Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

Organisation type: Government body

We aim to ensure that care, treatment and support are lawful and respect the rights and promote the welfare of individuals with mental illness, learning disability and related conditions. We do this by empowering individuals and their carers and influencing and challenging service providers and policy makers.


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Casework Officer

  • Full time
  • £26,904 – £28,467
  • Based in Edinburgh (Haymarket (Hybrid)
  • Closing 24th April 2024

We protect and promote the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

We have two varied and interesting roles as Casework Officers for the right candidates to join our team on a full-time basis.

The role involves undertaking a range of administrative activities which will contribute to the fulfilment of the Commission’s duty to monitor the operation of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.

You should have two passes at higher grade and five passes at standard grade or equivalent qualifications, including English and a numerate subject (or relevant work experience/qualification in Administration).

The role also requires proficient IT skills, with Microsoft Office packages, database input and management.

Telephone enquiry/call handling experience and a customer focused approach are essential along with the ability to communicate effectively.

You should also have proven administrative experience and experience of working under pressure and to deadlines, with excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.

The success of the role relies on team working so the ability to work as part of a team and with limited supervision is critical.

As an employer, we offer excellent terms and conditions of service including a generous pension scheme, a commitment to learning and development and access to an Employee Assistance Programme and comprehensive staff benefits.

We also offer a comprehensive range of HR policies including policies to help balance commitments at work and home and flexible working arrangements.

At the Commission we champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, cultivating a sense of belonging and providing a workplace where everyone feels valued. We aim to have a workforce which represents the wider society that we serve and therefore encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and under-represented groups.

Our office environment is modern, light, bright and green with superb views and is very close to Haymarket Railway station and transport links.

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Top job! Engagement & Participation Team Manager

  • Part time
  • £45,262 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh - Hybrid working
  • Closing 9th April 2024

The Commission protects and promotes the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

We have an opportunity for a suitably qualified candidate who is interested in leading and managing a team of Engagement and Participation Officers to effectively deliver key business objectives related to a range of engagement and participation activities.

Educated to degree level or equivalent you will have staff management experience, preferably within the public sector in the field of health and social care. You will have strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to develop trust and demonstrate empathy and sensitivity to people with different backgrounds.

With excellent IT skills, administrative and planning and organisational skills you will be able to work collaboratively and independently.

Experience of working in mental health either as a nurse or social worker or having a qualification in mental health or community involvement would be desirable.

At the Commission we champion diversity, inclusion, and wellbeing. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, cultivating a sense of belonging and providing a workplace where everyone feels valued. We aim to have a workforce which represents the wider society that we serve and therefore encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and under-represented groups.

Our office environment is modern, light, bright and green with superb views and is very close to Haymarket Railway station and transport links.

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Administration Officer (to the Chief Executive)

  • Full time
  • £26,904 – £28,457
  • Edinburgh (Haymarket) with hybrid working options
  • Closing 26th January 2024

Our mission is to be a leading and independent voice in promoting a society where people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions are treated fairly, have their rights respected, and have appropriate support to live the life of their choice. People who work at the Commission play a vital role in promoting rights and welfare of some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people. It’s challenging and rewarding work that relies on excellent communication skills and the ability to work well as part of a team.

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our professional and multi-disciplinary team. This role is part of a newly expanded team that will respond flexibly and efficiently to the growing demands of the Commission.

The role of the Administration Officer is to provide a professional, effective, and high-level confidential support service to the Chief Executive and other members of the Executive Leadership Team.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and focused professional who has the relevant qualification or equivalent experience, experience working for a senior manager within a complex organisation, accurate note-taking skills, e.g., shorthand/speedwriting and excellent written and oral communication skills.

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HR Adviser

  • Full time
  • £31,341 – £33,882
  • Edinburgh (Haymarket) (hybrid working options)
  • Closing 31st October 2023

The Commission protects and promotes the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

An interesting and varied opportunity exists for an experienced HR professional to join a small HR team to provide the full range of generalist HR support and Advisory services and to assist in shaping the future workplace.

