Information Analyst

Salary: £33,639 - £37,167

Location: Flexible – any Care Inspectorate Office (must be able to work from home given the current pandemic)

Hours: 35 hours per week

Contract: Temporary until 31 March 2022


About us

We are the national regulator and scrutiny body responsible for providing assurance and protection for people who experience care services, their families, carers and the wider public, as well as supporting delivery partners to improve the quality of care for people in Scotland. Our vision is that people across Scotland experience high quality care that meets their needs, rights and choices.

About the role

This is a national role, and an opportunity to use your analytical and data skills and experience to make a real difference for people using care services across Scotland. This might include analysing data from numerous internal and external sources to produce insightful intelligence that in turn helps our inspectors target their work; setting up and automating dashboards of management information; or preparing major statistical publications in line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. You will be confident manipulating and interrogating large volumes of raw data, using a variety of software and analytical techniques, and have an eye for detail when it comes to data quality.

Working for the Care Inspectorate offers excellent benefits:

  • competitive salary
  • enrolment in Local Government Pension Scheme
  • flexi-time scheme
  • employee benefits (childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, corporate gym memberships and savings on leisure and retail spending)
  • access to wide range of training and continuous professional development opportunities

About you

Educated to degree level in a subject which includes a significant numerical component, you will ideally have a background in business intelligence, data science, data analysis, operational research, intelligence analysis or data analysis. You will be proficient in business intelligence software (Power BI, Qlik, Tableau etc.) and a data science programming language (SAS, SQL, Python or R etc.). Experience with predictive analytics, machine learning or data science techniques is desirable. You will be expected to work with colleagues at all levels in the Care Inspectorate therefore must have good interpersonal skills and be capable of conveying complex findings clearly both verbally and in writing. Excellent IT and analytical skills are a pre-requisite, enabling you to manage and analyse large amounts of data and present complex information in a meaningful way.

To apply

You’ll find more information in the:

If you would like more information or an informal chat about the role please contact Francesca Colaco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you believe that your expertise, skills and motivation make you suitable for this post, please complete an application form (and an Equalities Monitoring Form where you are an external applicant) and return by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 8am on Tuesday 30 November 2021.

Interviews will be online, and likely to take place week beginning 6 December 2021.


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Business Support Assistant - Complaints

Location: Flexible    

Salary: £20,448 - £21,789

Hours: 35 hours per week

Contract: Temporary until 31 March 2022


About us

We are the national regulator and scrutiny body responsible for providing assurance and protection for people who experience care services, their families, carers and the wider public, as well as supporting delivery partners to improve the quality of care for people in Scotland. Our vision is that people across Scotland experience high quality care that meets their needs, rights and choices.

We are a scrutiny body that supports improvement. We inspect individual care services and we also work with other scrutiny bodies to inspect the social care and social work services people are experiencing in their local areas.

About the role

Working as part of a team, you will provide comprehensive administrative and clerical support within a scrutiny and assurance business support role in line with the Care Inspectorate’s policies and procedures. Whilst this particular post will predominantly be working to support the complaints function and its inspectors the post holder will also require to undertake the wider general administrative duties and tasks required as part of the office business support team. These duties will be varied and will include the provision of e.g. customer service; telephony, reception, filing, word processing, data input and general clerical duties.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, it is expected that you will be undertaking duties predominantly from home but with an expectation that, where deemed necessary, you will be available to work from the office on an ad-hoc or longer-term basis in due course. We will consider applications on a reduced hours basis.

About you

We are looking for an organised individual who has good attention to detail, is customer-focused and enjoys working in a busy and supportive team. You will have a positive attitude and be keen to develop your skills and take on new challenges.

The successful individual will have:

  • A good working knowledge of O365/Microsoft Office suite to include Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Excellent telephone and customer service skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and prioritisation of workload.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.

Next steps

You’ll find more information in the:

If you require any further information or for an informal chat, please contact:

Fiona Naris, Business Support Officer, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel 01786 432944

If you believe that your expertise, skills and motivation make you suitable for this post, please complete an application form (and an Equalities Monitoring Form where you are an external applicant) and return by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 8am on Monday 29 November 2021.


