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  • Advertised from 13th March 2024
  • Fixed Term until 31 March 2025


Are you interested in providing a person-centred service that is responsive to the needs and interests of GP practice population who are at risk of/or experiencing homelessness and/or complex needs?

The ALLIANCE is recruiting a new Community Links Practitioner to join their team based in GP practices in Glasgow.

The post-holder will support individuals to identify issues that affect their ability to live well. Working collaboratively with the patient, the post holder will support them through decision making processes to help them decide upon the issues that they would like to address and help them to overcome any barriers to addressing these.

Using service improvement methodology, the Community Links Practitioner (H&CN) will support primary care teams to adopt a links approach. They will support existing staff and the wider CLW teams in becoming skilled in identifying services relating to housing/homelessness and complex needs.

The Community Links Practitioner (H&CN) will identify appropriate community resources related to homelessness and complex needs and facilitate relationships between these resources and the practice for the benefit of the patients. They will also build relationships and processes with statutory organisations, health services and voluntary organisations such as the Complex Needs Service, Homelessness Casework Team, Foodbanks, Money Advice Service, NHS services and charities.

The aim of the Community Links Worker Programme is to support people to live well through strengthening connections between community resources and primary care in deprived areas in Scotland.

The post holder will have:

  • Ability to develop a non-dependent relationship with awareness of personal and professional boundaries, whilst being supportive and respectful of others and non-judgmental
  • Resilience
  • A solution-focused approach
  • Non-discriminatory values
  • Knowledge and experience of working with people who are experiencing complex social and emotional circumstances. For example, people who have social, emotional and mental health issues, complex life circumstances, experience chronic pain, drug and alcohol misuse or homelessness
  • Knowledge and experience of housing/homelessness systems/processes
  • Strong understanding of the challenges faced by people living in areas of deprivation in relation to living well
  • Proven and highly effective interpersonal and communication skills in working with people on a 1:1 basis and with organisations
  • Excellent influencing, negotiation and motivational skills in order to engage people and to enable them to take up a wide range of community services and activities
  • Excellent networking and information management skills
  • Ability to manage time effectively
  • Ability to effectively manage priorities
  • Good understanding of data protection
  • Knowledge of facilitating service improvement
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and on own initiative
  • IT skills in word processing, spreadsheets, email and the internet
  • An ability and willingness to travel extensively within the local community and wider area.

As an ALLIANCE employee you will benefit from:

  • 210 hours annual leave (equivalent of 30 days)
  • 13 days public holiday that can be taken flexibly.
  • Additional leave between Christmas and New Year
  • Open to flexible working (formal and informal)
  • Hybrid working – opportunity to work from home for part of the week
  • Enhanced maternity and sick pay
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Corporate rates for gym membership
  • Time of in lieu
  • Cycle Scheme
  • Carer Positive Employer

The ALLIANCE is a healthy working lives employer and encourages a healthy work life balance and is happy to talk flexible working.

PVG Scheme membership is required for this post.

Application notes

Please visit our website to apply

Closing date for applications is 9:00 am on Monday 25th March 2024.

Interviews will be held on 4th and 5th April 2024.

About the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) is an independent Scottish Charity funded by a grant from the Scottish Government. Our vision is for a Scotland where people of all ages who are disabled or living with long term conditions, and unpaid carers, have a strong voice and enjoy their right to live well, as equal and active citizens, free from discrimination, with support and services that put them at the centre.