Southwark is a large, ambitious and progressive council with a ‘can do’ attitude and enviable reputation. As a council, we are successful, passionate and forward-thinking. We are committed to our ‘Fairer Futures for All’ promise which ensures that our residents and businesses are central to everything we do.
An exciting team manager role has become available within Southwark Adult Social Care's Placements service. This is a great opportunity to be a key part of a highly motivated, strong performing and friendly service.
The Placements team help source social care services for adults and young people living in the community and those in care settings. These services include but are not restricted to: Domiciliary homecare, Direct Payments, Day Care, Telecare, Shared Lives, Supported Living, Residential and Nursing Care homes. Our Placements team works across several different services areas including: Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Substance Misuse, Older Persons and Physical Disabilities, as well as our All Age Disability service. In addition, we work with colleagues in the NHS and services users in receipt of personal health budgets.
The service operates five days a week in a fast-paced environment and follows a hybrid working model. The role will involve line managing placement coordinators and negotiating with care providers to ensure appropriate fees for both parties. The Placements team is based in Adult Social Care but has close working relations with the Council's commissioning service.
Southwark Council is committed to the ethical care charter and is also working with providers as part of the Fair Cost of Care Exercise.
We want to recruit the best person for this role. The successful candidate will be able to promote and facilitate innovation, creativity and continuous improvement in care and support arrangements within their teams.
We anticipate that you’ve had experience in organisational management, complaint handling and managing change. You will also have knowledge of financial systems and controls, and standard Microsoft products (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint). You will be able to oversee the effective and efficient delivery of brokerage activities to identify effective care and support arrangements for children and adults (specialising in a particular life stage), working with operational services, providers and service users. To demonstrate and maintain robust oversight of financial arrangements for care and support packages which enables quality and value, utilising frameworks and cost-effective contractual mechanisms as far as possible.
The prospective candidate should be able to build and lead effective working relationships with key suppliers and the wider market, working with Commissioning Managers to shape and develop the market for care and support arrangements. Similarly, they will need to keep key stakeholders informed and enabled to make decisions on care and support arrangements, including providing relevant information, analysis and reports on activity, performance and the market.
Reference number: SC05303
Please note this post requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at Basic level.
If you would like an informal discussion regarding this opportunity, please contact Jake Barnes on 0207 525 7386.
Benefits and More Information:
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. You will benefit from 28 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 36 days with continuous service, a generous local government salary related pension, cycle to work and cycle loan scheme, season-ticket loan, confidential wellbeing and counselling support. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit our Staff Benefits page.
Interview and Assessment date: 15 December 2022.
We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together programme. We particularly welcome applications from members of the Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.