The Role:

Working within a busy and diverse team involved in placement sourcing for children and young people, you will need to demonstrate strong communication and prioritising skills, as well as the ability to collate, analyse and present information. Reporting to the Placement Commissioning Team (PCT) Manager, you will be the identified lead within the PCT for the cohort of children and young people with presenting Complex Mental Health needs. 

Role Responsibilities:

• Build and maintain strategic relationships with key stakeholders, including front line social work teams, senior management, health colleagues, Independent Futures Team, and providers. 
• Attend meetings as PCT lead where appropriate, such as CETR’s and Transforming Transitions Panel.
• Review referral documents for young people, ensuring that the documentation available is of suitable standard in line with the Hampshire Approach and within the knowledge of provider market, legal frameworks etc. 
• Lead on market engagement with providers to establish bespoke placements to meet the needs of this cohort of young people. 
• Negotiate bespoke placement packages, including negotiation of costs, offering transparency and evidence of the best outcomes for children and young people.
• Understand and apply corporate and departmental procedures and practice to ensure that corporate social responsibility (equalities, sustainability, transparency, ethical, health and safety and social value) is at the core of all placement negotiations.
• Support the PCT manager with funding request reviews where appropriate and required, along with attending and supporting the day-to-day function of PCT in the managers absence. 
• Collation of monitoring data, savings and recording achievements to reflect the impact on delayed discharges, length of time from referral made to placement made and placement costs.

Role Requirements:

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

• Strong understanding of health and social care
• Literacy and numeracy to GCSE level, or equivalent.
• Proficiency in basic Microsoft Office software and other business systems.
• Experience of working in a fast-paced commercial environment ensuring a balance of cost and outcomes.
• Experience of working with Providers to negotiate packages of care.
• Demonstrate strong communication and prioritising skills, as well as the ability to collate, analyse and present information. 
• Possession of good literacy skills.
• Demonstrate ability to work under own initiative and manage differing priorities in completion of tasks.
• Ability to communicate with a wide range of people, in a wide range of situations and build effective working relationships, including with other professionals/organisations.
• Knowledge and understanding of statutory requirements around looked after children. 
• Knowledge and understanding of legal framework regarding Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act.
• Understanding of legislation relating to data protection and confidentiality. 

Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

• Experience of working in children’s services. 
• Knowledge of ICS (case management IT package) and processes.

Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a criminal records check. As such, and as per safer recruitment guidelines please note we will take up references prior to interview. 

Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) applies.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

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