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Senior Commissioning Manager- Mental Health

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
Wandsworth, London (Greater)
£58,029 - £65,691
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils have recently undertaken a major review of their commissioning of social care services for people with mental health needs and have agreed an ambitious transformation programme.  They are now seeking an experienced Senior Commissioning Manager for Mental Health to lead a newly-established team responsible for this programme. 

This post will be well suited to an innovative and motivated individual who is passionate about parity of esteem for people with mental health needs and has demonstrable experience in commissioning and transforming services. 

At the heart of our work is promoting independence, choice, health and wellbeing of local populations through strengths-based approaches. 

In this role you will undertake, manage, and deliver a range of commissioning activities.  We are committed to co-production, and engagement with service users, carers and other partners will be central to your work.

You and your team will plan and develop services, review existing services, procure new services, and develop stakeholder relationships managing the market supporting adults with mental health needs.

You will be responsible for designing innovative new service models and shaping the local provider market in line with the recommendations of the commissioning review and in partnership with services users and carers, operational mental health teams, and other stakeholders.

You will have in depth knowledge of services supporting people with mental health needs and an understanding of the key policy drivers in this area.  You will be highly motivated, creative, and persistent in seeking solutions and be open to learning from and with others and working with people to effect positive change. 

You will need to be confident in working with a range of internal and external partners and will be able to negotiate and resolve complex problems.  The ability to manage change well is a necessity. 

You will be highly organised, able to manage multiple strands of work within deadlines and enjoy being involved in a variety of activities and projects. You will have good communication and presentation skills, enjoy working with people and be able to lead and inspire your team.

In return, you will be part of a wider Division with extremely supportive, collaborative and committed team members working together to improve the lives of local residents through innovation, learning together and effective implementation.

In return, you will be part of a commissioning team which is an extremely supportive, collaborative, and committed to improving the lives of local residents through innovation, learning together and effective implementation.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 40 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities. 

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

For an informal discussion on this post please contact either:

Richard Wiles, Head of Commissioning, Public Health, Wellbeing and Service Development:

Or Rachel Soni, our newly appointed Assistant Director for Commissioning: 

Senior Commissioning Manager - Mental Health Job Profile FINAL.docx

Anonymised Application Guide for candidates.pdf

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.

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