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Inspector recruitment

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How we recruit inspectors

Our inspector recruitment process also follows the same model as our other roles with the addition of a two-step selection stage, detailed below. 

Selection assessment 1

If you’re shortlisted, we’ll invite you to complete our online selection assessment. This is a written exercise designed to test your potential to be an inspector.    

Selection assessment 2

If you successfully complete the online assessment, you’ll be invited to attend an interview and deliver a presentation.

If you’re successful at this stage, we’ll let you know and confirm next steps.  We’ll either confirm you’re the preferred candidate for a suitable vacancy (based on your specialism and location) or you’ll be invited to join our talent pool for future vacancies.  

We accept applications from prospective inspectors all throughout the year.  We have two recruitment periods each year and your application will be considered during the next recruitment period, following your application submission.

Apply to become an inspector

For more information about our talent pool please see the FAQs below. We also have guidance available that may assist you in your application:


FAQs about inspector recruitment

What qualifications do I need to become an inspector?

To become an inspector, you must be registered with, or able to register, and hold a qualification that meets the registration requirements of one of these regulatory bodies:

  • Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
  • General Teaching Council (Scotland) (GTC)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 
  • General Medical Council (GMC) Health and Care Professions Council (applies to the following roles only: occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and practitioner psychologists)
  • Other equivalent professional bodies for the UK nations

Inspectors eligible to apply for registration with the SSSC must hold a suitable practice qualification at SCQF level 9. For more information on the list of suitable qualifications please see the section below.

Inspectors must also hold or undertake one of these appropriate regulator's awards:

  • Regulation of Care Award
  • PDA Scrutiny and Improvement Practice (Social Services) SCQF level 10

Qualifications that meet the Scottish Social Service Council’s (SSSC) registration requirements

Care inspectors eligible to apply for registration with the SSSC must hold a suitable practice qualification. 

Main practice qualifications

  • BA Childhood Practice
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Childhood Practice
  • BA Social Pedagogy (University of Aberdeen)
  • BA (Hons) Social Work (or equivalent)
  • PDA Childhood Practice at SCQF Level 9
  • SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 9
  • SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 9 

Qualifications also accepted

  • SVQ 4 Children's Care Learning and Development at SCQF Level 9
  • SVQ 4 Health and Social Care at SCQF Level 9

Qualifications that meet requirements of other regulatory bodies

  • A qualification meeting the registration requirements of the General Teaching Council (Scotland), Nursing and Midwifery Council or the General Medical Council.
  • A qualification meeting the registration requirements for the following professional groups regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council:
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Physiotherapists
    • Speech and Language Therapists
    • Practitioner Psychologists
  • Degree/Diploma in Community Education as recognised by the Standards Council for Community Learning and Development for Scotland Approvals Committee.

If your qualification does not appear on either of these lists, you can email the SSSC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide a copy of your qualification certificates.  The SSSC will confirm if your qualification meets the SSSC registration criteria.  Further information is also available on the SSSC website and can be accessed by following the link here.

What experience do I need to become an inspector

To become an inspector, we need you to have senior professional experience, expertise and knowledge of adult social care or health care, early learning and childcare or children and young people sectors.

You should also have experience of lead responsibility for complex professional practice through case management, managing people, projects or resources. We welcome applications from candidates with these professional backgrounds.

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What support will I get to maintain my professional registration?

Maintaining your registration with your professional body is a core requirement for all inspectors.  To support this, we’ll provide you with access to a range of learning activities for your continuing professional and personal development.  Our learning management system automatically records all of your learning and we’ll support your re-validation with your professional body.  You’ll also participate in regular supervision and peer learning activities through our LEAD (learn, experience, achieve and development) performance and development process. 

All inspectors are also expected to undertake our Professional Development Award in Scrutiny and Improvement (Social Services) at SCQF level 10.

What is the salary and grade for the role of inspector?

