2021

Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is Scotland’s national resource of expertise on drugs and related issues. We seek to lead and represent the drugs field in Scotland in order to improve Scotland’s response to problem drug use.

We are pleased to be recruiting for this exciting position of Training & Development Officer. This is an opportunity to work as part of a busy and dynamic team that plays a crucial role within a national third sector organisation and to support the activity of the SDF Learning Centre which delivers work-based qualifications to the drug and alcohol workforce.

The post holder will work alongside our existing trainers, the work will aim to contribute to measurable improvements in the quality of services for people affected by problem drug and alcohol use as well as support and develop the delivery of the work-based qualifications offered through our learning centre.

For enquiries, please contact Adelle Still, Acting Workforce Development Programme Manager adelles@sdf.org.uk

Benefits

As an SDF employee you will benefit from excellent terms and conditions including generous annual leave entitlement, a range of learning and development opportunities, competitive pension contribution and an employee support and counselling service. SDF encourage a healthy work life balance and also offer a flexible working scheme.

The successful candidate will be based at SDF’s Head Office, which is located in Glasgow city centre, close to Central Station. Under current pandemic restrictions SDF’s office has been closed as a ‘non-essential office’. Candidates should be willing and able to work effectively from home under these circumstances.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

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