Host Employer: Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire
Contract: 35 hours per week for 13 weeks (3 months) or part-time over a longer period (a total of 455 hours)
Applicants for the Public Life Internship opportunities must:
- define as a disabled person under the Equality Act 2010: “someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal every day activities.”
- be unemployed or under-employed
- Applicants do not need to have acquired a certain level of education, but should demonstrate how their skills and qualities make them suitable for the opportunity.
North Lanarkshire has a population of 340,000 people and is the 4th largest local authority in Scotland. Social work in North Lanarkshire has always been seen as progressive in service development. Since 1 April 2016, Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire (HSCNL) is responsible for community health and social care functions whose purpose is to create safer, healthier, independent lives for the people of North Lanarkshire. Services are delivered by staff of North Lanarkshire Council, NHS Lanarkshire, third and independent sector organisations, working closely together in an integrated approach. Unpaid carers are valued partners too.
North Lanarkshire has a track record in innovation in technology and linking this to promoting independent living and keeping people safe through a combination of people response and technology including information websites as well as hardware and smart applications. The development of this technology has brought about new ways for people to overcome barriers in daily life. The intern will support the work we are doing in encouraging the use of smart technology throughout our services. We are looking for an imaginative individual to investigate apps and services that are available and to catalogue these so they may be accessed by our front line staff. The intern will also build partnerships with universities who are developing approaches in this exciting area. By the end of the project it is hoped that the internship will expand the use of universal Apps within a health and social care context and help establish a partnership with a university working in this field.
A project team will be established to support the work of the intern, which will be both supportive and encouraging of using self-initiative. There will be a degree of flexibility in the duties and tasks depending on the experience of the intern. The focus of the work will be to expand the use of technology for every day living. This will involve some desk based research, gathering information from staff and partner organisations, reporting on findings in a variety of formats and building partnerships. The intern will use creative problem solving to propose ways in which technology could be used in social care. More details of tasks can be found by downloading the application pack.
Essential skills and experience:
- A creative approach to problem solving
- Good communication skills and written work are essential for this internship.
- Basic computer skills are essential as well as an understanding of technology and its applications in everyday living.
- An understanding of how disability can impact on daily living would be essential.
- Self motivation and good time management are essential as the intern will be given a good degree of autonomy in day to day work as well as good support from the project team
If you would like to discuss this opportunity with the employer prior to submitting your application, please contact: Morag Dendy Manager Adult Services (Mental Health Addictions and Disability) tel: 01698 332075
Completed applications to be forwarded by 10am on Thursday 22nd June to Naomi Waite email@example.com
Please download the application pack for more details, and our applicant guide for tips on a good application.