Adviser - Care and Health Improvement Programme

Job Reference : 01417
Location : Westminster - London
Closing Date : 29/10/2017
Salary : £43,530 pa (including London Weighting)
Employment Type : Fixed term, full-time
Department : Grant Funded Programmes
Hours per week : 35

Location: Westminster, with some national travel

Fixed Term opportunity until 31 March 2020

We are seeking to recruit an experienced and talented professional to support and deliver our work on adult social care commissioning, market shaping and handling market failure.

The Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services work together to deliver the sector-led improvement programme for adult social care and this post is part of the Care and Health Improvement Programme.

High quality personalised care and support is vital to supporting people to live well and as independently as possible, and the Care Act 2014 gave councils new duties to facilitate and shape their market for adult social care to achieve this. Good commissioning means providers and commissioners working together with people who use services to understand and develop a market that is sustainable and provides good outcomes for those that need care and support. However, there are challenging pressures and problems in the sector which the Care Quality Commission has described as a ‘tipping point’ for social care.  The markets and commissioning work in the programme is addressing these challenges, as well as other support including a review of ‘Commissioning for Better Outcomes’ into a new framework to support integrated commissioning arrangements.

The successful candidate will have a solid knowledge of national policy, significant experience of social care and commissioning, an understanding of care markets and the current issues, plus the wider contexts of social care including integration. They will have worked with people who use services and partner organisations including NHS and care providers.

Importantly, the successful applicant will be able to translate their experience and knowledge into delivering projects by demonstrating excellent project management skills.  Furthermore, our selected candidate will also offer practical support that helps councils and their partners improve the way they commission services and manage the local market.

Collaboration will be key to doing this job well, and the successful candidate will need to be skilled in building and maintaining strategic relationships, across social care, NHS and national partner organisations.

If you have any further questions please contact Brigid Day on 07867 189177 (Tuesday to Thursday).

Please note the Job Description is generic, with details of the role outlined above.

Closing date:             29 October 2017
Interview date:          9 November 2017

The LGA values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community