Macmillan ICJ Practitioner

Location: Midlothian GP Practices

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Closing Date: 13 August 2021

Salary: £25,246 Per Annum FTE

Specific Hours: 23 Hours Per Week

Macmillan ICJ Practitioner

 Job Details

Job Title

Macmillan ICJ Practitioner

Line Manager

Health and Wellbeing Manager




£25,246 FTE


Health & Wellbeing


Health & Wellbeing




23 Per Week





We are looking for a new Lothian Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey (ICJ) Practitioner. 

  • Are you a health and social care practitioner with proven experience of supporting vulnerable people to explore managing health, wellbeing and difficult life situations?
  • Do you believe people are experts in their own lives and with the right support people can tap into their own strengths and resilience to improve their lives?
  • Do you thrive working autonomously in the community setting with vulnerable people presenting with potentially high levels of distress?

Based within Thistle’s Wellbeing Team that serves people living in Midlothian, the Macmillan ICJ Practitioner will support people’s non-clinical needs following a cancer diagnosis, as part of a new Lothian-wide service called ‘Improving the Cancer Journey (ICJ), funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. The Macmillan ICJ Practitioner will help to promote self-management and address people’s holistic needs during and after cancer treatment and work across organisational boundaries with partners to ensure the best possible outcomes for people affected by cancer.

This post is on a fixed term basis for 3.5 years.

Work normally takes place on the premises of community-based partner organisations, but at the current time, is most likely to be required to work virtually , e.g. from home where the use of telephone and on-line remote platforms including NHS Near Me options may constitute a significant portion of the working day.

This post is transitional in its nature, in that following an initial phase where both ICJ and wellbeing work will co-exist in parallel within the service, it is anticipated that ICJ and wellbeing work will be shared across the practitioners within the whole service.

Phase 1

  • The post holder will initially provide self-management support to people only affected by cancer, including family and carers.
  • Support will be provided by carrying out an initial Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA). The HNA will help the post holder to negotiate and agree with the person their personal outcomes(PO) and a Care and Support plan (CSP)
  • The CSP will include actions the person is confident to do themselves alongside additional supports such as ongoing referrals, signposting to information, advice and supports including Welfare Benefits, local physical activity programmes and access to Thistle’s 1-1 and group based self-management support
  • The holistic needs assessment ( HNA) will be continually monitored and reviewed to ensure the best outcomes for each individual are achieved


Phase 2

  • The post holder will support the integration of the service by sharing the delivery of HNA to people affected by cancer across the wider wellbeing team while imbedding the wellbeing team’s 1-1 and group based self-management support including supporting peer volunteers into their practice
  • The post holder will develop their competence and practice to support people to achieve their personal outcomes using person centred, solution focused and collaborative strengths based approaches.

Deadline for applications is 12 midday on Friday 13th August 2021. 

Please note all shortlisted candidates will be invited to an informal meeting (on Microsoft teams) to meet members of the wellbeing team and peers on Monday 23rd August followed by formal interview on Friday 27th August 2021.

Please note that CVs will not be accepted as an application.

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As a Thistle employee you will have access to our fantastic training programmes (on full pay).

Everyone at Thistle takes part in our induction training within their first few weeks of joining us and our 4 day course, ‘Life is for Living’ within six months.

We also run our own courses,

  • enhancing learning in person-centred practice,
  • developing leadership skills

and we support all personal assistants to achieve their SVQ Level 3 accreditation because we are committed to creating career development opportunities.

You will have regular support and supervision meetings with your Lead Practitioner and team meetings, all of which are paid.

Some of our other staff benefits include…..

  • a contributory pension
  • The “Refer a Friend Scheme” which pays £150 for every successfully recruited person that a staff member recommends.
  • Free access to the Thistle Gym.
  • FREE membership* of the HSF Health Plan which gives, amongst other things,
    • money back for everyday healthcare costs,
    • a GP advice line,
    • shopping discounts.

*This membership can be extended to cover immediate family members after completion of a satisfactory probationary period.  

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