Vacancy – Mental Health Officer Practice Coordinator – Learning Network West

POST TITLE:    Mental Health Officer Practice Coordinator (Job Share)
Salary:               £46,922.90 (Pro rata)
Contract:           Fixed Term until March 2024 (Extension pending funding)
Hours:               17.5 hours per week
Location:           Hybrid working (Blended approach of home working and office based)

Learning Network West is a unique organisation, supporting Social Work Education and developing practice learning opportunities across the West of Scotland. We work closely with HEI and Local Authority funding partners across the West of Scotland to fulfil three core functions: the Mental Health Officer Award Programme, The Professional Development Award in Practice Learning, and social work student placement matching and development. As part of this existing work, the Network is working closely with stakeholders, including Scottish Government, SSSC and our partners, to ensure continued contribution and commitment to the on-going development of social work education in Scotland.

We are excited to be seeking appointment for a qualified, and experienced Mental Health Officer, to undertake a job share as a Practice Coordinator. The post holder will have responsibility both for the practice elements of the programme, as well as the strategic development, with consideration of the wider context relevant to Social Work Education and Social Work as a profession.

The post holder will be responsible for planning, delivering, and evaluating the Mental Health Officer programme, ensuring effective implementation of the legislative framework within the university teaching programme, including policies and processes directly linked with MHO practice. The post holder will engage directly with all stakeholders to ensure on-going evaluation and development of the MHO programme, demonstrating commitment to Social Work Education and the SSSC Codes of Practice.

Learning Network West is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination. Secondments welcome.

Main responsibilities  

  • In partnership with HEIs, Local Authorities and key stakeholders, develop and implement appropriate practice and assessment components of the programme, consistent with the learning objectives. This includes but is not limited to; coordinating teaching modules; coordinating/supporting candidate placements whilst providing on-going support to the candidates/practice assessors/local authorities (as placement agencies); as a member of the Assessment Board, marking academic assignments and practice assessor reports, as specified in the assessment process.
  • To contribute to the strategic direction and development of the programme, alongside key stakeholders, including planning, delivering, and reviewing the academic and professional standards of the modules.
  • Arrange, participate, and report to the various developmental and strategic forums, locally and nationally, including our partner HEI (Strathclyde University), various Local Authorities, Scottish Government, the Scottish Social Service Council, and the MHO Reference Group.
  • Adhere to, promote, and implement the existing and developing, legislative framework within and around the programme, namely: Adult Support and Protection Act 2007, The Mental Health (Care and Treatment (Scotland) Act 2003, Adults with Incapacity Scotland Act 2000, and the Criminal Procedures (Scotland) act 1995. This work will be done in partnership with our contributors and relevant stake holders.
  • Designing, delivering, and contributing to the ongoing training and development of practice assessors.
  • Engage in a conduit and leadership role with regards to managing the support and expectations of all stakeholders in this complex field of work.
  • To undertake the quality assurance and enhancement of the practice components of the programme, contributing to the annual module monitoring process.
  • Contribute to the future development of link work within the MHO programme, designed and delivered by LNW.
  • To undertake any other tasks appropriate to the role.

Application Form
Equality Monitoring Form
Job Description
Person Specification

Closing Date Friday 25th August 2023
Interviews scheduled to take place week of 4th September 2023
Applications to be sent to




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