Commissioning and quality team opportunities

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  • Be at the heart of influencing and developing our vision


North Yorkshire is a great place to work. Our geography is stunning; our communities are engaged and our staff are committed to achieving the best for our residents.

At a time when all are challenged in local government, our finances were judged by our LGA peer review in 2016 to be sound and under control and we are rightly proud of services across the council which are striving and achieving excellence. We take a corporate approach to change and have resources to support our big change programmes, both internally and with our health partners.

Our health and adult service is an exciting place to work, committed to delivering services to its local community and providing opportunities for our local residents.

We are proud of our successful track record as a leading care service provider and we consistently appear amongst the top performing county councils in the country.

We have been transforming the way we offer support to people over the last four years, embedding a strength-based approach and a strong commitment to targeted prevention and early intervention, which we can see delivering real results and benefits. Our health partnerships are complex but we are working positively and productively with our health partners to join up both commissioning and service delivery. We are shifting towards GP cluster-based working, but with an eye always on ensuring equality of outcomes across the whole county.

Our commissioning teams work within the commissioning and quality section of health and adult services with heads of service for county-wide commissioning, locality commissioning and housing market development.

Our teams have been hugely successful over the last four years; from the delivery of our nationally recognised extra care programme to the reshaping of historic prevention support contracts; the development of our award winning voluntary sector dementia support services; and the launch and implementation of a number of strategies, including dementia, carers, learning disabilities, and autism… and much more… But there is still more to do and we are ready for the challenges ahead - or we will be with you on board!

We are looking to recruit additional commissioning team members to continue this inspirational journey. We have a number of vacancies resulting from a restructure, which has seen us increase our capacity and streamline our management arrangements, to ensure we are ready for integrated working and to enhance our market shaping work. We want to work much more in localities, which are based on the clinical commissioning group areas, to develop our understanding of the local communities, build positive relationships with a range of partners and be the go to teams for knowledge of the localities.

Our team invests in partnership and in innovation with our providers and our residents. The teams support each other to deliver the best we can for our communities and for the North Yorkshire pound.

If you have the ambition and skills and want to work in a team which embraces opportunity, complexity and challenge - we are looking to recruit:

  • Head of housing market development  
  • Housing market development officers
  • County-wide commissioning managers
  • Market development manager
  • Locality commissioning officers

We are looking for people who can deliver transformational change, define our future direction and have a clear vision of success, a passion for significant challenges, and a track record of delivering lasting and innovative results within adult social care.

In any of the roles, you will be at the heart of influencing and developing our vision to shape and drive forward the integration agenda for health and adult social care services. Close partnership working will be key and you will have a visible presence with a range of internal and external partners, with links to regional and national groups.

North Yorkshire offers significant scale compared with the vast majority of other local authority areas, providing a unique opportunity to take your career in a variety of directions. Our diversity also allows us to offer some flexibility in terms of office location, centred around the needs of our customers and the achievement of visible leadership.

You will be joining inspirational and forward thinking teams, enabling you to succeed both personally and professionally.

If this sounds like something you would like to be part of, we would love to hear from you!

North Yorkshire is a great county with people and businesses who are proud to live here, proud of what they do and of who they are; the people who work for and represent the county council are just the same. We are passionate about the place that we work in and the people for whom we work. We are proud about what we have achieved as a council; confident about the services that we provide and ambitious for the future even through the difficult times of austerity.

A recent Local Government Association (LGA) peer challenge found that our council is a good place to work, with strong leadership and a loyal and committed workforce who have access to well-regarded training and development.

We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, offering a range of training and development opportunities and career progression allowing you to manage your own development journey and empowering you to control your career. We positively encourage flexible working and we provide you with the technology you need to work from a wide variety of locations. In addition to your salary we offer a range of great benefits to help you financially make life a bit easier. From childcare vouchers, travel loans, shopping and gym discounts to name but a few you can find more information on the range of benefits we offer within our  Total Rewards brochure (pdf / 1 MB).

North Yorkshire really is a stunning, vibrant county with safe communities and excellent education. Over the past two years the new national crime figures have revealed North Yorkshire to be the safest place in England. It is rich in heritage and culture, in a backdrop of outstanding natural beauty with four national parks in easy reach, vibrant cities, market towns, quaint villages, stunning rural and coast landscapes. If you are considering relocating to North Yorkshire we provide a comprehensive   relocation benefits package (pdf / 179 KB) (subject to eligibility) and as a whole North Yorkshire offers some great employment opportunities for your family members along with over 87 per cent of children going to good or outstanding schools. A simply stunning location to live and work, we really do have it all!

The county benefits from excellent road and rail links, being half way between Edinburgh and London, with easy access via the East Coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London just two hours by train. North Yorkshire borders the Lake District, Lancashire, County Durham, and Yorkshire and Humber regions with all they have to offer.

To find out more about what it is like to work at North Yorkshire County Council take a look at the following video:

About the roles

Location: Countywide, based at Northallerton

Salary: Up to £62,820

Our commissioning team is part of our highly successful health and adult services and we are looking for a head of housing market development to join us on a full time basis.

It is a pivotal time for both North Yorkshire and the county council's development as we take forward our 2020 plans and work with partners to develop a distinctive public health and adult social care agenda. This aims to support more people to live longer, healthier and independent lives.

We are on an exciting, transformational journey, with a new adult social care service launched in April last year. This has a much greater emphasis placed on prevention, reablement and independence, ensuring we meet the requirements of the Care Act.

As head of housing market development you will lead a small team and will work in conjunction with our other commissioning teams and our care and support teams to ensure we can support people to live happy, healthy and independent lives in their own homes.

