DGW/20/03 - Service Coordinator - Wigtownshire

Castle Douglas, Newton Stewart
Dumfries & Galloway Service
Learning Disabilities
Service Co-ordinator
Full time
£26,766 - £29,159

Job Purposes & Core Details


  1. work to the service and organisation's aims and values and promote the citizenship of the people we support.
  2. ensure the delivery of a consistent high quality of service to people who use Turning Point Scotland's services and in so doing contribute to the provision of the highest possible quality of social care support which meets the service specification.
  3. work with the Service Manager to lead, direct and manage the day to day operations within the service and provide line management support to the staff team.
  4. operate at an advanced level of social care practice, which includes taking a higher level of responsibility for service delivery and development, staff management, and a leadership role.
  5. work to the company's values - Because People Matter
  6. undertake CPD (continuous professional development), including management and leadership training and use appraisals and supervision fully.
  7. keep your registration and membership to relevant professional bodies up to date and valid.
  8. undertake any outstanding require qualification for registration, or if not working in a registered service qualify at SVQ Level 4 Health and Social Care or SVQ3 with relevant additional units at SCQF level 7 relating to supervision and management. 
  9. undertake any other duties or responsibilities as may be deemed appropriate to the post by the Service Manage or Operations Manager.

Main duties and responsibilities

Support to people who use services - To:

  • ensure the provision of support and assistance in accordance with their support plans and the service aims.
  • work in line with and promoting the SSSC Codes of Practice and the relevant Care Standards.
  • be responsible for both directly undertaking initial and on-going assessments of people we support and of overseeing team members to do so.
  • manage staff to advise people we support in accordance with the service aims.
  • deliver or oversee key work for a person or people who have complex or multiple needs.
  • maintain professional confidentiality and boundaries at all times both with people being supported and and with the team.
  • support and assist people who we support in crisis situations, and/or manage a physical risk or behaviour likely to cause incidents, in accordance with the support plan or service protocol.
  • travel within the service area you are contracted for and supporting the travel and transportation of people who we support in accordance with their support plan (mobility, own car, service vehicles, public transport etc).
  • have an good understanding of the causes and effects of social exclusion as is relevant to the service and area in which you work.
  • promote peer work and the value of lived experience through providing support to peer support workers, TPS connects and volunteers.

 Planning, policies and record keeping - To:

  • devise, review and update support plans, record events and observations and keep appropriate records as required in the service both directly and managing staff to do so.
  • ensure that a good standard of paperwork is prepared for service user reviews and attend reviews as appropriate.
  • plan and co-ordinate elements of support in accordance with the support plan.
  • prepare and implement risk management plans, and follow and update risk assessments, ensuring they are up to date.
  • work with data in line with the data protection act and support staff to do likewise.
  • work and comply with standard operation (finance, operational, health and safety and human resources) and service procedures including service user finances both as an individual and a manager.
  • audit and cross check service user finance when appropriate.
  • ensure that staff expenses and service costs are kept to a minimum.
  • review and audit to ensure team members are keeping records and plans as required.
  • arrange for rota/supports when required.

 Interactions with other people - To:

  • manage and supervise teams on a day to day basis providing guidance, instruction and direction.
  • manage and supervise other staff administering or prompting medication, if required,  and ensure that medication protocols are adhered to.
  • manage staff and volunteers/those on placement to comply with the SSSC Codes of Practice.
  • provide informal and formal support, feedback, induction, engagement period reviews, supervision and appraisal to staff.
  • undertake formal absence management processes and return to work meetings with employees with the support and guidance of your line manager.
  • undertake fact finding processes and performance management plans with employees with the support and guidance of your line manager. 
  • promote a collegiate approach, team working well within the context of a diverse team.
  • manage and resolve conflict promptly and raise or report issues appropriately using the correct internal processes and encourage team members to do likewise.
  • communicate with people we support families' and provide guidance to team members around this.
  • liaise with workers from other agencies and provide guidance to team members around this.
  • manage others to comply with, and the service to meet with, the relevant legislation and National Care Standards.
  • support others to ensure they comply with SSSC Codes of Practice.
  • liaise with landlords and similar others on behalf of people we support if required and provide guidance to team members around this. 
  • be aware of health and safety and make a management contribution to keeping the work environment, colleagues, community, people who use services and yourself safe.  This includes health and safety audits in line with policy.

Leadership - To:

  • provide leadership to staff to support people we support in accordance with their support plan, the principals of citizenship and to maintain records correctly.
  • assist the service manager to prepare information and the service for inspections/audits or similar to contribute to these processes.
  • provide on-the-job training and/or coaching to new staff.
  • lead on a specific part of the service such as group work or health and safety.
  • provide leadership and positive role modelling to continuously seek service development, reflect on practice and identify improvements. 
  • contribute to Turning Point Scotland as an organisation through attendance at specialist forums, delivering training or similar.
  • keep abreast of the sector 'big picture', operational environment and changes.
  • appropriately challenge oppressive or potentially abusive behaviours or practices.
  • undertake positive change management. 

