Skip to main content
Ref no:
Fairfield House 8 Lothian Road, EH22 3AA
£40,316 - £44,092 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time
36 hours per week

This position has expired.

Job Vacancy


Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership are seeking to recruit Planning Officer for Self Directed Support. The Planning Officer will be responsible leading the planning activities related to implementation of Self Directed Support. In particular this role will focus on the implementation of Self Directed Support Framework of Standards. This will require the Planning Officer to work closely with Service Managers, other Planning Officers and Practice Teams to review and where necessary redesign social work policies, processes and practice in line with SDS standards. The planning officer will then lead on implementation of any redesigned process.

The Planning Officer will be expected to have or develop the expertise necessary to lead the planning and implementation of Self-Directed Support across all areas of Adult Social Care and also support the implementation in Children’s Services. Responsibilities will include representing Midlothian HSCP in national forums and working collaboratively with a range of partners. Duties will include preparing reports, chairing meetings and working groups and undertaking range of planning activities and working with a wider team of planning officers.


The jobholder must hold a degree level qualification in social work or an acceptable equivalent discipline or a post-graduate qualification from a recognised professional institute.

In order to exercise the wider remit of the post, in particular the awareness of professional and  legislative changes and the development of good practice following the publication of reports, a jobholder requires post-qualifying experience to include the following:

 direct practice experience of service planning or development

 substantial experience in the delivery or management of services within a social care environment

 practical experience of partnership working and joint commissioning

 proven report writing and presentation skills.

This experience is gained through having held a variety of roles in the service provision field.

The jobholder calls on a knowledge of social work and related legislation, a wide knowledge of Council policies, and an understanding of the needs and expectations of external partners and providers and must have an understanding of the interrelationship between individual and aggregated need in order to assess, prioritise and choose between options.

If you wish and informal discussion about this role please contact Graham Kilpatrick in the first instance to arrange this.


CLOSING DATE - Monday 17th October 2022

INTERVIEW DAT - Monday 24th October 2022

Job Advert

Position Title: Planning Officer – Self Directed Support   

Directorate: Health and Social Care Partnership                   

Location: Number Fairfield House

Contract Status: Fixed Term until 31.04.2024

Hours of Work: 36

Working Pattern: Work pattern is flexible

Weeks per year: 52

Please note that it is Midlothian Councils policy that successful applicants will be appointed to the first point on the salary scale.

Based on you working 36 hours over 52 weeks per year the minimum actual salary for this position is £40,316.88 per annum.


This post is considered Regulated Work with Children and Adults under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children and adults.
Successful candidates will require PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children and Adults, You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you. For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit

Additional Information

If you have difficulty applying for this post or accessing attached documents, or if you have a disability and reasonable adjustment is required, please email the Recruitment Team at stating the post reference number.

Midlothian Council is currently undergoing a period of transformation, changing and improving the way it delivers services in Midlothian. As a consequence, there are a number of existing employees for whom we are committed to seeking suitable alternative employment within the Council in accordance with our legal obligations. Candidates are advised that, for some vacancies, internal candidates in this situation will be interviewed before the wider selection pool and a slightly longer delay may be experienced before application outcomes can be advised to you. Thank you for your patience in this matter.