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Job reference: 127119
Location: Flexible
Job closing date: 25/11/2022
Job posted date: 11/11/2022
Salary: Band 8A (£50,965 - £55,016)
Job Type: Allied Health Professions
Employment type: Permanent
Hours Per Week: 15
Department: Portfolio C - NMAHP
Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland

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Senior Specialist Lead

15 hours per week


Flexible Location: NES is a remote friendly employer supporting office, remote and hybrid working.  We’re happy to talk about how you want to work.

Travel throughout Scotland or to the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices required.

Who We Are

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the national health board with statutory responsibilities to effect sustainable change through workforce development, education and training across the health and social care system in Scotland, while working at UK level with partner organisations.

NHS Education for Scotland is the official publisher of NHS workforce data on behalf of the Scottish Government having assumed this role from ISD. AHPs are currently reported with reference to the specific profession eg speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, orthoptics but with no additional detail regarding services provided or location of service delivery eg mental health. Work has been initiated to improve reporting and publishing of AHP workforce and this role will continue to progress the work already underway.

We are looking for a senior lead to progress the AHP workforce agenda. You will have a lead role in delivering on the recommendations set out in the report prioritising the work underway to undertake Scotland wide reclassification of all AHP jobs to include significant additional details regarding AHP workforce across Scotland. You will either be an AHP with a special interest/experience in workforce OR a workforce planner with a special interest/experience with AHPs. We are seeking an experienced individual to join us and work across NMAHP and digital directorates in NES.

The postholder will also have a key role in delivering NES led aspects of the forthcoming recommendations arising from the AHP Education nd Workforce Review initiated by the Chief Allied Health Officer at Scottish Government. You will be joining an existing postholder working 0.6 wte to provide permanent and full time role in supporting the AHP workforce planning, data and development agenda.

One key recommendation of the report was to

  • begin work to develop an agreed National Occupational Classification Index for AHPs to allow for workforce data that identifies AHP roles by profession and clinical, practice, or diagnostic delivery area

What you'll do 

Key tasks will include but are not restricted to;

  • Support the implementation of the pilot sites work underway to enhance the workforce data collected, collated, analysed and published for the AHP workforce across Scotland
  • Implement the advice from the AHP Workforce Programme board and collaborate with other relevant national workforce initiative
  • Review previous work undertaken relevant to delivering this aspect of the AHP workforce NES programme and familiarise self with the proposals to adopt recommended occupational coding dataset regarding service delivery, ages and locations
  • Support the pilot of introducing changes to how AHP jobs are coded within NHS Scotland workforce systems
  • Liaise with AHP bodies eg AHP professional bodies, AHP Directors and with relevant other stakeholders including workforce leads, NES digital, SSSC workforce planners etc.
  • Consider the broader range of recommendations for NES role in supporting AHP workforce planning and advise on action plans to be set in place both within the NES report and the forthcoming Scottish Government Review of AHP Education and Workforce

What you'll bring

These will include but are not restricted to;

  • Evidence of your passion and personal commitment to AHP workforce planning and workload measurement
  • Substantial experience in health and or social care environment   
  • Knowledge, experience and skills rooted in AHP workforce agenda 
  • An analytical approach and ability to link strategic priorities to actions required to progress the agenda
  • Experience of project management and support for piloting new approaches
  • Writing skills especially in production of guidance notes, papers for the AHP workforce Board, Flash reports and other ways to communicate updates about this work to range of stakeholders

Informal enquiries may be directed to Helen McFarlane or to David Wylie via

For further information please refer to the Job Information Pack below.

Unless otherwise stated the deadline for applications is 23:59 hours on the closing date.

You must have eligibility and entitlement to work in the UK which is required to be maintained throughout your period of employment. Evidence of this must be produced upon request.  

We actively encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds, regardless of gender, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

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