Programme Manager – Children and Young People Opportunity Areas

£47,324 to £51,386
Closing date: 
Thursday, 26 July, 2018

Doncaster Growing Together Place Plan

Programme ManagerChildren and Young People Opportunity Areas

1 Year Fixed Term until July 2019 with potential extension subject to funding decisions

Salary – Grade 12 scp. 53 to 56 - £47,324 to £51,386

Can you answer these Questions…

  • Are you committed to improving the lives of children and young people?
  • Do you have a track record of working with staff and managers that demonstrates continuous improvement?
  • Can you bring drive and passion to challenge current thinking about the way we work together that will make a real difference for future practice?

If you have answered all these questions YES then this may be the opportunity for you to shine…

The role: 

Doncaster Growing Together Place Plan is supported by 7 partners in Doncaster namely:

· Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

· Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

· Doncaster Children’s Services Trust

· NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group

· St Leger Homes

· Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

· Fylde Coast Medical Services

We are looking for a dedicated professional to be Programme Manager for the children and young people areas of opportunity within Doncaster’s place plan.

The place plan is simply the integration of health and social care across the life course; from conception and the early years, through childhood and adolescents into adulthood and supporting the elderly in later life.

The two areas of opportunity you will be leading on are:

  • The first 1001 days – conception to a child’s 2nd birthday
  • Vulnerable Adolescents – specifically those young people who are looked after or have acute mental ill health

Working with a dedicated group of managers and senior leaders and supported with project support you will drive these two areas of opportunity to achieve the goals and outcomes the Accountable Care Partnership have agreed.

The work is well underway and you will be joining the team at a crucial point of mobilisation which includes designing and trialling new practice through the 2 project plans.

Although this is a strategic change role the day to day job is hands on, working alongside colleagues as well as developing new ideas and researching what works to ensure any new practice has an evidence base and improves the life of children and families in Doncaster.

About you and what we need

It is expected that you will have a professional background in health or social care and have worked with families.  User voice and specifically the voice of children and young people will have informed your own practice which must also influence how the place plan is developed.

You should also be able to show how you have used a systematic approach to service development and implementation and have a working knowledge of programme management methods.  You will be expected to report through an agreed governance structure on progress and identify risks to the work, with clear proposals how to mitigate these to avoid drift and delay in the programme and any impact on the agreed outcomes.

It is expected you will be in a current management position or leading professional practice which can demonstrate continuous improvement. You will have the skills and knowledge to negotiate with colleagues across a number of organisations, bringing sound reasoning and evidence to support key decisions and the business cases for change

You will be supported in this work with direct access to Directors who will act as sponsors for the two areas of opportunity.  You will report to the Director of Children’s Social Care at Doncaster Children’s Services Trust. The Directors across the partnership will champion the work with you and will provide the opportunity to discuss the work and help overcome any barriers within the programme.  This includes planned meetings and by exception as required.

More information and how to apply

If you would like more information about the role, please contact Phil Hayden on 01302 734630 or 01302 734672.

Applications via written application and what to include

Firstly read the person specification essential criteria to ensure you meet the criteria as this will be used for shortlisting. You can view a copy of here 

Secondly, if you are not currently employed by one of the seven partnership organisations you will need to include an up to date cv in addition to your written submission.

Thirdly we are are looking for the successful candidate to be available as soon as possible so please include in your written application the earliest date you can take up the post.

Your written application should be no more than 3 sides of A4, which should include your current or last employer and salary. Within your submission you should have an example of how you have led a programme of reform within your organisation or across a partnership, specifically the purpose of transformation; the part you played and the legacy of this work.  You should include any significant barriers and how you overcame these. Finally you should show how your skills, knowledge, and experience make you a suitable candidate.

Closing date: midday on 26July to resourcing& 

Interview date: Thursday 30 August 

Chat to our recruitment team

We understand you may have many questions. Such as what it is like working for the Trust and how it is different from working for a local authority. That’s why we have an in-house team on hand to support you with your application. 

Simply contact the team who will be happy to answer your questions on 01302 736548 or email 

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