Reporting to: Marketing and Membership Lead
Job type: 18-month fixed term contract
About the Organisation
The Living Well Consortium is a network of third sector organisations working to improve the mental health and wider well-being of local people, especially those who are most in need, through the provision of high quality, responsive and specialist services and initiatives.
We are commissioned to develop and deliver new approaches to psychological support to people in the community in Birmingham and Solihull, under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.
We aim to position the Consortium to be able to take a leading role in the design and delivery of mental health and wellbeing services in Birmingham, and to enable voluntary sector organisations to work together to respond to challenges in the health and charitable sectors.
Overall purpose of the role
Although employed by LWC this post is a regional figure who consolidates, champions and strengthens the influence of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector across Birmingham and Solihull (BSOL), contributing to fundamental strategic decisions to support the transformation of mental health services and commissioning in the region. This will be both with LWC members and with the other third sector mental health/wellbeing providers operating in Birmingham.
The role will operate as an advocate for increased system-wide collaboration and shared decision making between local communities, communities of identity and people with lived experience. The role will ensure the wider VCSE sector is kept up to date with developments and intelligence to enable greater collaboration and local influence.
This role will develop a sustainable forward plan which ensures the third sector voice is heard by, and actively contributing to, all regional Integrated Care System (ICS) , Provider Collaboratives (MHPC) and Primary Care (PC) forums. The post will be supported by a small sector wide Senior Leadership Team who currently provide most of the input into the development of the ICS and MHPC.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Ensure VCSE representation at all mental health related ICS forums and PC formation and transformation meetings.
- Work with other VCSE representatives to collate intelligence from meetings and track actions/ feedback.
- Provide biweekly progress updates to senior VCSE Steering Group
- Support with the development of the Mental Health Third Sector Forum and any additional structures being developed to ensure VCSE has a voice.
- Attend the Mental Health Third Sector Forum and provide a regular update slot
- Collate what smaller VCSE organisations can add to the mental health system and support with capacity building where needed.
- Lead on pulling together the mental health VCSE proposal for community transformation.
- Act as conduit with BVSC and their involvement in Place Based Commissioning.
- Act as conduit with Learning Disabilities VCSEs.
- Act as a ‘voice’ within the Integrated Care System and Integrated Care Boards when needed for VCSE sector and ensure there is a consistent and proactive VCSE presence in wider mental health system conversations.
- Create and develop a process map of VCSE sector funding
- Oversee Task and Finish groups as agreed with leadership
- Support and develop the VCSE sector grants scheme and ensure it becomes sustainable
- Help and support existing VCSE sector organisations to translate data and evaluation into live projects.
- Develop and lead a mental health related communication strategy for the wider BSOL VCSE sector.
- Work with system locality teams to deliver national and local transformation priorities.
- Work with data and systems to identify and address variation in outcomes/access to services
- Represent the VCSE of Birmingham at strategically important meetings, including advocating the need for co-production, equality, and inclusion.
- Build productive and reciprocal relationships with key commissioners and stakeholders.
- Diversify the voices heard within mental health decision making across Birmingham (including community leaders and those with lived experience) and advocate the sharing of those decisions.
- Influence the system to increase investment in mental health services that tackle inequality and exclusion across all ages and communities.
- Support a model to manage continued collaborative work.
- Ensure communication across all partnerships is effective and clear for stakeholders.
- Develop written and oral presentations (internally and with external bodies)
- Provide written reports, proposals and co-ordinate monitoring as required.
- Horizon-scan for opportunities across Birmingham and Solihull
- Support the development of a legacy plan
- Build and maintain strong working relationships with relevant colleagues to ensure local and national messaging is aligned, that learning is shared with the network for peer support and to inform future models of working.
- Ensure that robust and considered challenge is made to all aspects of the system Transformation Programme in the context of the NHS White Paper Reforms, ensuring VCSEs are represented and embedded in developments.
It is the intention of the CCG and the Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism (MHLDA) provider collaborative to transfer/novate some MHLDA contracts to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) as the lead provider of the collaborative. To enable the transfer of contracts, the CCG and Provider collaborative need to confirm what is in and out of scope of the transfer, the risks and opportunities around different cohorts of contracts, propose a prioritisation of contracts for transfer and identify any key decisions required to progress the work.
Potential scope of contractual arrangements
The CCG holds over 175 contracts for the provision of services specifically for people with mental health needs or people with a learning disability and/or autism.
BSMHFT will become the lead provider for MHLDA services within the provider collaborative. As lead provider, they will hold an integrator contract with the CCG/ICB and sub-contract MH and LDA services. It has been agreed that from the 1st April, the CCG should begin to transition to the new model by moving contracts and functions to BSMHFT.
Key Working Relationships
To work with:
- Executive Directors
- Senior Managers
- Professional Committees
- Executive Directors and Senior Managers across commissioners/providers in NHS Mental Health Trusts and the VCSE sector.
- All partners involved in the formation of the ICS and Provider collaborative
- Experience of developing partnerships particularly in the Birmingham mental health voluntary sector
- Experience of managing complex partnership projects
- Experience of working at a strategic level and developing strategic plans
- Experience of networking with Health and Social Care Commissioners
- Experience of Influencing at a high level
- Experience of working alongside people with mental health problems, local communities and people from marginalised communities, in order to influence and participate in project, programme and strategy development and delivery.
- Knowledge of the impact of poor mental health on individuals and communities
- Knowledge of the geographical area of Birmingham and Solihull
- Strong organisational and time management skills
- Strong project management skills
- Excellent communication skills including the ability to write effective project proposals and strategy
- The ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines
- Ability to bring people, groups and organisations together and to work through conflict
- Ability to translate vision into strategy, into practice.
- Excellent negotiation and networking skills
- Willingness to develop skills and knowledge
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with managers and members of staff, volunteers, and people using our services.
- Commitment to continuous improvement including own professional development
- Commitment to principles of Equal Opportunities
This job description will be agreed between the jobholder and the manager to whom he/she is accountable. It may be reviewed in light of experience, changes and developments.
The information being handled by employees of Living Well Consortium is strictly confidential. Failure to respect the confidential nature of this information will be regarded as a serious breach of regulations, which will result in action under the Disciplinary Policy including possible dismissal. In the case of computerised information, could result in prosecution for an offence or action for civil damages under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Employees must take reasonable care and be aware of the responsibilities placed on them under the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) and to ensure that agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment for employees, patients and visitors.
Living Well Consortium is committed to Equal Opportunities in Employment and therefore it is the aim of Living Well Consortium to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on grounds of gender, disability, religion, race, colour, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnic or national origins or is placed at a disadvantage by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.
Living Well Consortium is responsible under the existing equality and diversity legislation to ensure equality issues are promoted and you are expected to work with Living Well Consortium to fulfil these obligations, Living Well Consortium policies and codes of good practice.
Due to the nature of this post, it is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), criminal records check.
Living Well Consortium is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Living Well Consortium will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact us via the email address and phone number provided.