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Autism at Kingwood provides support for people with autism, across a wide range of intellectual ability, many with complex co-morbid mental health conditions.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Band 7 Chartered Clinical Psychologist, who has a Postgraduate qualification in Clinical (or Counselling) Psychology and current HCPC Registration, to join us on a permanent basis. Reporting to the Consultant Clinical Psychologist you will be expected to support and enhance the psychological well-being of the people we support across the Thames Valley area (mainly Oxfordshire, with some services in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire). Psychology is highly valued within Autism at Kingwood and we are proud to be able to offer it to the people we support.

The role includes undertaking psychological assessments of people we support, delivering tailored individual therapeutic interventions, working systemically with support staff teams and families, delivering training, assisting in PBS plans where appropriate, some service development, and there is the potential for supervision of others. You will greatly assist in the development and delivery of the organisation-wide implementation of a Positive Behavioural Support approach and you will play a vital role in our mission to ensure people with autism achieve their aspirations and potential.

As an employer, Autism at Kingwood is known to be responsive to creativity, new ideas and actively encourages all employees to feel able to contribute in this way. We pride ourselves on our open and transparent approach to how we operate, and look for the same from our employees. We believe in working with people’s strengths and would be interested to know how you feel you could use them with us.

You are likely to already have some experience since qualifying and be looking to join a growing and supportive charitable organisation with an excellent reputation. Experience of working with people with autism and/or a learning disability is essential as is a full driving licence and use of a car.

CLOSING DATE – 30th October 2017

For more information call Dr Sally Powis, Consultant Clinical Psychologist on 01189 310143
or to apply online follow the link below.

Autism at Kingwood provides support for people with Autism & Asperger Syndrome.

Do you want to be proud of where you work and be part of a charitable organisation with an excellent reputation for supporting its employees as well as the people it supports?

As our reputation spreads we are increasing our service provision across the Thames Valley area. To support that growth and maintain first class services for people we support we are introducing the role of Regional Director.

We are looking for a quality driven, senior operations professional with a track record in effective service delivery and development. This is an exciting opportunity to provide inspirational leadership, operational direction and management for services that enable people with autism to live their chosen life in their own home in the community.

You will support our values, have a strong experience of managing services for adults with complex needs and be seeking an opportunity to lead and manage the Area Managers to continually improve service performance and drive new development. Alongside operational expertise you will have a positive, solution finding approach to the challenges that social care provision can provide.

You are likely to have experience in social care, health, housing support or similar. A minimum of 5 years’ experience at a management level and experience of working with people with autism and/or a learning disability is essential. Full driving licence and use of a car is essential

CLOSING DATE – 23rd October 2017

INTERVIEW DATE – Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd November

For more information, please visit www.kingwood.org.uk

or call Lynn on 01189 310143

Please either apply on line or email your cv to lynn.longland@kingwood.org.uk.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Post: Regional Director

Location Head Office

Accountable to: Chief Operating Officer

Line management responsibilities: Area Managers
Senior administrative staff

Job Purpose

To provide leadership, operational direction and management for all services provided to the people we support so that:
• People we support are empowered to the lives they aspire to in their own homes.

• Support is provided within national regulatory standards and support staff work to the code of conduct for social care workers.

• Staff are well motivated and supported by the organisation

• Services we provide are of a consistently high quality and continue to develop in line with best practice

• Long term successful relationships with the people we support, families, commissioners and partners are developed and maintained

To develop support staff, systems, policies and practice that ensure the potential and aspirations of people supported and staff are understood, acted upon and delivered and that we meet or exceed standards set by external regulation and commissioning agencies.

To contribute to the delivery of financial and growth targets by delivering those set for current services within the Business Plan.

To contribute to planning, leading and project managing change and new service developments such that the organisation consistently realises its mission and delivers growth and best practice.

Principal Accountabilities

Management of the Organisation

• To set and monitor performance standards for services, identify and report on areas of under and exceptional performance and work with Area Managers to agree and implement plans for improving performance and service quality.

• To assist in the development and implementation of policy, procedure and practice alongside the people we support and in consultation with staff, team leaders to ensure services are person centred and are delivered effectively and consistently.

• To take a lead role in developing new services.

• To ensure self and employees are aware of their Health & Safety responsibilities and proactively promoting a safe working environment.

