Role: Service Manager - Strategic Scrutiny 

Location: Flexible

Salary: £66,303

Contract: Permanent

The Care Inspectorate's role is to regulate and inspect care and support services, provide assurance and support improvement in the delivery of social work services and conduct joint inspections with other scrutiny partners of strategic partnerships.  We have a significant role in providing assurance and protection for people who use services, their families and carers and the wider public as well as supporting delivery partners to improve the quality of care for people in Scotland.

We are seeking to recruit a manager with relevant practice and management experience to support the chief inspector (strategic scrutiny) in scrutiny of, and improvement support for, community planning partners delivering services for children and young people.

You will work cooperatively with colleagues to provide line management for staff involved in scrutiny and improvement of social work services and strategic partnerships.  Strategic inspectors play an important role in quality assuring aspects of social work and multi-agency practice and providing professional advice to assist in developing policy and practice locally and nationally.  Acting as link officers, they provide support and challenge to chief officers and multi-agency partnerships to support continuous improvement.

You will be educated to degree level, with an acceptable qualification in social work, health or education and a solid practice background in services for children and young people in need of care and protection, their families and carers. You will have significant management experience plus a positive track record of delivering inspection activity and/or quality assurance and improvement.

You must be able to work well with colleagues to achieve shared aims, support innovation and make best use of resources.  You will demonstrate the ability to provide leadership and direction to a diverse, multi-disciplinary team of professional staff, make balanced judgements and be highly effective in working creatively and collaboratively across organisational and professional boundaries.

You will be an articulate and positive communicator, both verbally and in written form, with the ability to engage, influence and lead the development of a wide range of stakeholder relationships, both internally and externally. You will be politically astute and demonstrate a broad knowledge of trends and current issues within health and social care.

You will be able to demonstrate commitment to the protection of vulnerable people and the reduction of social inequalities.

The Care Inspectorate has its headquarters in Dundee, but with offices throughout Scotland, your work base would be negotiable.

A job profile, person specification and information on acceptable qualifications for this post can be downloaded from the links below. 

If you would like more information about this post, please contact Helen Happer, Chief Inspector (strategic scrutiny) on 01786 432948 or send your details to our recruitment mailbox and a member of our team will be in contact with you.

If you believe that your qualifications, expertise and self-motivation make you a suitable candidate, please download an application pack.

The Care Inspectorate offers a guaranteed interview to any applicant who considers themselves to be disabled and who meets the minimum essential requirements for the post, therefore please ensure you complete our Equalities Monitoring Form.

Application Pack

Recognised Qualifications

Equalities Monitoring Form

Job Profile

Person Specification

Completed application forms should be returned by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 8am on Friday 21 June 2019.

An assessment centre for this role will be held on Wednesday 19 July 2019.