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SDS Link Practitioner

  • Part time
  • £22,591 pro-rata
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • Closing 28th May 2023

  • Advertised from 10th May 2023
  • £11.14 per hour. £16,844 for 29 hours per week. Permanent.


Warm, friendly, and share our values of ensuring the best lives possible for everyone? Raise your hand if that’s you.

About Our Service

Capability Scotland is a well-established and respected provider of community-based facilitation services throughout Dumfries and Galloway. In the past three years we have grown from a small but very well-established and respected service to that of a major contributor to the provision of care and support across Dumfries and the wider region. We pride ourselves on our creativity, flexibility, and willingness to think outside the box with the support we offer.

Capability Scotland provides:

  • Self-Directed Support brokerage and payroll service
  • Wrap-around rehabilitation service for people with an Acquired Brain Injury
  • Community facilitation service for people with physical disabilities.

We currently have a vacancy for an SDS Link Practitioner within our brokerage service.

Interviews will take place on 31st of May and 1st of June (candidates must be available to attend one of these days).

About the role

We are looking for an SDS Link Practitioner to join our busy brokerage team. Working alongside colleagues you will provide the people we support with the opportunity to exercise choice and control over their care needs and how this is delivered.

Self-Directed Support enables people with the choice to receive ‘personalised’ care that reflects their needs and wishes. At Capability Scotland we provide independent advice and support and help to navigate the social care map in Dumfries & Galloway.

Taking a Human Resources approach you will:

  • Empower individuals to exercise choice and control around care needs
  • Support people to utilise their Direct Payment award
  • Guiding people to undertake safer recruitment of personal assistants and become good employers
  • Assist people to effectively manage their personal budgets (which may include payroll services)
  • Work alongside social work to navigate the intricacies of managing an SDS award
  • Give people the opportunity to ensure their views are heard
  • Provide general information, advice, and support.
  • We are looking for someone who is keen to implement national policy into practice at a local level, keen to implement innovation while maintaining a positive environment and high-quality service. This role is ideal for someone who wants to put their values and vision into practice.

What our staff say about this role:

“It’s rewarding and fulfilling”.

“Every day is different and new challenge”.

“I feel valued and happy in my role. Capability Scotland provides me with flexibility that suits my life and the people we support”.

“I enjoy advocating on behalf of people when SDS becomes difficult and frustrating”.

“I feel I am safe and secure within my role as I receive the right support from my local team”.

Working with Capability Scotland brings you lots of benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Fully paid, sector-leading learning and development
  • Fully funded SVQ placement – a qualification which is yours for life
  • Excellent annual leave of 32 days per year, increasing with service
  • Generous and enhanced pension schemes and family benefits
  • As a member of our autoenrollment pension scheme, £10,000 provided in the case of Death in Service
  • Flexible working is available
  • Access to shopping discounts through the Perks At Work scheme
  • Access to Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Free 24/7 employee assistance programme
  • Free PVG checks throughout your career.

Application notes

Applying to Capability Scotland

Applying to work with us couldn’t be simpler. We’ve got an application form on our website that starts by pressing “Apply Now”, and it works perfectly on your mobile phone if you prefer that. You can request any alternative formats of our application form by contacting (such as large print or braille).

You’ll then hear from us within three weeks of the noted closing date. We’ll invite successful candidates to an interview so we can learn more about what makes each other tick, in a safe and secure way. You can keep a track

A full job description of this role is available by clicking here: SDS Link Practitioner

For more information on this role, you can call Karen on 07908 431532 or by email at using reference CS230501.

General Information

Capability Scotland is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity. We are happy to consider job-share applications.

Capability Scotland is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people and conducts thorough pre-employment checks on all preferred candidates.

A copy of Capability Scotland’s Equality and Diversity Policy is available upon request from the HR Team.