Post: Senior Community Link Worker

Location: Home working until restrictions are eased, with the possibility of being based in a GP Practice/Health Centre or other premises as Covid-19 restrictions ease. Flexible working options will be considered.

Salary: £21336 per annum for full-time posts. Salary will be pro rata for part-time posts

Grade: Level 4

Hours: The 10 posts will range from 12 hours per week (part-time) to 35 hours per week (full-time).  We are happy to talk about flexible working.

Contract: 3 years, fixed term, to 30th June 2024, with the possibility of extension subject to the availability of funding

Reporting to: Project Manager

Interview dates: 5th – 8th October 2021

Closing date: 20th September 2021

About the Role:

Are you interested in joining an award-winning Scottish charity whose aim is to provide support to people whose lives are affected by mental health or mental welfare issues? Support in Mind Scotland have an exciting opportunity in NHS Highland’s new Highland Community Link Worker service, for which we are proud to be the lead agency and delivery partner.

 We are looking for a 10 Senior Community Link Workers with a passion for community development work and for supporting people to improve their mental and physical health outcomes. In this varied, new role you will be part of a large team across the Highlands that will take referrals from NHS Primary Care, supporting people whose health issues are rooted in social deprivation. The project will be embedded with Primary Care services and will develop links to community resources, ensuring that strong, working links are established between GP practices and their local communities. Working closely with GPs, Practice Nurses and other members of a Primary Care GP Practice or Practice Cluster, you will make links to community resources in order to help people improve their holistic health outcomes.

You will work with local community groups, voluntary sector agencies and NHS Highland Primary Care colleagues to contribute to development of community resources that can support people towards their health goals. Responsible to the Project Manager and taking a key leadership role in the Community Link Worker Team, you will make an important and innovative contribution to strengthening links between GP Practices and their local communities. You will work with local community groups, voluntary sector agencies and NHS Highland Primary Care colleagues to contribute to development of community resources that can support people towards their health goals. Depending on the particular area of the Highlands in which you are based you may also:

  • have responsibility for a caseload, using Personal Support Planning to work collaboratively with people you support to reach their health goals.
  • have a line management role for Community Link Worker staff.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for people who are, ideally, educated to SVQ level 3 or who have relevant experience of work in health and social care. You should have a sound theory base for social care interventions including risk assessment and you should be able to apply an analytical approach in finding solutions to problems.

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and the charity and are a “Happy to Talk Flexible” employer.

For an informal discussion, please email [email protected]

If you are passionate about enabling Support in Mind Scotland to deliver a valuable service to the Scottish community and feel your profile matches this role’s criteria, then we want to hear from you!

Why join us?

This is a great opportunity to join a thriving charity and help shape its future. In return for your work, passion and dedication, we offer scope for development, a benefit package including 37 days’ holiday, enhanced sick pay, season ticket loan, regular support & supervision and access to our Employee Assistance Programme.

Find out more about Who We Are and What We Do on our Website at and on Social Media.

How to Apply?

Please email your completed application pack to [email protected] the earliest possible and in any case by midday the 20th of September 2021. With: Recruitment –Confidential SENIOR COMMUNITY LINK WORKER, HIGHLAND in your email subject line.

Interviews will be held via video call software. If you are shortlisted to interview, we will provide you with guidance on how to access the interview.

We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

If you consider yourself to have a disability, please complete the relevant section within the application pack to inform us of any arrangements that we may make to the interview process.

We reserve the right to close this advert earlier or later than stated, so please don’t delay your application to avoid any disappointment.

About Us:

Support in Mind Scotland provides support throughout Scotland and offers a range of services to people directly affected by a mental health or mental welfare issues and to those who care for them, whether family, friend or supporter.

We are committed to delivering services shaped by the lived experienced of people affected by mental health. We believe in a holistic approach to providing support and aim to empower our service user to make the best use of what help and support is available to them.

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Job Description

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Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Support In Mind Scotland is the operating name of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland), a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland SC088179. Charity Number SC 013649.