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Programme Lead - Children's Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: PH199VR
  • Published: Fri 22/03/2019, 10:50 AM
  • Closing on: Sat 06/04/2019, 0:55 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Range 7 (£41,934 - £46,670) per annum, pro rata
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR, Kent

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Programme Lead - Children's Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

We are looking for an experienced health and social care commissioner to support Medway Council and Medway CCG to drive improved outcomes for children especially in relation to mental health and wellbeing.

Medway is transforming mental health services for children and young people through a partnership model. This role involves building local networks and pathways to achieve strategic aims; mobilising specialist services to support universal services; and accessing new funding models, through framework arrangements, leveraging additional funding and also aligning statutory provision. 

This role is a combination of partnership development, service improvement and commissioning. It requires the ability to deliver results through influencing others, and an understanding of a wide spectrum of children’s services.  There is an important leadership role to play in shaping provision and improving outcomes across the whole continuum of children’s emotional health and wellbeing services.

The postholder will work with colleagues across the board including Medway CCG, in Kent and across the south east to develop best practice and implement regional initiatives, such as the Health and Justice aspects of mental health provision; and developing and implementing a long term workforce strategy covering all aspects of mental health provision.

Responsibilities include:

  • Performance management and commissioning of CAMHS services including Eating disorder service
  • Management and delivery of the Local Transformation Plan for children and young people’s mental health
  • Development of a systemic approach to Positive Behaviour Support in Medway children’s services
  • Transforming Care for children and young people in Medway, including development of new models of provision
  • Facilitation of provider network, for providers of emotional health and wellbeing services to children and young people
  • Lead young people’s involvement in shaping emotional health and wellbeing services
  • Applying the NHS 10 year plan for improvement and expansion of children’s mental health services in Medway
  • Oversight of provision and funding for children with complex health needs, Continuing Health Care needs and those in residential settings.

Essential qualifications

Qualified in a recognised project management methodology or capable of demonstrating equivalent knowledge through experience.  

Educated to degree level or a qualification in relevant subject matter would be beneficial e.g. Masters in Charter Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS or equivalent qualification)

A qualification in Programme and/or Change Management would be beneficial but is also not essential if the individual has extensive experience in programme or project management.

Demonstrable evidence of continued professional development  

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.

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
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • Assisted car purchase scheme 

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Aeilish Geldenhuys on 01634 333147.

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.

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

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