Our Vacancies  

Local Network Coordinators – roles across the UK

We are looking for key actors in adult social care, including funders/decision-makers, service providers, people who receive care and support, carers and front-line staff to join us as Local Network Coordinators. There will be Local Networks in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England, all focused on the same issue, with the ultimate aim to produce an action plan to take change forward, drawing on learning from other parts of the UK.

Each Local Network will get together four times over a period of six months to discuss a particular issue using materials provided in advance, with members sharing experiences and suggesting practical ideas for positive change. The notes from these meetings will be fed back to the UK Networks’ Lead (Kate Hamblin) and Networks Manager (Amber Cagney), who will then produce a summary of key points raised from the Networks across the UK for discussion at the next meeting. We hope this iterative process of discussion and shared learning will result in action plans which will facilitate change. 

We would like Local Network Coordinators to:

  • attend a training and planning meeting with other Local Network Coordinators
  • work with IMPACT to recruit members 8-10 people including people who receive care and support, carers, front-line staff, funders/decision-makers and relevant service providers to their local Network.
  • run four Network meetings, roughly six weeks apart, with financial resources available to support this (including room hire and refreshments)
  • lead the discussion at the Network meetings, guided by the materials supplied by IMPACT
  • summarise the points raised in each meeting and send a note of this to IMPACT’s Networks Manager
  • meet three times with the other Local Network Coordinators from across the UK with the UK Network Lead (Kate Hamblin) to plan and debrief after each Network meeting
  • work with their Local Network to create an action plan for practical change.
  • provide feedback six and 12 months after the Network ends.

There are resources available to support the IMPACT Networks and your involvement as a Local Network Coordinator, including:

  • A Local Network Coordinator fee (£5,000).
  • Additional resources to support participation costs (up to £2,450, including support for people who are unsalaried [£75 per person per meeting], replacement care/PA support for Network members, travel expenses)
  • The support of the Networks Lead (Kate Hamblin) and Networks Manager (Amber Cagney)

Networks focus on specific topics and we have vacancies in the following areas:

Technology for independence and prevention (September 2024 – March 2025): While technology has been part of adult social care provision and used by people who receive care and support for decades, advances are being made that offer both new opportunities and potential challenges. This Network will focus on how emerging technologies can be used to support people to live well and independently as well as how they can be used to prevent harm. We are looking for coordinators in Wales and Scotland.

Involving people with lived experience in strategic decision-making: This topic is important because local authorities and public bodies across the 4 UK nations are trying to involve people with lived experience and carers, in commissioning and decision-making processes. Involving people can help to create support provision that helps people to live their best lives. However, there are different ways to engage people with lived experience in decision-making processes such as peer research, co-design, inclusion in committees, working groups, or via consultation. Each of these approaches is characterised by different levels of involving people with lived experience. We are looking for coordinators in Wales and Scotland.

Carers, transitions and co-production (from October 2024 – April 2025): Transitions, including service transitions (such as from hospital; from children’s to adults’ services and into a residential care setting) can be experienced as ‘shocks’ or as stressful both for the person experiencing them and those who care for them. This Network will focus on carers (unpaid or ‘informal’ as opposed to care workers) and how they can be better involved during periods of transition. Sometimes carers are ‘forgotten’ or ‘taken for granted’ in the processes and decision-making, and the aim of this Network is to explore how they can be more involved in ways that align with the values of ‘co-production’. We are looking for coordinators in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Recovery-based approaches to mental health (from November 2024 – May 2025): In recent years, the model of mental health care has changed from a rehabilitative/medical model, with the focus on the professional, to a recovery model, where the main focus is the person struggling with mental distress. The recovery model has been defined as ‘a way of living a satisfying life, full of hope and contribution, even within the limitations caused by the disease’. In this context, person‐centred care became the focus of the intervention. However, there are some problems associated with the application of this model, including that some feel it oversimplifies the issues connected to mental distress, and that there is a lack of a shared definition and understanding of the model, which makes evaluation difficult. IMPACT has selected this topic as an important issue to consider in order to improve the life of people with mental health distress and their carers. We are looking for coordinators in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Commissioning differently (from October 2024 – April 2025): Commissioners of adult social care services face many challenges. ‘Thorny issues’ they encounter include how to move away from ‘time and task’-based to more outcomes-focused approaches; how to put social value/ethical commissioning into practice; and how to support, develop and sustain new models of care. This Network will examine these issues, providing time and space for those working in adult social care to share ideas and experiences that could navigate these complex issues and support change. We are looking for coordinators in Northern Ireland.

