Commissioning Support Officer
Buckinghamshire CouncilFull time Full day
£27,565 - £28,979
Fixed Term / Secondment
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25 May 2022, 11 p.m.
16 Jun 2022
The Commissioning Support Officer role within the Direct Care and Integration with Health Team role focuses on the support of commissioning and management of Health Initiatives including Discharge to Assess.
Contract: Fixed Term Contract/Secondment until 31 March 2023
Buckinghamshire Council (one of the predecessor councils of the recently established Buckinghamshire Council) and its health partners, was one of the first 8 areas in England to establish an Integrated Care System. Introduced in 2017, Integrated Care Systems require NHS organisations to work in partnership with Local Authorities and other organisations to take collective responsibility for managing resources, delivering NHS standards, and improving the health and wellbeing of local residents.
In the summer of 2018 Buckinghamshire County Council and the Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group restructured their commissioning functions to set up a new, all age Integrated Commissioning Service, supporting the Integrated Care System’s ethos to deliver whole population outcomes by aligning strategic commissioning activities across health, public health, and social care.
There are 8 commissioning teams within the Service. Each team is led by a Specialist Commissioning Manager and works across the whole commissioning cycle to support service improvement, value for money and improved resident and service user outcomes.
The Direct Care and Integration with Health Team works across 4 main areas of commissioning:
- Commissioned day services external to the Council
- Transformation of the Council’s directly delivered social care services e.g. day services and residential short breaks
- Out of hospital care and admission avoidance e.g. Discharge to Assess and Home First pathways
- Integration with Health e.g. Better Care Fund
About the role
This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to work with a wide range of partners across health and social care, in a flexible role where you will work on projects and programmes across all sides of the team’s portfolio. Amongst your responsibilities, will be a requirement to support the commissioning offers and managers in the contract management of commissioned services including day services, and hospital discharge services.
As a Commissioning Support Officer, you will be working closely with the Commissioning Officer and Commissioning Manager and will be required to support the delivery of large and complex pieces of work across the health and social care system. You will also work on all aspects of the commissioning cycle. You will be involved in the day to day commissioning activity required to support the Council, Clinical Commissioning Group and wider Integrated Care Partnership/System to deliver transformational change and improve outcomes within the resources available.
As an ‘any-desk’ worker, you’ll need to be connected to our network to access digital folders and resources, but this can either be from home or an office location when required. You will be required to work from the office a couple of times a week, depending on your role and team requirements*.
- subject to current Government Covid-19 Guidance
We are looking for a self-motivated, enthusiastic candidate who will contribute to developing an inclusive, ever-improving, forward-thinking culture to achieve integrated working across health and social care to improve the lives of Buckinghamshire residents, with the experience and skills to:
- Support the creation, design and implementation of the project and programme action plans.
- Resolving issues and managing associated risks.
- Achieve set objectives and targets, working to tight deadlines.
- Coordinate and support consultation and stake holder engagement.
- Build partnerships with internal and external customers and services to support implementation and influence their activity.
- Work in a whole systems way to translate Council and CCG priorities and outcomes into a range of internally and externally delivered provision which is integrated across ages and health and social care
- Support the production of operational needs assessments to facilitate the development of commissioning strategies
- Support the development of service specifications and work with procurement through the tendering process
- Support micro-commissioning activity in relation to individual care packages, whilst ensuring the associated functions are efficient and effective
- Undertake monitoring and evaluation of commissioned services with the support of procurement in the delivery of value for money services for Buckinghamshire residents
- Identify gaps in data collection, and support the approach to address these gaps with practical and creative solutions
- Develop effective working relationships with all key stakeholders
- Ensure any safeguarding and/or quality issues identified through complaints or the review process are escalated where it was appropriate to do so.
Please see the job summary attached for full details.
This is a politically restricted post.
Due to the sensitive nature of the duties the post holder will be expected to undertake a criminal record check as part of the recruitment process.
This post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare:
- Unspent convictions and/or unspent conditional cautions only
For further information on how long it takes for convictions and conditional cautions to be spent, please refer to Nacro’s guide on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.
Buckinghamshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk
We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.
Our values and culture
We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are – Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.
By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:
- a fair and inclusive culture
- the chance to really make a difference to those around you
- health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
- a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
- ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
- opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events
At Buckinghamshire Council, we know that our biggest strength comes from the people that work for us, and that’s why we’re working hard to ensure we continue to be an accessible and inclusive organisation.
From dedicated staff networks overseen by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, to proudly standing as a Disability Confident employer, it’s important to us that all our colleagues feel engaged, listened to, and valued. Our offer of flexible working empowers a productive and happy workforce and allows employees to combine work with other responsibilities and commitments.
We believe our workforce should reflect the diverse communities we service in Buckinghamshire, and are looking for like-minded individuals to join us in promoting equality, fairness, and inclusion for everyone.
We recognise and reward you
Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.