Habilitation Specialist - Royal Blind School, Edinburgh

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Habilitation Specialist

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £33,740 - £36,310FTE pro rata for Term Time
Contract type: Permanent
Position type: Full Time
Hours: 35 hours per week
Closing date: Sunday 19 September 2021

We are looking for a Habilitation Specialist to support our pupils at the Royal Blind
School and pupils in the wider community through our Outreach Team. You will work
in the delivery of programmes to support pupils in developing safe and effective
Orientation, Mobility and Independent Living skills with the aim of assisting the children
and young people to become as independent as possible.

The Royal Blind School, in Edinburgh is a leading provider of specialist education
services for children and young people with a visual impairment, including those with
additional support needs. As a Grant Aided Independent Special School, we deliver
education and support for day and residential pupils aged 5 to 19 years.

If you have an appropriate qualification and experience of working with children and
young people with a vision impairment and additional needs, we would love to hear
from you. Please click on Read More or Apply Now and read the attached document
for more information.

We are highly committed to the professional development of all our staff and the
post holder will access comprehensive training and development opportunities.
The post is subject a PVG Scheme Record/Update for regulated work with children.
If you require any of the information relating to this role in an alternative format,
please email people@sightscotland.org.uk

To apply visit: https://sightscotland.current-vacancies.com/Jobs/Advert/2291350?cid=1974

Role Profile –
Habilitation Specialist

Reports to:
Deputy Head Teacher

Role Purpose:
To support pupils at the Royal Blind School and pupils in the wider community through
our Outreach Team, collaborating closely with education, care and therapy staff and
other staff members who are involved in the delivery of Independent Living skills
You will work in the delivery of programmes to support pupils in developing safe and
effective Orientation, Mobility and Independent Living skills. The primary aim of this
intervention is to assist the children and young people to become as independent as
The main responsibilities and accountabilities of this role are to:

 Co-ordinate all aspects of the provision, including development and
monitoring, of Habilitation (Mobility and Independent Living) training for
Children and Young People (CYP) who are visually impaired in a range of
 Undertake environmental audits in the home, school or public areas as
required, for specific habilitation programmes.
 Undertake appropriate risk assessments and put in place appropriate risk
management strategies.
 Provide guidance and support to parents/carers in order to ensure habilitation
(mobility and independence) training in the school and home settings is
complementary and consistent.
 Provide support in habilitation (mobility and independence) for CYP with VI at
times of transition to and between educational settings.
 Liaise with parents, teachers, learning support assistants, care, nursing and
therapy staff and other professionals within educational settings regarding the
habilitation (mobility and independence) needs of CYP with VI.
 Maintain detailed accessible (i.e. shared drive) records of habilitation (mobility
and independence) provisions for CYP on caseload and write reports as

 Plan and deliver training in habilitation to staff working with CYP with VI, and
for peer groups of such pupils/students.
 Develop and provide advice to relevant authorities regarding the habilitation
(mobility and independence) needs of CYP with VI from the area.
 Attend school parents’ evenings or other events where the sharing of
habilitation (mobility and independence) information would be helpful.
 Participate in and, on occasions, organise extra curricula activities for CYP
with VI as part of their habilitation training.
 Periodically evaluate, monitor, and report on the work of the Habilitation
Service, including comparison with current published Quality Standards, and
use the results to inform future planning and staff development.
 Periodically review the Aims and Objectives for the delivery of Habilitation
Training, taking account of the outcomes specified in the ‘Quality Standards –
Delivery of Habilitation Training (Mobility and Independent Living Skills) for
Children and Young People with Visual Impairment (2011)’ – currently under
 Maintain an awareness of current thinking, research and relevant
developments in the area of habilitation (mobility and independence) and
Habilitation Training, in order to improve and further develop service
 Participate in and deliver Continuing Professional Development activities
relating to Orientation and Mobility and Independent Living Skills, including
In-Service and CPD sessions inside and outside school.
 To liaise with care and education staff regarding the implementation of
Orientation and Mobility targets and Independent Living Skills targets into
care, individualised education and/or joint plans for pupils.
 To discuss pupils’ progress with their parents and any other bodies that have
statutory functions relating to the education and/or care of children.
 To contribute to the professional development of colleagues e.g. the
development and provision of CAT sessions
 To undertake an audit of safest routes to/from work placements and provide
necessary training.
 To prepare and implement a Mobility and Independent Living Improvement
 To effectively manage any aspect of the school budget that is delegated to
the Habilitation function.
 To support and develop projects with other agencies and organisations as
 You will also be required to undertake such other duties as may be expected
within the grade and nature of the post

To do this role, you will:
 Have a relevant professional qualification e.g. Diploma in Habilitation and
Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People) or equivalent.

 Have demonstrable experience of working with children and young people
with a vision impairment and additional needs
 Have detailed knowledge of eye conditions, the effects of sight loss and
interventions to assist people to cope with a vision impairment
 Have knowledge of current relevant legislation
 Have demonstrable experience of specialist habilitation-based assessment and
habilitation planning and delivery
 Have demonstrable experience of assessment and support planning based on
the needs and aspirations of the child / young person with a vision
 Have experience of training others in the awareness of the effects of vision
impairment and ways to work with those who have sight difficulties
 Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate effectively and
develop effective working relationships with service users, colleagues and
managers at all levels.
 Excellent time management skills to plan, prioritise and manage workload
 Ability to work calmly under pressure
 Ability to adapt to change and respond positively to non-routine situations
 Ability to assess and plan interventions in response to expressed need or
 Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
 Understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality
 A willingness and ability to travel throughout Scotland

On a day to day basis you will work with different people and teams, these
could be:
 Pupils and their families
 Colleagues
 Other Sight Scotland services
 Senior Staff
 Other education provisions
 Outside agencies
 Healthcare professionals

Requirements of this role are:
 You are a member of the PVG scheme (paid for by Royal Blind)
 You will have a 6 month probation period
 You are Microsoft Office proficient
 That you participate in all staff training and development and maintain your
own professional development

 You will wear the appropriate PPE in accordance with current guidance for the
role, including wearing of face masks, gloves and aprons.

What we can offer you:
 Generous annual leave entitlement which increases after 4 years’ service
 Generous pension scheme
 Discounts for Carers
 Access to learning and development opportunities
 Employee Perks through the Employee Assistance Programme
 Cycle to Work scheme
 And many more, please visit our website for more information - https://sightscotland.current-vacancies.com/Jobs/Advert/2291350?cid=1974

This job profile is not exhaustive. The duties of the post holder may be reviewed
from time to time and the employee may be called upon to work in other locations
within Sight Scotland.

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