This vacancy has now closed

Community Alcohol Related Damage service (CARDS) Hospital Link Worker

  • Part time
  • £21,000 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 15th October 2021

  • Advertised from 30th September 2021
  • 18 hours per week Flexible working. Mon – Fri 9am -5pm with exceptional evenings & weekends. 3 year contract with the intention of extending funding.



A new collaborative approach between Rowan Alba and NHS Lothian to provide support to the NHS Lothian Alcohol Related Brain Damage Care Pathway. This focuses on care for individuals with Alcohol Related Brain Damage who frequently present in crisis at hospital and are not accessing community support. This post of Hospital Link Worker with lived experience of Alcohol Harm or ARBD will work with the Alcohol Nurses at the New Royal Infirmary to deliver information to provide immediate emotional and practical support to a caseload of individuals and increase engagement with community support via our volunteer befrienders on discharge from hospital. The main client outcomes being around health and social wellbeing, preventing future crisis and most importantly through developing healthy supportive relationships that act as a vehicle for positive self identified outcomes.

This project will help share knowledge to better empower individuals with ARBD to be in control of their diagnosis and understand their condition to manage their everyday lives and alcohol use.


The link worker will;

  • Work with individuals to input in to an NHS personalised support plan in collaboration with Alcohol Liaison Nurses and in response to specific neurological information from their ARBD assessment
  • Input into the design of a practical support package to improve neurological outcomes for individuals on discharge. This may include clocks, calendars, memory boards and letters for GPs asking for thiamine.
  • Explain CARDS support available including befriending, self-management café groups and remote art group. Work in a person-centered way to ensure clients get support that is right for them.
  • Match individuals with volunteers and arrange pre-discharge introduction in hospital to create easy transition to support at home.
  • Advocate on behalf of individuals with other services including Housing, Benefits, GP services when necessary to help ensure their ARBD condition is understood and supported.
  • Support individuals to share ARBD information with carers or family to improve relationships.
  • Co-ordinate work placements of frontline NHS staff to improve understanding of ARBD (We currently do this for paramedic trainees, but wish to open this up to more NHS staff)
  • Input into redesign of our website to provide non-clinical information on living with ARBD.
  • Liaise effectively with all partners to strengthen our position on Edinburgh’s ARBD care pathway and raise awareness of our service, through the work we are doing in the community to support hidden clients.

Application notes

Closing Date 15th October 2021

Interviews will be held: 25th October 2021

If you are interested in the post and would like to apply, please complete the application form and email it as a word document to Kirsten Shuttleworth on

Please note, CVs will not be accepted.

If you have any questions regarding the post, please contact Tracey on 07715082427 or phone us on 0131 229 7554.

The successful candidate will be subject to a PVG and reference check.