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Team Leader - Supported Living

Location: Thorne, Ashcroft Lodge

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £9.70 per hour

Closing Date: Wednesday 20th February

Job summary

To work within the Mission, Vision and Values of Autism Plus and the aims and objectives of the service.

To be responsible for the operational management of the staff working in supported living services within Thorne. You will ensure that the service provided will meet the needs and choices of service users and their families, by ensuring that all contract requirements and expectations are fully met.

To ensure service users receive tailored person centred support which meets and improves upon health and well being needs, enabling them to enjoy a fulfilling and valued life, by ensuring service users participate in the community and are given the opportunity to develop their abilities as fully as possible.

To promote equal opportunities.

To represent Autism Plus and be responsible for upholding high standards.

Key Responsibilities

• To ensure that staff develop and sustain professional and trusting relationships with service users and that staff promote their self esteem,

happiness and emotional health.

• To ensure that staff encourage and support service users in expressing their needs, views and concerns. To enable service users to make choices and decisions and to participate as fully as possible in planning and decision making processes. To promote Person Centred Planning and BILD

at all times.

• To ensure that staff respect and promote the rights and entitlements of people with learning disabilities and autism and to enable them to participate as fully as possible in their communities. To ensure that service users are offered access to sources of independent advocacy and advice.

• To ensure that the service supports service users in developing socially valued lifestyles which include a varied range of culturally and age appropriate experiences, building on the strengths, interests and aspirations of the service user. To enable people to access social, leisure, work and educational opportunities and to sustain an active programme of

involvement in such activities.

• To promote a warm and positive approach to the friends and families of service users. To involve families and significant others in the planning of individual support, where this is in accordance with service user preferences.

• To ensure that service users are enabled to become as independent as possible and to grow in confidence, competence and personal effectiveness. To achieve this through the provision of practical assistance, support, teaching, advice, role modelling, encouragement and positive feedback.

• To coach staff in the use of appropriate strategies and interventions, as specified by the Person Centred Plan, to support people who express their frustrations and needs through challenging behaviour. To act as an appropriate role model with regard to issues around authority, personal

conflict and responsibility.

• To devise and implement detailed management guidelines, individual programmes and protocols for managing challenging behaviour.

• To ensure that service users receive all necessary advice, care and regular health checks to maintain their physical and emotional well being. To promote nutrition, relaxation, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

• To ensure that medication is administered and recorded as prescribed. To organise safe procedures for the collection, storage and administration of medication within Autism Plus guidelines.

• To observe and monitor the service users’ emotional and physical well being and to inform relevant staff and agencies of any concerns or significant changes in their needs, behaviour and circumstances adhering to the Mental Capacity Act and Autism Plus Safeguarding policy and procedure. 

• To ensure that emergencies and incidents are responded to promptly and appropriately within Autism Plus policy and reporting procedures and to maintain the welfare and safety of clients [and staff] with due regard to accident reporting, risk assessment, due diligence, and the Health and

Safety at Work Act.

• To ensure that staff carry out and record all financial transactions involving service users within agency guidelines. To ensure that service users are enabled to be as independent as possible in the management of their personal finances. To ensure that they obtain their full benefit entitlement and are given advice and assistance in connection with

budgeting, payment of bills and avoidance of debt.

• To promote anti discriminatory practice and to ensure that the services are responsive to the specific needs of female service users and clients from

ethnic minorities.

• To ensure that the specific needs of service users, who have additional problems, including physical health needs and disabilities, communication and mental health needs, are fully identified, assessed and fully responded

to as appropriate.

• To ensure that all service users have Individual Support Plans and person centred plans which are regularly reviewed and evaluated. To monitor the content, implementation and effectiveness of plans. To ensure that all service users have a key worker and co worker and to act as the nominated key worker as appropriate in line with BILD.

• To ensure that service users receive appropriate and adequate care and support to meet their individual needs, drawn from the full range of external services available, as well as from resources available within the project. To ensure that all service users are effectively linked into Care Management mechanisms and have identified statutory Key Workers.

For further details regarding the role please view the job description below.

To apply please send a completed application form to: or by post to: Autism Plus, Exchange Brewery, 2 Bridge Street, Sheffield, S3 8NS. Please note we can only accept CV's with a completed short application form which can be downloaded via the link below.

           Application Form           Short Application Form with CV           

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