• To ensure that Area Managers are sufficiently skilled to undertake effective risk assessment and risk management in the service\s.

• To be responsible for workforce planning and development, with the HR team, in order to maximise continuity and retention, minimise vacancy rates and ensure a continuing supply of competent permanent and temporary staff.

• To oversee recruitment and retention for services, alongside the Area Managers and the HR team ensuring involvement of the people we support in the process.

• To ensure effective and regular communication between the management team and wider staff group.

People We Support:

• To take the lead role in co-ordinating and managing referrals to the organisation. Developing, organising and deploying resources to meet the needs of the people referred.

• To lead and supervise the Area Management team so that they can provide support that focuses on individuals so that they reach their full potential.

• To ensure that services are firmly focused on the needs and aspirations of the individual; that knowledge and understanding of autism or other relevant conditions is robust and used proactively to develop appropriate support strategies that improve and develop life experiences

• To work directly with the Area Managers and people with complex needs, where necessary, to act as a positive role model and lead the support team in delivering approaches to working with people with varying degrees of autistic spectrum disorder, learning disability and or mental health needs.

• Using a Positive Behaviour Support approach to ensure each person receives support that maximises their independence and enables them to live in a positive, safe, friendly and supportive environment.

• To build up and maintain positive professional links with others involved in an individual’s life including family, friends, other professionals, housing providers, other organisations and by working collaboratively to ensure a co-ordinated person centred approach is taken to meeting each person’s needs and aspirations.

• To ensure people are empowered sufficiently to be involved in the running of their homes.

• To provide support and advice to Area Managers and frontline managers producing person centred plans backed up by a process of continuous action planning that demonstrate individuals needs and aspirations are being addressed and met.

• To ensure detailed assessments are in place for people new to the services and that those already in place are regularly and thoroughly reviewed in consultation with the person, their circle of support and the staff team.

• To ensure guidelines for individualised support are developed and maintained for each person so that everyone is well supported when anxious or worried and their safety and the safety of others is maximised.

• To ensure people’s primary health care needs are met.

• To ensure individuals aspirations regarding community presence are understood and action plans are in place to achieve them.

• To build up positive relationships with each person supported so that they are included in delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the support they receive.

• To support team members to plan, prepare, implement and review guidelines for individualised support so that everyone is well supported when anxious or worried and their safety and the safety of others is maximised.

• To ensure a wide range of approaches and best practice are developed and used within the service as a means to support and enable people to live a healthy life in the way they choose (e.g. PBS, AS, Makaton, behavioural techniques, TEACCH, PECS, intensive interaction, sensory integration, multi media profiling, medication, diet, social stories).

• To work with the senior team to develop forums and systems through which direct feedback and input is obtained from people supported on service development and organisational decision making.

Staff:

• To champion the interests of people supported by maintaining the service focus on clear person centred leadership and direction.

• To attend all meetings relevant to your role (e.g. staff, Manager, review meetings).

• To enable staff to achieve their full potential through effective recruitment, training, staff development, annual appraisal, leadership and ongoing performance management.

• Through positive leadership and inclusive decision making to promote good working relationships within the staff team encouraging them through difficulties and acknowledging their contribution to the service, organisation and people’s lives.

• To deliver structured, recorded and constructive supervision to members of the team monthly and variable for occasional and agency staff dependent on the number of hours they work.

• To ensure all new staff are fully inducted and that guidelines are in place to ensure staff are familiar with and work to organisational and legal practices, policies, procedures and systems.

• To ensure that all staff in the service meet national requirements with regards to training.

• To lead on operational disciplinary and grievance matters as they arise, in accordance with the policy framework.

Finances and Administration:

• To work with the Head of Finance and Area Managers to agree and set budgets for each service that are realistic, achievable and affordable.

• To manage, oversee and negotiate contracts, contract variations and contract monitoring with commissioners as appropriate, ensuring contract income is maximised.

• To be responsible for and to manage the overall service budget.

• To recommend, plan and implement remedial action (including efficiently filling voids) where necessary to ensure services are provided within budget.

• To ensure that people supported have control over their own finances, consistent with their skills.

• To ensure that Area Managers and staff are aware of and comply with all financial and administrative procedures.

• To ensure effective and participative management and administration of people’s homes by working with them to either coordinate all repairs and maintenance or by notifying these to the relevant housing provider.

Self Development

• To contribute to the continual development of the organisation by embracing change and constructively challenging the organisation to change.

