Senior Huntington’s Disease Specialist - Grampian

  • Full time or Part time
  • £33,298 – £36,248
  • Clinical Genetics Centre, Ashgrove House Foresterhill, Aberdeen (All staff are currently home based until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted)
  • Closing 30th October 2020

  • Advertised from 9th October 2020
  • 18 hrs per week for first two months going up to Full time in March 2021


Due to retirement we have a vacancy for a Senior Huntington’s Disease Specialist (SHDS) post within our Grampian service. The post will be a full time post. However, in order to accommodate a phased retirement plan and to allow a reasonable hand over period, the existing SHDS plans to reduce their hours to 18 hrs from 1st of January 2021 and work alongside the new post holder who will also work 18 hours until the end of February 2021. The new post holder will then become full time increasing hours to 36 hours per week.

This is an exciting opportunity to manage our existing Grampian service within our growing Scottish Charity and to offer specialist assessment, one to one emotional support, provide Huntington’s disease care management advice and information to families impacted by Huntington’s Disease (HD) and to all professionals or voluntary agencies involved in their care.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, motivated and who will have a positive influence on the quality of life for individuals and their families who are impacted by HD. The successful candidate should have the ability to work autonomously using their own initiative in this challenging and innovative post. Good listening, communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as are excellent timekeeping and caseload management skills. Previous experience of working with Huntington’s disease is preferred but not essential; most of our staff have a background in mental health, physical disability, social work, neurology or palliative care. We will provide you with all the specialist knowledge you need.

The Scottish Huntington’s Disease Association invites applications from professionals with a valid, current professional qualification in any of the specialities listed below

Nursing (1st level), Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language. A substantial level of post-basic experience is desirable. Community based practice knowledge and a clean current driving licence and use of a car is essential.

The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced disclosure.

Application notes

Further information and an electronic application pack can be obtained from our recruitment portal:

Closing date for applications: 30th October 2020

Interview date: TBC

NB. Currently due to Covid-19 all of our staff are working from home providing telephone support, an exceptional few essential face to face visits where all other avenues such as “near me”, Microsoft teams and telephone contact have been exhausted are being carried out maintaining government and SHA guidelines.

Interviews and induction processes for successful candidates will take place via Microsoft Teams

SHA is a registered Charity and is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment. Scottish Charity No; SCO100985