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Area Support Manager

Job reference: 005057

Location: Lancashire

Closing date: 21/08/2022

Interview date: Not specified

Salary / hourly rate: £38,127.38 per annum

Employment type: Full Time

Hours per week: 37.5

For more information on the role, please contact Ashley Turner

Type of service – Supported Living

Location – Lancashire, Preston

Salary information – £38,127.38 per annum

Working hours – 37.5 hours

We provide 24/7 support to some people, so you will need to have flexibility to work shifts, including sleep in nights, weekends and bank holidays.

A full UK driving licence is essential for this role.

Find your place with us and help change lives.

We are one of the largest learning disability charities in the UK, supporting over 2,500 people through our friendly, supportive, creative and diverse teams.

Join us as a manager with Hft and you’ll develop your social care career with one of the leading names in the sector. You’ll go to work each day knowing you can make a real difference to the lives of adults with learning disabilities.

About the role
There’s no such thing as a typical day here. As an Area Support manager, you will be responsible for leading a cluster of Supported Living services, inspiring your team and putting the tools in place to ensure your services are safe, caring, effective and well led.  You will work closely with the Registered Area manager to achieve this. This is a great opportunity to take on new responsibilities and build your management and leadership skills. 

You’ll be managing teams of people and using Hft’s unique, person-centred model to support adults with learning disabilities, enabling them to lead enjoyable, fulfilling lives. We give our managers significant accountability and opportunity. This is a key role and you’ll have a wide range of responsibilities across three different supported living services.

An integral part of the local management team, the Area Support Manager will work alongside the Registered Area Manager, who has overall responsibility for all aspects of the operational day to day leadership and management of the services, including registration.  You will be responsible and accountable for delivering, monitoring, maintaining and providing the highest standards of clinical and personal support and service delivery. You will do this, while promoting independence and choice to the people supported in services that are designated to them.

As a senior member of the local management team, you will promote and lead good practice at all times and act as an exemplary role model and continue to be responsible for all duties set out in the Team Manager or Support Worker job descriptions.

You will be accountable for the overall effective management of the agreed delivery hours for each service and for ensuring the budgeted income/contribution levels are met within those services. This will include the effective management of all resources within or associated with the Area of services.

You are expected to assist in this accountability by taking delegated responsibility for a designated number of services and hours and deputise as directed in the Registered Area managers absence. The Area Support Manager will share the direct supervision of the Team Managers and their support teams with the Registered Area Manager.

Responsibilities will include people management, legislation, compliance and finance.

About you
This is a demanding role for someone who is ready to step up and take their leadership and management skills to the next level.

You will care about how you work in partnership with others, working closely with the people Hft supports and their families, along with your Hft colleagues, local authorities and other agencies.

You will speak out for the people we support, negotiating the best possible support contracts. You’ll have great scope to innovate, network and make the most of collaborative opportunities.  And you will also need experience of working with adults or children with learning disabilities, ideally with people with complex needs.

Experience of supervising and managing a team is essential.

Hold a Level 5 Diploma in in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (or acceptable equivalent) OR have the ability to achieve this within 18 months of appointment.​​​​​​​

What we offer
The career development opportunities at Hft are excellent. With Investors in People and Skills for Care accreditation we are committed to investing in our teams to ensure they have the specialist skills and expertise needed to support others to live the best life possible. Your will receive a full induction.


  • Apprenticeships - gain a fully funded Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management whilst earning
  • Access to the Hft Plus benefits package, which includes a range of discounts and rewards across shops, restaurants, gym membership and days out and also includes an Employee Assistance Programme with telephone and face-to-face support options
  • Access to award winning training and development – Hft is one of only four charities to have achieved the Skills for Care ‘Centre of Excellence’ provider status
  • Annual staff award scheme – The Fusion Awards, and peer recognition through our GEM awards programme
  • 25 days annual leave (plus 8 statutory bank holidays) (pro rata for part time staff)
  • A contributory pension scheme & life assurance
  • ​​​​​​​Free DBS Check

Join us and help change lives.​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​We ask all our teams to take advantage of the Covid-19 vaccination, which is offered to frontline support workers as a priority group. We strongly encourage all colleagues to remain fully vaccinated as part of our wider infection control procedures.

Want to know more about who Hft are as an organisation? Then please check out the video below.


​​​​​​​We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive sufficient applications.

Hft's usual terms and conditions apply.
Hft is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. As a Disability Confident Employer, Hft is helping to ensure that disabled people have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations that people without disabilities do.
Successful applicants will need to undertake an enhanced disclosure check against the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Having a criminal record may not bar you from employment.