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Deputy Project Leader, London

Eingestellt von Action on Addiction

Gesuchte Skills: Client, Support



Salary: circa £29,000

Working hours: 35 hours per week, working pattern to be agreed: will include some evening work and possible weekend on-call

Employment status: Fixed term contract for 12 months

Main place of work: South London and Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8AZ


Action on Addiction is recruiting for a key post within an exciting and pioneering project. We have been commissioned to manage a recovery mentoring service in partnership with the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLAM). The mentors will help service users at the Supervised Injecting Clinic at the Maudsley to progress their recovery, mainly by identifying resources that could improve the service user's well-being and quality of life and helping them connect and make use of these. The guiding framework will be 'Five Ways to Well-being'. In addition the client will be made aware of resources that could help them change their drug and alcohol use. Mentors will help service users explore these resources, including mutual aid groups, and if the client wishes, help them make use of these.

This project is pioneering in offering such help to users being prescribed injectable heroin, who have a history of not responding well to previous treatment. Research (RIOTT) has shown this client group is not devoid of aspiration, and significant life changes can be made. The mentoring is designed to support and amplify such changes. It is likely to be challenging and rewarding.

Mentors will require training and support and Deputy Project Leader will play a key role in providing this.

Action on Addiction is recruiting for a Deputy Project Leader to help set up and run the recovery mentoring service for 12 months. The mentors are likely to be volunteers or employees of SLAM. The service will be located at the Maudsley Hospital and from two hubs in South London.


In summary, this is a hands-on role supporting the Project Leader to set-up the service from scratch including:

- developing an effective way of implementing the mentoring
- selecting and training recovery mentors
- setting up administration and management information systems, and recording activity and outcomes
- putting together a directory of resources
- auditing and evaluating the service and client outcomes
- managing the day to day service once it is up and running - under direction from the project leader

The job will entail training and motivating the team of mentors, offering regular group and individual supervision, arranging safeguarding training locally.

You will be expected to be directly involved in mentoring activities at a reasonable level, to act as a role model and to gain first-hand experience of the role. This will include a limited amount of individual mentoring and, as required, leading group discussions or workshops with clients.

A major task will be the development of a wide-ranging directory of local resources. These include sources of advice and help with legal, benefits, educational, housing, child-care and other issues. You may need to consult with staff at these resources to establish the best use of them by the client group.

You will as soon as practicable become familiar with the operation of the Supervised Injecting Clinic, as well as the IOT Southwark spoke, meeting clients and staff, and evaluating clients' attendance patterns and daily activities so as to develop the most effective implementation of the mentoring.

You will be involved in recruiting and vetting prospective mentors and will be responsible for ensuring mentoring activities are recorded in the most appropriate way.


You may or may not be in recovery yourself. If you are, you should be open-minded about different routes and philosophies of recovery. Part of the mentoring role is to inform clients about recovery resources including mutual aid groups and to assist them in using these resources if that is what the client wants. You should be able to model this and support mentors in giving appropriate information and help. You must believe that recovery can begin and recovery capital built before abstinence is achieved.

You should be reliably free from drug and alcohol related problems.

You must be or become familiar with the 'Five Ways to Well-being' (Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give), which can act as a useful framework to guide mentoring.

Experience of working with drug users or ex-drug users, trained in Motivational Interviewing, counselling or recovery coaching qualifications/experience is an advantage. You must be able to make relationships with a wide range of people, able to manage and support people, showing energy and initiative as well as empathy. You must be a good problem solver and leader.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


Action on Addiction is an Investor in People and offers 25 days holiday rising to 30 days, a 7.5% non-contributory pension and a childcare vouchers scheme. We also offer regular team training days, staff support and clinical supervision.


To apply for the role send your CV and a covering email to the HR team

Or if you would like to chat to our project leader about the role drop him an email at to arrange a convenient time.

Action on Addiction in an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.


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