This vacancy has now closed

  • Advertised from 29th May 2019
  • Commensurate with existing salary. Secondment until 31 March 2020 (2 sessions/7.5 hours per week)
  • HIS1194-GM


This is a unique opportunity for a social services professional to influence senior leadership teams in Health and Social Care Partnerships, care homes, national bodies and NHS boards to improve how people are supported to live well in their community.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Living Well in Communities programmes work collaboratively with Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCP) and NHS boards to enable people to live well at home or in a homely setting for longer and avoid unnecessary time in hospital. Living Well in Communities has come to the end of its testing phase and is beginning to deliver a series of national programmes to support large scale change in integrated services. Key to the success of our future work is a multidisciplinary group of social service and clinical leads to provide expert advice, assurance and visible professional leadership to the Living Well in Communities programmes.

The National Professional Lead for Social Services will represent the voice and experience of social services within the Living Well in Communities team. We therefore invite applications from experienced managers or directors who are responsible for the delivery of a social service within Scotland to be seconded from their current role to join the Living Well in Communities team on a one day a week basis.

This role requires an understanding of Scotland’s social services professional community to facilitate Living Well in Communities engagement with local social services, social care providers and other national bodies.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following key competencies and skills:

  • ability to influence people to change their practice or behaviour
  • extensive knowledge of, and recent experience in, developing and implementing change in an integrated health and social care setting.
  • subject matter knowledge relevant to social services regulation and key strategies to ensure wider participation of social services and the multi-disciplinary team,
  • ability to critically analyse complex information,
  • strong interpersonal skills and strong professional networks,
  • ability to work with a range of professionals in a multi-discipinary team,
  • ability to manage and work to deadlines, and
  • be self-aware and authentic with the ability with the ability to understand and articulate own strengths, motivations, patterns, needs and limitations.

Application notes

Closing date: Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 12 noon.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on Friday 19 July in Edinburgh.

If you are interested in becoming the National Professional Lead for Social Services and would like more information, please contact AlisonDavis ( or 0131 314 1232) to arrange a conversation with a member of the Living Well in Communities team.

For an application pack:


Email: (quoting the Job Ref in the subject line).

SMS: Text 'App’ Job Ref plus your email address to 81400 (std rate)