We are looking for an outstanding individual to lead the SEN, Health & Disability Brokerage Team to ensure that services delivered to children and young people with SEN and Disabilities and adults with learning disabilities are; person centred, outcome focussed, inclusive, offer value for money and promote a diverse and sustainable market.
We are seeking someone with good knowledge of the market and needs of the service coupled with proven leadership and influencing skills that will equip you for this high-profile role.
You must be able to work collaboratively with a wide range of partners and have excellent communication, management and leadership skills. The ability to manage competing priorities and to deliver complex work plans on time will be essential.
Your professional background and qualifications could be in commissioning, education, social care or equivalent, but you will need to have substantial professional experience of working in this area, with detailed understanding of the legislative context of the role for both children and adults.
Interview date: 1 October
For an informal discussion, please contact: Georgina Clarke-Green, Assistant Director, Health, SEN & Disability, Georgina.Clarke-Green@brighton-hove.gov.uk, mobile: 07827880742
About the role
About the role
The post provides line management to a team of Senior Brokers and Brokerage Resource Officers who undertake the acquisition of services across multiple service areas for a broad range of need.
The post works closely with Heads of Service and Lead Officers in both commissioning and social care as well as active participation in the Joint Strategic Needs Analyses Programme, including work to update and inform the directorates commissioning strategies and business plans and ensure a continued focus on reducing inequalities.
Key areas of responsibility include;
- Leading a commissioning and brokerage service that sources in-house and independent agency placements for Health, Special Education Needs and Disability following the principles of best value.
- Actively working across disciplinary boundaries with Heads of Service and Assistant Directors to strategically develop the services and provision required for some of the most vulnerable children, young people, adults with LD and their families.
- To lead on the commissioning and procurement of sector wide services that meet the needs our vulnerable children and adult service users.
- To monitor the outcomes resulting from larger contractual arrangements to individual placements and where the outcomes are not being met by a provider to take appropriate action.
- To lead on the development and implementation of the HSEND Commissioning Strategy and contribute to the publication of the Local Authority Market Position Statement.
- Ensure recording systems and information sharing is of a high and proper standard.
- To be responsible for the day to day management of the Commissioning and Brokerage Team. Essentially prioritising the work programme, managing the agency placement budget for both education (0-25) and children’s disability social care team (0-18) and ensuring best practice is achieved in relation to child education and care placements.
- Providing good quality performance information and effective statutory return compliance.
- Supporting, monitoring and enforcing sector wide service performance improvement, transparency.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency's Points-based Immigration System.
From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.
As part of Brighton & Hove City Council's ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process, without prior notice if a suitable redeployee (internal employee at risk of redundancy) is identified.