The HR Adviser will be actively involved in managing recruitment activity and in operational and advisory work and will be well placed to influence and improve HR practices, systems and processes and contribute significantly on areas linked to training and development, culture and values and employee engagement.

The ideal candidate will be CIPD qualified or working towards and have operated at HR Adviser level and be experienced in undertaking HR generalist and operational work including recruitment and will be highly skilled in using and implementing HR systems.

As an employer, we offer excellent terms and conditions of service including a generous pension scheme, a commitment to learning and development and access to an Employee Assistance Programme and comprehensive staff benefits.

Our office environment is modern, light, bright and green with superb views and is very close to Haymarket Railway station and transport links.

For more information on applying, please phone 0131 313 8781.

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Finance Officer

  • Full time
  • £31,341 – £33,882
  • Edinburgh (Haymarket)
  • Closing 31st October 2023

The Commission protects and promotes the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia, and related conditions.

Our mission is to be a leading and independent voice in promoting a society where people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions are treated fairly, have their rights respected, and have appropriate support to live the life of their choice.

People who work at the Commission play a vital role in promoting rights and welfare of some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people. It’s challenging and rewarding work that relies on excellent communication skills and the ability to work well as part of a team.

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our professional and multi-disciplinary team. This role is part of a small Finance team that will respond flexibly and efficiently to the growing demands of the Commission.

The post-holder will be responsible for a full and varied range of Finance tasks which contribute to the fulfilment of the Commission’s duty to monitor the operation of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.

The post-holder will ensure that Finance processes are managed and completed in accordance with set deadlines to support accurate performance reporting in line with corporate objectives.

The ideal candidate must be educated to Scottish higher (or equivalent) level and also have a relevant degree or equivalent experience. They should have extensive experience of working within a small Finance team and possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

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Administration Officer (to the Chief Executive)

  • Full time
  • £25,144 – £26,604
  • Edinburgh (Haymarket) with hybrid working options
  • Closing 13th October 2023

Our mission is to be a leading and independent voice in promoting a society where people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions are treated fairly, have their rights respected, and have appropriate support to live the life of their choice. People who work at the Commission play a vital role in promoting rights and welfare of some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people. It’s challenging and rewarding work that relies on excellent communication skills and the ability to work well as part of a team.

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our professional and multi-disciplinary team. This role is part of a newly expanded team that will respond flexibly and efficiently to the growing demands of the Commission.

The role of the Administration Officer is to provide a professional, effective, and high-level confidential support service to the Chief Executive and other members of the Executive Leadership Team.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and focused professional who has the relevant qualification or equivalent experience, experience working for a senior manager within a complex organisation, accurate note-taking skills, e.g., shorthand/speedwriting and excellent written and oral communication skills.

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Casework Manager (Projects)

  • Full time
  • £38,070 – £42,301
  • Edinburgh (Haymarket) with hybrid working options
  • Closing 4th October 2023

Our mission is to be a leading and independent voice in promoting a society where people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions are treated fairly, have their rights respected, and have appropriate support to live the life of their choice. People who work at the Commission play a vital role in promoting rights and welfare of some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people. It’s challenging and rewarding work that relies on excellent communication skills and the ability to work well as part of a team.

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our professional and multi-disciplinary team. This role is part of a newly expanded team that will respond flexibly and efficiently to the growing demands of the Commission.

The post-holder will support the visits and telephone advice line functions with day-to-day preparation, monitoring and reporting of local, guardianship, themed visits, and support end of year meetings.

The post-holder will plan, manage and deliver agreed projects within timescales ensuring collaborative working across a range of stakeholders to support the delivery of the project objectives.

The ideal candidate must have a relevant degree or equivalent experience, project management experience and excellent written and oral communication skills.

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Engagement & Participation Officer (Lived experience- autism spectrum)

  • Part time
  • £29,849 – £32,269 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh (Haymarket) Hybrid Working
  • Closing 16th August 2023

We protect and promote the human rights of people with mental health illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

We are recruiting for an engagement and participation officer (lived experience) to draw on their personal experience to contribute expertise and perspectives to inform and support the work of the Commission and to help the Commission to engage effectively and credibly with a range of people with mental health problems, learning disability, dementia or related conditions and their carers.

