Job Opportunity – P/T Caseworker – Stornoway

Parliamentary Caseworker

 

Rhoda Grant MSP and David Stewart MSP (Highlands & Islands Region)

 

Parliamentary Caseworker – Based in Stornoway

 

The post of Parliamentary Caseworker is an interesting and varied appointment based in our regional office in Stornoway.

 

The post holder will be the first point of contact with local constituents and will be required to have good communication skills. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain information in relation to casework arising out of issues/concerns raised by constituents, conduct research and then progress enquiries by utilisation of the caseworker system.

 

The ideal applicant will be well organised, flexible, self-motivated, a good team player and able to work on their own initiative.

 

They will have demonstrable basic research skills along with strong written and oral communication skills.

 

Some knowledge and understanding of the Scottish media is desirable along with some experience of working with journalists.

 

They will need an awareness of the Scottish political scene, be IT literate and have experience of new media, including website content management.

 

Salary will be £21,633 per annum (pro rata) rising by increments to £23,673.

 

Hours are 17.5 per week.

 

Holiday entitlement is 30 days per annum (pro rata).

 

Closing date is 5pm on 17th December.

 

Successful candidates will be interviewed early in January 2019.

 

Unsuccessful candidates will be notified.

 

To apply, send a copy of your CV, along with a single A4 page supporting statement, demonstrating how you meet the requirements set out above to David Stewart MSP at david.stewart.msp@parliament.scot or to: David Stewart MSP, 3 Gordon Terrace,Inverness,IV2 3HD.

 

Informal queries may be directed to David Stewart MSP or the Manager, Douglas Mackenzie at the above address. Telephone contact 01463 716299.

 

As an employer we are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and treatment and to eliminating unfair discrimination in our employment practices.

 

 

 

 

Person Specification Job Title – Parliamentary Caseworker

 

Responsibilities will include:

 

  • Gathering rapid, accurate and detailed information in relation to casework and other issues locally for inputting and progression via the caseworker system.

 

  • Assist in the preparation and delivering of briefings and updates for the MSP to assist in the preparation of speeches and Parliamentary Questions.

 

  • Assist in the preparation of press releases and have ability to undertake other media responsibilities.

 

  • Assist in the drafting of letters to interest groups and responding to enquiries, as required.

 

  • Liaising with other elected representatives in the constituency and beyond and with  colleagues in the Scottish Parliament and elsewhere.

 

  • Liaising with internal and external groups. Arranging appointments and diary management. Deputising for MSPs at meetings with groups or individuals.

 

  • Other duties in support of the MSP carrying out their parliamentary duties as required.

 

KEY SKILLS AND COMPETENCE ESSENTIAL

 

Essential:

 

  • Some knowledge and understanding of different research methods

 

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Scottish political scene

 

  • Flexible approach with the ability to work unsupervised whilst working as part of a small team

 

  • Proven communication skills, both written and verbal

 

  • Strong organisational skills

 

  • The ability to form and nurture effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders

 

  • IT literate with a good working knowledge of Word, Excel and Outlookpackages

 

Desirable:

  • Local knowledge

 

  • Understanding of local issues

 

 

 

Marion Wallace Dunlop – Inverness born Suffragette recognised

Motion Number: S5M-14757
Lodged By: Rhoda Grant
Date Lodged: 14/11/2018

Title: Marion Wallace Dunlop

Motion Text:

That the Parliament acknowledges the role played by Inverness-born, Marion Wallace Dunlop, a key member of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), and the first suffragette hunger striker; notes that Marion was arrested in 1909 after using a rubber stamp to print the words “Votes for Women” on a wall of St Stephen’s Hall in the House of Commons; understands that she was jailed at Holloway Prison for her actions and went on hunger strike for the suffragette cause; acknowledges her strenuous work in securing women the vote, and is pleased to note that she is being remembered this week as part of Parliament Week at Westminster.

Mary Ramsay launches petition – please sign

You may remember Inverness constituent Mary Ramsay who has Essential Tremor and is campaigning to get ground breaking technology brought to Scotland – ideally to Ninewells Hospital.
The Magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) technology uses MRI imaging to guide high powered, focused ultrasound to a very small point to alleviate conditions with tremor.
Molecules are vibrated extremely quickly, which creates intense local heat. The equipment allows clinicians to target a very specific focal point – with very little heating produced in front of and behind that point, so only the targeted tissue is affected.
A surgery team at Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, London, already uses the equipment and has performed this procedure on 16 patients successfully reducing their tremors in every case.
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has assessed this technology. It has been approved for the treatment of essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease in the USA and in Europe.
Mary has now launched a petition (see link below) and is currently lodging another petition with the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee.
Please sign this to help bring this to Scotland.

Photo shows Rhoda with Mary

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Statement about DeeAnn Fitzpatrick from Rhoda Grant MSP

“I am absolutely appalled by the treatment of DeeAnn Fitzpatrick over the review into her case,” said Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant.
“There are no two ways about it, it is an absolute cover up and no member of staff should be treated in this way.
“At the very least the First Minister should have invited DeeAnn to a private meeting to discuss the review and the conclusions, but what happened was that a public statement was issued before consulting with DeeAnn.
“I’ve written to the First Minister on a number of occasions asking for a meeting with her and with DeeAnn and I have requested that once again.
“The behaviour that DeeAnn experienced should be called out and not buried and the chapter closed without her seeing the full report.
“DeeAnn’s treatment by the Scottish Government is just abysmal.”

Rhoda Grant tries virtual reality courtsey of Sue Ryder

It was reality, but not as I know it! Rhoda gave virtual reality a try in the Scottish Parliament last week, courtesy of Sue Ryder.

For more information on the work they do, visit www.sueryder.org

The charity, which operates Sue Ryder Dee View Court, Scotland’s only specialist residential care centre for people living with complex neurological conditions, such as Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and acquired brain injuries, uses virtual reality as a form of therapy for its patients.

The system, which was specially developed for Sue Ryder Dee View Court users by tech company Immersicare allows residents to find themselves in places they may not be able to visit, such as the beach, jungle or outer space. Its impact has been so positive that the system is now being rolled out to all of Sue Ryder’s neurological care centres.

Pamela Mackenzie, Director of Neurological Care and Scotland at Sue Ryder, said:

“Early evidence from the team at Sue Ryder Dee View Court shows that use of virtual reality by people with neurological conditions is helping to lower blood pressure and pain levels as well as boosting mood and wellbeing.

“As we eagerly await the Scottish Government’s National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions, it seems like a good time to share with others the innovative technology we are using with our service users to improve their quality of life.”

Rhoda Grant to ask FMQ on Thursday (November 8th)

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has lodged a First Minister’s Question on Thursday (Nov 8) asking the Scottish Government what support it plans to give to Scottish mountain rescue teams in the light of their concern about lack of back-up from other agencies.
“I was totally shocked by claims that agencies, such as the search and rescue helicopter, were refusing to assist teams with the recovery of bodies of people killed on the mountains and also that there have been instances where volunteers have put themselves at risk managing a body down a narrow gully whilst an aircraft was instructed to standby.
“I am extremely conscious of the life-saving work these volunteers carry out, often in horrendous weather and at risk to their own lives.
“I am reminded of this every time I see people rescued from the hills or, sadly, when I see bodies recovered.
“People are right to say that our teams are the envy of the world – they answer when duty calls for everybody who is in danger or lost.
“I will be supporting their campaign to return to full back-up from other agencies. It’s what our brave volunteers deserve.”

Photo: David Crocker