Charity registered in Scotland SC035482
Voluntary Health Scotland is the national membership body for voluntary organisations working to improve health, tackle health inequalities or provide health care. We are supported by the Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland.
VHS is Scotland’s leading intermediary and network for the voluntary health sector. We work with our members and wider networks to address health inequalities and help people live healthier, fairer lives.
Since April 2021, VHS has been funded by Scottish Government’s Primary Care Directorate to support the establishment of the Scottish Community Link Worker Network, a national network for primary care community link working in Scotland.
The Policy and Research Officer is a new role, designed to further develop and strengthen the profile, capacity, impact and influence of the Scottish Community Link Worker Network. The role will champion the community link worker agenda at a national level and be a resource that supports and enables the Network to engage with policy opportunities.
You will need to demonstrate direct experience of designing and conducting research projects. You will have an understanding of the Scottish policy landscape and its relevance for community link workers (including mental health link workers) and for their work with patients, primary care and their community. Some knowledge and understanding of community link working/primary care and current health and social care issues in Scotland would be an advantage. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and you will thrive on working collaboratively and flexibly, both internally and externally.
We would love to hear from you if this role excites you and matches your skills and experience. This is a fantastic time for the right person to join VHS as we build on the success of our influencing activities and look to expand our reach.
Benefits include 15 days annual leave, 6 public holidays and floating days, 6% employer contribution to pension, and death in service insurance.
VHS is Scotland’s leading intermediary and network for the voluntary health sector. We work with our members and wider networks to address health inequalities and help people live healthier, fairer lives. This is a fantastic time to join us as we build on the success of our influencing activities and look to expand our reach.
You will need an excellent track record in policy work and be capable of delivering consistently high quality work in a fast-paced working environment. You will plan and deliver an effective programme of policy, research and public affairs work, with a strong emphasis on external engagement with VHS members, networks and other external stakeholders. You will help shape and deliver VHS’s communication strategy, website, media and digital communications so you need to be a confident and pro-active communicator and skilled in using a range of media, working face to face and digitally. You will thrive on working collaboratively internally and externally.
We would love to hear from you if this role excites you and matches your skills and experience.