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Senior Professional Health/ Social Work/ Social Care

Job summary

£39312 - £47065
Dundee and Glasgow
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
26 October 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for Senior Professional Health/Social Work/Social Care roles within the Health and Social Care Operations based in Dundee or Glasgow. This is a permanent/fixed-term and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

Adult Disability Payment Practitioner | £39,312 - £47,065 | Full or Part Time Hours | Monday - Friday |No weekends, nights or shift work| Remote working| 25 Days Holiday plus 11.5 Public and Privilege

Social Security Scotland is an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government set up to deliver devolved and new benefits. We deliver Social Security with dignity, fairness and respect to people from all walks of life including carers, young people and people on low incomes.

This is an exciting time to join us to support the roll out of Adult Disability Payment.  This role will offer the successful candidate an opportunity to help shape the development of this new service and ensure we make the right decisions for our clients.

As a Senior Practitioner the post-holder will provide leadership, management and expert  advice and decision making support to Practitioners, Case Managers and Client Experience Officers working on Adult Disability Payment (ADP) which replaces  Personal Independence Payment ( PIP) both in initial applications and re-determinations.

Who we are looking for
- This role is an excellent opportunity for those wishing  to develop their skills and would suit professionals from a clinical/ social work/ social care background with knowledge and expertise of working with clients/ patients in one of the following areas of practice;
Mental Health/ Social Care
Adult Health/ Social Care
Disability and Neurodiversity/ autism  in adults
Learning Disability/Social care
- We would welcome applications from individuals registered with the NMC/HCPC/ SSSC with a background in Nursing, Occupational Therapy , Physiotherapy, Psychology, Social Work or with relevant experience and a Social Care qualification to minimum of SCQF Level 9
- Experience of implementing change in teams evaluating and encouraging improvement and innovation
- The ability to work autonomously in the management of their own workload and directing and supporting their team in the management of theirs
- The ability to provide expert advice and guidance as part of their role whilst leading and supporting the performance of their team
- Experience of managing the performance of their team and ensuring a culture of continuous quality improvement

Duties and responsibilities
- Support the Service Manager by leading a team of  Practitioners in the delivery of an excellent high quality service
- Provide expertise and advice on adult physical health, mental health and learning disabilities to Practitioners and Case Managers ensuring they are able to make robust and fair decisions.
- Playing a pivotal role in contributing to influencing and facilitating change where appropriate within the organisation.  This may include suggested improvements to work practises and processes, learning from experience and making recommendations for re-design.
- Manage your own workload, direct and support your team in the management of theirs.
- Act as a role model to create a culture of support and provide effective leadership within professional and organisational boundaries. Empower your team to deliver a high quality service.
- Ensure effective use of resources and workforce planning, contribute to aspects of monitoring of workload, ensuring adequate availability of Practitioners and knowledge of their competency when delegating work.
- Develop advanced competence in the delivery of advice through the use of innovative up to date evidence so ensuring optimum support to Practitioners, Case Managers and Client Experience Officers.
- On escalation of complex decisions, advice maybe sought from the Service Manager or Professional Advisors to ensure consistency and building the credibility of the team.
- Provide fair and timely feedback to the team that recognises good performance and identifies areas for improvements

- This is a permanent and pensionable appointment. (Health professional staff providing health-assessments and medical opinion in relation to the administration of disability benefits, and who are existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme, will be permitted continued access to the NHS Pension Scheme.)
- Professional membership costs paid by Social Security Scotland.

Essential Criteria
1. Relevant qualifications and registration
2. Experience of working with adults in one of the following areas of practice
-Mental Health
-Adult Health/ Disability
-Learning Disability
  -Autism/ Neurodiversity
3. Experience of leading and motivating a team
4. Experience of using information to make evidence based decisions

Important Information Regarding Interviews and Assessment
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview as well as a personal device of choice with an account registered to the 'MS Teams or Webex' app by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.

Candidates who are successful in the initial stage will be invited to assessment and interview where you will be scored against 4 competencies from the Scottish Governments ‘Skills for Success’ framework, these will be;
- S
- People Management
- Communications and Engagement
- Analysis and Use of Evidence

Further information about Social Security Scotland and the work that we do can be found on our website at Social Security Scotland www.socialsecurity.gov.scot

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date.

For specific Health & Social Care queries concerning the role please contact lorna.dunipace@socialsecurity.gov.scot

We will also be running online open evenings, please feel free to join during any of the times below to speak to us about the roles that we have available and to find out more about the organisation

Wednesday 13th October 7pm to 8pm

Wednesday 20th of October 7pm to 8pm

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the Resourcing Team via recruitment@socialsecurity.gov.scot

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