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Gloucestershire VCS Alliance

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VCSE/ICS Engagement and Partnership Lead - £34,000 per annum


REPORTING TO:   Board of Gloucestershire VCS Alliance
Chief Officer – Gloucestershire VCS Alliance
KEY STAKEHOLDERS:  VCSE Chief Executives and frontline staff
ICS members
LOCATION:  Various locations including VCSE and statutory sector bases
CONTRACT TYPE:  Initially to 31/03/2023 – secondment considered
WORKING HOURS:  37 hours per week–  Flexible working considered 

About Us

The Gloucestershire VCS Alliance is an independent charity working to support the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCSE) locally. Our mission is to be the independent voice that informs, strengthens and develops the VCSE and ensures the sector is represented throughout county systems.

The VCSE in Gloucestershire is a thriving, diverse andessential part of the health and care system within our county. Akey part of our role is to ensure that the sector is strategically embedded into our health and care system and able to support decisions which contribute to people living healthy and independent lives.

Job Purpose

As health and social care in Gloucestershire make the transition to a recognised Integrated Care System (ICS), the VCS Alliance has a vital contribution to play. Our infrastructure charity is uniquely well positioned as a link between the county’s statutory and voluntary sectors to work within and across existing partnerships, or develop new ones, to help make the most of this major change in how health and social care services will be provided in the future.

The VCSE/ICS Engagement and Partnership Lead is a senior new role at Gloucestershire VCS Alliance that has been especially created for the purpose of representing our organisation during and after the transition. The role demands someone who can contribute meaningfully at high-level policy meetings, and at other times build trust and enthusiasm among frontline charities to enable better collaboration and cross-sector alignment of values and goals. The role requires someone who is a self-starter, flexible and open to the challenges and opportunities this presents.  One of the key measures of success of the role will be the extent to which Gloucestershire’s voluntary sector organisations will be engaged to help identify local health and wellbeing priorities, as well as play a meaningful part in decision making.

This role will provide support to the coordination, collaboration, and organisation of the VCSE, to ensure representation at all levels of Gloucestershire’s health and care system.Itwill be key to ensuring the VCSE is a core part of the strategic health and care landscape and that the VCSE is embedded effectively into all levels of the ICS structure.

Key Deliverables:

1) Provide a leadership role to ensure the VCSE sector is a valued partner in the ICS. Familiarise and understand all processes and procedures in relation to the ICS, including NHSE guidance, and provide a source of expertise and information with regard to ICS priorities, strategies, and processes, to the VCSE sector.
2) In partnership, research, recommend and design models for VCSE accountable representation for Gloucestershire.
3) Work with chairs of thematic and place-based forums to identify their requirements of the VCSE and work with key VCSE stakeholders to develop a model that reflects ‘how the sector wants to be represented’.
4) Introduce systems that are robust, transparent and equitable and ensure that representation is accountable to the wider sector.
5) Support VCSE attendees of the ICS Board, ILPs, CPG and those sitting on various work streams to gather the views of the wider VCSE and ensure representation is accountable and their perspective is shared.
6) Lead on the establishment and delivery of specific work streams as agreed with the wider VCSE sector.
7) Organise and facilitate collaboration events with the VCSE sector, including sessions with ICS colleagues from outside the sector
8) Present to Boards and groups within the VCSE, Forums and the ICS Board.
9) Work with key VCSE stakeholders and partners to develop the wider capacity of the VCSE to play a full role in the ICS, including work with partners and national bodies to identify additional opportunities and resources, including drafting bids if required.
10) Develop robust partnerships with key stakeholders at all levels to ensure effective networks are created and maintainedEnsure stakeholders are kept informed of progress, pre-empting their request for feedback and consulting with them on queries in a prompt and professional manner.
11) Ensure changes within theICS on behalf of the VCSE are in line with national policy and ensure that the programme maximises the use of national opportunities.
12) Attending STP/ICS events including webinars and other information sharing forums.
13) Develop a culture that promotes equality and values diversity. The post holder must be aware of and committed to the Equality and Diversity policies.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

An understanding of, and experience working with, the voluntary, community, and social enterprise sector, ideally in the context of improving health and wellbeing outcomes and an awareness of the local, regional and national drivers of the health and care agenda from a VCS perspective.

A clear understanding of the role and potential role of the VCS within the health and social care “system”

Experience of leading and managing change in a complex environment.

Ability to establish credibility and maintain relationships with colleagues from front line staff to very senior stakeholders. Excellent relationship building skills - we are looking for a natural collaborator. Experience of consensus building and understanding of power.

Innovative and pragmatic with a track record of conceiving and implementing systems and services that have achieved demonstrable results.

Excellent persuasion, influencing and negotiation skills. Able to communicate with tact and sensitivity where appropriate. The role will include managing potentially complex and politically sensitive relationships.

Able to communicate effectively to a range of audiences.

An understanding of the workings of the NHS and the wider health and social care landscape, the challenges and the reform agenda.

Able to interpret highly complex programme information and communicate effectively across multiple stakeholders

Ability to work across and understand the geographically, economically and culturally diverse communities across the partnership.

Excellent planning and organisational skills. Good analytical skills and a practical approach to problem-solving.

Highly organised and able to think strategically

A positive attitude and an ability to build relationships with stakeholders and colleagues

Ability to manage parallel tasks, prioritise work and manage time effectively to meet internal and external deadlines

Self-motivated, resourceful and proactive in taking the initiative.


Educated to degree level or equivalent qualification
GCSE Maths and English grade C or above

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