At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.
With a little over 207,000 residents and 8,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.
Your New Role
The service matches adults with support needs to suitable households and monitors the arrangements regularly to ensure high quality care and support is provided within a safe, inclusive and homely environment. The Shared Lives Service is committed to the provision of support that is personalised and promotes inclusion, rights, choice and independence across all groups of adults who require care and support to live independent lives. The service is regulated by the Care Quality Commission and operates within the Health and Social Care Act Regulations 2014, it has been rated “Good” in all areas at the last inspection; the report is available on the CQC website.
As a Shared Lives Officer you will manage a caseload of approved Shared Lives carers, providing support while monitoring them in their role, in line with the CQC framework for registered adult social care services. As part of a small team you will consider referrals and coordinate the matching and introduction of people to suitable Shared Lives carers. You will work in partnership with social workers, care coordinators and health professionals and will meet the individuals and those in their support network to explain what Shared Lives has to offer. You will collate information that enables the team to determine suitable matches through assessment of needs and lifestyles, as well as working with prospective carers, including visits to their homes to support them through the approval process.
What you’ll need to succeed
You will need to demonstrate a relevant health or social care qualification as well as substantial experience working in a social care setting. You will need a good working knowledge of the Care Act 2014 and person centred practice. You should demonstrate a good understanding of the Shared Lives model as well as an understanding of disability. You should understand the role of the Care Quality Commission and relevant regulations, as well have demonstrable IT skills for recording. You will need excellent assessment skills and a good understanding of the personalisation agenda. You will also need excellent communication skills and confidence presenting information.
What you’ll get in return
In return for your commitment you will be offered training and development opportunities and will be working within a supportive, motivated and friendly team. We strive for continuous development and positive outcomes for the people that use the service.
As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. Annual leave starts at 26 days going up to 30 days and staff discounts for travel and local shops. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career.
To make sure your application is above the rest and for full job details, please review the “Job Profile” to ensure your application matches the requirements of the role and you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile. If you wish to send a CV, please consider a cover letter outlining why you are the perfect candidate for this position.
We look forward to speaking with you soon.
Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of ‘adults at risk’, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.