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Learning Disability Professional

Salary £31266 - £35813

Location Dundee and Glasgow

Hours Around 37.00 per week

Closing Date 02 December 2021 at midnight

Reference IRC90243E

Employment Type Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Learning Disability Professional within Social Security Scotland. This post offers remote home working, however travel to the Glasgow/Dundee offices will be required as and when service requires (approx. 1 day per week). This is a permanent 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.

Overview

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.

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 or social work background with knowledge and expertise of working with clients or patients with learning disabilities.

We would welcome applications from individuals registered with the NMC, HCPC or SSSC with a background in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Qualified Social Work.

Duties and Responsibilities

• You will provide expert advice and decision making support to our Case Managers working on applications for Adult Disability Payment (ADP) which replaces Personal Independence Payment.
• Providing expertise and advice on adult physical health, mental health and learning disabilities to Case Managers, ensuring they are able to make robust and fair decisions and understand how a person's condition may impact their day to day life and that of their family.
• You will provide advice on a broad range of matters, for example, suggesting what further supporting information about a person's condition should be obtained to support decision making.
• You will help Case Managers to understand how a person's condition may impact their day life and that of their family.
• You will contribute to and influence continuous improvement to help shape and develop this new service.
• Engaging with clients, medical and social care professionals to understand the impact of the client's circumstances and condition and the support in place to help them.
• You will also work closely with the Scottish Government's Social Security, Health & Social Care Directorates to ensure that devolved disability benefits reflect Ministerial ambitions to provide a fair system of Social Security that prioritises the dignity, fairness and respect of clients.
• Participate in audit and peer review activities as required by Social Security Scotland and Scottish Ministers.

Essential Criteria

1. Relevant qualifications and registration (NMC/HCPC/SSC)
2. Proven experience of working with an array of learning disabilities
3. Ability to work collaboratively across multi-disciplinary teams.
4. Excellent communication skills with an ability to influence and build effective relationships with a range of stakeholders.

What We Offer

• £31,266 - £35,813 salary
• Pay Supplement
• Full or Part Time Hours
• Monday - Friday - no weekends, nights or shift work
• Remote working with some office base presence
• 25 Days Holiday plus 11.5 Public and Privilege

Benefits

• This posts attracts a pay supplement of between £1,500 and £4,500 depending on placement on the salary scale. Pay supplements are temporary payments designed to address recruitment and retention issues caused by market pressures and are subject to regular review.
• 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.

Interview and Assessment Information

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' 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;

• Self-awareness
• People Management
• Communications and Engagement
• Analysis and Use of Evidence

More information about the role and how to apply is available at https://applications.work-for-...

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