You will be able to draw on your current or recent lived experience of autism spectrum disorder and of using services to influence, challenge and encourage a broader perspective. In addition to your personal experience, you will have experience of working successfully with individuals and groups in mental health, learning disability, dementia or a related field in either a paid or voluntary capacity.

You will have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to listen effectively and communicate at all levels. You will be able to evidence experience of gathering, analysing and reporting information. You will have good organisational skills with the ability to plan your own time to meet deadlines. It is essential that you have the ability to value diversity and promote anti-discriminatory practice and to understand and challenge stigma and discrimination. A qualification in mental health, advocacy, community development or a related field is desirable.

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Top job! Head of Culture and Corporate Services

  • Full time
  • £71,526 – £79,473
  • Edinburgh (Haymarket) Hybrid Working options
  • Closing 3rd July 2023

The Commission protects and promotes the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

We wish to appoint a Head of Culture and Corporate Services.

You will be a visionary, collaborative, strategic senior manager with the ability to influence, challenge and drive forward change and transformation. This is an exciting time to join the Commission as we continue to evolve and aim to influence and implement legislative change over the coming years.

You will lead the operational side of the Commission’s business, supported by a team of corporate managers, ensuring we implement our strategic outcomes, business plans and ensuring compliance with law. Importantly, you will be values driven with genuine enthusiasm for the rights based, meaningful work that the Commission delivers.

You will be a key member of the Commission’s executive leadership team and attend Board meetings. In this role you will give advice to the executive team and Board.

We are looking for a driven, enthusiastic leader with excellent relationship skills with the ability to combine strategic policy judgement and political awareness with experience of building, growing, leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams. Our staff are our greatest asset and we want them to thrive in their roles in a culture that promotes equality, diversity and inclusion.

We offer a comprehensive range of HR policies including policies to help balance commitments at work and home and flexible working arrangements.

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HR Adviser

  • Full time
  • £28,427 – £30,732
  • Edinburgh, Hybrid working options
  • Closing 6th July 2022

The Commission protects and promotes the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

An interesting and varied opportunity exists for an experienced HR professional to join a small HR team to provide the full range of generalist HR support and Advisory services and to assist in shaping the future workplace in the post pandemic world.

The HR Adviser will be actively involved in managing recruitment activity and in operational and advisory work and will be well placed to influence and improve HR practices, systems and processes and contribute significantly on areas linked to training and development, culture and values and employee engagement.

The ideal candidate will be CIPD qualified and have operated at HR Adviser level and be experienced in undertaking HR generalist and operational work including recruitment and will be highly skilled in using and implementing HR systems.

As an employer, we offer excellent terms and conditions of service including a generous pension scheme, a commitment to learning and development and access to an Employee Assistance Programme and comprehensive staff benefits.

Our office environment is modern, light, bright and green with superb views and is very close to Haymarket Railway station and transport links.

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Social Work Officer (practitioner)

  • Full time
  • £54,072 – £60,080
  • Based in Edinburgh, hybrid working
  • Closing 29th June 2022

The Mental Welfare Commission (MWC) protects and promotes the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act, 2000, (the AWI Act) provides a legal framework for making decisions on behalf of a person who does not have the capacity to make decisions. It covers the person’s welfare, property, financial affairs and medical treatment.

The AWI Act places an obligation on all health and social care staff to understand legislation and have the knowledge and skills appropriate to their role. Following MWC’s review of the legality of moves of individuals from hospitals to care homes in Scotland at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Authority to Discharge: Report into decision making for people in hospital who lack capacity was published by MWC in May 2021. It highlighted practice that suggested significant gaps in knowledge particularly in relation to capacity and assessment, associated legislation, deprivation of liberty definition and the human rights of individuals.

From the reported conclusions, the MWC and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) will work jointly to enable the development and delivery of a range of education and training opportunities to support workforce understanding of legislation aimed at protecting rights and application of the AWI Act in health, social care and social work practice across Scotland.

