Service Specialist (Specialised Commissioning)

NHS AfC: Band 8b

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Specialised Commissioning
NHS AfC: Band 8b
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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South East
South East
£47,092 - £58,217 per annum
30/04/2018 23:59

NHS England leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England. We set the priorities and direction of the NHS and encourage and inform the national debate to improve health and care.

We want everyone to have greater control of their health and their wellbeing, and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly-improving.

NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for spending this money effectively for patients and efficiently for the tax payer. A lot of the work we do involves the commissioning of health care services in England. We commission the contracts for GPs, pharmacists, and dentists and we support local health services that are led by groups of GPs called Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). CCGs plan and pay for local services such as hospitals and ambulance services.

We have devised a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View. And now, with our partners, we are delivering that vision. This vision shows that we are getting serious about prevention, identifying and delivering improvements in health care, redesigning the NHS so it continues to meet the needs of patients, ensuring the NHS is financially sustainable and engaging the public in this whole process.

We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations.

Please note, if the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area Supplement. If this post is an Executive or Senior Manager (ESM) role or Medical Leader position this supplement is not applicable.

We will not accept applications for this position by CV or via recruitment agencies.

We are looking for an experienced, motivated and dynamic Service Specialist to support the commissioning of prescribed specialised services in the South East.

The successful post holder will have a defined number of providers within their portfolio and will work as part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team ensuring that services are of the highest quality; meet agreed service specifications, national and regional policy directives. The role also allow the post holder to support transformation ensuring that the focus for all negotiations is quality; patient safety, clinical effectiveness, patient experience of care and value for money.

The role is designed to support the Specialised Commissioning team in the delivery of service convergence against nationally agreed models of care and service / quality standards with locally commissioned providers of acute specialised services and as such, you will be required to support a range of service improvement projects across a range of commissioned services, in line with national and locally agreed priorities

Supporting the supplier managers and wider team; you will have the ability to question and challenge models of care, analyse demand and appropriateness of delivery to ensure that national service specifications, models of care and quality standards are delivered within designated service areas and Trusts.

If you are a highly experienced, motivated individual who is passionate about the delivery of good quality healthcare services. If you believe you have excellent organisation and communications skills and able to demonstrate both awareness and a good understanding of current health and care policy to support delivery of the 5YFW in the South East of England, this role is for you. You do not need to have been in a specialised commissioning team – you may be working within a provider or social care organisation but have the skills we need.

The post holder will travel regularly across Kent, Medway, Surrey and Sussex.

Interviews will take place on either 22nd or 24th May 2018 in Premier House, 60 Caversham Road, Reading, RG1 7EB 

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