Please contact Amber Cagney ([email protected]) if you have any queries or would like to talk about being a Local Network Coordinator. 

Demonstrator – Social work/social care practice with older people – Walsall

Recent research shows what a difference social workers who are skilled at supporting older people can make, and suggests ways to better organise teams and practice to free social workers up to do what they do best. This project will implement insights from this research, seeking to improve outcomes and help people do what they came into the job to do in the first place.

The successful candidate will be part of IMPACT, and employed by University of Birmingham, and supported by IMPACT Demonstrator staff at the University of Birmingham. Secondments are welcome.

Key Information

  • Part time 0.5/50%
  • Fixed term contract (12 months, target start date 2nd September 2024)
  • Salary: Up to a maximum of £57,724 FTE (50% for this post), depending on prior experience
  • The successful candidate will be employed by the University of Birmingham and secondments are welcomed
  • Due to the focus of this project, it is important that applicants have a good understanding of the social work profession
  • Closing date: Monday 22 July

To apply you must:

Send a CV and cover letter to [email protected], clearly detailing the role, project and national location you are applying for in the subject of the email. Your cover letter should be no more than two sides of A4, drawing attention to the key skills, values and experiences you would bring to the role, if successful, and the ways in which your CV to date fits with the requirements of the role.

Complete our mandatory additional information form. Applicants that do not complete the form will not be considered.

Informal enquires can be sent to [email protected].

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to online interview. They will be asked to prepare a short presentation about the challenges and opportunities of the role and project. Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role, the successful applicant will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance prior to appointment.  

We would like the successful candidate to start on 2nd September 2024. In addition to local induction, an in-person all-staff away day is currently being planned to take place in Belfast (all expenses covered). We recognise that this won’t be possible for everyone and alternative arrangements can be made for those unable to attend.

As part of IMPACT’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion we are particularly keen to receive applications from people from black and minority ethnic communities and will be operating the ‘Rooney’ rule*.  We are also keen to receive applications from people who have lived experience of drawing on care and support, are carers or are front-line practitioners, as well as from people who have experience of working with groups whose voices are seldom heard.  

(* at least one person from a black and minority ethnic community background will be shortlisted where they meet the essential criteria for the role.)

Demonstrator – Day opportunities – Bury

Do you have an interest in enhancing the lives of people with learning disabilities? Are you interested in helping us use evidence and insights from staff and people with lived research to steer the next stage of Bury’s day service developments? 

If you have strategic change experience and believe you can help Bury to make a difference to the lives of people using their day services, we want to hear from you. Working for IMPACT, you will be part of a larger team promoting evidence-based change across the United Kingdom. This valuable and rewarding opportunity might be a great next step for you in your career.  

Key Information

  • Part time 0.5/50%
  • Fixed term contract (12 months, target start date 2nd September 2024)
  • Salary: Up to a maximum of £57,724 FTE (50% for this post), depending on prior experience
  • The successful candidate will be employed by the University of Birmingham and secondments are welcomed
  • Closing date: 4 August
  • Interviews to be held on 15 August

To apply you must:

Send a CV and cover letter to [email protected], clearly detailing the role, project and national location you are applying for in the subject of the email. Your cover letter should be no more than two sides of A4, drawing attention to the key skills, values and experiences you would bring to the role, if successful, and the ways in which your CV to date fits with the requirements of the role.

Complete our mandatory additional information form. Applicants that do not complete the form will not be considered.

Informal enquires can be sent to [email protected].

