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Policy and Programme Advisors

Government Recruitment Service
Leeds, West Yorkshire
£36,819 per year
Closing date
23 May 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
Job Function
Programme Manager, Project Manager
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We are looking for Senior Executive Officers (SEOs) to join the Adult Social Care Group as we move to delivery phase for many of our projects and embark on policy development for longer term projects.

Our division’s main responsibilities are:
• Delivering a new and radical vision for the way we gather, analyse and publish data about adult social care
• Working with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to design and implement a new assessment regime to give oversight of local authorities’ performance of their duties under the Care Act 2014
• Developing an enhanced support and improvement offer to local authorities and the broader adult social care sector, investing over £70m more in funding between 2022 and 2025
• Working with the sector and cross government colleagues to developing an intervention regime for Secretary of State to step in to help local authorities secure improvement where people’s safety and wellbeing is at risk

We are looking for people who can balance a varied workload and deploy their excellent policy, programme and stakeholder management skills to deliver projects that will contribute to the future of health and social care.
We will match successful candidates to priority projects across the division, based on skills, experience and your interests. You will receive support and training tailored to the needs of your work and your development objectives. We strive to be diverse and flexible, and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and working patterns.
Role Responsibilities

• Leading implementation of priority projects that are part of a £130 million data, assurance and improvement programme, and providing strategic input into projects across the department.

• Building and maintaining good working relationships with colleagues across the department, including adult social care group and NHS England and Improvement (formerly NHS Digital and NHSX), and with external stakeholders to lead policy development and delivery of specific projects, as well as providing input into related projects led by others, ensuring that the new data, assurance and support system reflects the group’s aims and the wider reform agenda

• Supporting the passage of legislation (final stages of the Heath and Care Bill), including by briefing and supporting ministers in parliamentary debates and processes relating to the legislation

• Using excellent project management skills to ensure delivery of the commitments in the adult social care reform white paper ‘People at the Heart of Care’ and the draft Health and Care Data Strategy. Using these skills to identify interdependencies, risks and issues on individual projects and evaluating whether progress on the data development projects remains on track.

• Providing the secretariat function for one or more key programme boards and co-ordination groups (for example, the Tech and Data Co-ordination Group). This includes arranging and coordinating meetings on a monthly or six-weekly basis, developing agenda items, sharing materials with members and briefing senior officials. Reviewing and refreshing the arrangements as appropriate, to ensure that the meetings are as effective as possible.

• Overseeing and monitoring the programme budget, liaising with DHSC finance colleagues, budget holders and policy leads, and external partners to understand their spend, ensuring clear records are kept of actual and forecasted spend, and producing clear reporting on spend for Finance Business Partners and Directors.

• Producing and coordinating high quality advice, briefing and correspondence for Ministers and senior officials as required.

Additional, specific responsibilities could include:

• Supporting the development of new contract and grant arrangements for sector support and improvement activity during the Spending Review period (2022 to 2025).
• Day to day management of one or more delivery partners, including reviewing and reporting the impact of their work and manging budgets

Key skills and experience required for the role
• Have excellent programme/project management skills
• Have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders both within DHSC and externally (Ministers, other policy teams, other government departments, NHS bodies, CQC, ASC sector, and delivery partners)
• Have strong analytical skills, demonstrating the ability to take information and evidence from a variety of sources to form recommendations about policies and initiatives and lead on policy development across a range of areas
• Can multi-task and prioritise in order to manage and balance a varied workload with competing priorities and deadlines, and at the same time be flexible and a real team player to support the whole division achieve our collective goals
• Can build and maintain relationships with both internal and external partners, using excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well in a team environment, modelling inclusive behaviours and practices
• Be proactive and confident to take the initiative and make decisions, solution focused and aim to achieve the highest standards in your work
• Experience or interest in developing commercial skills, including the management or procurement of grants and/or contracts.

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