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Commissioner - Care Together

About the role

The Adult Social Care Commissioning Team is responsible for monitoring, designing, procuring and improving services for people over 18. The community team specifically focuses on people living in their own homes (as opposed to Care Homes or Extra Care facilities). The Care Together programme seeks to transform how we commission services (delivered by providers who may have won a tender or been awarded a grant for a specific purpose) from a one-size-fits-all countywide model to a place-based, community-focused approach that works with local partners (including lower-tier local authorities, health and allied health professionals and VCSE organisations) to support people to remain happy, healthy and independent for longer in the place they call home.

This role is for a place-based Commissioner to build relationships of trust with a wide range of stakeholders in the area that corresponds to Cambridge City.

For more information or to chat about this opportunity please contact Graeme Hodgson, Senior Commissioning Manager (Care Together Programme) at .

Interviews are planned for week commencing 2nd September 2024.

What will you be doing?

Much of a place-based commissioner’s working week will involve liaising with internal and external partners using MS Teams or face-to-face at monthly team meetings, but you will also be interacting with older adults and other members of the wider public as you attend community events in Cambridge, seek feedback on where there might be gaps in provision and also co-produce with interested parties solutions which work for the local context. Care Together has awarded over £500,000 in grant funding in the past 2 years, to support grass roots community groups and local charities in line with the Council’s ambitions and the objectives of the Care Together programme. You will also be heavily involved in Integrated Neighbourhoods, interacting with health colleagues such as GPs, social prescribers, and occupational therapists, to name a few. In addition, you will work collaboratively with a Care Micro-Enterprise Development officer covering City & South Cambridgeshire, to identify opportunities for expanding our network of micro-providers and meeting unmet need in the population.

About you

Commissioners can come from a broad range of backgrounds, with no specific degree or qualification being required, although this role is ideally suited to university graduates with exceptional communication skills in both written and spoken formats, as well as the ability to engage with people from very different backgrounds. An awareness of and ability to promote and celebrate Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are key success factors in our diverse team and digital and/or marketing skills are also a considerable advantage. Since the work is community-focused, the ability to attend external meetings across Cambridge City is essential, with occasional travel to CCC offices in or near Huntingdon and elsewhere, though travel outside Cambridge is not required every week.

Ideally, you will have demonstrable experience of partnership management and collaborative working, presentation skills and knowledge of the health and social care sector is desirable but not essential.

Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of a Standard Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Our benefits

We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits in addition to the basics like annual leave, sick pay, pension and mileage…

  • A comprehensive wellbeing package to cover all aspects of wellbeing, both in and out of work, which can also be accessed by your family
  • Buy up to 4 weeks additional annual leave (pro-rata) through our salary sacrifice scheme
  • Take your bank holidays flexibly to better suit your personal circumstances
  • Make Additional Voluntary Contributions (Shared AVCs) to your pension with tax and National Insurance savings
  • Access to development opportunities, apprenticeships and qualified coaches to support your personal and professional growth
  • Paid volunteering hours each year so you can make a positive impact on our community during your normal working day
  • Access to Peer Support Groups through our IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network
  • Opportunities to nominate and receive Employee Recognition Awards
  • An Our Cambs Rewards account, giving you access to in-store and online discounts as well as our Car Lease and Cycle to Work schemes

About us

Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.

Our four values are central to our culture, driving everything we do.

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we firmly believe benefits our colleagues, the organisation and our communities. If you don’t meet every single requirement in the job role but think this could be you, please don’t be put off.   We are committed to building a workplace that is compassionate and inclusive as well as diverse, so if you think you could be a good candidate for this role please consider applying and speak to the recruiting manager if you have any questions.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, along with our employee network 'IDEAL' and self-organised peer support groups help us to foster an inclusive, supportive and safe working environment where people feel valued, respected, and empowered.  We collect relevant diversity data for monitoring as part of the recruitment process to understand the diversity of our applicants and monitor any trends throughout the recruitment processes so that we can take meaningful action.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We fully support providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process, as well as when you join us, and we encourage candidates to contact the Hiring Manager, whose details can be found in the advert, to discuss any adjustment needs. Some examples of adjustments could include additional time to complete an assessment or printing a document on pastel coloured paper with larger font size and line spacing. We would value talking about what might be possible to enable you to join us and thrive, so if there is something that would help you to do your best during your journey with us, please get in touch.

Visit our jobs and careers section to find out more about our wide range of learning and development opportunities; apprenticeships; our wellbeing package; staff benefits; our commitment to equality, diversity and Inclusion.


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