Edinburgh Mental Health Service is a visiting housing support service, delivered by six area-based teams which work across Edinburgh. As well as enabling people affected by mental health problems to live as independently as possible in their own homes, we engage with a range of statutory and voluntary organisations to ensure the people we work with get the support they need.
Visiting housing support
We deliver visiting housing support to around 180 people in Scotland’s capital who experience a variety of mental health problems. Our support includes:
• Engaging with people and professionals who have an interest in their welfare.
• Equipping people with skills and tools to help them manage their mental health
• Creating personal support plans to help the people achieve the outcomes they desire
We work from a recovery-based perspective, which means we enable the people we support to live a good life – as defined by them – with or without symptoms.
We use conversations and plans to help people identify their long-term ambitions and short-terms goals and develop strategies for achieving them.
We recognise the importance of the home as the base from which people can work towards recovery. We provide support in all aspects of maintaining a home, with an emphasis on developing people’s skills to look after and sustain their home independently.
We also recognise the role which communities can play in recovery. We connect the people we work with appropriate sources of local support and with networks and organisations which deliver social benefits, including a sense of belonging, community and purpose.
We appreciate that the mental health problems experienced by the people we work with can sometimes have a significant adverse impact on their lives, so we take time to help them to recognise, understand and manage their symptoms.
At all times, our support is flexible, person-centred and responsive to the changing needs of the people we work with.
We have an exciting opportunity for ambitious and motivated Support Workers to join our team and improve the lives of people supported by our Edinburgh Mental Health Service.
In this role, you will develop effective relationships with people affected by a range of mental health problems, supporting them to cope in difficult times and working towards recovery and a good life. You will provide emotional, practical and social support to enable people to live as independently as possible and make informed choices in all aspects of their lives.
Multi-agency working is an important part of the job. You will develop positive relationships with a range of partners, including the NHS (in the community and in hospitals), social work and voluntary organisations. By understanding the assistance they offer and maintaining strong links with partner agencies, you will extend the breadth and quality of support available to the people we work with.
You will work as part of a team while managing your own workload and being a key worker for some of the people we support. You will take part in regular team meetings and receive regular support and supervision. You will participate in a range of learning and development opportunities to enhance your experience and skills and improve the quality of our service.
You will embrace technology to help deliver the best service we can to the people we support. You will be given a laptop and smart phone to access Carista, our integrated social care management system. You will use Carista to create support plans and risk assessments, record support, monitor outcomes and gather feedback from the people you work with.
Your core days of work will be Monday to Friday, while you will work around one in six weekends. Occasional flexible working will be required, as and when needed, to meet the needs of the people we support and our service.
What you will need
- Willingness to work towards and achieve an appropriate qualification recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) – for example, SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6.
- Ability to meet the standards of care set out in the national Health and Social Care Standards.
- Ability to meet the requirements of membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme.
- An approach which is flexible, practical, proactive and reliable.
Successful applicants will be required to register with the SSSC within six months of their start date.
For a comprehensive list of the essential and desirable criteria required for this post, please refer to the Job information Pack available on our online recruitment portal, where you can also apply for this position:
Annual leave and benefits
LinkLiving offer up to 38 days annual leave pro rata, a wide-range of benefits including flexible working arrangements and access to a generous contributory pension scheme. Working within a supportive environment you can expect a range of training and development opportunities
This post is subject to Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme membership
To apply go to: linkhousing.org.uk/who-we-are/work-with-us/current-opportunities
Closing Date: Midnight on Monday 24 September 2018
Interview Date: Tuesday 2 October 2018 at Link’s Edinburgh Head Office.
Please note that CVs will not be considered.
Link is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community. Our offices are fully accessible to wheelchair users and we will interview all disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.