Wellbeing Practitioner

Location: Craigmillar (SOT)

Contract Type: Permanent - Part Time

Closing Date: 10 May 2021

Salary: Starting salary £9.30 per hour (£18,860.40 per annum (pro-rata))

Specific Hours: Up To 30 Per Week

Wellbeing Practitioner

 Job Description

  1. Job Details

Job Title

Wellbeing Practitioner


Line Manager

Thistle Coach




Starting salary £18,860.40 FTE

Rising to £21,111.48 FTE


Supported Living


Director of H&W



Thistle Foundation, 13 Queens Walk, Edinburgh, EH16 4EA



Full-time & part-time



39 hours


  1. Job Purpose

To assist those we support to lead full, active and socially connected lives and support people to reach their personal outcomes.

Thistle Wellbeing Practitioners work in small teams to support people who are living with long-term health conditions and disabilities. Teams are self organised and work to a set of key principles and a common operational framework. When supporting people teams strive to develop work practices underpinned by a common set of person centred behaviours collectively described as the Thistle Approach. Teams are supported by Thistle Coaches and the Thistle Hub, and are accountable to managers via the four key principles and operational framework


  1. Main Responsibilities


Person centred support planning, delivery and review.


Working alongside and communicating with family, friends, guardians and other health and social care professionals who are involved with and important to the supported person.


Working alongside, communicating with and connecting the person with informal supports.


Supporting people to play active and meaningful roles within their families and communities.


Registering with Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and achieve qualification for registration.


Engaging in regular Continuous Professional Development as required by SSSC Codes of Practice.


Working to the key principles and operational framework.


Planning and scheduling rota, holidays, training, team/coaching meetings, and reflective practice.


Completing and updating appropriate records in relevant recording systems.


Planning and attending coaching meetings and reflective practice.


Monitoring and reviewing individual and team performance and deciding on and implementing actions for continuous improvement.


Recording and reporting any concerns in relation to any adult that may be at risk of harm.


  1. Team Member Roles

The post holder is required to work to Thistle’s core competencies in ways which are relevant to their role.

Core Roles (performed by all team members)

  • Registered Wellbeing Practitioner: providing support for people in accordance with the Thistle Approach, life or professional experience, SSSC Codes of Practice and qualifications. 
  • Team Player: sharing responsibility for the success of the team, supporting and challenging collectively and individually if necessary.

Rotational Tasks (distributed across team members and rotated regularly)

  • Quality monitor: maintains my life my support plan, carries out reviews, audits finance, medication, communication records and accidents/incidents. 
  • Recruiter: recruits new staff in line with team establishment model, plans induction, advises and coaches new team members and carries out probationary review. 
  • Developer: identifies team training needs, plans required training, organises and facilitates reflective practice, maintains contact with coach and organises team coaching meetings.
  • Planner: rota management, checks and authorises payroll and billing information, and links with Thistle Hub. Ensures hours are delivered against contract. 
  • Wellbeing: emotional support for team, team social events, support around sickness absence and other required external support such as counselling. 
  • Communicator: communicates with family, other professionals and Thistle contacts, convenes and chairs team meetings. 
  • Linker: provides link between supported people and works on more than one rota. Number of linkers must make sense for supported people and is agreed by the person, team and family. 


  1. Key Principles

The following four key principles describe what Thistle teams will achieve in practice:

  • Delivery of person centred, strengths-based support that focuses on what matters to people
  • Achievement of financial sustainability 
  • Facilitation of wellbeing and fun 
  • Engagement of people we support, families and volunteers


    6. Supported Living Operational Framework


Teams must develop and continually review a live person centred support plan with people and families they are supporting. Reviews are recorded every 6 months using the review tool.


Teams are responsible for working to National Care Standards, SSSC Codes of Practice and the Thistle Approach. They must engage in regular learning to keep skills and knowledge updated.  


Teams must produce and record in the system a quarterly rota that can be flexed to suit the needs of the supported person.  All shifts, on-call arrangements must be covered by someone who knows the person well. Training, meetings and rotational tasks must be covered by the rota.


Maximum size of team is 12 staff and should not exceed this number.


80% of team member’s time is spent working directly with the person/people they support and 20% is spent on other tasks and activities e.g. rota planning, training, annual leave etc.


Teams must engage in collective decision making using action-oriented decision making.


Teams must engage with their Thistle Coach.


All tasks and responsibilities must be covered all of the time, distributed across team members and rotated regularly.


Teams must plan, organise and attend team meetings, coaching meetings and reflective practice meetings regularly.


Teams must use the team establishment tool for ensuring they are appropriately resourced up to a minimum of 95% of the overall establishment.


Teams must use Thistle quality monitoring and evaluation systems including the quality matters process and outcome navigator tools.


Team members must provide each other with constructive feedback via regular intervision based on the Thistle Approach and using tools provided. 


Please note that a driving license is essential for this position.

We are looking for a new Wellbeing Practitioner to join a team that will support a young man who will be moving to his own home for the first time.

This is an exciting opportunity to become a Wellbeing Practitioner. This team will be part of a training program that will support them to become self-organised.

This man loves music and is very sensory. He communicates with help of PECS and his I-pad talker.

He has attended day services but due to these being shut during the current period there is a wonderful opportunity for the new team to find new things that he will enjoy doing.

Successful candidates will need to have patience and develop their understanding of him and find the best approaches to working alongside and supporting him during this transition and beyond.

His team need to be confident, adaptable and flexible to help with this transition and to really support this young man to enjoy his life, the way he wants to.

Shift patterns will be agreed with the new team, but will probably be 13-hour shifts followed by sleepover and 2 hours the next morning.

There will be a need for flexibility from the team to cover each other at times of leave, sickness etc.

 If you would like an informal chat about this vacancy please contact Andrew.Smith@thistle.org.uk 

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