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Commissioning Officer - Carers (Dorchester)

Salary details: £15681 - £18432

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Dorset Council
Occupational group
Health and Social Care - Adults
Salary details
£15,681 to £18,432
Job term
Part Time
Appointment type
Diana Balsom
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 224697
Closing Date
04 October 2020 11:00 PM
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In the Adult Social Care Commissioning Team our role in Dorset is to strategically shape the local care market to ensure that care and support is available to meet the needs of Dorset’s residents. Partnership working, whether with internal or external colleagues, people who use our services, communities or providers, is a key part of our work, therefore, excellent communication and the ability to build effective relationships are essential for all these roles.

At the heart of our work is prevention and early intervention approaches that will enable us to empower residents to stay within their own homes. Then when care and support is needed that it is of high quality, provided at the right time and right place, with the key principle that people should remain in their own communities.
The wellbeing of carers is fundamental to the success of this approach

Due to Coronavirus, the team are all working from home, and we expect this flexible approach to remain for some time. We therefore will be able to negotiate flexible working arrangements with each candidate.

We are looking for a part -time Commissioning Officer with responsibility for Carers to work with us The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop skills and make a difference for the people of Dorset. 

This is a exciting time in the ongoing development of support for carers. Working across the system with established partners, your role will be to manage and monitor ongoing carers support contracts, as well as working collaboratively with operational colleagues and carers to support the refresh of the Dorset Carers Strategy. As well as improving the reach of support services into the community, you will work closely with operational teams to understand the ongoing pressures faced by carers - particularly in a time of Covid - to ensure pressures and needs inform the work of contracted services as well as other complimentary approaches - including community and volunteer initiatives.  A fundamental aspect of this will be to support the uptake of care assessments.

Good interpersonal skills are critical to the post, as well as a strength-based approach to promoting peoples wellbeing and resilience. An excellent communicator, you will be comfortable working with a range of stakeholders, as well as delivering information to a range of audiences.

You will be confident in addressing process issues and will be comfortable using Excell to support the commissioning work you will be undertaking.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. Outside of the current Covid precautions, this is a post that would require travel and so access to a suitable means of transport is required. Work is currently home-based.

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

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This post has a significant travel requirement and you are contractually required to have a vehicle (or transport deemed to be suitable by the council) available for use as required.

This post involves working with children or vulnerable adults and/or having access to significant information about them and will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Please refer to our policy on the employment of ex-offenders for further information

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