Social Care Workers - Assertive Community Transitions

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Advertisement Details Social Care Workers - Adult Services Social Care Workers (Main Grade) are responsible for providing direct support to individuals in a variety of settings. This can include in their own home or supported...

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Social Care Workers - Adult Services

Social Care Workers (Main Grade) are responsible for providing direct support to individuals in a variety of settings.  This can include in their own home or supported tenancy, within Care Inspectorate registered services (supported vocational activity or short breaks) and in the community, enabling the individual to achieve their goals, identified priorities and personal outcomes. 

The Assertive Community Transition service (ACT) will deliver a local provision of support for people who have learning disabilities and/or complex needs, to develop options for access to direct, flexible support where significant difficulty is being experienced and there is risk of breakdown of current arrangements. The fundamental outcome of the service being that no young person or adult with learning disability and/or complex need in Shetland, who require care, support or protection from the statutory services, is placed off island.
People who use the service could include:
  • Young people, including those with additional needs;
  • Adults with learning disability and/or complex needs,
  • People requiring repatriation from off island placements
In addition to learning disability and/or complex need, users of the service may have emotional, learning, social issues and associated behavioural challenges requiring enhanced support to understand, prepare for and manage life transitions.
Working within the ACT team will be very physically and emotionally demanding and a high level of personal resilience and strength is essential. Support activities may include:
  • Social skills learning, risk assessment, planning and risk enablement, positive behaviour support, budgeting, and all activities involved in successful daily living and citizenship.
  • Outdoor and indoor activities that promote a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing.
  • Moving & assisting, intimate care, and other tasks associated with personal care

The purpose of the service is to provide person centred, individualised transition support, skills building and whole life learning using assets based approaches and outcome planning.

The successful post holder will possess a set of core, strength based approaches, practices and values including: passion, drive, commitment, unconditional positive regard, trust, patience, resilience, innovation and solution focused thinking.

The Assertive Community Transition (ACT) service sits within the Adult Services department of Community Health and Social Care Directorate, and uses a range of best practice approaches and guidance, including those promoted by National Institute for Health and Care Guidance (NICE), Scottish Transitions Forum, Association for Real Change (ARC) and Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

The service follows guidance from the Scottish Government’s Keys to Life Strategy, Health and Social Care Standards (My Support, My Life) with a focus on promoting choice and control and independent living through a healthy life, active citizenship, and inclusion. The service is registered with the SSSC and staff are required to register and adhere to codes of conduct and registration.

Additional Information

Social Care Worker's shall provide care in a variety of settings including within the community. Therefore the worker will, in the majority of cases, be required to travel to undertake their duties. An ability to drive with a full driving licence is therefore highly desirable and may be essential depending on the demands of the service. The travel requirements of each post will be made clear through the recruitment & selection process.

Above all else we’re looking for someone who’s compassionate, respectful, empathetic and honest, with a values and integrity to make a very real and positive difference to the people we support.

For further details relating to these posts, please contact:

Find out more about:

  • Social Care careers in Shetland: here
  • Values for a career in Social Care: here
  • Living and working in Shetland: here
  • The Shetland Islands Council: here

More detail is provided in the Job Profile, Person Specification and Conditions of Service Summary attached to the bottom of this advert.

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  • The grade of this post is G/H
  • This post is not career graded
  • Rate of pay shown in the advert is inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance of £1.3161 per hour
  • Various Permanent Part Time posts, hours available from 16hpw - 35hpw , 52.18 weeks per year
  • Preferred candidates will be required to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update prior to a formal offer of employment being made
  • The successful candidate will have to complete registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) within 6 months of the agreed start date
  • A relocation package does not apply to this post
  • We will pay interview expenses from within Shetland
  • We are happy to talk flexible working

During the application process you are required to give the names of two persons not related to you, who we can contact to provide a reference to support your application.

This post is based at 99 Olaf Street, Lerwick, Shetland.

For further details relating to this post, please contact: Elaine Laurenson, Team Leader, Telephone 01595 744390 or email

If you have a disability which prevents you from applying online, please call 01595 744032.

If you’re a kind, compassionate person who’d like to make a difference to people’s lives, then social care could be the right career for you.

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Information about Shetland

Shetland is an archipelago in the north of the British Isles where you'll find freedom, wildlife and wild beauty, but also a rich culture and dynamic, forward-looking society. The Islands have a thriving and diverse economy full of opportunities and offer residents the ideal work/life balance. Shetland combines stunning coastal landscapes and wide open spaces with friendly, bustling island communities. Factor in Shetland's impressive modern amenities, highly regarded schools and the Islands offer a work life balance rarely found elsewhere.

Find out more about:

Living and working in Shetland: here

The Shetland Islands Council: here

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