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Job Specification


POST: Project Support Officer (part-time) 


SALARY: £25, 876 pro-rata. (equivalent of £13,800 per annum)  1 year contract, 20 hours per week. PLEASE NOTE: this post has been reviewed and will no longer be available on a self-employed basis @ £15 per hour as initially advertised.   

REPORTS TO: Portree & Braes Community Trust (P&BCT)

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Friday the 7th of December 2018 at 5pm.




In July 2018 a steering group was formed to implement Sir Lewis Ritchie’s report into Out-of-Hours (OOH) care in Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross.

The group consists of community representatives, local practitioners, and staff from NHS Highland, NHS24 and the emergency services.  The Scottish Ambulance Service is also working with the project and is a key player.   This process has been established to ensure that the local community has an opportunity to take an active role in the design of local health and social care services. Community representatives are committed to delivering this project in co-production with other agencies and now require a Project Support Officer to provide effective administrative, communications and organisational support. 


This post is a result of a partnership between North Skye Windfarm Trusts and Portree and Braes Comnunity Trust.  The position has been funded by Edinbane Community Company, Dunvegan Community Trust and Struan Community Trust.   Portree and Braes Trust are the direct employer and are funding additional project costs.


A project website has been launched to give wide public access to documents and information relating to the Sir Lewis Ritchie Report.  To find out more go to www.ritchiereport.net.  


Job Description


The Post

The main purpose of the post is to support the delivery of Sir Lewis Ritchie’s recommendations for healthcare improvements in the north of Skye on behalf of the community. The post holder will work closely with the community representatives, the facilitator, NHS Highland and partner agencies and alongside the P&BCT Development Officer.  The successful candidate will report to the Chair of the P&BCT Health Services Group.


Duties and responsibilities:


Support the delivery of the co-design of services on behalf of the community:

  • Attend relevant meetings providing administrative support where required

  • Report, document and record meeting outcomes to keep the community informed of all developments

  • Keep up to date with relevant local, regional and national health and social care developments and information

  • Liaise with press and respond to general inquiries

  • Lead the creation of an up to date project contacts database

  • Provide a monthly report on progress to stakeholders


Person Specification


Essential Criteria

  • IT literacy – ability to use Microsoft Office including Word, Outlook and Excel

  • Good standard of written and spoken English

  • Organisational skills and experience

  • Proactive can-do attitude

  • An eye for detail

  • Experience in collating information and writing reports

  • Capacity to work with a diverse range of people and organisations

  • Ability to communicate effectively with people and maintain positive relationships

  • Willingness to work flexibly and do “out of hours” and “out of area” work

  • Full driving licence



Desirable  Criteria

  • Experience of working in communications or public relations

  • Experience of working with voluntary groups

  • Knowledge of local area

  • Knowledge and understanding of local health and social care service provision. (This could be through working in a particular service area or a general understanding/experience as a carer, care worker or service user)



Please submit your C.V and covering letter to info@portreeandbraes.org or Portree and Braes Community Trust, Jans, 6 Broom Place, Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9HL by 5pm on Friday the 7th of December 2018.  For more information contact Fiona Thomson, Development Officer on fiona@portreeandbraes.org or 07570652953.