The successful applicant for this exciting new post will work with key partners to align AWI education and training to support Scotland’s social work, social care and health workforce. This will promote a consistent, inclusive, targeted and flexible approach to learning and development and offer a way of identifying the knowledge and skills required by all staff to enable staff to feel confident in supporting the most vulnerable people we serve across Scotland.

The role requires the development and delivery of nationwide adults with incapacity training to social work and health and social care staff. This exciting opportunity requires the successful applicant to possess an extensive knowledge of the law, process and policy as it relates to the AWI Act, working in partnership with NES, bringing together expertise in social work practice with the expertise of national educators. It will involve working closely with key stakeholder agencies, including NES, the Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor, Social Work Scotland, Chief Social Work Officers, SSSC and the Care Inspectorate to support frontline social work and social staff.

While the role is based in Edinburgh, the successful applicant will be required to visit services Scotland wide as appropriate to consult, develop and deliver a national AWI training programme. Applicants must be qualified as a social worker with MHO status and have experience of operating at senior practitioner level as a minimum and should have first class communication skills and exceptional influencing and presentation skills.

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Data Intelligence & Research Officer

  • Part time
  • £36,257 – £40,286 pro-rata
  • Based in Edinburgh, hybrid office/home-working options
  • Closing 25th May 2022

Our mission is to be a leading and independent voice in promoting a society where people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions are treated fairly, have their rights respected, and have appropriate support to live the life of their choice.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our professional and multi-disciplinary team. This role will provide specialist health intelligence advice and practical support to colleagues within the Commission bringing together the current internal and external data, information and evidence based policy and practice to create informed analyses and interpretation, to support decision making and monitor mental health and incapacity legislation.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed individual who is educated to degree level in a relevant subject or equivalent experience, with highly developed written and oral communication skills, extensive skills in data collection methods, quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods, techniques and software as well as statistical analysis.

In return, we will offer opportunities to work on interesting, varied and meaningful work, we have great family friendly policies, learning and development opportunities, generous holidays and pension. You will be working within a friendly, creative and innovative team, as well as working with a variety of committed and motivated stakeholders.

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Top job! Assistant Project Manager /Business Change Analyst

  • Full time
  • £44,007 – £48,897
  • Based in Edinburgh. All staff are currently moving towards hybrid working.
  • Closing 23rd May 2022

We have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Project Manager / Business Change Analyst to join the Commission on a 24-month fixed term basis.

You will support the organisation as we move through an exciting period of change and continuous improvement. The role will involve helping to manage the Information Management System project. This is a complex and stimulating project, which would suit an accomplished Business Analyst with an interest in broadening their project management experience within a supportive and close-knit team.

The project team are working to replace the business-critical database of service user records with a modern information and case management system. The new system will allow the Commission’s teams to use their time and expertise more effectively, supporting appropriate and lawful decision-making related to mental health and incapacity legislation in Scotland. The Assistant Project Manager / Business Change Analyst will need to develop a working knowledge of current and future legislation as it relates to our information management and casework system.

The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for finalising detailed requirements for a replacement individual record management and integrated casework system, adaptable for any future changes to mental health and incapacity legislation. This involves engaging with both technical and non-technical stakeholders to assess our current system and processes, identifying opportunities for improvement and making recommendations to deliver an effective software solution. The successful candidate will also have Assistant Project Manager responsibilities, leading the team in the Project Manager’s absence and ensuring key deliverables are met.

You will have substantial experience as a Business Analyst in IT software related roles, with particular experience of providing technical business analysis and process improvement. You will be educated to graduate level or equivalent experience, with PRINCE2 and knowledge of project-related methodologies, or have related experience. You will also have a track record of developing and delivering business analysis documentation in accordance with project requirements, analysing and re-designing business processes as necessary, aligning business needs with technical capabilities, documenting and consulting on requirements, defining test scenarios and dealing with complex and conflicting information. Negotiation, mediation and analytical skills are key to this role.

We offer a comprehensive range of benefits and policies to help balance commitments at work and home, including hybrid working.

Due to project timescales, we are seeking an early start date.