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to online interview. They will be asked to prepare a short presentation about the challenges and opportunities of the role and project. Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role, the successful applicant will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance prior to appointment.  

We would like the successful candidate to start in September 2024. In addition to local induction, an in-person all-staff away day is currently being planned to take place in Belfast (all expenses covered). We recognise that this won’t be possible for everyone and alternative arrangements can be made for those unable to attend.

As part of IMPACT’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion we are particularly keen to receive applications from people from black and minority ethnic communities and will be operating the ‘Rooney’ rule*.  We are also keen to receive applications from people who have lived experience of drawing on care and support, are carers or are front-line practitioners, as well as from people who have experience of working with groups whose voices are seldom heard.  

(* at least one person from a black and minority ethnic community background will be shortlisted where they meet the essential criteria for the role.)

Facilitator – Working with housing – Thera Trust

Are you interested in housing models for people with a learning disability and how appropriate models enable choice and control ? Do you wonder how we might better exchange and implement knowledge generated from research, practice and from lived experience? If so, this part-time 12-month post with Thera could be for you. The successful candidate will be part of IMPACT and will be employed by the University of Sheffield. Secondments are welcome. The project itself will be based in the Thera Group of companies with a home working base and travel around England, in particular around the Midlands and northwest of England.

IMPACT is led from the University of Birmingham with multiple partners across the UK. Stirling is the lead Scottish Higher Education partner and is where Facilitator Co-Delivery Leads Dr Kathryn Mackay and Professor Karen Watchman are based.  Further details about IMPACT and current Facilitator projects can be found at https://impact.bham.ac.uk/our-projects/facilitators/

Thera Facilitator Project  

Thera are hosting a twelve-month project that seeks to review housing development and options for people with a learning disability in a range of urban, suburban and rural areas. This will be achieved via employment of a Facilitator who will:

  • Draw on research evidence,
  • Engage with stakeholders across social care, health, housing services more widely, and importantly, people with lived experience,
  • Undertake a small theory of change project that investigates a person-led approach to housing options whilst supporting more effective and efficient hospital discharge

The post holder will be home-based in the Midlands or Northern England with the ability to travel around these areas as required. They will report to Professor Karen Watchman at the University of Stirling and will have a key link contact within Thera. The successful candidate will also benefit from being part of the wider IMPACT centre.

While this is a part-time post (with preferred working patterns between Mon-Fri open to mutual agreement). As part of this, the successful applicant will be expected to attend fortnightly online meetings with other UK Facilitators on Wednesday afternoons (4-5pm) and if possible, the broader IMPACT fortnightly meetings Monday mornings (11am-12), for one hour.

Job Description

Facilitator Post Key Information

  • Part time 0.5/50%
  • Fixed term contract (12 months, target start date September 2024)
  • Salary: Up to a maximum of £36,040 FTE (50% for this post), depending on prior experience
  • The successful candidate will be employed by the University of Sheffield and secondments are welcomed.

How to apply

To apply, you must:

  1. Send a CV and cover letter clearly stating which vacancy you are applying for to [email protected]. Your cover letter should be no more than two sides of A4 and should highlight your key skills, values and experiences as noted in the job description.

Informal enquires can be sent to Karen Watchman [email protected]

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to online interview. They will be asked to prepare a short presentation about the challenges and opportunities of the Thera role and project. Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role, the successful applicant will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance prior to appointment.  

We would like the successful candidate to start on 2nd September 2024. In addition to local induction, an in-person all-staff away day is currently being planned to take place in Belfast (all expenses covered). We recognise that this won’t be possible for everyone and alternative arrangements can be made for those unable to attend.

As part of IMPACT’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion we are particularly keen to receive applications from people from black and minority ethnic communities and will be operating the ‘Rooney’ rule*.  We are also keen to receive applications from people who have lived experience of drawing on care and support, are carers or are front-line practitioners, as well as from people who have experience of working with groups whose voices are seldom heard.  

(* at least one person from a black and minority ethnic community background will be shortlisted where they meet the essential criteria for the role)