The Thistle Foundation
The Thistle Foundation

Charity registered in Scotland SC016816

Thistle Foundation aims to empower individuals, families and communities to maximise their potential and achieve the best possible quality of life.

If you are passionate about helping people to achieve and maintain a great life, we would welcome your application.  In return, you will have the satisfaction of working for an organisation at the cutting edge of designing individualised support arrangements that make a real difference to people's lives.


Current vacancies

Health & Wellbeing Lead Practitioner – Supported Living

  • Full time
  • £29,206
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 26th January 2020

We have a vacancy for a Full Time Lead Practitioner, based in Edinburgh for a fixed term of 12 months.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. You will:

  • Lead a small number of teams delivering person centred support to a wide range of people living in their own homes.
  • Work alongside people we support to plan and create great support plans focused on what really matters to them.
  • Support teams to think creatively about all aspects of working with the people we work alongside so they have great lives.
  • Be able to provide teams with strong leadership, which motivates and delivers your passion for really high standards of support. You will be able to provide effective coaching and also to give strong direction when required.
  • Set up new services and support the creative use of personal budgets to support people to have great lives.
  • Provide individual supervision to your staff, facilitate regular Practice Development Group meetings, and set clear objectives for all your staff.
  • Have 3 years’ experience in supporting people with disabilities, working in a person centred way, facilitating groups and ideally managing teams, together with excellent organisational and IT skills.

Please see the job description and person specification for more details.

In return we can offer you the following:

  • A highly attractive work environment in our brand new, award winning offices.
  • Structured support and supervision from your line manager and a supportive team of peers.
  • A structured development programme including support to achieve a professional

qualification if required and ongoing development with our internal leadership development

programme.

Some of our other staff benefits include…..

  • a contributory pension
  • a non-contributory death in service benefit scheme
  • The “Refer a Friend Scheme” which pays £150 for every successfully recruited person that a

staff member recommends.

  • Free access to the Thistle Gym.
  • FREE membership* of the HSF Health Plan which gives, amongst other things,

o money back for everyday healthcare costs,

o a GP advice line,

o shopping discounts.

*This membership can be extended to cover immediate family members after completion of a

satisfactory probationary period.

A driving licence is essential for this role.

Thistle Foundation is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Successful applicants will be subject to a PVG check, which will be paid for by Thistle.

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Health & Wellbeing Lead Practitioner – Supported Living

  • Full time
  • £29,206
  • Craigmillar, Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st March 2020

We have a vacancy for 2 Full Time Lead Practitioners, based in Edinburgh for a fixed term of 12 months.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. You will:

  • Lead a small number of teams delivering person centred support to a wide range of people living in their own homes.
  • Work alongside people we support to plan and create great support plans focused on what really matters to them.
  • Support teams to think creatively about all aspects of working with the people we work alongside so they have great lives.
  • Be able to provide teams with strong leadership, which motivates and delivers your passion for really high standards of support. You will be able to provide effective coaching and to give strong direction when required.
  • Set up new services and support the creative use of personal budgets to support people to have great lives.
  • Provide individual supervision to your staff, facilitate regular Practice Development Group meetings, and set clear objectives for all your staff.
  • Have 3 years’ experience in supporting people with disabilities, working in a person centred way, facilitating groups and ideally managing teams, together with excellent organisational and IT skills.

Please see the job description and person specification for more details.

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Health and Wellbeing Practitioner

  • Part time
  • £25,246 pro-rata
  • Midlothian
  • Closing 28th July 2019

We are looking for a Health and Wellbeing Practitioner to support the Wellbeing service across Midlothian. The Wellbeing service offers person centred, holistic support for people with or at higher risk of long term conditions. The Health and Wellbeing practitioners work in small teams based across GP practices in Midlothian to support a holistic supported self-management service for people with long term condition(s) and support the development of peer support within the service.

The main purpose of this role would be to :

  • Use a strengths based personal outcomes approach to help people referred to the service identify and access appropriate support for them to self manage.
  • Manage a caseload of people referred to the service
  • As appropriate provide one-to-one and group based support for people using the Wellbeing service
  • To appropriately support people to access other services that would support their self-management journey.
  • To provide an outreach service for the Health and Wellbeing team to engage hard to reach clients with the service
  • To support volunteers/paid peer supporters who have lived experience of long term conditions into volunteer/ peer roles to support the Wellbeing team
  • To monitor and report on own work as per agreed monitoring tools and to highlight areas of concern and areas of success
  • To contribute to the organisational strategy and associated key performance indicators by participating in team meetings as required
  • Create meaningful and useful cross-referral links with local leaders and contacts in health, local authority, voluntary and community organisations.
  • To support the Wellbeing team’s work to provide timely access to the service in Midlothian.

