Policy and Research Officer (Scottish Community Link Worker Network)

  • Part time
  • £28,000 pro-rata
  • Flexible location: 18 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EP and/or home working
  • Closing 6th June 2022

  • Advertised from 12th May 2022
  • £16,800 - 21 hours per week. Contract: 12 months initially, with potentially a further 12 to 24 months, subject to funding.


VHS is Scotland’s leading intermediary and network for the voluntary health sector. We work with our members and wider networks to address health inequalities and help people live healthier, fairer lives.

Since April 2021, VHS has been funded by Scottish Government’s Primary Care Directorate to support the establishment of the Scottish Community Link Worker Network, a national network for primary care community link working in Scotland.

The Policy and Research Officer is a new role, designed to further develop and strengthen the profile, capacity, impact and influence of the Scottish Community Link Worker Network. The role will champion the community link worker agenda at a national level and be a resource that supports and enables the Network to engage with policy opportunities.

You will need to demonstrate direct experience of designing and conducting research projects. You will have an understanding of the Scottish policy landscape and its relevance for community link workers (including mental health link workers) and for their work with patients, primary care and their community. Some knowledge and understanding of community link working/primary care and current health and social care issues in Scotland would be an advantage. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and you will thrive on working collaboratively and flexibly, both internally and externally.

We would love to hear from you if this role excites you and matches your skills and experience. This is a fantastic time for the right person to join VHS as we build on the success of our influencing activities and look to expand our reach.

Benefits include 15 days annual leave, 6 public holidays and floating days, 6% employer contribution to pension, and death in service insurance.

Application notes

For more information and to apply, download the job description, application form and equality monitoring form.

Closing date for applications: 9.00 am, Monday 6th June 2022.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Monday 20th June 2022.

Interviews will be held, in person, in Edinburgh on Wednesday 6th July 2022.

Website: vhscotland.org.uk

Scottish Charity: SC035482