At the Commission we champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, cultivating a sense of belonging and providing a workplace where everyone feels valued. We aim to have a workforce which represents the wider society that we serve and therefore encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and under-represented groups.

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Top job! Researcher

  • Full time or Part time
  • £38,603 – £42,893
  • Based in Edinburgh, hybrid office/home-working options
  • Closing 31st March 2022

We protect and promote the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

An opportunity has arisen for a Researcher to join our professional, multi-disciplinary team based in central Edinburgh.

The post-holder will provide research and statistical analysis expertise to the Commission and provide essential input into the data collection methods and analysis for our visits and monitoring reports. This includes questionnaire and survey design, assistance with analysis of data and report writing.

Applicants will have a relevant degree, extensive skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods, techniques and software as well as statistical analysis and the ability to write accessible and impactful reports. As the only Researcher in the organisation, they must have the ability to influence and challenge senior managers and colleagues on the appropriate use of data.

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Top job! Executive Director (Nursing)

  • Full time
  • £68,120 – £75,688
  • Based in Edinburgh; all staff are currently working from home and moving towards hybrid working
  • Closing 2nd March 2022

The Commission protects and promotes the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

We wish to appoint an Executive Director (Nursing). You will be a visionary, collaborative and strategic senior manager with the ability to influence and challenge key players in the mental health, learning disability and social care fields. This is an exciting time to join the Commission with the reviews of key legislation which we aim to influence and work with over the coming years.

You will lead a multidisciplinary practitioner team in the key functions of visits, investigations, advice and safeguarding to ensure we implement our strategic outcomes and ensuring compliance with law and promoting the principles of mental health, incapacity and adult support and protection Acts. In addition you must demonstrate a commitment to upholding the welfare and human rights of individuals.

You will be a key member of the Commission’s executive leadership team and attend Board meetings. In this role you will give advice to the executive team and Board and lead externally on mental health nursing more broadly.

We are also looking for a driven, enthusiastic leader with excellent relationship skills with the ability to combine strategic policy judgement and political awareness with experience of building, leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams.

We offer a comprehensive range of HR policies including policies to help balance commitments at work and home and flexible working arrangements.

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Top job! Business Change and Improvement Manager

  • Full time
  • £44,007 – £48,897
  • Based in Edinburgh, hybrid office/home-working options
  • Closing 8th September 2021

We protect and promote the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

An exciting and varied new role has been created to support the CEO and Executive Team to deliver on the Commission’s strategic business plans and priorities.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the role requires an experienced manager who can operate across delegated areas of responsibility including transformation, preparing business cases for change, designing and delivering change projects, reviewing lean ways of working and efficiencies, performance management, gathering and presenting data and supporting and guiding newly established performance governance arrangements and taking forward other delegated work areas on behalf of the CEO and Executive Team.

The post will be concerned with influencing and developing others and there will be significant negotiation and partnership working with staff, peers and wider stakeholders.

You should be a seasoned professional, educated to degree level or equivalent level of experience and have significant knowledge in the specialist areas of business change and improvement gained through extensive experience of successfully implementing change and improvement methodologies/systems in a complex organisation. This will be coupled with significant analytical, interpretative and creative/innovative problem solving skills.

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Top job! Social Work Officer x 2 posts

  • Full time
  • £54,072 – £60,080
  • Edinburgh with travel across Scotland
  • Closing 7th June 2021

Post 1: Permanent

Post 2: Fixed term up to twelve months - full time secondments will be considered

We protect and promote the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

We are currently recruiting for two experienced social work practitioners to join our team. The role will requires direct contact with service users, their relatives and carers in respect of their concerns about their mental health and/or the care and treatment they receive. The post holder’s will also be required to carry out investigation work and deal with casework pertaining to their allocated area. While both roles are based in Edinburgh, they will be attached to a team covering a particular geographical area of Scotland and will be required to visit services across the whole of Scotland. Post holders must be qualified as a social worker with MHO status and have experience of operating at senior practitioner level. Post holders must be able to communicate effectively with service users, carers, advocates and service providers and have exceptional influencing skills.

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