Shared Lives Development Worker - £20,790

16 Mar 2019
28 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Shared Lives Development Worker (carer recruitment) - Shared Lives Lincolnshire
Job ref: LINSLDW0319
Location: PSS, National Centre of Art and Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, NG34 7TW
Salary: £20,790 per annum
Hours: 37 per week

PSS provides a diverse range of person-centred services, which operate across the North of England, East of England, the Midlands, Wales and the Isle of Man.

Alex is 29 and from Sleaford. He works as a shop assistant in a local DIY shop. He’s a big footy fan, loves going out for a pint on a Friday night and is secretly a fan of watching Love Island – not that he’d tell that to his mates! He lives with his mum and dad at the moment, but wants to get a bit more independence. Alex has a learning disability, which means he needs a little help around the house with things like making his lunch for work, ironing and looking after his finances. He’d love to move somewhere where he knows he’ll still get the help he needs, but can also have his independence.

Sarah is 45 and lives in Grantham with her 18-year-old son, David, and their dog Bruno. After being on her feet all day working in a care home, she loves nothing more than putting her achy feet up, relaxing on the couch with a glass of wine and some trashy TV (she’s well and truly caught up with the Kardashians!) She likes her job, but wishes she could work for herself and have more freedom. David is off to university soon, and she’s worried she’ll be lonely without him to look after.

Notice anything?

These two are a perfect match, right?!

PSS Shared Lives is about giving people with learning disabilities the opportunity to live in a happy, safe home for a short time with one of our self-employed Shared Lives carers. Thanks to PSS Shared Lives, Alex now stays with Sarah, in her house, where she supports him to make his ham sandwiches for work and get his uniform ironed and ready for a Monday morning and also have a break from home and do things on his own. Alex loves taking Bruno for a walk, and he’s still close to his mates at Sarah’s. He got his independence and gives Sarah a hand too!

Shared Lives carers are people who, like Sarah, have a spare room in their home and some spare room in their heart too. Sarah gets paid to be Alex’s temporary carer, but he’s become much more than someone she cares for professionally – he’s become part of her family.

We’re PSS, a social enterprise that helps people change their lives for the better. As one of our Shared Lives development workers, you’ll have an important job to do – to develop the Shared Lives service in Lincolnshire! Using your knowledge of care and support planning, you’ll put plans in place to help people like Alex have his needs met and have a break with his new carer, and you’ll also be responsible for making sure this all runs smoothly.

It will be your job to find, assess and recruit carers like Sarah to work as self-employed PSS Shared Lives carers, and to be a Shared Lives ambassador, welcoming people into the service and helping us promote it whenever you can.

As carer recruitment lead, you'll have an important job to do in growing Shared Lives in existing and new areas, finding new and innovative ways to recruit carers and looking for media opportunities to promote Shared Lives. You'll work to specific KPIs and targets to ensure the service delivery is exceptional.

To do this job well, you’re going to need:

  • Experience of putting care or support plans together;
  • Experience of working with health and social care professionals to deliver great outcomes;
  • A Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social care (or comparable)
  • Great communication skills;
  • Passion for finding people safe and happy homes;
  • An Enhanced Disclosure;
  • A big heart, open mind, determination, professionalism and a genuine personality.
  • A driving license, as this role will include frequent visits to carers and people who use our services in areas not accessible by public transport

Your trusty candidate pack will help you get a feel for what it’s like to work with us, find out what we’re looking for, explain the recruitment process and help you decide whether you can see yourself as a part of our amazing team. Each section is crammed with hints and tips to help you make a great application, so please take the time to give it a good read.

Key dates

  • Closing date – 25th March 2019

Please email your completed application and monitoring form to

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