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I’m recruiting a part-time Caseworker to support my existing team in my busy local Parliamentary office in Dumfries. The full details of the job are below.

Job Title – Caseworker

Hours- Part-time, 20 hours per week (flexible days if required)

Based - MSPs Regional Office, 17 Buccleuch Street, Dumfries, DG1 2AT

Salary- £21,140 to £25,850 pro rata

Application- Apply by sending your CV and covering letter to colin.smyth.msp@parliament.scot

Closing date: Friday 11 May 2018

Further details: For any further details call 01387 279205

Key responsibilities:

  • Dealing with general public enquiries.
  • Dealing with constituency casework effectively and efficiently and investigating and responding to issues raised through correspondence, telephone calls, emails and surgeries.
  • Communicating and corresponding (telephone/personal/written) with internal and external enquirers including MSPs, parliamentary staff, members of the public, other parliaments and government departments.
  • Establishing and maintaining policy resource files.
  • Maintaining an electronic and manual filing system. Associating previous papers with current correspondence and extracting document on request.
  • Typing of correspondence and reports as required.
  • Arranging and advertising of surgeries.
  • Attending surgeries as required and supporting community engagement activities.
  • Attending policy seminars as required.
  • Carrying out duties or projects, as delegated and supporting others in their ability to carry out their parliamentary roles as required.

Key skills and competences:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Scottish political scene (Essential).
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues affecting the local community (Essential).
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills with the ability to identify and take forward issues on behalf of my constituents (Essential).
  • Flexible approach to working with the ability to work on their own initiative within a small local constituency office (Essential).
  • High Standard of administrative skills with a demonstrable working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, such as Word, Excel, Access and Outlook (Essential).
  • Proven communication skills, both written and verbal with a polite, pleasant and confident telephone manner and be able to deal with constituents and outside bodies in a confidential manner (Essential).
  • Experience of dealing with sensitive issues and respecting the need for confidentiality (Essential).
  • Strong organisational skills (Essential).
  • Advocacy Skills (Desirable)
  • Full driving licence (Desirable)

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South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has welcomed the news that a new high-tech monitoring kit for people with type 1 diabetes will now be offered by NHS Dumfries and Galloway– but urged the Scottish Government to make such monitoring kits available on prescription from GPs.

The local NHS Board has agreed to fund provision of Flash Glucose Monitoring (FGM) to eligible patients as part of its budgeting for 2018/19, as one of the first boards in Scotland to offer this system on prescription.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway had previously rolled out the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) system to the fullest extent possible using its share of the £10 million allocated towards this approach by The Scottish Government. Most people with type 1 diabetes in the region currently use the finger prick testing method to monitor their blood sugars but this simply gives a snapshot and can be painful especially for children, who often have to carry out the test during the night. The FGM system uses a monitor placed on the arm 24 hours a day, avoiding the need to carry out a finger prick test eight to ten times a day, tracking the blood sugar count continuously which makes it more accurate.

However, both the FGM and the CGM schemes are limited by the funding set aside by the local board and can be halted at anytime by the local NHS. This results in a tight limit on who can access them. If the Scottish Government made them available on prescription across Scotland with no risk that individual boards could stop providing the kits due to funding decisions.

Colin Smyth said, “I welcome the move by NHS Dumfries and Galloway to roll out the new flash glucose monitoring system which will have a truly transformational impact on the lives of those who use them. Up until now only those who could afford to pay for the system could access them and that was fundamentally wrong and went against the very principle of our NHS and its thanks to the campaign work of local families that we have seen this change. However, the decision to now make them available in Dumfries and Galloway was made by the local NHS so you have a postcode lottery across Scotland. The local health board can stop providing these systems at any time due to funding pressures. That’s why the Scottish Government should make them available on prescription from local GPs across Scotland like most treatments, so they can’t simply be stopped if a local NHS board can no longer afford to fund them. It’s unfair to simply leave this decision in the hands of individual local boards especially given the funding pressure they face”.  

ADVANCED DIABETES SYSTEMS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE ON PRESCRIPTION SAYS MSP

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