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Assistant Unit Manager

Portsmouth City Council Jobs

Reference: 2865-3522

Job details



Job type

Full time, Part time, Permanent


£31,370 - £34,787 p.a. pro rata plus a 17% shift enhancement

Closing date

26/01/2020 11:59 pm

Job type/hours – Permanent – various hours available – up to 37 hours per week. 7am – 10pm, the rota incorporates some weekend working and may include Bank Holiday working.

Interviews will be held on week commencing 3rd February 2020

What is the purpose of Adult Social care from a service user perspective?

“Help me, when I need it, to live the life I want to live”

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 8,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

The Service

Shearwater is in Milton and is a purpose built home for 60 adults with dementia.  We opened in August 2005.  The accommodation is over 3 floors with 20 residents on each floor. Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom and shower.  We have over 100 staff in our team who work different shifts across all floors within the home.

Russets is a purpose built service in Hilsea that provides respite care for adults who have learning disabilities and live within the area of Portsmouth.  In addition to this Russets also provide adults with a learning disability with residential accommodation. Russets is the only unit of its kind in Portsmouth. 

Your New Role

You will be responsible for supporting the manager and deputy manager to run the Residential Home, you will assist in managing all the care / domestic staff in the unit as well as being first line manager to allocated staff. You will be responsible for personal supervisions, appraisals, probation meetings and to assist staff development.

Supervising the day to day activities, staff rotas ensuring adequate staffing on a daily basis in the unit, booking and ensuring staff have the correct training, leave requests, absence management and referrals to occupational health, keeping clear and concise records and communicating effectively with health colleagues, other professionals and relatives. 

What you’ll need to succeed

You need to have an NVQ 4 in Social Care with a comprehensive understanding of equality and diversity.

Have substantial experience working in a residential setting with cognitive behaviour/dementia residents or adults with a learning disability. 

You will have a clear understanding and demonstrable evidence of supervisory skills. As you will be required to supervise staff and support their training and development need, managing poor performance and sickness levels.

Knowledge of staff rotas is also needed to ensure the correct staff levels for the service maintained. 

Have substantial knowledge of CQC regulations and relevant legislation to include care standards, health and safety, service delivery, confidentiality, data protection (GDPR), mental capacity act, employment law and equal opportunities and the ability to interpret them in terms of the service delivery.

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. Annual leave starts at 26 days going up to 30 days and staff discounts for travel and local shops. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career.

What next

To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “Job Profile” for full details of the role to ensure your application matches the requirements. If you wish to send a CV, please consider a cover letter outlining why you are the perfect candidate for this position and ensure you demonstrate how you meet the points of the profile.

Please indicate which post you are applying for.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Portsmouth Local Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

How to apply


Send your completed application form to

Please make sure the job reference number and post title is in the subject of your email.


Send your completed application form to:

Recruitment, Portsmouth City Council,
Floor 1, Core 5, Civic Offices
Guildhall Square

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