Sexual Health - Professional Lead
When the London Boroughs of Richmond Upon Thames and Wandsworth joined forces to co-commission the best possible Public Health and Adult Social Care Services, we did so with a clear idea - to provide high calibre, value-for-money services for our local communities. Our unique joint shared staffing model focuses on creative service design, and new ways of working in a positive and supportive working culture. We are rapidly evolving and need a flexible, talented and committed public service workforce in many different jobs and professions. Ultimately, you will be putting local people at the heart of everything we do. There has never been a more challenging and rewarding time to work for Richmond and Wandsworth.
The Commissioning Team has a collective responsibility to oversee strategic and large-scale commissioning and service contracts across both our Councils, as well as leading market management and strategic relationships with our provider market. As the Sexual Health Professional Lead you will oversee the commissioning and monitoring of sexual health services, providing assurance of the quality of these services and ensuring that they are delivered within the available budget.
This role is a part-time role at 0.5 FTE.
You will have a solid understanding of the local authority role in developing and delivering public health programmes, with an in-depth knowledge of sexual health services, including government policy and current trends in service development. Your experience of sexual health services, either as a commissioner or in a senior clinical or managerial role, has equipped you with the skills to lead contract monitoring meetings, inform service development and write service specifications.
You will understand the wider sexual health landscape and have the confidence to work collaboratively with NHS and voluntary sector partners, as well as representing Richmond and Wandsworth at London-wide level. You will be a strategic thinker, who understands the stigma which still exists regarding sexual health, and with a strong grasp of the associated challenges in engaging hard to reach groups.
You will be highly skilled in report writing, with proven experience of writing briefs for senior management. Your budget management experience will mean you are adept at budget planning when working with complex activity-related spend. You will have excellent interpersonal and critical thinking skills, the creative ability to provide innovative solutions, and will be extremely organised to ensure deadlines are met.
The London Boroughs of Richmond and Wandsworth are a great place to work, offering variety, diversity and easy access to central London. By working in the shared service, you will experience both inner and outer London issues first hand, using your experience to shape the services we need for the future. Furthermore, you will be part of the largest local authority staffing group in the Capital.
We want you to find a work/life balance that suits you, so you will enjoy both performance-related pay and the advantages of flexible working options. We are also committed to providing development opportunities, with extensive training options available. You will have access to our pioneering leadership and mentoring programmes, and will be encouraged and helped to build your expertise within a dynamic team dedicated to improving the quality of life of our residents.
Indicative Recruitment Timeline
Closing Date: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Shortlisting Date: Thursday 4th July 2019
Interview Date: TBC 10th – 18th July 2019
Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.
The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Richmond and Wandsworth are currently reviewing our pay, reward and benefits framework, in partnership with Trade Union colleagues. We are developing different options that make sure we have a fair and transparent system in place.