Policy Officer Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

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Policy Officer Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Hours: 35 hours per week
Location: This post holder can be hosted remotely, with the option for flexible working, and will be required to work across Scotland.
Salary: £35,884.67 - £42,212.73 per year
Closing date for application: 11/04/2021
Person Spec (file download)
BS4 Grade 7 (file download)

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced policy professional or professional with significant senior experience in either health or social care to join Health and Social Care Scotland. 

Working closely with chief officers, local health and social care partnerships and Scottish Government, COLSA and others, an opportunity has arisen to co-ordinate and facilitate engagement across the health and social care system to support implementation of the Mental Health Strategy, the Transition and Recovery Plan and other related policy areas.

This new role will sit as part of a wider policy team that supports Health and Social Care Scotland. The postholder will be expected to work closely with the team to ensure strategic alignment, and to drive the ambition and intent of health and social care integration. This will require thinking and planning at a strategic level. This post will involve close working with Scottish Government, in particular the Directorates of Mental Health and Social Care, and Primary Care.

Within the policy areas of mental health and learning disability, including neurodevelopmental, key responsibilities include:

  • Co-ordinating and facilitating engagement across the health and social care system
  • Monitoring external policy activity and engaging, as appropriate, on behalf of the Chief Officer Group
  • Promoting the work of health and social care partnerships 
  • Undertaking research, collating information and advising chief officers

Refer to the Person Specification for additional information.

The successful candidate will be expected to work with minimum supervision, exercising initiative and proven skills in liaising, organising and negotiating. The administrative base for this post is in central Glasgow but the successful candidate will be required, at times, to work across Scotland.

The post is fixed term for up to two years and secondment opportunities are welcomed.  However, applicants must have their employers permission to second to this post, prior to applying. Please apply using the link above.

If you’d like to have an informal discussion, please email Eleanor McCallum (Eleanor.McCallum@sw.glasgow.gov.uk)

Education, qualifications and training:


Qualifications that support the essential core skills, knowledge and competencies for this post

Educated to degree level


Qualifications that demonstrate ability to deliver strategic or policy development

Skills and knowledge competencies:


Knowledge of health and social care legislation and objectives of integration

Well-developed communication, assessment and analytical skills

Well-developed report writing skills

Ability to liaise, negotiate, represent and engage effectively

Displays confidence and self-awareness

Ability to work effectively, including across organisations

Good collaborative skills and ability to develop and maintain effective partnership working

Ability to exercise influence in order to meet objectives

Ability to research, analyse and present disparate information and make appropriate decisions


Experience of working across organisations

Experience in research and development



Ability to work flexibly

Evidence of above:

  • Application form
  • Interview
  • Qualifications
  • References

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