Job Title: Substance Misuse Worker - HMP La Moye 

Post requires candidate to be entitled for work: Yes 

Salary Range: £51,528.70  to £59,717.35 

Contract Type: Permanent 

Full time/Part Time: Full Time 

Term Time only post: No 

Advert Closing Date:28/07/2024 



By joining the Government of Jersey and wider Jersey Public Services, you'll be proud of what you can achieve – both for yourself and the people of Jersey. You'll enjoy a broader scope that allows you to express yourself, in a smaller setting that means you see the positive results of your impact every day. You'll have a diversity of opportunities that stretch and challenge you, with all the personal and professional support you need. Most of all, in our open, welcoming environment, your voice matters, enabling you to build a rewarding career.

Job Overview

The Alcohol and Drug Service would like to recruit a Substance Misuse Worker to provide psycho social interventions to people detained in prison. The successful candidate will be part of the prison health team, working under guidance of the Alcohol and Drug Service with colleagues in the community harm reduction team. The role will be based predominantly in HMP La Moye, with weekly time spent in the community service.

This is an interesting and exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic environment where you can make a real difference to peoples lives whilst helping to build a safer community. You will be encouraged and supported to develop your own practice and contribute to service development. 

Job Purpose

The post holder will provide a range of psychosocial and educational interventions in the Prison to people who use substances. They will integrate with prison health care clinicians and the community Alcohol and Drug Service to enable continuity of care and wraparound support to enhance recovery outcomes, reduce substance related harm and reoffending.

The post holder will work at the forefront of practice to deliver alcohol and drug education to people detained in prison, and staff to ensure information and treatment remains contemporary and promotes a culture of recovery.

Statutory Responsibilities

Active engagement, participation and compliance with any other statutory responsibilities applicable to the role, as amended from time to time.

Job Specific Outcomes

Work jointly with the prison healthcare clinical team to ensure that prisoners with substance use problems are accurately identified. Undertake a substance use assessment within the first week to identify individual needs and formulate a supportive recovery plan. Be responsible for communicating risks to appropriate colleagues to develop joint multi-disciplinary care planning and risk management interventions.


Devise and deliver structured personalised one-to-one substance related psychosocial interventions. These include the provision of harm reduction advice and relapse prevention delivered using motivational interviewing techniques to strengthen commitment to change. Provision will be culturally relevant to promote effectiveness for individuals with a diverse range of backgrounds.


Plan and facilitate the SMART recovery or similar educational or support group programmes for each prison wing and in the community. This will include preparing individuals for group work, risk assessing participants, facilitating sessions, and evaluating outcomes. It is expected that supporting individuals in recovery to complete training to co facilitate groups will be an area of service growth.


Contribute to pre-release planning processes, including being responsible for co-ordinating harm reduction sessions in the final weeks of sentence and securing appropriate community follow up for people who agree to continued community substance misuse treatment.


Forge good working relationships with internal services and external agencies and participate in meetings and other forums to represent clients or the service to ensure that individuals receive an excellent quality of service, continuity of care and to ensure effective joined up working. Participate in supervision sessions, team meetings and case reviews to ensure safe working and appropriate case management.


Responsible for the health, safety and welfare of self and individuals by adhering to prison operating procedures, in particular health and safety, personal security, racial equality, data protection and confidentiality. Maintain accurate records of treatment activity and the provision of information for monitoring and evaluation in line with service development and requirements.


Work at the forefront of practice to enhance treatment and challenge professional and organisational boundaries in the best interest of clients. This includes providing education to prison staff about substances, evidence-based interventions, and the remit of the service to ensure information remains contemporary and the approach to substance use across the prison consistently promotes a culture of client collaboration, recovery, and rehabilitation.


Contribute to the generic functions of the wider Prison and Alcohol and Drug Service team as required, assisting colleagues, working in a liaison capacity, carrying out other responsibilities that may be required as commensurate with the post.


Provide an active role in operational and service planning, identifying any gaps in the service provision and bring to the attention of senior management. Contributing to surveys and audits to help demonstrate the effectiveness of the service. Keeping up to date with changing drug patterns and trends as well as evidenced based interventions and treatment, participating in relevant conferences and courses. Statutory responsibilities.




The ideal candidate will hold a health related qualification, for example come from a nursing background, or hold a counselling, social work or youth work qualification at Diploma level. A degree in a Health or social care subject including psychology or criminology would be desirable, as would experience or qualifications in teaching or group facilitation.




The successful candidate will have competent clinical knowledge and skills in psycho social interventions used in the substance misuse area underpinned by theory and experience. They will build on this through active engagement in clinical supervision. The candidate must display a good level of knowledge and experience in risk management required to underpin the delivery of safe client care. The post holder must be a confident and resilient decision maker, often having to communicate unpopular decisions and advice in the best interests of the client which may be looked on unfavourably.  They must be able to work constructively with a wide variety of stakeholders and professionals in a range of settings i.e. Nurses, Psychiatrists, GPs, other Criminal Justice Workers and health care professionals in the prison and community setting. The successful candidate will understand the Jersey Criminal Justice System.

Technical Work Based Skills

It is expected that the post holder will be proficient in keyboard skills, have a working knowledge of MS office suite and ability to use and learn to use existing computer system. The successful candidate must have have a means of independent transport to work between the prison and community services in St Helier.

General skills / attributes

The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of written and verbal communication. They will have oral communication skills including good persuasion and motivation techniques and be able to teach and present. The post holder is expected to be organised and to work independently to contribute towards department and service objectives.


The successful candidate will ideally have proven experience of working in the substance misuse field and / or of working in a secure area. A thorough awareness and knowledge of effects, problems, models of interventions and legislation relating to illicit drugs and novel psychoactive substances is essential.  Experience of designing and delivering training to colleagues at all levels and facilitating groups is required. Experience of undertaking or contributing to research / audit would also be helpful.


Across the Government of Jersey and public service, the scope of our work means our people enjoy a wider range of opportunities – to work with recognised experts across teams, learn new skills and develop their careers. We actively look to recruit people from different backgrounds, with diverse perspectives. This creates a richer, more varied environment, where you’re exposed to new ideas, new ways of thinking and new opportunities, so you can develop an exciting and rewarding career.


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