Miscellaneous - applies only in certain services 

  • to undertake sleepovers, overnight and weekends working and occasionally participate in people who we support holiday's as required.
  • to ensure the service\location's stock or goods are in place and replenish/order as required.
  • to undertake training that may be technical or specialised that will benefit the service.
  • to provide technical testing services (BBV/swab and similar) and/or to train others in emergency, risk reduction action and medications.
  • to be responsible for the dispensing of medication, in particular, when supervising dispensing. 
  • to be the most senior graded worker in charge of the service for most of the time when at work.
  • to perform lone working for significant lengths of my work time undertaking tasks that require a high level of independence and initiative.
  • to provide reports, witness testimony, recommendations for criminal justice or social work decisions/situations.
  • to have a good understanding of welfare in relation to how it will impact on your service user group.


Turning Point Scotland Dumfries & Galloway Service

Turning Point Scotland is a social care provider offering a wide range of personalised support for adults and young people with disabilities and life long conditions. Our services support people to live a fulfilling life and actively participate in their community.

We endeavour to support people to make informed choices, to be in control of their own lives, to develop relationships and where required, support to maintain a home of their own.

Our core values include openness, respect and equality for all.

  • Has completed a PDA or relevant top up units (or other supervisory qualification recognised by the SSSC for registration purposes).


  • Has completed a qualification in Social Service and Health Care at least to level 7 (SCQF) or HNC in Health and Social Care (or other speciality recognised by the SSSC for registration purposes) and if not already registered, to register with the SSSC within the timescale required, where relevant.
  • A willingness to complete PDA or relevant top up units (or other supervisory qualification recognised by the SSSC for registration purposes).
  • Ability to use your initiative within policy and procedure.


  • Has substantial direct experience of working with people who have barriers to social inclusion and supporting them to become more socially integrated.  This includes working with people whose behaviours can challenge services.
  • Has taken a lead role within a team on a professional social care project or activity such as group work, training delivery, working groups, or health and safety.
  • Has experience of working and leading in an environment where the SSSC Codes of Practice for Social Care Workers, or an equivalent body code, is adhered to.
  • Has strong experience in risk assessment.
  • Has strong experience in working with organisational policies, recording systems and support planning including using IT to provide a consistent approach to create and present records, data and other information that is accurate and timely.
  • Ability to select the best course of action based on available information; and accept personal responsibility for the outcome. 


  • Must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the values that underpin social care focussing on inclusion, person centred approaches and citizenship.  This includes involving people using services in matters affecting their lives.
  • Must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the need to maintain professional boundaries between social care workers and people who use services and between managers and the people they line manage.
  • Must have a strong and positive leadership approach including being respectful towards all parties, addressing issues positively and teh ability to implement change in a constructive manner.

 Other skills and knowledge

  • Be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of and the skills to operate as a manager to the SSSC Code of Practice for Social Care Workers and in-line with Care Standards.
  • Must be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and communicate well with service users, teams and colleagues at all levels in the organisation including the ability to speak confidently and concisely, and listen and ask questions.
  • Be able to demonstrate and accomplished level of skill used when directly supporting people.
  • Must be willing to develop own skills through reflective practice, active learning, personal and professional development, supervision and feedback.
  • Excellent knowledge of relevant safeguarding and adult or child protection.
  • Strong organisational skills including being able to prioritise activities and allocate appropriate time.
  • Resilience and an ability to ask for help.



  • Experience of developing others through informal and formal processes including supervision.

Other skills and knowledge 

  • Report writing skills.


We are a large, stable national provider and a charity. As we are not for profit there is on-going investment into our staff training and development, a good GPP pension scheme, and annual leave and sick pay that significantly exceeds the statutory minimum.

We also have a brilliant employee assistance programme (independent advice, information and support online, by phone and in person), a group reward scheme to help your money go further and access to a contributory ‘hospital’ fund. We have a relationship with a credit union and promote saving directly from salary.

We aim to provide a working environment where opinions and ideas are valued and arrangements are in place to ensure that there is a high level of staff representation and that people are encouraged to make their views heard and to participate at service and organisational levels.

As a leading national social care provider our breakthrough and forward-thinking models of practice and service are well recognised. Examples of this recently have been: Housing First, Psychologically informed environments (PIE), Citizenship and both Scottish and International research and evaluation of a range of projects. We work across a wide range of types of services and the organisation provides pathways for development: a career development workshop; appraisal; learning and training options; internal forums and project groups; and opportunities for internal secondment, temporary acting up or sideways roles and career progression.

The salary scale for the post will be (reduced pro rata for part time posts, the full time equivalent is a 37 working hour week)

  • £26,766
  • £27,552
  • £28,360
  • £29,159

The annual leave entitlement will be (reduced pro rata for part time posts and will include a proportional entitlement to public holidays)

28 days per year, plus 8 public holidays and 2 local holidays.

This post will be based either Stewartry or Newton Stewart with a remit to both areas.
Should you have any queries, please call our freephone recruitment line on 0808 164 3100

This opportunity is closed to applications.