• To develop effective self-management, with the assistance of the Chief Operating Officer.

• To attend and participate in all training and development as identified to develop one’s skills and abilities and as required by the legislation.

Person Specification

 Post:                           Regional Director

 

Requirement E/D

Qualifications / Education / Training:

·         Educated to degree level

·         Business/Management qualification

·         A recognised Health & Social Care qualification i.e. QCF

·         One of the above

·         Operational training in autism, Asperger Syndrome or Learning Disability

 

 

D

D

D

E

E

Experience:

·         A strong track record in management within a health and social care setting, or within the charitable or public sector

·         Minimum experience (5 year +) gained at a senior management level within an organisation of comparative complexity

·         Minimum of 3 years experience managing services for people with autism, Asperger Syndrome or Learning Disabilities.

·         Evidence of operating at a senior Human Resources level

·         Experience of leading complex investigations and disciplinaries

·         Evidence of successfully contributing to a quality assurance programme

·         Experience of successful working with local authority departments and health and social care professionals

·         Experience of budget setting, control and monitoring

 

·         Experience of working with people with learning disabilities

·         Experience of working with providers of services to people with autism and Asperger Syndrome.

·         Experience of developing communication and engagement strategies to stakeholders

·         A strong track record in management within a health and social care setting, or within the charitable or public sector

·         Experience of working with people whose behaviour can be challenging.

·         Experience of working with a positive behaviour support approach and/or active support.

·         Ability to accurately assess risk and promote positive risk taking whilst ensuring appropriate safety measures have been implemented and documented.

 

 

E

 

E

E

 

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

 

E

D

D

 

D

 

E

 

E

D

 

E

Knowledge:

·         Knowledge of the well known legislative and regulatory framework within which services to people on the autism spectrum are delivered

·         Ability to understand the issues faced by organisations providing support to people with a learning disability and/or autism and Asperger Syndrome

·         Knowledge of latest policy developments and best practice in respect of people on the autistic spectrum

·         Knowledge of employee law and legislation in a social care setting

·         Knowledge of operating and managing volunteers in the charitable sector

·         Knowledge of the legislative and regulatory framework within which services to people on the autism spectrum are delivered. Specifically confident working knowledge of the CQC refreshed inspection approach.

·         Proven knowledge of the health and safety risks within services

 

E

 

E

 

D

 

E

D

E

 

 

D

 

Skills & Competencies:

·         Evidence of strong leadership skills in the management and development of best practice within organisations providing autism or learning disability services.

·         Excellent (oral and written) communication, presentation and networking skills

·         Ability to plan strategically

·         Ability to grasp complex information and interpret key issues

·         Ability to analyse information, identify actions and produce professional reports

·         Self driven and motivated

·         Driving licence

·         Good ICT skills inc: MS Office range of tools

·         Sound base knowledge of social media tools

 

 

 

E

 

 

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

D

Personal Attributes:

·         Leadership skills with an ability to build positive relationships

·         A proven ability ensure organisational performance improvement, maintaining a commitment to quality and values strength

·         Understanding of the needs and expectations of the organisation’s stakeholders (people with autism, families, staff)

·         Ability to form robust and effective relationships with a wide range of individuals and groups

·         Commitment to equality and diversity and the values of Kingwood

·         Ability to present a professional approach and be positive ambassador for Kingwood.

·         To be able to participate in out of hours on call and provide cover in services if required in exceptional circumstances

 

E

 

E

E

 

E

E

E

 

E

Kingwood provides support for people with Autism & Asperger Syndrome. We are committed to developing new ways of supporting people with Autism to achieve their potential.

An exciting opportunity to lead & manage person centred support services that enable people with Autism to live their chosen life in their own home and in the community.

You will ensure that service provision meets the needs of the people we support; adheres to regulatory standards and is designed around the preferences of the individual. You will meet with Commissioners regarding contract monitoring for the delivery of existing services and planning new services.

The successful candidate will be experienced in delivering services to adults with complex and sometimes challenging needs and will have the responsibility for all day to day operations. You will need excellent communications skills and the ability to use your own initiative and make sound decisions. You will contribute to the planning, and leading of existing and new service developments whilst managing change at a senior management level. You will ensure that your team to operate in a safe, professional and creative way, providing a quality service to the people we support.

