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Carer Support Practitioner (Self-directed Support)

  • Part time
  • £28,549 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 7th July 2022

  • Advertised from 30th June 2022
  • 30 hours per week (including some evening and occasional weekend work) 32 days paid leave plus 6 public holidays. Contract: Initially fixed-term to end March 2024 with planned extension subject to funding.


VOCAL - Voice of Carers Across Lothian - seeks an enthusiastic and experienced Carer Support Practitioner to join its busy and expanding team to provide casework support to carers across Edinburgh. The post holder will support unpaid carers caring for someone living in Edinburgh to plan and access person-centred support for their caring situation, health and wellbeing and personal development.

The postholder will lead an exciting SDS focused project funded by Support in the Right Direction, Inspiring Scotland. They will work collaboratively with staff, relevant organisations and the funder whilst running the project. The project is already well established at VOCAL Edinburgh, and the postholder will be able to draw on the expertise of the practitioner currently leading the project who is moving into another role at VOCAL Edinburgh.

The successful candidate will be employed by VOCAL and based at the Edinburgh Carers’ Hub. VOCAL is a carer-led organisation and provides a wide range of services to support unpaid carers in their caring role. The post-holder will be expected to work as part of a team, improve outcomes for carers and maximise uptake of VOCAL services.

Applicants will evidence excellent people, and communication skills, casework and person-centred support work. Applicants will also demonstrate awareness of the diverse range of caring situations, the impact of caring on peoples’ lives and barriers carers face at different points of the caring journey. Good working knowledge of health and social care will be expected, with preference given to candidates with applied knowledge of self-directed support. Applicants will be digitally competent and effective communicators with individuals, carer groups and partner agencies.

Application notes

Download the person specification / job description, also available at

Complete the application form and equal opportunities form and return to

Alternatively, send by post to HR, c/o VOCAL Edinburgh, 60 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5HB.

We welcome applications from under-represented minority groups.

Closing date: Friday, 29 July 2022 at 5pm

Please note that this position may close sooner if we receive a sufficient pool of applications.