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Social Worker - Substance Misuse

Lambeth Council
Lambeth, London (Greater)
£35,067 to £42,609
Closing date
15 Jan 2022

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Health and Social Care, Health, Adult Services, Social Care
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time
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Permanent and Full Time

We are seeking to recruit a social worker who will be part of The Lambeth Substance Misuse Team, which is integrated with SLaM Addictions Services. This is an exciting opportunity to work across Lambeth Adult Social Care and SLaM Addictions Services.

The Substance Misuse Team is based within a multidisciplinary team, made up of nurses, psychologists, drug and alcohol workers and social workers. The service provides support and advice to anyone over 18 with a drug or alcohol problem. Services available at Lorraine Hewitt House include assessments, prescribing to support recovery, psychology and counselling services, recovery groups, community and residential detox as well as abstinence-based treatment and aftercare services.

The Substance Misuse Team is a small but busy dedicated team of qualified social workers who assess service users who are seeking abstinence-based treatment or who have social care needs related to drug and alcohol misuse. Safeguarding adults and children is a fundamental part of the team’s role.

The post holder will need to have knowledge of the drug and alcohol field, be able to work with vulnerable adults, many of whom will have led a transient and chaotic life. The nature of this post requires a high level of partnership and collaborative working across teams. The worker will work closely with staff within SLaM Addictions, Adult Social Care and community agencies to support drug and alcohol service users in the community. 

The worker will undertake assessments, safeguarding, care plans and reviews of service user’s needs as well as giving a social care perspective at clinical meetings.

The post holder will need to have a good understanding of the following:

  • Adult Social Care legislation    
  • The support available for people with substance misuse/mental health issues, especially abstinence -based treatment.
  • Ability to work with professionals from different agencies i.e. health and voluntary professionals, adult and children teams to ensure service user’s needs health and social care needs are met through joint assessments and care plans.

Please relate the JD to your substance misuse experience.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please call Hugh Curtis, Practitioner Manager on 0203 228 1531.

To apply please upload your CV and a personal statement demonstrating how you meet the criteria on the person specification.       

Click the 'Apply' button and complete an online application form.  

Job description & person specification

The closing date for receiving completed application forms is 9 January 2022 at midnight.

Interviews to held shortly thereafter 

Successful candidates will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Further information about the DBS can be found at

COVID 19 Vaccination Requirement 

To ensure Lambeth are compliant with recent legislation the successful candidate will be required to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID 19.

Lambeth aims for quality services and equal opportunities for all and is committed to safer recruitment.

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