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Job reference: 141859
Salary: Band 7 (£43,422 - £50,506)
Job closing date: 26/03/2023
Job Type: Administrative Services
Location: Flexible Location
Employment type: Fixed-term or Secondment
Hours Per Week: 37.5
Job posted date: 13/03/2023
Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland
Department: Centre for Workforce Supply Social Care (Workforce Directorate)

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

Work Pattern: Fixed-term, Full Time, 37.5 hours per week.

Fixed-term or Secondment* until 31/03/2024

*For NHS employee applicants: Secondment will be considered in the first instance.

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.

The Workforce Directorate works at a national level to support the delivery of NES’s strategic plan and is a key partner to the delivery of Scottish Government priorities for the health and social care workforce. It also provides a comprehensive People and Organisational Development strategy and service for the people who work for NES and externally.

The Centre for Workforce Supply Social Care Team (CWSS) is a newly established unit within the Workforce Directorate. It has been commissioned by the Scottish Government to deliver an exciting new programme of work, to pilot nationally coordinated and accelerated international recruitment into adult social care roles across Scotland. The unit will work closely with colleagues in the newly established NES Social Care Directorate and with stakeholders from Scottish Government and COSLA to deliver this work.

The Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity to join our newly formed Centre for Workforce Supply Social Care Team (CWSS) to support the delivery of the international recruitment into adult social care programme.

We are looking for a Specialist Lead to join our new, talented and growing team to act as the lead around recruitment including immigration, providing advice and guidance nationally, to support this highly complex international recruitment programme. This will require building excellent, effective relationships with social care providers international recruitment leads, the Scottish Government and other key stakeholders across the wider social care system.

Do you want to improve the everyday ­lives of social care colleagues and people experiencing care?

Do you enjoy rising to the challenge in a fast paced, complex and political environment?

Do you want to play a vital role in changing the way we think about the social care workforce and the care it provides?

Working in the new Centre for Workforce Supply Social Care Team, you will have the opportunity to bring your unique skills and experience to the table, collaborating across the system to effect real change nationally.

Does this sound like you? Then please read on…

What We Love to See

Specialist Leads offer a broad range of skills and experience, if you can offer some or all of these, we’d love you to apply:

  • An understanding of the workforce challenges facing social care and how international recruitment could support
  • Knowledge of recruitment into social care/ social care workforce supply interventions, the key considerations and challenges
  • A track record in designing and developing workforce related best practice guidance and resources for health and social care stakeholders
  • Ability to research, collate and analyse data and evidence to support decision making
  • Excellent project management, organisation & administrative skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively to produce high quality outputs

Benefits Which Matter

As a valued employee of NHS Scotland, you can enjoy an extensive range of benefits including:

  • Life-work balance - with opportunities for flexible working and remote working
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Annual incremental salary progression (up to the maximum of the salary band) plus annual NHS salary scale review
  • Annual Leave - 27 Days increasing in line with service plus 8 days public holiday
  • NHS discounts and more

Diversity and Inclusion

Developing a successful national service for Scotland is impossible without ensuring we consider the diverse needs, perspectives and backgrounds of everyone in Scotland in our work. 

We are focused on hiring the very best talent available for NES, and actively encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and aim to ensure everyone is treated fairly, with respect and has a positive recruitment experience – regardless of the outcome. 

It’s not essential to be in an international recruitment role right now. You may be returning from a career break (e.g. maternity, paternity, caring for others) or returning after working in another field. Your experiences elsewhere can bring a fresh perspective to our work.

If you are considering applying and feel it would be helpful to discuss this initially, please contact

Next Steps

*NHS applicants who wish to apply on a secondment basis are strongly encouraged to discuss this with their current employer at the earliest opportunity.

Our recruitment process is currently 100% remote and if successful you would initially work remotely, working from our offices as operationally required.

All applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by e-mail.

Online interviews (including presentation) will take place on 6th, 11th and 13th April 2023 (candidates will only be required to attend one of these days). The presentation topic will be sent to candidates selected for interview.

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. ​​​​​​​

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