A full driving licence and a minimum of 3 years’ experience at a management level and experience of working with people with autism and/or a learning disability is essential

If you come and work for us you will get:
• Kingwood funded transferrable DBS check
• Amazing benefits including holiday and sick pay
• Excellent career & development opportunities within a growing organisation
• Travel time and mileage paid where applicable
• Refer a friend incentive scheme

CLOSING DATE – 8th October 2017
INTERVIEW DATE – 16th & 17th October 2017

For more information or to apply online visit our website. www.kingwood.org.uk or call Lynn on 01189 310143

We care about staff as much as we care about the people we support. Kingwood has an excellent reputation as a specialist support provider of services for people with autism and learning disabilities and/or Asperger Syndrome and mental health.

This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity for a committed individual who is looking to progress their career and take on a new challenge. You will be responsible for the smooth running of our services. Duties will include a range administrative tasks and providing direct support to service users.

You will need to have experience of working with adults with autism and/or Learning disabilities. A QCF/NVQ is desirable but not essential

FULL DRIVING LICENCE AND USE OF A CAR ESSENTIAL

CLOSING DATE – 13th September 2017
INTERVIEW DATE – 25th September 2017

If you come and work for us you will get:

  • Kingwood funded transferable DBS check
  • Amazing benefits including holiday and sick pay
  • Excellent career development opportunities
  • Fully funded training programme
  • Travel time and mileage paid where applicable
  • Refer a friend incentive scheme

For more information or to apply online visit our website. www.kingwood.org.uk or call Julie Harmsworth on 01189 310143

We care about staff as much as we care about the people we support.

Kingwood has an excellent reputation as a specialist support provider of services for people with autism and learning disabilities or Asperger Syndrome and mental health.

Our aim is to support adults to develop new skills and live independently both at home and in the community.

Experience is not necessary. If you have the right values and an interest in helping others, we would love to hear from you.

 

If you come work for Kingwood you will get:

  • Kingwood funded transferable DBS check
  • Amazing benefits including holiday and sick pay
  • Excellent career development programme
  • Flexible hours are available and drivers preferred
  • Travel time and mileage paid where applicable
  • Refer a friend incentive scheme

Person Specification and Job Description.

Please apply online or call us on 0118 9310143 for an application pack.

We care about staff as much as we care about the people we support.

Kingwood has an excellent reputation as a specialist support provider of services for people with autism and learning disabilities or Asperger Syndrome and mental health.

Our aim is to support adults to develop new skills and live independently both at home and in the community.

Experience is not necessary. If you have the right values and an interest in helping others, we would love to hear from you.

If you come work for Kingwood you will get:

  • Kingwood funded transferable DBS check
  • Amazing benefits including holiday and sick pay
  • Excellent career development programme
  • Flexible hours are available and drivers preferred
  • Travel time and mileage paid where applicable
  • Refer a friend incentive scheme

Person Specification and Job Description.

Please apply online or call us on 0118 9310143 for an application pack.

We care about staff as much as we care about the people we support.

Kingwood has an excellent reputation as a specialist support provider of services for people with autism and learning disabilities or Asperger Syndrome and mental health.

Our aim is to support adults to develop new skills and live independently both at home and in the community.

Experience is not necessary. If you have the right values and an interest in helping others, we would love to hear from you.

If you come work for Kingwood you will get:

  • Kingwood funded transferable DBS check
  • Amazing benefits including holiday and sick pay
  • Excellent career development programme
  • Flexible hours are available and drivers preferred
  • Travel time and mileage paid where applicable
  • Refer a friend incentive scheme

Person Specification and Job Description.

Please apply online or call us on 0118 9310143 for an application pack.

We care about staff as much as we care about the people we support.

Kingwood has an excellent reputation as a specialist support provider of services for people with autism and learning disabilities or Asperger Syndrome and mental health.

Our aim is to support adults to develop new skills and live independently both at home and in the community.

Experience is not necessary. If you have the right values and an interest in helping others, we would love to hear from you.

If you come work for Kingwood you will get:

  • Kingwood funded transferable DBS check
  • Amazing benefits including holiday and sick pay
  • Excellent career development programme
  • Flexible hours are available and drivers preferred
  • Travel time and mileage paid where applicable
  • Refer a friend incentive scheme

Person Specification and Job Description.

Please apply online or call us on 0118 9310143 for an application pack.