Shared Lives Placement Officer

Greenwich, London (Greater)
£32.418 - £34.209
09 Feb 2021
28 Feb 2021
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Shared Lives Placement Officer

Royal Greenwich Shared Lives provides family placements, with Shared Lives Carers, for adults with a range of needs learning disabilities, mental health and neurological conditions such as Autism, physical disabilities and other complex support needs, in ordinary family homes in the community.

We are recruiting a Shared Lives placement officer to join the team on a permanent basis. As a placement officer you will be responsible to recruit, supervise, monitor and support a caseload of Shared Lives carers who are supporting adults to live an ordinary life and an extortionary way.  Adults using the service will live as part of the family in a home environment within the local community. Placement officers work in close partnership with all relevant stakeholders including the shared lives carers, service users, families, care management, day services, benefit agencies, health professionals and CQC to ensure quality outcomes for the service users that are placed.

A relevant qualification such as QCF/NVQ Level 3 in the health and social care field is required along with direct experience working with people with a learning disability and other support needs, as well as having some experience working in a supervisory capacity. You will also need to demonstrate an understanding of the issues facing people with a disability and their carers and knowledge of the relevant legislation in relation to Shared Lives and CQC.

You will need to be a fast learner who can demonstrate a willingness to develop and learn within a unique service, be an effective communicator, problem solver and have good IT skills alongside the ability to work independently and pro-actively whilst managing a diverse caseload.

Royal Greenwich Shared Lives is registered with CQC and the duties of this post involve regular contact with vulnerable adults. Appointments will be conditional upon an Enhanced DBS Disclosure being obtained via the Disclosure & Barring Service. As part of safer recruitment, all references will be taken up before interview.

During the pandemic in 2020 much of the role has been performed virtually with some home working. However the post does require the post holder to travel in the community.  Applicants must have a current driving licence and regular access to a vehicle.  You must be willing to spend time working independently in the community both locally and further afield.

For more information about the Royal Greenwich Shared Lives service please visit\sharedlives

Safer recruitment: Royal Borough of Greenwich is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Any roles which involve working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, or roles in which the duties will involve access to sensitive information relating to children, young people or vulnerable adults, the Royal Borough will take up references prior to interview. You should provide details of referees including your current and previous employers, covering the last 5 years. Candidates can request for us not to send a reference request to their current employer prior to interview by emailing us at As part of our Safer Recruitment Policy, a full employment history is also required for this role. Please provide a full employment history, together with a satisfactory written explanation of any gaps in employment. Unless otherwise stated, a Basic DBS check will be undertaken as part of the pre-employment checks for successful candidates.

Diversity Statement: Royal Borough of Greenwich values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this. We therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community.

High Volume Applications: Royal Borough of Greenwich reserves the right to close any vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date should there be a high volume of applications received.

DBS: This role requires an Enhanced DBS. (This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act,1974)

Advert Close: All vacancies close at midnight unless otherwise stated

Full Employment History: A full employment history is required for this role. Please provide a full employment history, together with a satisfactory written explanation of any gaps in employment.

Internal to External: This opportunity has recently been advertised as an opportunity for current RBG employees (internal only advertising). Applications received during the internal advertising period have been considered and processed. If you were interviewed for this position via an application to this job advertisement during the internal advertising period, any further application will not be shortlisted.

How Applications are Scored: Each application is scored according to how well the supporting statement addresses each point on the Person Specification for the role. Candidates will be short-listed for interview on the extent to which they meet the specific points within the Person Specification. The Person Specification is supplied with the job advert. When completing your application, please use the supporting statement section to tell us how you meet each of the points on the Person Specification. We need to have this information in order to consider your application. If you have a disability and are unable to meet some of the job requirements specifically because of your disability, please address this in your application. If you meet all the other criteria, you will be shortlisted and we will explore jointly with you if there are ways in which the job can be changed to enable you to meet the requirements.

Interview Arrangements: During this time, our priority for all of our recruitment activity is to make sure our applicants, hiring departments and new starters are informed, safe and supported. Careful and thorough consideration will be given to interview arrangements and for any essential in-person recruitment, we will ensure this is held in a suitable, secure setting with additional arrangements to ensure any current safety requirements are fully adhered to.

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