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Recovery Practitioner - Assessment and Engagement Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,018 – £26,500
  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Closing 13th June 2021

  • Advertised from 19th May 2021
  • Fixed Term 12 months. 37.5 hours per week.


Would you like to make a difference to those with problematic substance use needs?

The service

WDP has been providing drug and alcohol services in Cheshire West and Chester since 1 April 2019 and are proud of the high performance achieved in the service during this time. The service is commissioned by Cheshire West and Chester Council and is CQC registered.

The service works with Young People & Adults and actively promotes Recovery with individuals directly affected by substance misuse issues, those affected by someone else’s substance misuse and the local community, to improve the wider health and wellbeing of society.

Together we offer a wide range of pharmacological, psychosocial, recovery-orientated, health focussed and inpatient interventions that support individuals and their families who wish to receive advice, assessment and treatment for their drug and/ or alcohol related needs.

The role

The role is key to get the client journey correct from the start being the first point of contact undertaking assessments and engaging clients into treatment. You will be required to:

  • Assess the psychological, emotional, social and rehabilitative needs of service users, whilst taking into account recovery care planning /risk management and evaluation of treatment plans.
  • To assertively engage substance misusing clients by proactive re engagement.
  • Being flexible in the hours worked will be expected of the post holder including late evenings.

Experience of working within substance misuse or a related Health and Social Care setting is essential. The successful candidate must be committed, resourceful and highly motivated to engage service users within treatment services and promote recovery through their daily practice. This role will require the post holder to assess the needs of service users and engagement into treatment.

An emphatic and non-judgmental approach is imperative, as this role involves working with a wide range of challenging issues and behaviours and many difficult to engage clients. Good time management and team working skills are essential in this fast-paced service.


We are advertising for 2 post to cover 3 Hubs, out initial vision for this was 1 full time post being based in Chester and 1 full time post covering Ellesmere Port and Northwich. However, depending on the range of applicants we get we would consider job shares and other cover arrangements.

Why should you apply?

  • You want the new challenge in an innovative organisation
  • You want to work for a compassionate and supportive organisation
  • You are looking for competitive pay with opportunity for professional growth and development
  • You believe in the importance of helping others

Application notes

For an informal chat about the role, contact Jane Murphy, Service Manager on email

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

We do not accept CV’s, any application made with a CV will be disregarded.

The closing date for applications is 13th June 2021 at midnight

Interviews will be on week commencing 21st June 2021

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
  • Diversity and Equality
    • WDP are a committed equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from disabled candidates, and those form minority ethnic backgrounds.
  • Safeguarding
    • WDP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
  • DBS
    • All posts are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to the confirmation of any job offer.

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