Placement co-ordinator

Placement co-ordinator – Learning & Development
Job ref: PCLD0819
Location: PSS, Eleanor Rathbone House, Connect Business Village, 24 Derby Road, Liverpool, L5 9PR
Hours: 22.5 per week
Salary: £29,642 pro rata per annum
Contract type: Permanent

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 – whatever life throws at them. 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 support people. We’ve got offices across Merseyside, Wales, Manchester, the Isle of Man, Lincolnshire and the Midlands, where we’re making our stamp. Our learning and development team is based in our head office, Eleanor Rathbone House, in Liverpool.

What’s our learning and development team all about?

This year, PSS celebrates 100 years of being around and there’s no secret to why we’re looking this great at 100 years old. It’s a product of our genuine, determined, open-minded, professional and big-hearted staff, who truly go the extra mile to make sure that we’re awesome. Our learning and development team are the powerhouse behind this, providing people with the tools, the knowledge and the confidence they need to be the very best they can be in their current role or future career.

It’s our mission to be around for future generations which means we never want to stop being innovative and challenging the boundaries of the support we provide to so many people. Staff expertise are a big deal around here – and for good reason; the people who use our services deserve nothing less than the most top-notch support.  In order to achieve this, it’s crucial that our people never stop learning and developing, making this a tremendously important team to be a part of.

As the first organisation in the country to introduce social care placements, we understand that this nurturing should begin early on in the learning process. We provide student placements for those pursuing a future career in social care and we support these innovators of the future, up-skilling them using our models of best practice. After all, our guidance to them can effectively steer the social care landscape of tomorrow. The placement coordinator role will focus on people currently studying for a social care qualification and gaining valuable, hands-on experience in one of our services.

What you’ll do as placement coordinator

As a placement coordinator, you’ll have a very important job to do, in ensuring that students are happy on their social care placements, that they understand how our services work and – most of all – that they can provide positive outcomes for the people who use our services, whilst developing their own skills and expertise in the sector.

You’ll maintain excellent relationships with our operational heads of service – the people who manage each of our services –  to ensure that students gain the best from their time at PSS. In addition to this, you’ll work alongside the head of learning and development to make sure all the I’s are dotted and t’s are crossed in relation to the Cheshire Merseyside Wirral Teaching Partnership requirements, the important needs of our services and also the student’s personal support needs.

You’ll need to be super organised, looking after each and every one of our placements with things like:

  • Being a people person and supporting student social workers by assisting them with their practice education during their placement.
  • Being a king or queen of organisation through accurate record keeping, timely and appropriate contact with internal and external practice educators and the teaching partnership.
  • Being the go-to person for universities to liaise with on placing nurse students in our services.

To the best you can be at this job, we’ll need you to:

  • Be a strong communicator. It’s really important to us that positive relationships with people right across PSS and our external partners is a big priority.
  • Have some experience of working in an office environment and be a dab hand on MS Office with skills in Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Have oodles of self-belief and drive, along with a positive ‘can do’ attitude.

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.

PSS is a social enterprise that works across the North of England and North Wales. We believe that whatever challenges life brings, people should have the chance to change things for the better.

This role sits within the Central Services Directorate of PSS and is responsible for practice educating a number of students the placing of student social workers and liaising with the Cheshire Merseyside Teaching Partnership, local universities and PSS staff to provide an effective and quality service


Closing date for applications: Friday 23rd August 2019
Interviews to be held: TBC

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