Service manager – Shared Lives Midlands

Job Ref:MSM1219
Hours:37 per week

Service manager – Shared Lives Midlands
Job ref: MSM1219
Location: Centrix @ Keys, Keys Business Village, Keys Park Road, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS12 2HA
Hours: 37 per week
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: £31,448 per annum (Rising to £34,361 as the service grows)

What’s Shared Lives all about?

Alex is 29 and from Staffordshire. 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 Wolverhampton 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 Midlands 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 CQC, 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. You’ll also produce reports and Newsletters of the highest standard.

To do this job well, you’ll need:

A big picture view

You’ll keep a beady eye on our overall strategic plan or as we call it, The Big Plan’. You’ll lead on the development of the service plan and help us get stuff done. You’ll put effective systems in place, monitor these, work with the people we support and our UK teams and identify ways that we can get even better at what we do.

A people person approach
You’ll rally the troops, instil a positive and productive attitude across our teams and support everyone to be the best version of themselves for the benefit of the people we support.

A strong business balance

As well as making sure people are happy and well supported , we also need to make sure our services are sustainable and can stick around for the long haul. You’ll work hard on counting the pennies, maximising our resources and promoting our service far and wide so that it can grow.

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 for applications: 24th January 2020
Interviews: 3rd February 2020

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