How To Apply

Sanctuary Lodge is one of the UK’s finest addiction rehabs and is a fantastic and rewarding place to work.

We welcome applications for current vacancies (listed below), prospective CVs from anyone in the addiction and recovery field, as well as those wishing to start a career in the industry.

To apply for any vacancy or find out more about employment and career opportunities at Sanctuary Lodge, please contact us:

Call: 0203 151 8101

Current vacancies

Full-time Therapist

Sanctuary Lodge is 12 step Recovery Treatment Center and we are looking for a full time therapist to join the team. Knowledge of the 12 step approach is desirable.

28 Days paid holiday a year

40hrs per week Monday – Friday with a rota of weekend shifts as treatment at sanctuary Lodge is 7 days a week.

Person Specification

The day-to-day delivery of high quality therapeutic support to substance misusing clients who access Sanctuary Lodge via statutory or self referral

Role Purpose:

  • To provide counselling, support in relations to substance misuse.
  • To communicate Sanctuary Lodge’s vision and deliver its mission
  • To provide direct client services by way of group and key work
  • To meet key service objectives in line with Sanctuary Lodge’s policies, procedures and data collection systems.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To contribute to assessments of clients within agreed timescales.
  • To deliver a structured therapeutic support programme through group-work sessions and one to one interventions.
  • To contribute to regular reviews of the client with probation (where appropriate) and health workers or other relevant agencies.
  • To counsel individuals about their substance use using recognizedtheoretical models.
  • To help individuals address their substance use and offending behaviorthrough an agreed action plan.
  • To maintain records of the client attendance and participation in the group programme.
  • To explore, implement and supervise a range of approaches, activities and exercises, which are designed to promote health and support individuals through detoxification/stabilization.
  • To utilizerecording and statistical systems to collect and collate data and to ensure that all administration, case recording, written reports etc are maintained to agreed standards.
  • To utilizea flexible approach and where required participate in activities and tasks which directly respond to client need.
  • To uphold all Sanctuary Lodge’s policies and procedures and actively promote equality of opportunity in the course of your work.
  • To maintain a safe and welcoming environment ensuring health and safety standards are adhered to.
  • Ensure regular consultation with service users and promote their equality, diversity and rights
  • To contribute positively to relevant internal and external forums.
  • To collaborate effectively with partner agencies and bring a proactive approach to partnership work.
  • To undertake any other duties as instructed by the Senior Therapist and Directors that will contribute to fulfilling Sanctuary Lodge’s aims.

General Terms of Reference

In carrying out the above duties the counsellor will:

  • Work closely with partner agencies.
  • Work flexibly within agreed hours to maintain the level of service provision.
  • Participate in regular training, supervision and appraisal to improve their performance.
  • Keep abreast of developments in services, legislation and practice relevant to the client group.


Ensure confidentiality at all times, only releasing confidential information obtained during the course of employment to those acting in an official capacity.

Essential criteria

  • Experience of direct work with substance misusing clients
  • Two years experience of direct client work with at least one years experience of working with substance misusers in a therapeutic setting
  • Experience of developing and delivering therapeutic support programmes
  • Experience of providing direct client services particularly assessment & group-work.
  • A flexible open approach and proven communication skills in the management of sessional staff, volunteers and clients.
  • Experience of working in partnership with a range of statutory and non-statutory agencies
  • Proven skills in planning and administration.
  • Ability and willingness to develop the treatment programme to suit client need.
  • Confidence to work on own initiative as well as part of a team.
  • Understanding of the importance of upholding quality standards, performance monitoring and collating appropriate statistical information for purchasers.
  • Knowledge of health and safety, including assessing high-risk situations for clients.
  • Organised and have excellent time management skills
  • An empathic and non-judgmentalattitude.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively work with people regardless of their ethnic, cultural, social backgrounds, their gender, age, religious belief, disability and sexual orientation
  • Commitment to support Sanctuary Lodge’s values and mission.

Personal qualities:

  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good communication and inter-personal skills
  • Ability to respond flexibly to the demands of the post
  • Ability to make a personal investment in the development and success of Sanctuary Lodge.

Desirable criteria

  • A professional qualification in substance misuse and or counselling.
  • Experience of providing training to fellow professionals.
  • Computer Literacy.

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

  • Counselling: 2 years

Required licence or certification:

  • DBS Certificate



Recovery Support Worker 

Full Time Support Worker staff required to work in Essex.

We require experienced individuals to fulfil the role of Recovery Support Worker.

Applicants must be fully experienced and familiar with this type of setting.

Duties will include all aspects of medications administration, facilitating new admissions and providing general support to a high standard for the client group.

Applicants must be able to multi task and work on own initiative while adhearing to Sanctuary Lodge Policies and Procedures within a very demanding setting.

We are seeking individuals that will slot into a 4 week rolling rota that will include 1 sleepover on average per week

Benifits include 28 days paid holiday per year

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person

General Responsibilities

  • To engage effectively with the client group
  • To prepare and distribute medication to clients
  • To meet the needs of Sanctuary Lodge’s premises/property security
  • To liase effectively and co-operatively with colleagues
  • To have completed the induction process
  • To be working towards CQF Level 3 Health and Social Care
  • To undertake regular training and supervision sessions in-house and externally
  • To comply with Sanctuary Lodge’s policies, procedures and terms and conditions
  • To have good time keeping and attendance
  • To have good general and overall conduct and presentation
  • To carry out all tasks with professionalism and in accordance with Sanctuary Lodge’s policies particularly those on Equal and Diversity and Confidentiality
  • Any other duties and responsibilities expressed and implied which arise from the nature and character of the post within the Organisation.
  • Light cleaning duties
  • Escorting clients off site to meetings and appointments
  • Supervising clients when they are out

Core Responsibilities

  • Client work
    • To provide appropriate support to clients in accordance with therapists instructions
    • To answer the phone when required and ensure all messages are passed on to relevant colleagues
    • To ensure all client medication and prescriptions are dealt with appropriately and to give medication to clients as required following company guidelines.
    • To have enhanced DBS clearance
  • Networking and Liason
    • To develop and maintain supportive working relationships with colleagues and promote a team working approach at all times
  • House Duties
    • To perform overnight duties according to weekly rotas
    • To carry out light cleaning and tidying duties as necessary
  • General Duties
    • To maintain the working environment in line with health and safety requirements (fire drills and cut off points)
    • To take part in staff meetings and supervision sessions as required by the manager
    • To actively participate in training, development and supervision
    • To work within a team context, recognising the dynamics and responsibilities of each team member
    • To undertake any other duties that may from time to time reasonably be requested
    • To be computer literate

To read all Company policies within 28 days of your commencement of employment

Person Specification

  • Essential
    • Relevant qualification
    • Proven experience
    • A flexible open approach and proven communication skills
    • Administration skills
    • Confidence to work on own initiative as well as part of the team
    • Knowledge of health and safety, including assessing high-risk situations for clients
    • An empathic and non-judgmental attitude
    • A commitment to support Sanctuary Lodge’s values and mission
    • An ability to effectively work with people regardless of their ethnic, cultural
    • and social backgrounds, their gender, age, religious belief, disability and sexual orientation
  • Personal Qualities
    • Ability to work as part of a team
    • Full clean driving license
    • Good communication skills
    • Ability to respond flexibly to the demands of the post
    • Ability to make a personal investment in the development and success of Sanctuary Lodge

Required Licences or Certifications:

  • Driving License
  • DBS Certificate



Health Care Assistant

We are currently looking for Health Care Assistants to cover various shifts, including nights.

To find out more, please download the Job Description and Person Spec: Health Care Assistant.


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