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Strategic Lead - Children and Young People North London Councils

  • Employer: Camden Council
  • Reference: 2301
  • Published: Fri 01/09/2023, 16:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 01/10/2023, 16:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: Starting salary: £64,086
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: London

Starting salary: £64,086
Job Level: Level 6, Zone 1 
Work Location: 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG
Hours per week: 37 - We are open to this role being worked part time over 4 days (29.6 hours) or 5 days (37 hours) – further discussion can take place at interview. 
Contract type: Fixed Term / Secondment – 12 months
Closing date: Thursday 21 September 2023; 23:59
Interviews to be held: w/c 2 October
Alternative flexible working options available / open to discussion

Anonymised Application – in keeping with Camden’s commitment to inclusion the recruitment to this role is anonymised and supports the objective of reducing the impact of unconscious bias.

Inclusive Recruitment Pilot

In keeping with Camden’s commitment to Conscious Inclusion, we are taking positive action to improve diversity at our senior levels. One of the measures we have committed to is making sure we don’t have any All-White shortlists for leadership roles. 

The recruitment to this role will form part of that pilot, to support our desire to increase the number of staff from underrepresented groups in senior roles within the council. If you are a Black, Asian or Other Ethnic candidate and would like to self-declare this as part of our positive action commitments, please do so. For further information, please email the resourcing team at resourcing@camden.gov.uk

About North London Councils Programme

This role is for the Strategic Lead Children and Young People North London Councils. You will be part of the North London Councils team working on behalf of the Councils Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington – the team is hosted by Camden Council. 

The team leads on a range of cross Council programmes related to health and care and are leaders in shaping the local authority input into the Integrated Care System (ICS) in North Central London.

The Programme Team is a high profile, high performing team that is a key strategic partnership between the 5 Councils. In 2021 we won a national LGC award demonstrating the impact of our work. 

The role

We are recruiting a dynamic and motivated system leader who will help shape the 5 North London Council’s role in the ICS and will develop joint areas of work that are of mutual benefit to the Councils. This is a new role that will work closely with the 5 DCS’ to define and deliver a strategic programme of work. 

The role will improve outcomes for Children and Young People (CYP) and their families through: 

  • Raising the profile and championing the needs of CYP and families across the range of ICS forums and structures
  • Understanding the current health and care service landscape and influencing positive changes
  • Representing the 5 DCS on various pan-NCL developments that impact CYP and families
  • Identifying shared priorities across the 5 Councils which are better tackled together

The role will provide a strong voice for local authorities into the Integrated Care System, influencing the development of priority areas such as:

•           CAMHS service development

•           Looked after children’s health and wellbeing

•           Outcomes for children with SEND, including access to assessments and therapies

•           Safeguarding arrangements for designated nurses and doctors

•           Continuing Care

The role will work closely with senior leaders within the system, most notably through supporting the regular NCL DCS forum that will oversee the programme of work. .

The role will develop networks with staff across the 5 Councils and NHS partners and will work across the system to deliver projects and programmes of work. The ability to form credible relationships and act as a system leader will be critical to the success of this role. 

Throughout the delivery of the duties outlined here the role will provide and receive highly complex, sensitive and contentious information, presenting it to a wide range of stakeholders in formal and informal settings.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and will require an Enhanced DBS.

About you

We are looking for an emerging leader who is looking to further develop their skills, experience and impact in delivering complex change. You will benefit from direct exposure senior local government officers and politicians across five local authorities. You will bring an ability to think strategically, persuade, negotiate and influence a complex and evolving local agenda. You will also bring the skills required to develop and deliver a programme of work that yields benefits for the local authorities, NHS partners and local residents.

To be successful in this post, you will be excellent at building credible relationships across a wide range of stakeholders across the 5 Councils and NHS partners. You will be experienced at working collaboratively and successfully across agencies to deliver improved outcomes and will be confident in your ability to act as a systems leader, developing excellent partnerships with across the local authority and health landscape and inspiring confidence in stakeholders and staff at a time of significant change. You will be able to deal with conflicting views at a senior level including offering pragmatic and palatable solutions. You will be confident at analysing health and social care datasets to support a deeper understanding of local services and using your knowledge to identify priorities for change.

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent, potentially with a professional qualification in health or social care.  You will need extensive knowledge of social care and health commissioning and have a good knowledge of children’s services, including relevant legislation and a sound understanding of both the NHS and local government statutory and non-statutory functions. You will have experience of dealing with and analysing information whilst under pressure, and of effectively communicating this information to others in oral or written form. You will also have experience of writing and presenting policy and strategy to inform others about relevant issues and recommend appropriate future action.

To find out more about what it is like to work at Camden, meet some of our People by visiting 'www.camdenjobs.co.uk/our-stories'.

Working for Camden

We’re ready to welcome your ideas, your views, and your rebellious spirit. Help us redefine how we’re supporting people, and we’ll redefine what a career can be.

If that sounds good to you, we’d love to talk.

At Camden, you’ll receive a host of benefits as well as joining a flexible working employer. Visit 'www.camdenjobs.co.uk/staff-benefits' to see full details of our benefits.

Additional information 

To view the Job Profile, please CLICK HERE or copy and paste the below URL into your browser: http://camdocs.camden.gov.uk/HPRMWebDrawer/Record/10197807/file/document?inline

To apply for this job please follow the "Apply" link. In the ‘Why you?’ section of the application you will be required to demonstrate how you meet the role criteria noted in the Job Profile under the “About You” section. 


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  • Employer: Camden Council
  • Reference: 2301
  • Published: Fri 01/09/2023, 16:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 01/10/2023, 16:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: Starting salary: £64,086
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: London

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