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Team Leader (Edinburgh Mental Health Service)

  • Full time
  • £29,207 – £32,283
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 3rd July 2022

  • Advertised from 14th June 2022
  • Fixed Term until 31 July 2023 to cover Maternity Leave. Hours – 37.5 per week


Are you passionate about helping people to live a better life? Do you want to work for a charity where your health and wellbeing matter just as much as the people you support? Do you want to be part of a trauma-informed team where you will be supported to develop creative and flexible ways of working?

At LinkLiving, our values and people are at the heart of everything we do including how we recruit our staff. It is important for us to find people who share our values, which are:

  • Empathy (listen to and understand an individual’s needs and circumstances)
  • Respect (treat others the way they wish to be treated)
  • Integrity (be honest and have strong moral principles)
  • Caring (show kindness and concern for others)

LinkLiving is a Scottish health and wellbeing charity that supports people to manage or overcome the effects of negative life experiences (including trauma, mental health challenges, poverty and inequality) so that they can build on their strengths and aspirations in order to live their best possible lives. We support people through a range of models including:

· Personal development and employability programmes

· Self-help coaching

· Supported accommodation

· Care at home

· Housing support

· Befriending

· Social cafes

The Service

Our Edinburgh Mental Health Services has five teams of support workers who provide visiting tenancy support across Edinburgh to people experiencing mental ill health. The service also has a Core and Cluster accommodation service which provides more intensive support to people who have spent significant amounts of time in long-term hospital care. Our support enables the people we work with to live as independently as possible in their own home and improve their mental and physical health.

The Job

The purpose of the job is to provide leadership, support and supervision to a team of support workers whilst ensuring that objectives and targets are achieved, the service to individuals is co-ordinated and that appropriate policies and local procedures are in place. The Team Leader is the first line manager and is responsible for ensuring the service is of high quality which meets all internal and external standards and reporting requirements. The Team Leader will combine a thorough knowledge of social care practice and processes with first class leadership, staff support and development skills.

Working closely with the Service Manager, the Team Leader will use their extensive knowledge and experience in mental health provision to ensure the delivery of high quality, person-centred services to people experiencing mental health issues. They will also be expected to establish and develop effective working relationships with partner agencies and to actively promote opportunities for partnership working in order to deliver improved outcomes for the people we support.

About You

You will have an appropriate qualification recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to achieve and maintain registration or the ability to gain qualifications within required timescales, combined with experience of leading and managing a team and carrying out support and supervision and strong skills in mentoring less experienced colleagues and proven experience of contributing to development of colleagues.

The successful candidate will have an extensive knowledge of the positive indicators which are a natural part of practice with no need to be conscious of what is done and how it is being done, experience of co-ordinating complex support arrangements, along with knowledge of social care and housing issues.

You will have experience of administering medication and corresponding record keeping, and a flexible, practical and reliable approach and be able to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends and public holidays.

Having an understanding of the issues affecting service users, a sense of judgement and ability to take decisions and be responsible for them and sensitivity and responsiveness to people’s emotional and social health are also essential.

What’s in it for you?

As a LinkLiving employee, you'll benefit from:

  • A generous annual leave entitlement of 35 days pro rata per annum (including public holidays) rising to 38 days after completion of three years’ service
  • Access to a death in service benefits scheme providing 4x salary
  • Enhanced company sick and familial pay entitlements
  • A Healthcare cash plan for employee and dependents to support health and wellbeing and discounts on shopping, restaurants, and other services.
  • A free and confidential employee assistance program and services for employees and their immediate household dependants to support health, mental and financial well-being
  • Employer pension contributions starting at 5% and rising to 6% depending on employee contributions
  • Access to a savings and borrowing scheme and much more!

Successful applicants will be required to register with SSSC within 6 months of their start date.

This post is subject to Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme registration. Link will meet the cost of any new PVG scheme membership or scheme record update.

Application notes

To apply, please visit our website

We can offer suitable alternative methods to apply if requested including although not exclusively; hard copy, Braille and audio. You can request these by emailing our Resourcing Team at and detailing which format you would require.

Please note should an internal applicant be successful in applying for this position on either a seconded or permanent basis, they will move to the terms and conditions associated with the role for the duration of the time they are in post. The terms and conditions are outlined in the job information pack.

LinkLiving is an equal opportunities organisation, and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community. Our offices are fully accessible to wheelchair users and, as a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.