Shared Lives Coordinator – Buckinghamshire

Closing Date: October 22, 2021

RESPONSIBLE TO: Shared Lives Manager

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Shared Lives carers

SALARY: £25,139 – £28,566 per annum

CONTRACTED HOURS:  39 hours per week, may include some evenings and weekends.

LOCATION: Buckinghamshire, England

Due to unprecedented growth, ategi is now recruiting for a Shared Lives Co-ordinator to join our busy team in Buckinghamshire. The Scheme’s function is to assist vulnerable adults (Individuals who are elderly, or disabled including physical disabilities, brain injury drug and alcohol misuse, or who have a mental illness or learning disability). The successful candidate will become part of the Shared Lives Scheme in Wales and will provide support, management and coordination of a number of long term or short term carers’ arrangements across a wide geographical area, within the Scheme’s Region.

About ategi:

ategi is a not-for-profit provider of support services in Wales and England which has been operating for almost 30 years. We operate schemes in Wales, South Gloucestershire, Haringey and Buckinghamshire and provide three different types of service: Shared Lives; Supported Living; Visiting Support. The services we provide are designed for the specific needs of each person we support. This means that support is consistent, personalised and clear.

Our Values:

  • We Enable people to achieve their potential.
  • We Recognise, respect and value difference.
  • We Work in partnership – listening to and learning.
  • We are honest, open and accountable
  • We are supportive and compassionate.

Shared Lives:

The Shared Lives scheme sources, manages and coordinates approved Shared Lives carers who offer accommodation and support within their own homes and families to vulnerable and disabled adults who prefer to live in an ordinary household. Our experienced Shared Lives Teams conduct detailed checks and assessments on carers before matching introducing them to someone who is compatible with their circumstances and experience.

The scheme aims to provide support, management and coordination of a number of long term or short term arrangements across a wide geographical area, within the Scheme’s Region; to assess and train people who wish to become shared lives carers and to work in line with Regulations and National Minimum Standards at all times.

The role – Duties and responsibilities:

The role is multifaceted and involves exposure to all aspects of the activities carried out within the scheme, including recruitment, selection and training of coordinators, service delivery, administrative and financial tasks, management and support. The list of duties is extensive and involves (but it is not limited to):

Service delivery:

  • Provide a person-centred service enabling people to lead full and valid lives within a carer’s home and community in accordance with their preferences and choices.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with internal departments, external stakeholders and local authorities
  • Work alongside staff/Shared Lives carers as a role model demonstrating the use of non-institutional practices to decrease dependency and increase the self-esteem of the people we support.
  • Match service users to appropriate Shared Lives carers.
  • Facilitate placement reviews involving service users, their advocates where necessary, care managers and Shared Lives carers.

Recruitment and selection:

  • Support advertising and recruitment operations, including visiting and interviewing applicants and carrying out the relevant onboarding checks, in line with our procedures. Visiting and interviewing carers
  • Participate in Assistant Coordinator and Administrative staff recruitment including interviewing and involving service users in the interview process.

Administration & Finance:

  • Completion of formal Shared Lives Agreements and Licence Agreements for each arrangement.
  • Produce clear, detailed reports for reviews and completing forms (such as Housing Benefit application forms)
  • Ensure expenditure of allocated budgets are within agreed limits and reported on.
  • Monitor and agree on monthly timesheets, and implementing financial procedures, giving training if necessary

Management and support of Staff and Shared Lives carers:

  • Recruit, train, approve, monitor, lead, manage and support Shared Lives carers/staff.
  • Manage the performance and skill-development of staff and carers, conducting training needs assessment where needed.
  • Prepare clear and detailed assessment reports in line with policies and procedures and present them to the independent Approval Panel.

Training:

  •  Contribute to the development of induction and training packages. Delivering training flexibly, according to the different needs and circumstances of Shared Lives carers.
  • Identify external training provisions in accordance with individually identified training needs of Shared Lives carers.

Job Requirements include:

  •  NVQ level 3 Health & Social Care or equivalent
  • Two years of experience working in the social care sector supporting, developing and monitoring services
  • Experience of team and multi-agency working
  • Experience of liaising with families, advocates and other professionals
  • Knowledge and understanding of Shared Lives and community support teams
  • An understanding of the needs of vulnerable people and their carers

Our exclusive benefits package:

  • An excellent organisational culture
  • Opportunity to ‘buy’ up to 5 days (pro-rata where appropriate) additional annual leave in each leave year
  • Additional long-service allowance
  • 30 minutes paid break when your shift is six hours or more
  • Access to free Occupational Health
  • A competitive Employee Assistance Plan (Health Shield), with a yearly allowance on dental care; optical care; chiropody; general health and wellbeing-related expenses and other services such as GP, counselling and discounts on at least 100 (!) online retailers
  • Option to pay additional premiums on top of basic pay
  • Paid DBS application and renewal.
  • Funded CQC/CIW NVQ Training
  • Occupational pension (qualifying period)
  • Occupational Sick Pay (qualifying period)
  • Work-related mileage 45p per mile
  • EAP / Life Assurance (Death in Service)
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