Do you have a proven record of delivering services to people with physical and mental health problems who experience significant psychosocial barriers? Do you have excellent group work skills? Are you able to manage multiple tasks? If you do, then we would like to hear from you!

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification for more details.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

Health and Wellbeing Practitioner – Midlothian

  • Part time
  • £25,246 pro-rata
  • Midlothian
  • Closing 15th September 2019

We are looking for 2 Health and Wellbeing Practitioners to support the Wellbeing service across Midlothian.

The Wellbeing service offers person centred, holistic support for people with or at higher risk of long term conditions. The Health and Wellbeing practitioners work in small teams based across GP practices in Midlothian to support a holistic supported self-management service for people with long term condition(s) and support the development of peer support within the service.

The main purpose of this role would be to:

  • Use a strengths based personal outcomes approach to help people referred to the service identify and access appropriate support for them to self manage.
  • Manage a caseload of people referred to the service
  • As appropriate provide one-to-one and group based support for people using the Wellbeing service
  • To appropriately support people to access other services that would support their self-management journey. To provide an outreach service for the Health and Wellbeing team to engage hard to reach clients with the service
  • To support volunteers/paid peer supporters who have lived experience of long term conditions into volunteer/ peer roles to support the Wellbeing team
  • To monitor and report on own work as per agreed monitoring tools and to highlight areas of concern and areas of success
  • To contribute to the organisational strategy and associated key performance indicators by participating in team meetings as required
  • Create meaningful and useful cross-referral links with local leaders and contacts in health, local authority, voluntary and community organisations.
  • To support the Wellbeing team’s work to provide timely access to the service in Midlothian.

Do you have a proven record of delivering services to people with physical and mental health problems who experience significant psychosocial barriers? Do you have excellent group work skills? Are you able to manage multiple tasks? If you do, then we would like to hear from you!

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification for more details.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

Health & Wellbeing Lead Practitioner – Supported Living

  • Full time
  • £29,206
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 13th September 2019

We have a vacancy for 2 Full Time Lead Practitioners, based in Edinburgh for a fixed term of 12 months.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. You will:

  • Lead a small number of teams delivering person centred support to a wide range of people living in their own homes.
  • Work alongside people we support to plan and create great support plans focused on what really matters to them.
  • Support teams to think creatively about all aspects of working with the people we work alongside so they have great lives.
  • Be able to provide teams with strong leadership which motivates and delivers your passion for really high standards of support. You’ll be able to provide effective coaching and also to give strong direction when required.
  • Set up new services and support the creative use of personal budgets to support people to have great lives.
  • Provide individual supervision to your staff, facilitate regular Practice Development Group meetings, and set clear objectives for all your staff.
  • Have 3 years’ experience in supporting people with disabilities, working in a person centred way, facilitating groups and ideally managing teams, together with excellent organisational and IT skills

Please see the job description and person specification for more details.

In return we can offer you the following:

  • A highly attractive work environment in our brand new, award winning offices.
  • Structured support and supervision from your line manager and a supportive team of peers.
  • A structured development programme including support to achieve a professional qualification if required and ongoing development with our internal leadership development programme.

Some of our other staff benefits include…..

  • a contributory pension
  • The “Refer a Friend Scheme” which pays £150 for every successfully recruited person that a staff member recommends.
  • Free access to the Thistle Gym.
  • FREE membership* of the HSF Health Plan which gives, amongst other things,
  • money back for everyday healthcare costs,
  • a GP advice line,
  • shopping discounts.

*This membership can be extended to cover immediate family members after completion of a satisfactory probationary period.

