Learning Disabilities – Commissioning Specialist

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Learning Disabilities - Commissioning Specialist
Interim Position

Bournemouth 5225082

Posted: 7th March 2023 16:44
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  • Pay Rate:

    £370.00 per day PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 5-6 months

  • BOURNEMOUTH, Dorset,

    BH2 6DY

What's involved with this role:

Interim Learning Disabilities - Commissioning Specialist

Reference no: Bournemouth 5225082

Pay rate: £370.00 per day PAYE

Role Length:  This opening assignment is for 5-6 months

Basic DBS required for this role

Note: the pay rate is provisional only and the ad will be amended with the confirmed rate, once received

Full Driving licence, access to a vehicle or means of mobility support or able to use public or other forms of transport where viable

To support the Head of Strategic Commissioning – Disabilities in a strategic review and development of accommodation for adults with learning disabilities and autism.  Responsible for project managing the start of a longer term programme to reduce the council’s reliance on residential care for people with learning disabilities and autism as part of the Council’s Adult Social Care Strategy.  Responsible for the day to management of contracts associated with supported Housing and to also take on responsibility for the review of the Learning Disability Big Plan - the main council learning Disability Strategy. This role has day to day oversight of three commissioning officers.

Key responsibilities:

  • Ensure commissioned services are delivered to meet the priorities for improving the health and well-being of vulnerable adults, young people in transition to adulthood and their carers. This will involve working with key partners, including the NHS, to identify local service development and opportunities for joint working.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of service commissioning plans to deliver the Council’s strategic objectives, which are effective, and customer focused.
  • Lead, motivate and manage staff to deliver a high quality, flexible and responsive service to internal and external customers.
  • Provide effective oversight and co-ordination to drive service improvement and ensure the commissioning programme delivers on time and within budget.
  • Represent the service unit and the Council in multi-agency forums, working parties, local and regional bodies to contribute to the exchange of information and the promotion of best practice/’practice excellence’ developments.
  • Ensure effective budget monitoring arrangements are in place within the team and that timely corrective action is taken to deal with any variances and eventualities that arise.
  • Work closely with partners including public health leads to contribute to the planning and delivery of commissioning priorities alongside the business planning process for the service unit and ASC directorate.
  • Establish and maintain project management arrangements for the delivery of the commissioning work programme across the service area, taking responsibility for ensuring project delivery.
  • Ensure that the team pursue the highest standards of service, ensuring full compliance with all relevant Care Act requirements the Council’s procurement, contract and finance standards to secure best value services.
  • Ensure full compliance with the Council’s systems including finance, procurement and legal governance, risk management, performance monitoring, information governance and staff performance management.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:

Experience & Knowledge:

  • Significant experience of adult social care commissioning including expertise in a number of specialist areas
  • Experience of developing service user and stakeholder involvement in the commissioning and delivery of services to implement and deliver strategic service outcomes.
  • Knowledge of current relevant legislation and statutory duties, responsibilities and best practice in relation to the commissioning and contracting of Adult Service.



  • High level of resilience, advocacy, persuasion and emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to carry out work of a complex nature across a range of specialist areas including Learning Disabilities, Housing Related Support and Transitions and any other specialist areas as may be required.
  • Extensive in-depth knowledge and skills across a range of these specialist areas.
  • Strong IT skills using Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


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  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  5. Full Driving licence, access to a vehicle or access to means of mobility support or able to use public or other forms of transport where they are viable.
  6. ***Qualification details and any other experience/skills relevant to the job role to help support your application (and help us to help you!) – please give full details within your CV document.
  7. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Learning Disabilities - Commissioning Specialist
Client Category: Local Authority

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