The role is on an Inspector grade 7. Starting salaries are non-negotiable and all new staff start on the grade minimum for their role. Please see the current starting salary on the advert for the current recruitment campaign.

Following six months service, you will receive an annual increment on 1 April each year until you reach the top of the grade.

How much flexibility is there in terms of working hours and location?

Our inspectors work flexibly and you’ll work 140 hours over each four week period. This equates to 35 hours per week.

We have offices across Scotland and we support a range of flexible working arrangements including homeworking and hybrid working.

Once I apply, how long will it be before my application is considered?

We accept applications from prospective inspectors all throughout the year. We have two recruitment periods each year and your application will be considered during the next recruitment period, following your application submission. 

How long does the selection process take?

Our selection process is based on a two-stage assessment. Depending on the volume of applications we receive, we aim to complete each recruitment period within three months of the adverts closing date. Our recruitment team will communicate regularly throughout the recruitment period to ensure you’re up to date on the status of your application and you have all of the information you need to participate in our selection process.

What happens after I've been offered a role?

We’ll carry out pre-employment checks so we can confirm your offer of employment. These include:

  • proof of ID / right to work in the UK
  • two successful references, where one is from your current or most recent employer
  • a PVG check
  • occupational health questionnaire and referrals where appropriate
  • registration and qualifications check

Once all checks are complete, we’ll agree a start date and formally confirm your offer of employment by providing you with a contract outlining your terms and conditions.

I've been invited to join the inspector talent pool. What does this mean?

If you successfully complete our selection process, we’ll either confirm you’re the preferred candidate for a suitable vacancy (based on your specialism and location) or you’ll be invited to join our talent pool for future vacancies.

Our talent pool is our bank of candidates who have successfully completed the inspector selection process and are available to be appointed to suitable vacancies, based on their specialism and location.

As a member of our talent pool, you’ll be a valued candidate and we’ll:

  • monitor and identify suitable vacancies that we can offer you based on your specialism and location
  • share regular updates about our vacancies, recruitment plans and other relevant Care Inspectorate news.

You don’t need to reapply for future inspector vacancies for up to two years.

Unfortunately, depending on our vacancies, we may not always be in a position to offer a role to all talent pool candidates.

If you would like to chat to us about our recruitment process or a particular job, please get in touch with our HR team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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5 pathways for complaints

Following assessment, there are a number of ways we can handle concerns when they are raised with us and we may use multiple methodologies for one concern. It is important that each concern is dealt with through the most appropriate route to ensure that concerns are resolved as quickly and effectively as possible. 

These routes are:    

Intelligence - where we receive information about a care service, we may use the information as intelligence about the service to help inform our scrutiny and improvement support activity. For example bringing forward a full, unannounced inspection of a service. 

Direct service action – when issues are straightforward and suitable for quick or immediate action, we contact the service and ask that they engage directly with the person making the complaint to resolve the issues directly with the person. Typically, this is used to intervene quickly and achieve a positive result. 

Investigation by the care provider – when issues are suitable for the complaint to be investigated via the service’s complaint procedure, we obtain consent to share the person’s contact details with the service and we require the service provider and ask them to investigate the concerns and respond to the complaint.  

Complaint investigation by the Care Inspectorate – following assessment, we investigate serious complaints about failings in care that have led to or are likely to lead to poor outcomes from an individual or individuals. 

Adult and Children support and protection – any concerns which require to be assessed as adult or child protection concerns are referred to the lead agency, the Social Work Department. We keep in touch with the Social Work Department until a decision is made about if an investigation will take place. If a decision is made that no investigation is required by them, the issues will be re-assessed and investigated by the Care Inspectorate if this is appropriate.  

We receive information from a range of sources. As referred to above, every concern raised is risk-assessed to determine the seriousness of the concerns and dealt with appropriately and proportionately. If we investigate and uphold a complaint about a care service, the outcome is published on our website.


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Thank you for your interest in this post

Thank you for your interest in this post. 

Unfortunately you do not meet the essential qualification and registration requirements for the role and we are unable to take your application any further at this stage. 


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