Role: Safe Staffing Project Lead

Location: Scotland wide

Salary: Grade 8 (£45,660 - £50,415)

Hours: 140 hours to be worked over a 4-week period

Contract: Temporary until the end of March 2020 (could be extended dependent on funding)

Join us and make a difference – for you, for everyone

It’s our job to try to ensure care for everyone, everywhere in Scotland is as good as it can be. If you are as passionate about high-quality care as we are, and you’re experienced in your field, we’d love to hear from you.

About us

As the national scrutiny and improvement support body for social care and social working in Scotland, our role is to inspect care services and partnerships across Scotland. We report on the quality of care people experience and support improvement in services to facilitate the best possible outcomes for people experiencing that care.

We inspect individual care services . We also work with other scrutiny bodies to inspect the social care and social work services people are experiencing in local areas.

We champion high-quality care whenever we encounter it across the thousands of inspections, we carry out each year, and we work closely with care providers to support them to improve all the time. We collaborate with other organisations too, supporting improvement across public services. Our work plays a big role in reducing health and social inequalities between people and communities.

We are looking for talented people to join us in making a difference - specialists who understand how to put people’s needs, rights and choices at the heart of delivering social services – and how to lead improvement too. Our 600 staff work with services across the public, voluntary and private sectors. We have offices across Scotland and many of our staff work from home.

About the project

The Scottish Government has recently passed the “Health & Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019”. The purpose of this act is to ensure the provision of appropriate staffing in health and care service settings. It states that this requires the right people, in the right place, with the right skills at the right time to ensure the best health and care outcomes. The bill also enabled the development and validation of appropriate staff planning methods for other health and social care settings, initially for care homes.

The aim was to ensure safe and appropriate staffing using clear, evidence-based methodologies, and to create parity of legislation across health and social care settings.

The bill also set out guiding principles for health and care staffing and staff planning to ensure safe and high-quality services while taking the views of service users and staff into account.

The Care Inspectorate has received funding from the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) research project in relation to the Health & Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019 and we are looking to recruit a project lead to scope and design the improvement programme and lead a team of professionals to deliver it. A key success factor will be working collaboratively with the social care sector and key partners. The Project lead will provide expert advice to the senior management in the Care Inspectorate, Scottish Government, Health and Social Care Partnerships, Care Home Providers and Commissioners.

About you

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent, hold an appropriate professional qualification and have professional registration with a regulatory body such as the NMC, GTC or HCPC, or ability to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), which should be maintained throughout employment with the Care Inspectorate and be commitment to your own CPD.

We would like to hear from you if you have extensive experience of the social care sector in particular care homes and an understanding of care home staffing. It would be beneficial to haveoperational experience of managing staffing in a care home setting or understanding of staffing over a 24 hour period. We are also looking for someone with experience of project management and/or applying improvement methodology, who has the skills to work creatively with partners to develop ideas and solutions to deliver changes that will lead to improvement in a range of areas and be able to work closely with a variety of national bodies.

Why join us?

We strive to be a great employer, knowing that competitive salary, leave and pension schemes are only part of that. We pride ourselves on the values we hold, person-centred; fairness; respect; efficiency and integrity - all supported with a culture of care and kindness.

We believe in the importance of collective leadership and driving innovation. You will work autonomously and manage your own work and use the professional skills you’ve honed during your career – but in new ways. You will draw on the management and leadership skills you’ve developed in your career.

We’re proud to be a progressive, supportive employer – we’re happy to talk about flexible working with you and we’re members of the Disability Confident Scheme, aiming to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.

Apply by

If you are interested, please submit your application form and equal opportunities form (where you are an external applicant) and where you are an internal applicant, submit a completed internal application form along with your CV outlining your skills, experience and qualifications match with the competencies required for the role to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 8.00am on Monday, 30 September 2019.

Application Form

Equalities Monitoring Form

Person Specification

Project Objectives

We anticipate that selection days will take place no earlier than Wednesday, 16 October 2019.

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.

New appointments will normally be placed on the minimum grade for the role; a higher starting salary may be offered in exceptional circumstances only.