Head of Children’s Services Commissioning
  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: REC422VR
  • Published: Thu 11/02/2021, 16:25 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 01/03/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Range Service Manager (£48,020 - £63,762) plus special allowance £4924 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR, Kent

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Head of Children’s Services Commissioning

Medway Council is looking to recruit a Head of Service with responsibility for Children’s placements, learning disabilities and autism (LDA) and transitions.

The post will report directly to the Director of Public Health and work closely with both Public Health, Children’s Services and NHS partners Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group and Medway and Swale Integrated Care Partnership. Medway Council is on an exciting journey to improve outcomes for children and their families. This post will be crucial to making sure our children get the right care at the right time. The post holder will drive the outcomes of the sufficiency statement, lead the transforming care agenda on behalf of Medway and develop better transitions for our young people into adult services.


Applicants should have knowledge and recent experience of:

  • measuring and monitoring population health through health needs assessments, insights gathering or other similar procedures to identify need, risk and inequalities.
  • Promoting health and addressing health inequalities
  • Commissioning for outcomes
  • Market engagement and development
  • Audit, Evaluation and Performance management and continuous development of commissioned and delivered interventions to improve health.
  • Collaborative working with stakeholders from voluntary, statutory and private sectors.


Tasks will inapproach to deliver better outcomes for local people, maximising the efficient use of available resourcesclude:

  • develop and implement an integrated and strategic placements commissioning framework across Children’s Social Care and Health that adopts a whole systems and outcomes focused
  • lead the transforming care agenda for Medway preventing unnecessary admissions to Tier 4 placements as well as enabling the step down from inpatient to community-based services.
  • Champion and facilitate effective partnership working with a range of stakeholders specifically NHS partners to embed best practice.
  • Develop innovative procurement models and use data and information to forecast need and demand. Monitor and review performance and track/monitor performance and drive continuous improvement and quality outcomes.
  • Facilitate the further development of a thriving provider market in Medway.
  • Developing more effective and efficient services to realise savings for Medway Council whilst still driving improvements for Medway Children, Adults and their families. 

Interviews are scheduled to take place on the 11 March 2021   

In return we offer you:  

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London. 

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in. 

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call James Williams on 01634 334308 

Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regards to social distancing, all interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.    

Important Information

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email. 

Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.       

How to Apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS


If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.


All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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