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The role

About Southwark:

Southwark is an amazingly diverse and vibrant area with a strong sense of community; the estimated population is due to rise by 20% to 360,000 by 2026 making it one of the most densely populated boroughs in the country. We have a young, diverse and multi-cultural population with over 120 languages spoken in Southwark.

Southwark is a borough that brims with confidence and ambition and this is evident in its residents and communities at large. That ambition is also evident on the Council’s Borough Plan and its vision to deliver a fairer future for all. Southwark has a vibrant mix of culture, food, technology, leisure and arts on its doorstep. Historically Southwark was the centre for entertainment and arts for the city, evident by Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. The borough is home to the Tate Modern, The Shard, Dulwich Picture House Gallery, Borough Market, and has recently welcomed one of London’s newest international theatre at One London Bridge. Southwark is in the heart of London and has excellent transport links and access to central London and the South East.

Older People and Physical Disabilities (OPPD) Southwark Adult Social Care OPPD is comprised of a wide range of services. Teams include colleagues from a range of professional backgrounds including Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and non-professionally qualified staff. They work with adults with physical disability, older persons, adults with dementia and carers. This inter-professional approach allows the sharing of skills to ensure that professions work flexibly and constructively to support our residents and carers. We aim to deliver a high quality, safe, strength based service, promoting and improving independence, ensuring comprehensive person-centred assessments, reviews and interventions, supporting court work (where required) and ensuring residents are safeguarded enabling choice and control regarding their accommodation, care and support needs. We are an organisation that is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities.

We have a really strong team spirit; we work to support each other and work collaboratively with our heath colleagues. With teammates from diverse cultures, we have a proven track record of supporting colleagues to progress their professional and career development, as well as a passion for supporting students, the Social Workers and Occupational Therapists of the future.

The role:

Southwark Council is recruiting a centre manager for our provider services in Southwark. This is an exciting role that requires a candidate with compassion, organisation, creativity and proven experience in leadership to help to continue to develop a high quality service for Southwark residents.

We are highly ambitious to continue to improve our provider services offer and ensure people that use our services have the best possible service to promote their independence, self-resilience and well-being.

This post is responsible to the Service Manager for Provider Services in Adults Social Care, and you will manage a team of staff based at the Southwark Resource Centre in Walworth.

The Southwark Resource Centre provides services for eligible residents to strengthen their own resources and support networks to empower them to develop their autonomy, wellbeing and contribute to society and have more control over their daily lives. The centre provides a universal offer of support, information and advice and there are visitors from the wider community as well as third sector providers and volunteers utilising the premises. 



The service supports vulnerable adults with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, sensory needs, dementia and other age related conditions; embodying a person centered approach to enable all residents to reach their potential.

The role will need to promote safe, innovative and creative approaches to meeting the needs of both service users and visitors in line with best practice and quality assurance, alongside performance and budget management, and management oversight of resources and cases.

About you:

We are looking for an innovative and experienced leader with the drive, resilience and creativity to help lead a busy, fast-paced service within a high performing inner London borough.

You will have experience of managing others within a residential, day care environment or other comparable health and social care settings. You will have significant experience in your respective field, including experience t a leadership / line management level. You will have a genuine passion for the provision of high quality services for adults. A commitment to strengths based ways of working and being a practical thinker while keeping the person at the centre of our strategic vision. You will have awareness Social Care legislation including safeguarding adults. 

You will have a good working knowledge of health and safety legislation and compliance requirements for staff, premises and council. You will have understanding of the application of the principles of Equality and Diversity and its practice.

Additional Information:

Please note an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required for this role.

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.

Recruitment timetable:

Closing date: Friday 27th May 2022 at 23:59
Shortlisting date: Wednesday 1st June 2022
Interviews and Assessments: Friday 10th June 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.