Senior Carer Support Practitioner – Family Support Addictions (Edinburgh)

  • Full time
  • £31,008
  • 60 Leith Walk with possibility of an element of home working
  • Closing 5th August 2022

  • Advertised from 22nd June 2022
  • 30/36 hours per week. Fixed term 2-year contract or secondment opportunity with possibility of extension subject to available funding


VOCAL - Voice of Carers Across Lothian is seeking an enthusiastic and knowledgeable person to join its busy Edinburgh Family Support Addictions team providing casework support to carers affected by another person’s alcohol or drug use. The postholder will manage VOCAL’s Family Support Addictions service and will work to strengthen carer engagement with drug and alcohol services across Edinburgh, working across the Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership to do so. In particular, the post-holder will work initially to support implementation of the Medication Assisted Treatment Standards in relation to the involvement of family members and carers.

The role would suit someone with experience of working in the alcohol and drugs field in Scotland and who understands relevant current policy and practice in this area, ideally with experience of supporting relevant clients and/or carers. It would offer a positive development opportunity for the right candidate, for instance, those seeking to extend into a management position or wishing to gain more experience working directly to support carer involvement.

Applicants will evidence excellent people, leadership and communication skills, ideally with experience in staff/volunteer management, casework and person-centred support work. They will have an understanding of the needs and supports of carers affected by another’s alcohol or drug use, the impact of caring on peoples’ lives and barriers carers face at different points of the caring journey. Applicants will be digitally competent and effective communicators with individuals, carer groups and partner agencies.

Application notes

How to apply

Download the person specification / job description, also available at Complete the application form and equal opportunities form and return to, or by post to Lead Officer Carer Support (Edinburgh), c/o VOCAL Edinburgh, 60 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5HB.

We welcome applications from under-represented minority groups.

Closing date: Friday, 5 August 2022 at 5pm. Please note that this post may close sooner. It will be advertised until a suitable candidate is found for the role.

Interviews: TBC