LinkLiving's Edinburgh Mental Health Service is a visiting housing support service, delivered by 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.
The role of communities
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.
Putting people at the centre
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.
An opportunity has arisen for a Senior Support Worker with the Edinburgh Mental Health Service.
As a Senior Support Worker, you will be responsible for supervising a team of Support Workers by providing regular support and supervision. You will also be involved in delivering practical, emotional and social support to service users in their own homes to assist them to maintain their tenancy. You will need to develop warm and effective relationships with service users supporting them to cope with their lives in a positive and planned way so that they can make informed choices and take responsibility for their actions.
You will have full knowledge of multi-agency working, housing support / care at home systems and extensive knowledge of diversity of service user groups which you will use to establish and maintain respectful and empowering relationships with service users so that they feel valued and supported and in control of their own lives. As a senior practitioner, you will work with a range of service user groups including complex and varied key-working issues, co-ordinate complex support arrangements and support the leadership of the service.
Working in partnership
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.
Using technology to deliver the best 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 working hours
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
Hold a SSSC recognised qualification such as an SVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care (or equivalent) or be willing to work towards this qualification.
Knowledge of social care and housing issues
Experience of working with vulnerable young people, people with learning difficulties, people with mental health difficulties, people with a history of offending behaviour, people with drug or alcohol issues or people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Ability to support service users in a person centred way
Ability to support and mentor colleagues
A comprehensive list of the essential and desirable criteria is available on the Job Specification.
For a comprehensive list of the essential and desirable criteria required for this post, please refer to the Job Specification available on our online recruitment portal.
For further information and to apply please visit our website
Closing Date: Midnight on Sunday 17 February 2019.
Interview Date: Interviews will be held on Monday 25 February 2019 at Link House, 2c New Mart Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RL
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.