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Kenward Trust has a national reputation for excellence in the field of drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation. Every year we help transform the lives of more than 200 men and women.

Role Profile

Therapeutic Worker

Reporting To

Registered Manager for Kenward Community and Therapeutic Manager for Kenward Community



37.5 hours. The rota will require some weekend working according to the needs of the Trust.

Purpose of Role

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
  • To be part of a team, responsible for the safe implementation, development, and evaluation of the core therapeutic programme.
  • To deliver a therapeutic group work programme, either individually or as co-facilitator to the ensure the clients effectively engage with treatment
  • To help develop and deliver a range of creative therapeutic approaches designed to address the clients’ emotional, social, health and practical needs.
  • To be able to utilise skills flexibly, offering a range of recognised therapeutic and treatment options to assist those who wish to cease using alcohol and drugs to do so safely.
  • To keywork a small caseload of clients throughout their residential recovery journey and support their move-on plans.
  • To communicate and correspond with all necessary internal and external stakeholders in relation to progression of the service user through the programme.
  • To complete all administrative tasks such as report writing, data base maintenance, accurate files and up to date service user case notes, relevant form filling in order to meet the requirements of organisation, stakeholders, programme and legal requirements.
  • Provide peer support to other Therapists and as a member of the team.
  • Act as a mentor to designated Recovery workers, helping them to develop skills for both individual and group interventions.
  • Provide individual clear client focused feedback to clinical case reviews.
  • Ensure clear, effective communication is practiced for the benefit of the client.
  • To observe professional standards of good practice and care in all aspects of the programme and fulfill the duty of care in the course of practice.
  • To observe professional standards of good practice, ensuring the service remains compliant with CQC minimum standards at all times.
  • To participate in individual and group Line Management and Group Supervision
  • To contribute to and support the service to meet targets, including occupancy, retention and discharge.
  • To attend regular training to develop own professional skills and competencies and maintain awareness of current issues in the substance misuse field
Personal Skills/Quanlities Required

  1. This job description is a broad reflection of the current duties. It is not necessarily exhaustive and changes will be made at the discretion of the manager in conjunction with the post holder.


  1. Time scales for achievement and standards of performance relating to the duties and responsibilities identified in this job description will be agreed via the annual appraisal process with the post holder.


  1. As an employee of Kenward Trust, the post holder will have access to confidential information. Under no circumstances should this be disclosed to an unauthorised person within or outside the Trust.  The post holder must ensure compliance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.


  1. As an employee of Kenward Trust, the post holder will be required to adhere to all Trust policies including Equal Opportunities where all employees are expected to accept individual responsibility for the practical implications of these policies.


  1. The post holder is required to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and others


  1. This post may require the post holder to travel between projects and external to the organisation in the course of fulfilment of their duties.


  1. Kenward Trust has a strict no smoking policy applicable to all its buildings.


  1. Clinical Governance: You will be expected to take part in the processes for monitoring and improving the quality of care provided to residents. This includes risk management and clinical audit.  You will be expected to ensure that residents receive the information and support they require and are treated with dignity and respect.


  1. All staff are required to participate in learning and development opportunities and ensure they remain compliant with statutory and mandatory training requirements throughout their employment.


  1. SAFEGUARDING CHILDRENAll employees, regardless of the work they do have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It is essential that all child protection concerns are both recognised and acted on appropriately. You have a responsibility to ensure you are familiar with and follow the Trust’s Safeguarding Policy. You have a responsibility to support appropriate investigations either internally or externally.


  1. SAFEGUARDING ADULTSAll employees, regardless of the work they do have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of vulnerable adults. It is essential that all protection concerns are both recognised and acted on appropriately. You have a responsibility to ensure you are familiar with and follow Trust policies in relation to safeguarding vulnerable adults. You have a responsibility to support appropriate investigations either internally or externally.


  1. All staff are required to provide the highest levels of service in their work and to adopt the highest standards of behaviour as stated and implied in the Trust Values.

Person Specification (Knowledge, Experience, Skills & Abilities)

Person pecification:






Evidence of a formally recognised training in a therapeutic discipline (minimum 400 taught hours) or working towards this.

Additional training in substance misuse and/or dual diagnosis. Professional body accreditation.       


Experience in facilitating groups

Ability to bring additional perspectives to the team

Minimum 1 years experience in substance misuse, dual diagnosis or related field.



A good understanding of theoretical issues around substance misuse and its treatments.

A good knowledge of a range of theoretical approaches compatible with a person centered care approach within a substance misuse treatment setting, but particularly the Recovery model.

 A good understanding of team work and team building. Evidence of continuous professional development. Experience of individual and group working

Excellent people management and interpersonal skills

Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills

Capacity for warmth and empathy

Ability to reflect insightfully on personal actions

Therapeutic commitment to client group

Proficient in the use of Microsoft Outlook and Word and familiar with relevant data collection requirements

A good understanding of complex needs, including substance misuse and co-existing mental health and substance misuse issues (dual diagnosis)



Competencies are the desired values, attitudes and behaviors considered essential for the successful achievement of our corporate objectives.

Post-holders should be able to demonstrate the following:

Taking personal responsibility

Problem solving

Resilience and adaptability

Team working

Building relationships and embracing diversity

Effective communication/ influencing others

Service User focus


Other requirements

Candidate must have a full clean driving license

No criminal record that prevents work with our client group or which would harm our reputation.

Ability to work weekends when the needs of the service demand.