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Independent Sector Commissioner

County Hall, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight

Grade 11, £37,699 - £40,506 per annum

Contact: Should you wish to discuss this, or any elements of this opportunity please contact Ann O’Brien for an informal discussion 01983 821000 ext 6580.

Vacancy Reference: 50066323

Closing Date: 27/05/2022

Interview Date: 06/06/2022

Contract Type: Fixed Term until 30/06/2023

Hours: 37 hours per week

Can you challenge, influence, and encourage? Are you good at partnership working?
Are you confident in tackling conflict head on to reach a positive solution?

We need an inspirational leader to join the Isle of Wight Council Commissioning Team to focus on supporting provider sector relationships, information sharing and challenging existing thinking within the Local Authority and CCG.

This is a 12-month, fixed term contract, where you will use your time to influence how we commission care and support services in our local area. This will require, identifying best practice from elsewhere and working with local providers to adjust existing business models for the future.   

We know how important it is to understand issues facing independent sector care providers across domiciliary care, residential care and nursing care, and never more so as the sector tries to recover from the impact of the pandemic so we are embarking on this year long project to learn and evolve with the support of someone who can offer both recent and significant experience of working within a CQC registered care provider organisation at a senior level. It is essential that the CQC registered care provider was rated Good or Outstanding by the CQC too.

You’ll act as a sector representative, able to understand and empathise with the challenges facing both independent sector providers and local authorities. You’ll encourage robust, frank and productive communication and will need the confidence and experience to rise to every challenge – understanding that, to affect change and keep improving, conflict and resolution will be inevitable!

This isn’t the first time we’ve taken this dynamic approach, we know that taking time to bridge the gap between council and providers is hugely beneficial, our previous post holder Ian Bennett (a director of the largest care home group on the Island) said:

“This has been a challenging and rewarding 10 months.  I’ve had a crash course in how commissioning and the wider health and social care system works – and doesn’t!  I’ve had the opportunity to work in a close team delivering big change locally whilst supporting providers and, frankly, demanding that we’re listened to”.


From chairing regular independent sector engagement forums, to involving providers in the development of new systems, to running a test and learn pilots, the previous postholder was integral to working with providers, supporting change within commissioning, and building strong and lasting relationships.  If successful, you too will become a vital liaison point for raising issues and concerns as well as becoming a ‘voice’ for providers within our local system.

To drive forward the delivery of our improvement agenda, you will need to be a dynamic and authoritative individual, deeply motivated by supporting Island people to live their best lives. You need to be invested in our local community and ambitious for local people.

Opportunities like this do not appear often, so if you would like to gain experience of how local authorities work, to then take back to independent sector roles in your future career, this is your chance! Do you have the courage to act?

Clearly this role requires exceptional communication, analytical and strategic skills, so please note our interview process includes a presentation and written test.

Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour Policy, Employee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.


The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a
Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 is available to new employees subject to qualifying criteria. Further details are available upon request.

Please view information pack and complete your job application online at www.iwight.com/jobvacancies Telephone 01983 823134 or email callcentre@iow.gov.uk if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. If you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.