We have a successful and acclaimed extra care development programme in full swing and are looking to continue the delivery of further extra care schemes. One of our current challenges is to explore how we can address the needs for more accommodation with nursing care. We also plan to extend the benefits of the programme to our supported accommodation for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs.

As head of housing market development you will shape our strategic opportunities around housing and accommodation. A leader you will mix together creativity and due process to develop opportunities, and deliver results, in partnership with health, housing and care providers and the district and borough councils.

You will be challenged with developing and delivering strategic policy and objectives as well as negotiating and influencing at a senior level both within the council, with chief officers and senior politicians, and with partner organisations.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Dale Owens, assistant director of care and support, on 01609 534814.

 Job description / person specification (pdf / 336 KB)

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Location: Countywide, based in Northallerton

Salary: Up to £41,846

Would you like to join a growing team with a track record of successful delivery in a challenging and complex environment?

We are currently looking for commissioning managers to join our team at this very exciting time.

As commissioning manager you will be responsible for commissioning health and social care services in a complex and challenging environment for the population of North Yorkshire, ensuring best use of resources, delivery of strategic outcomes and responsiveness to service user needs.

North Yorkshire is a large and diverse county, we work closely with five clinical commissioning groups, seven district councils and a provider market that contains over 100 home care providers and 600 residential and nursing homes. The ability to foster positive, reciprocal relationships is essential in this environment.

A key part of the role will therefore involve supporting these complex partnerships and influencing key stakeholders in the health and social care economy. You will also work closely with colleagues in the other commissioning teams to ensure consistent and responsive approaches are delivered across the localities and the customer groups.

You will be challenged with the development, implementation, performance management and evaluation of a range of social care services as well as managing commissioning staff and ensure the development and delivery of innovative and cost effective services which meet the needs and outcomes of our population.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Mike Rudd, head of commissioning, on 01609 535347.

 Job description / person specification (pdf / 346 KB)

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Location: Countywide, based in Northallerton

Salary: Up to £39,002

The care market in North Yorkshire is huge and diverse. We work with over 100 home care providers, 600 care homes and dozens of specialist, voluntary and community providers.

We have recently established the role of market development manager to reflect the importance of our work with the care market and the challenges we face in securing the good quality, value for money care and support that people need.

North Yorkshire is not a single market, rather a series of distinct local markets, often based around market towns. As market development manager you will develop a detailed knowledge of these markets, local variations and challenges and develop relationships with providers to facilitate necessary changes. You will lead on specific projects linked to market development and be responsible for driving forward our overall market development strategy in partnership with providers and other council initiatives. 

You will be challenged with supporting complex partnerships with and influencing key stakeholders in the health and social care economy - working with various key stakeholders to develop our service including: senior managers and practitioners, clinical commissioning groups, district councils as well as a range of statutory, non-statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies, providers and service users.

You will also play a pivotal role in delivery of the Care Act responsibilities to ensure a sustainable and diverse market for social care and support. This will involve ensuring clear information is available about needs and market gaps, developing innovative solutions, working in partnership with providers.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Mike Rudd, head of commissioning, on 01609 535347.

 Job description / person specification (pdf / 337 KB)

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Location: Countywide, based in Northallerton

Salary: up to £36,153

Would you like to play a key part in the delivery of the county council’s extra care housing and supported housing programme?

Our housing development team have two unique opportunities for development officers to join them on a permanent basis and provide specialist support to our extra care and supported accommodation programme.

As a development officer you will deliver outcomes across a number of project areas; including the procurement of new schemes using agreed frameworks, the operational aspects of schemes, the provision of care / support services, and the transition from existing service provision. Your focus will be on solutions for people and outcomes for people.

You will be responsible for establishing and maintaining accurate details of supported housing provision across the county and providing links with specified schemes. This will require the management of a portfolio of projects associated with the programme. 

Working closely with communities and partners in the local areas, aiming to understand local need and working with housing and care providers to develop the housing market to meet those needs will be key. You will also work with existing schemes to ensure we get the best outcomes for residents within the schemes, and support housing and care providers to understand and respond to our strategic objectives and ambitions.

To achieve this, you will have knowledge of housing, adult social services and planning systems and experience of the extra care housing or supported housing models, concerning ethos, design standard, service delivery and benefits to the community. Some understanding of procurement processes and project management methodologies would be beneficial.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Mike Bedford, commissioning manager on 01609 536896.

 Job description / person specification (pdf / 380 KB)

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Location: Harrogate, Craven and Vale of York areas

Salary: Up to £30,756

As we expand, we are looking to recruit commissioning officers who will be based in one of the communities of North Yorkshire.

As a commissioning officer you will play a vital role in supporting the commissioning manager - contributing to the commissioning of health and social care services in a complex and challenging environment for the population of North Yorkshire, ensuring best use of resources, delivery of strategic outcomes and responsiveness to service user needs.

You will be responsible for supporting the development, implementation, performance management and evaluation of a range of social care services, either at a county wide level or in a locality. Working with key stakeholders you will also support the development and delivery of innovative and cost effective services which meet the needs and outcomes of our population, improving health and wellbeing and supporting independence.

In achieving this, you will be building trust and positive relationships with a range of partners, understanding the needs and strengths in the local area and using that understanding to commission services.

You can expect every day to be different and great opportunities to broaden and deepen your insight and experience in the local area and the wider commissioning function across North Yorkshire.

If you would like to play a pivotal role in the development, delivery and improvement of the best possible outcomes in health and social care, we would like to hear from you!

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Avril Hunter, locality head of commissioning (Craven) on 01609 536898.

 Job description / person specification (pdf / 344 KB)

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Key dates

Closing date: 23 September 2018

Shortlisting date: 24 and 25 September 2018

Interview dates: 3 to 11 October 2018