Senior Support Worker
We are seeking a highly committed, proactive and professional Senior Support Worker to assist in the service delivery and co-ordination of a new specialist supported living service in Heysham.
This new service is currently based in Lancaster, where you will be based during the transitional phase before the service moves to its new property in Heysham. You will support the service in making this relocation that aims to be completed within twelve months.
The service has been developed to meet the needs of people who have a learning disability and/or autism and complex needs, including mental health needs and behaviours which challenge. As a number of service users will have forensic histories there will be a requirement for positive and robust risk management. The service will support 5 people in an attractive supported housing scheme, commissioned as part of the Transforming Care Programme in Lancashire. The accommodation will be completed late summer '18 and has been carefully designed to meet the needs of individuals with a range of special requirements. Tenants are expected to move from a hospital setting and will need well planned, personalised support to allow them to make a successful transition to supported living and to become more confident and independent.
As a Senior Support Worker you will assist the Registered Manager to ensure that the service is of the highest quality, meeting all CQC standards and contract requirements. You will ensure that the service works in a cohesive and coordinated manner and that service users experience fully integrated care, support and housing. You will ensure that the care and support delivered is truly personalised and provided in accordance with agreed care plans, enabling service users to enjoy wellbeing, quality of life and community connections. You will promote and re-inforce a culture of responsive, person-centred practice and active support across the service, with relationships based on respect and unconditional positive regard.
Prior experience of supporting people with a learning disability and a forensic history and/or autism who have complex needs is essential. Prior experience of supervising a staff team is preferable, however, candidates with strong values, emotional intelligence and good problem solving skills will be considered. It is essential that you have the ability to work collaboratively in order to achieve positive outcomes. You will also have relevant experience in implementing PBS and positive risk management approaches. You must demonstrate excellent assessment, support planning and report writing skills and be able to support the registered manager in achieving excellent CQC standards.
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