Shared Lives Manager – Shared Lives Isle of Man

Job Ref:SLIOMM1119
Location:Douglas, Isle of Man

Shared Lives Registered Manager – Shared Lives Isle of Man
Salary: £30,527 per annum
Job Ref No: SLIOMM1119
Location: PSS, Radcliffe Villas, Glencrutchery Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM2 6BG
Hours: 37 per week, but lesser/flexible hours will also be considered
Contract type: Fixed term, initially until December 2020

PSS in a nutshell

At PSS, we’ve got an important job to do; and that’s to help people make the most of their lives. Whether you’re working directly with the people who use our services, or behind the scenes in one of our offices, every day you’ll be helping to make other people feel happier, healthier and more supported.

We’re a social enterprise or, as we like to call it – a ‘business with a heart’. This means that all the money we make goes back into finding new ways to help people. Our aim is simple; we want to help people change their lives for the better – no matter what life throws at them. We’ve got offices across Merseyside, Wales, Manchester and the Midlands, Lincolnshire and the Isle of Man where we’re making our stamp.

What’s Shared Lives all about?

Alex is 29 and from Douglas. He works as a shop assistant in a local DIY shop. He’s a big footy fan, loves going out for a pint on a Friday night and is secretly a Love Island enthusiast – not that he’d tell that to his mates! He lives with his mum and dad at the moment, but wants to get a bit more independence. Alex has a learning disability, which means he needs a little help around the house with things like making his lunch for work, ironing and looking after his finances. He’d love to move somewhere where he knows he’ll still get the help he needs, but can also have his independence.

Sarah is 45 and lives in Ramsey with her 18-year-old son, David, and their dog Bruno.  After being on her feet all day working in a care home, she loves nothing more than putting her achy feet up, relaxing on the couch with a glass of wine and some trashy TV (she’s well and truly caught up with the Kardashians!) She likes her job, but wishes she could work for herself and have more freedom. David is off to university soon, and she’s worried she’ll be lonely without him to look after.

Notice anything?

These two are a perfect match, right?!

Shared Lives is a different type of adult placement that supports people who need a bit of extra support with daily things like cooking, cleaning, ironing and getting out and about to the shops. Each Shared Lives placement is built around the individual person, their hopes and dreams and who’ll be a good fit for them to live with. There’s lots of different types of people using Shared Lives. It could be someone with a learning disability, mental health needs or people moving on from a different type of care. Our big-hearted Shared Lives team work very hard indeed to make sure people are well matched, that both carers and people using the service feel supported and – most of all – that everyone is happy.

Thanks to PSS Shared Lives, Alex now stays with Sarah, in her house, where she supports him to make his ham sandwiches for work and get his uniform ironed and ready for a Monday morning and also have a break from home and do things on his own. Alex loves taking Bruno for a walk, and he’s still close to his mates at Sarah’s. He got his independence and gives Sarah a hand too!

Shared Lives carers are people who, like Sarah, have a spare room in their home and some spare room in their heart too. Sarah gets paid to be Alex’s temporary carer, but he’s become much more than someone she cares for professionally – he’s become part of her family.

What you’ll do

As registered manager for our Isle of Man service you’ll have an important job to do – to develop the Shared Lives service in the region and ensure everything runs smoothly.

Your main job will be in keeping all the plates spinning, looking after all the important operational stuff that goes into managing the scheme. You’ll be responsible for running the service in line with the requirements set out by Registration and Inspection. As well as making sure that we support people to achieve excellent outcomes, you’ll have the key role in ensuring that the financial management is strong so that all our budget targets are met.

To do this job well, you’re going to need:

  • A relevant professional qualification in Social Care or Health e.g. Level 5 Diploma Health and Social Care/NVQ level 4 Health and Social Care/QCF level 5 or willing to complete within 12 months.
  • Level 5 management qualification
  • Experience of managing community based care and support services to adults with a range of needs
  • Significant knowledge and understanding of person centered approaches
  • Strong influencing skills and the ability to build positive and effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • The ability to provide effective leadership and mentoring to teams to achieve excellence in service delivery
  • Self-belief and drive, along with a positive and ‘can do’ attitude
  • A driving license and use of a car, as Shared Lives arrangements require regular monitoring, some of which are in rural areas with no access to public transport routes

Candidates who consider themselves to be disabled will also be given the opportunity to attend an interview if they meet the essential criteria for the role

Closing date: 20th February 2020
Interview date: TBC

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