Children’s partnership Commissioning Programme Lead – Universal Services
  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: REC732RS
  • Published: Fri 11/06/2021, 13:55 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 04/07/2021, 23:57 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Range 7 (£43,720 - £48,658) per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR, Kent

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Children’s partnership Commissioning Programme Lead – Universal Services

Closing Date: 4 July 2021

Medway Public Health Programmes Team includes partnership commissioning – these are the roles that seek to improve joint commissioning between health and social care in Medway. We are now looking for a Programme Lead to join the team and lead on the commissioning of maternity, health visiting and school nursing. This role will also help deliver the recommendations of the national early years review “The best start for life: a vision for the 1,001 critical days”.   

Partnership Commissioning is seeking an individual to bring specialist knowledge and expertise to the Programmes Team ensuring our commissioned universal services are providing the earliest interventions to improve outcomes for children.

The postholder will work with partners across Medway as well as colleagues in the Kent Children’s Commissioning Team to deliver the Better Births programme, Healthy Child Programme and Best Start for Life recommendations. As such they will need the ability to engage with a range of stakeholders and also have the credibility and capability to work collaboratively with clinical staff.

The Partnership Commissioning team are a forward thinking and experienced service that coordinate a wide portfolio of projects for Medway Council and Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group including childrens’ emotional wellbeing and mental health as well as children’s community and acute care. The postholder will work alongside the programme leads for these areas too.

The successful applicant will report directly to the service manager (Head of Public Health Programmes) and proactively manage current commissioned contracts, procurement of new services, delivery of nationally prescribed programmes. As the lead for universal child health services they will be expected to promote health and address health inequalities, support the newly developed early help and parenting support strategies. They will be expected to work in partnership with providers, other agencies, and strategic networks.

This may include undertaking practice research, assessment of need and demand, data and financial analysis and arranging/coordinating patient/service user and provider engagement activity where required.

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
  • Health protection (communicable diseases and Harm reduction)
  • Evidence based practice to provide health advice
  • Audit, Evaluation. Performance management and continuous development of commissioned and delivered interventions to improve health.
  • Working to the most recent policies and guidance for Sexual Health and Substance Misuse.
  • Collaborative working with stakeholders from voluntary, statutory and private sectors.

This exciting opportunity will give the successful applicant the opportunity to contribute extensively to improved outcomes for our children, young people and their families.

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
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: -

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.

For further information or a discussion about the role please contact

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.

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

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


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