The Children’s Commissioning team is looking for a Quality Assurance officer to focus on their exciting and dynamic placements team and children’s commissioning work.
We are looking for an energetic and hands-on individual who can work on their own initiative as well as closely support the Senior Commissioning Officer with responsibility for quality assurance. You will also work closely with other staff in assuring the quality of the placements commissioned for our children in and leaving care. Our ideal candidate will have worked with local commissioning teams and have a sound knowledge around good practise in the provision of care, support and safeguarding of children and young people. If you have a background in children’s care work or have previous relevant experience then we would like to hear from you.
Your primary focus will include
- Contract and performance management of a range of contracts for social care services, liaising with the service providers to ensure problems are resolved in a timely and effective manner, including conducting assurance visits and drawing up improvement action plans and ensuring the service provider implements them.
- Capturing and monitoring routine performance data to alert commissioners to significant changes in performance including recommendations for required action.
- Monitor, analyse and review performance against outcomes, including undertaking comprehensive performance monitoring analysis.
- Support Commissioners in undertaking quality assurance and quality check audits as described in the Quality Assurance Framework (QAF).
- Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate quality standards and encourage their implementation in Children’s Services provision; including enforcement action and help to establish effective, coordinated approaches with other agencies and regulatory bodies (in line with the Quality Assurance Framework for Looked after Children and Care Leavers).
- To write routine reports relating to the outcomes of quality assurance activity and performance, and complete appropriate paperwork to seek permission for an embargo on a provider or providers if necessary.
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
- The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: - https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
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.
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Rachael Horner, Commissioning Lead for Children in and leaving care on 01634 332 640 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.