A driving licence is essential for this role.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

Health & Wellbeing Lead Practitioner – Supported Living

  • Full time
  • £29,206
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 22nd October 2019

We have a vacancy for a Full Time Lead Practitioner, based in Edinburgh for a fixed term of 12

months.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. You will:L

  • Lead a small number of teams delivering person centred support to a wide range of people living in their own homes.
  • Work alongside people we support to plan and create great support plans focused on what really matters to them.
  • Support teams to think creatively about all aspects of working with the people we work alongside so they have great lives.
  • Be able to provide teams with strong leadership which motivates and delivers your passion for really high standards of support. You’ll be able to provide effective coaching and also to give strong direction when required.
  • Set up new services and support the creative use of personal budgets to support people to have great lives.
  • Provide individual supervision to your staff, facilitate regular Practice Development Group meetings, and set clear objectives for all your staff.
  • Have 3 years’ experience in supporting people with disabilities, working in a person centred way, facilitating groups and ideally managing teams, together with excellent organisational and IT skills.

In return we can offer you the following:

  • A highly attractive work environment in our brand new, award winning offices.
  • Structured support and supervision from your line manager and a supportive team of peers.
  • A structured development programme including support to achieve a professional qualification if required and ongoing development with our internal leadership development programme.

Some of our other staff benefits include…..

  • a contributory pension
  • a non-contributory death in service benefit scheme
  • The “Refer a Friend Scheme” which pays £150 for every successfully recruited person that a staff member recommends.
  • Free access to the Thistle Gym.
  • FREE membership* of the HSF Health Plan which gives, amongst other things,

o money back for everyday healthcare costs,

o a GP advice line,

o shopping discounts.

*This membership can be extended to cover immediate family members after completion of a satisfactory probationary period.

A driving licence is essential for this role.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

Lead Practitioner (Young people and Self-directed Support)

  • Part time
  • £29,206 pro-rata
  • Thistle Centre of Wellbeing, Edinburgh
  • Closing 17th November 2019

We have a vacancy for a Lead Practitioner post within Thistle’s young people’s team (Thistle YP – previously ‘InterAct’). This will be based at Thistle Centre of Wellbeing, Craigmillar, with travel within Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian, and occasional travel across Scotland.

Do you want to create a more equal society, and enable young disabled people to have fulfilling, valued lives, walking shoulder to shoulder with everyone else?

Thistle YP puts young people at the centre of decisions made about their lives, working alongside them to discover and progress what matters to them.

This exciting post will play a crucial role in helping young disabled people and their families find their direction and stay on course for a life that makes sense to them after school. As part of Thistle’s new self-organised young people’s team you’ll get involved in every aspect of our work with young people. You might be alongside young people and families as an informal advocate as they navigate the system, whilst helping them to broker imaginative solutions for the future using both paid and non-paid resources. You might also be coordinating drama sessions within schools, setting up work traineeships, developing young people as ‘changemakers’ to influence change for others, or coordinating large group planning or peer support for families.

You’ll have access to support to develop your skills; the team is supported by a Thistle Coach and the Thistle Hub (Learning, HR, Finance etc).

To get a sense of some areas of our work with young disabled people, please watch our short film at: InterAct film 2015

Some of the main responsibilities for this role are:

  • Person centred, strength-based work with young disabled people and their families to take

greater control and move into the adult life that makes sense to them

  • Collaborating with project partners to deliver a range of approaches to enable young

disabled people to envisage their future direction and take greater control of their life

  • Providing informal advocacy to support young people and families to navigate social care

and education systems, ensuring their voice is central to decisions made

Brokerage - supporting young people and families to identify, understand and access

options, resources and supports (including financial) in line with their aspirations and hopes

  • Continually gather quality evaluative material and stories, and use learning both in reporting

and to influence change around inclusion and opportunities for young disabled people

  • Holding an overview of all Thistle YP activities and ensuring these are planned and

delivered

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

Health & Wellbeing Lead Practitioner – Supported Living

  • Full time
  • £29,206
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st December 2019

We have a vacancy for a Full Time Lead Practitioner, based in Edinburgh for a fixed term of 12 months.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. You will:

  • Lead a small number of teams delivering person centred support to a wide range of people living in their own homes.
  • Work alongside people we support to plan and create great support plans focused on what really matters to them.
  • Support teams to think creatively about all aspects of working with the people we work alongside so they have great lives.
  • Be able to provide teams with strong leadership which motivates and delivers your passion for really high standards of support. You’ll be able to provide effective coaching and also to give strong direction when required.
  • Set up new services and support the creative use of personal budgets to support people to have great lives.
  • Provide individual supervision to your staff, facilitate regular Practice Development Group meetings, and set clear objectives for all your staff.
  • Have 3 years’ experience in supporting people with disabilities, working in a person centred way, facilitating groups and ideally managing teams, together with excellent organisational and IT skills.

