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Social Work Officer (practitioner)

  • Full time
  • £54,072 – £60,080
  • Based in Edinburgh, hybrid working
  • Closing 29th June 2022

  • Advertised from 16th June 2022
  • Pay award pending. 37 hours per week. 16 months’ fixed term contract/secondment opportunity


The Mental Welfare Commission (MWC) protects and promotes the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act, 2000, (the AWI Act) provides a legal framework for making decisions on behalf of a person who does not have the capacity to make decisions. It covers the person’s welfare, property, financial affairs and medical treatment.

The AWI Act places an obligation on all health and social care staff to understand legislation and have the knowledge and skills appropriate to their role. Following MWC’s review of the legality of moves of individuals from hospitals to care homes in Scotland at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Authority to Discharge: Report into decision making for people in hospital who lack capacity was published by MWC in May 2021. It highlighted practice that suggested significant gaps in knowledge particularly in relation to capacity and assessment, associated legislation, deprivation of liberty definition and the human rights of individuals.

From the reported conclusions, the MWC and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) will work jointly to enable the development and delivery of a range of education and training opportunities to support workforce understanding of legislation aimed at protecting rights and application of the AWI Act in health, social care and social work practice across Scotland.

The successful applicant for this exciting new post will work with key partners to align AWI education and training to support Scotland’s social work, social care and health workforce. This will promote a consistent, inclusive, targeted and flexible approach to learning and development and offer a way of identifying the knowledge and skills required by all staff to enable staff to feel confident in supporting the most vulnerable people we serve across Scotland.

The role requires the development and delivery of nationwide adults with incapacity training to social work and health and social care staff. This exciting opportunity requires the successful applicant to possess an extensive knowledge of the law, process and policy as it relates to the AWI Act, working in partnership with NES, bringing together expertise in social work practice with the expertise of national educators. It will involve working closely with key stakeholder agencies, including NES, the Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor, Social Work Scotland, Chief Social Work Officers, SSSC and the Care Inspectorate to support frontline social work and social staff.

While the role is based in Edinburgh, the successful applicant will be required to visit services Scotland wide as appropriate to consult, develop and deliver a national AWI training programme. Applicants must be qualified as a social worker with MHO status and have experience of operating at senior practitioner level as a minimum and should have first class communication skills and exceptional influencing and presentation skills.

Application notes

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For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Suzanne McGuinness (Executive Director Social Work) 0131 313 8777.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon, Wednesday 29th June 2022 with a provisional interview date week commencing 11 July 2022. Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams.