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Recovery Practitioner Opiates

  • Full time
  • £24,627 – £29,000
  • Merton, London
  • Closing 9th May 2021

  • Advertised from 23rd April 2021
  • 37.5 hours per week, with some evening clinics. Fixed Term contract for one year.


Are you a recovery practitioner with specialist knowledge and interest in opiate treatment and recovery? This is a new opportunity to provide recovery-focused care in one of WDP’s fully-integrated flagship services.

The Service

Launched in 2018, WDP Merton is a fully-integrated substance misuse service, providing clinical and psychosocial interventions, operating from a main treatment hub, with additional satellites within the community. The team actively promotes recovery and works with individuals that are directly and indirectly affected by substance misuse, working with the local community to improve the health, wellbeing and functioning of Merton residents, irrespective of circumstance.

The Role

The opiate recovery practitioner role will hold a focused caseload of service users who are working on their recovery from opioid dependency, most of whom will be prescribed OST. With an understanding of both prescribing and effective psychosocial interventions, you will support service users to reduce harm, stabilise on their medication, and achieve lasting recovery from dependence. Part of the role will include supporting service users to access detox and rehab.

You will also have the opportunity to support WDP Merton’s Buvidal (injectable buprenorphine) pilot, and provide naloxone training to service users, staff and external agencies.

We are seeking committed, organised and highly-motivated candidates, with an in-depth knowledge and experience of the challenges affecting people with substance misuse and related health and wellbeing issues.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a thriving service making positive changes in service users’ lives, through a non-judgemental, recovery-based approach that values the strengths and choices of those individuals.


• Salary band of £24,627 - £29,000 per annum

• Fixed Term contract for one year.

• 37.5 hours per week, with some evening clinics


The role is based at the Merton hub, but at times may involve travel to external meetings and satellites within the borough, and to other WDP locations as needed.

Why Should You Apply?

• An opportunity to join one of WDP’s flagship services and contribute to service development.

• Be part of a high-performance team that is focused on quality and welcomes innovation.

• Competitive salary and professional develop opportunities.

Application notes


For an informal chat about the role, contact Helen O’Connor, Service Manager on 07383 083377 or

For further details, and to apply, please visit our website:

Internal applicants will also be considered for this opportunity on a 1-year secondment basis.

The closing date for expressions of interest is Sunday 9th May 2021 at 00:00 midnight. Interviews are likely to take place week commencing 17th May 2021 via Zoom and will include a presentation component.

WDP and Our Values

WDP is an innovative behaviour-change charity. We facilitate long-lasting transformation in people’s lives to improve health, wellbeing and social integration. We work across the fields of substance misuse, young person’s support, employability, sexual health and inpatient services.

All staff are required to work to WDP’s four values:

• Entrepreneurial

• In partnership

• Strong belief in service users

• Community-focused

WDP is a recovery-focused organisation. Our staff and volunteers are committed to helping our service users to improve their health and wellbeing, and to become free from dependency.

WDP is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

WDP aims to be an equal opportunities employer.

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