Please see the job description and person specification for more details.

In return we can offer you the following:

  • A highly attractive work environment in our brand new, award winning offices.
  • Structured support and supervision from your line manager and a supportive team of peers.
  • A structured development programme including support to achieve a professional qualification if required and ongoing development with our internal leadership development programme.

Some of our other staff benefits include…..

  • a contributory pension
  • a non-contributory death in service benefit scheme
  • The “Refer a Friend Scheme” which pays £150 for every successfully recruited person that a staff member recommends.
  • Free access to the Thistle Gym.
  • FREE membership* of the HSF Health Plan which gives, amongst other things,
    • money back for everyday healthcare costs,
    • a GP advice line,
    • o shopping discounts.

*This membership can be extended to cover immediate family members after completion of a satisfactory probationary period.

A driving licence is essential for this role.

Thistle Foundation is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Successful applicants will be subject to a PVG check, which will be paid for by Thistle.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

Health and Wellbeing Practitioner – Midlothian

  • Part time
  • £25,246 pro-rata
  • Midlothian
  • Closing 17th November 2019

We are looking for a Health and Wellbeing Practitioner to support the Wellbeing service across Midlothian.

The Wellbeing service offers person centred, holistic support for people with or at higher risk of long term conditions. The Health and Wellbeing practitioners work in small teams based across GP practices in Midlothian to support a holistic supported self-management service for people with long term condition(s) and support the development of peer support within the service. The main purpose of this role would be to:

  • Use a strengths based personal outcomes approach to help people referred to the service identify and access appropriate support for them to self manage.
  • Manage a caseload of people referred to the service
  • As appropriate provide one-to-one and group based support for people using the Wellbeing service
  • To appropriately support people to access other services that would support their self management journey.
  • To provide an outreach service for the Health and Wellbeing team to engage hard to reach clients with the service
  • To support volunteers/paid peer supporters who have lived experience of long term conditions into volunteer/ peer roles to support the Wellbeing team
  • To monitor and report on own work as per agreed monitoring tools and to highlight areas of concern and areas of success
  • To contribute to the organisational strategy and associated key performance indicators by participating in team meetings as required  Create meaningful and useful cross-referral links with local leaders and contacts in health, local authority, voluntary and community organisations.  To support the Wellbeing team’s work to provide timely access to the service in Midlothian.

Do you have a proven record of delivering services to people with physical and mental health problems who experience significant psychosocial barriers? Do you have excellent group work skills? Are you able to manage multiple tasks? If you do, then we would like to hear from you!

Thistle Foundation is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Successful applicants will be subject to a Disclosure Scotland check.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

Facilities Manager

  • Full time
  • £29,000 – £34,000
  • Thistle Centre of Wellbeing, 13 Queen’s Walk, Edinburgh
  • Closing 5th January 2020

We have a vacancy for a Facilities Manager, based in our award winning building in Edinburgh.

Thistle Foundation works alongside people to help them achieve their full potential, and our Facilities Team and buildings are essential supports to create an inclusive welcome and support our many ambitious projects.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives at Thistle Foundation where no two days are the same. You will provide coaching style management to the Facilities Team and be responsible for areas such as:

  • Oversee maintenance for Thistle buildings and grounds;
  • Manage Health & Safety for all Thistle buildings and land, in conjunction with an external consultant;
  • Contract management and procurement and support overall corporate compliance;
  • Advise senior leadership team on building strategy and deliver building income generation strategy;
  • Manage our Community Hub spaces, helping create a safe and supportive environment for everyone;
  • Other duties, as appropriate to the role.

This role is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic team player, who has a willingness to learn and to support the Thistle team as well as everyone who uses our buildings.

Please see the job description for more details.

In return we can offer you the following:

  • A highly attractive work environment in our brand new, award winning offices.
  • Structured support and supervision from your line manager and a supportive team of
  • colleagues.
  • A structured development programme including ongoing development with our internal leadership development programme.

