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SDS Link Practitioner

Dumfries & Galloway

£16,844.00 per annum

Permanent, Part-Time

29 hours per week

Closing Date: 23 June 2023

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Are you an experienced payroll/HR administrator, senior administrator or care practitioner with strong admin skills?

Do you have an understanding of social care and Self-Directed Support or a keen interest in learning more about it?

Are you looking for a part time role that offers; responsibility, variety and flexibility, where you can make a difference to people with care support needs, in your local community?   

If so, we want to hear from you!

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About the role

We’re hiring a SDS Link Practitioner to join our busy brokerage team.  Working alongside colleagues in this unique administration and advisory role, you will provide the people we support with the opportunity to exercise choice and control over their care needs and how this is delivered.

Self-Directed Support enables people with the choice to receive ‘personalised’ care that reflects their needs and wishes. At Capability Scotland we provide independent advice and support and help to navigate the social care map in Dumfries & Galloway. Resulting in us either assisting them to obtain SDS funding & hire the right personal assistant to support them in their own home. Or linking them to social workers & multidisciplinary teams, to ensure their needs are met in other ways.  

Often the people we support are coming to us in a time of crisis, meaning you have to be empathetic, understanding and willing to go that extra mile to help them navigate the care system and obtain the support they need.

Managing a caseload of around 40 of our customers, typical daily duties include:

  • Providing information, advice and support on SDS – Option 1
  • Liaising with existing and new people that we support to establish their care needs, including, collating care plan needs.
  • Drafting recruitment adverts and linking with HR services to advertise and generate interest.
  • Guiding our the people we support to undertake safer recruitment of personal assistants and become good employers
  • Assisting the people we support to effectively manage their personal budgets (which may include payroll services)
  • Working alongside social work to navigate the intricacies of managing an SDS award
  • Setting up SDS, payroll, insurance and indemnity cover
  • Providing a support and advisory service for the people we support and their personal assistants, with queries in relation to matters such as payroll, HR, training & general advice.   
  • General administration (file management, call handling & data recording and reporting)

What you need to know

Hours: 29 hours per week, Monday - Friday. (We can offer hybrid and flexi-working). Looking for full time hours? If you require additional hours, these can offered/topped up via other posts within the service. We may also consider a job share of 14hours/15hours.

Location: Compass House, Afton Drive, Dumfries, DG2 9ES

Due to the travel requirements of the role, a driving license and access to a vehicle are essential.

Applicants should have a minimum SVQ3 in Health and Social Care or be willing to work towards this.

Working with Capability Scotland brings you lots of benefits:

  • Competitive salary - £16,823.20 per annum (£11.18 per hour).
  • 32 days holidays per year, increasing to 37 with service.
  • Fully funded SVQ placement – a qualification which is yours for life
  • Free PVG/Disclosure checks throughout your employment.
  • Up to 8% company contribution pension scheme.
  • Up to 3 x annual salary death in service.
  • Perks at Work – shopping discount scheme.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • 24/7 employee assistance
  • Working for us means you would qualify for Blue Light & Concert for Carer discounts

We are One Voice, One Charity, One Spirit, #OneCapability. 

Applying to Capability Scotland

Applying to join Capability Scotland is easy. At the bottom of this advert, you can submit your CV and a covering letter directly to the hiring manager. You’ll then hear from us within three weeks of the noted closing date. We’ll invite successful candidates to an interview so we can learn more about what makes each other tick, in a safe and secure way.

You can keep a track of your application in your profile management settings.

A full job description of this role is available by clicking here: Link Practitioner

For more information on this role, you can contact Karen on 07908 431 532  using reference CS230501

Closing date: 23rd of June 2023   

We reserve the right to close or extend this vacancy dependent on the number of applications. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

General Information 

Capability Scotland is committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all forms of difference are valued and which is free from any form of unfair or unlawful treatment. We define diversity in its broadest sense – this includes but is not limited to our diversity of educational and professional backgrounds, experience, cognitive and neurodiversity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief and ethnicity and geographical provenance. We support a culture that values meritocracy, fairness and transparency and welcomes enquiries from everyone. 

A copy of Capability Scotland’s Equality and Diversity Policy is available upon request from the HR Team.

Due to the high volume of applications expected, we advise that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your interest and for taking the time to apply to work with us.


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