Some of our other staff benefits include…

  • a contributory pension
  • a non-contributory death in service benefit scheme
  • The “Refer a Friend Scheme” which pays £150 for every successfully recruited person that a staff member recommends.
  • Free access to the Thistle Gym.
  • FREE membership* of the HSF Health Plan which gives, amongst other things,
    • money back for everyday healthcare costs,
    • a GP advice line,
    • shopping discounts.

*This membership can be extended to cover immediate family members after completion of a satisfactory probationary period.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

HR Assistant

  • Part time
  • £21,152 pro-rata
  • Thistle Centre of Wellbeing, 13 Queen’s Walk, Edinburgh
  • Closing 6th January 2020

We have a vacancy for an HR Assistant, based in Edinburgh for a fixed term of 2 years.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. You will provide HR administration support to the HR Officer and be part of the Business Support Team. The main tasks of the role are as follows:

  • To support with HR administration and correspondence, including offer letters, contracts, contract changes, probation reviews, reference requests, monthly PVG renewals, sickness absence reporting and filing
  • To update various information systems and databases including the HR system
  • Update and maintain relevant files for a range of internal and external stakeholders and ensure that this is done in line with relevant external statutory requirements and legislation.
  • To carry out exit interviews as and when required
  • To note take during HR and other relevant meetings
  • To support with recruitment across the organisation, including advertising, managing the recruitment inbox, liaising with candidates / managers and arranging interviews
  • To liaise and report information to relevant external bodies
  • To assist with management reporting to provide business intelligence across the organisation.
  • To contribute to and deliver on wider organisational initiatives. This will involve working with colleagues across different departments
  • Assist with the implementation of company policies and procedures.
  • Other duties, as required, to support the HR Officer and the rest of the Business Support Team

This new role is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic team player, who has a willingness to learn and to support the HR and Business Support team as well as colleagues in the wider organisation.

Please see the job description and person specification for more details.

In return we can offer you the following:

  • A highly attractive work environment in our brand new, award winning offices.
  • Structured support and supervision from your line manager and a supportive team of colleagues.
  • A structured development programme including ongoing development with our internal leadership development programme.

Some of our other staff benefits include…

  • a contributory pension
  • a non-contributory death in service benefit scheme
  • The “Refer a Friend Scheme” which pays £150 for every successfully recruited person that a staff member recommends.
  • Free access to the Thistle Gym.
  • FREE membership* of the HSF Health Plan which gives, amongst other things,

o money back for everyday healthcare costs

o a GP advice line

o shopping discounts

*This membership can be extended to cover immediate family members after completion of a satisfactory probationary period.

Thistle Foundation is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Successful applicants will be subject to a Disclosure check, which will be paid for by Thistle.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

Finance Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,643 – £26,013
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd January 2020

We have a vacancy for a full time permanent Finance Officer, based in Edinburgh.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. You will provide financial processing support to the Finance Team with the following main tasks:

1. To prepare monthly management accounts, including income & expenditure statements and balance sheets, for Supported Living Services, including analysis of variances

2. To assist with the preparation of annual budgets and regular reforecasts

3. To complete the reconciliations for an agreed set of balance sheet control accounts

4. To support the operational managers in Supported Living with management accounts and ad hoc financial information

5. To work closely with the Finance Assistant around sales invoicing and debtor management

6. To assist with the implementation of the new organisation wide IT system

7. To prepare the monthly debtors reports for all Supported Living Managers, and a summary report for all Senior managers

8. To work closely with Finance team colleagues to deliver the Finance team priorities

9. To assist the Finance Business Partner with the relevant training which will support the organisational strategic transformation to a model of Self-organising teams

This role is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic team player, who has a willingness to learn, and to support the Finance team as well as colleagues in the wider organisation.

Please see the job description and person specification for more details.

In return we can offer you the following:

  • A highly attractive work environment in our brand new, award winning offices.
  • Structured support and supervision from your line manager and a supportive team of colleagues.
  • A structured development programme including ongoing development with our internal leadership development programme.

Some of our other staff benefits include…

  • a contributory pension
  • a non-contributory death in service benefit scheme
  • The “Refer a Friend Scheme” which pays £150 for every successfully recruited person that a staff member recommends.
  • Free access to the Thistle Gym.
  • FREE membership* of the HSF Health Plan which gives, amongst other things,

o money back for everyday healthcare costs,

o a GP advice line,

o shopping discounts.

*This membership can be extended to cover immediate family members after completion of a satisfactory probationary period.

Shortlist