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Vacancy Information

Division / Department - Police and Crime Commissioner
Grade - Grade H
Status - Part Time
Contract Type - Fixed Term Contract
Salary Grade Range - £35,028 - £41,464
Working Hours - 18.0 Hours per Week
Shift Allowance -
Politically Restricted - Yes

The starting salary for this role will usually be at the bottom of the salary range and will be pro-rata if the working hours are less than full time.

The Role

The post-holder is required to work as part of a small professional team whose key task is to provide effective administration and policy support for the Commissioner’s Office in order to facilitate effective and proper decision-making by the Commissioner. The post-holder will have a specific role around supporting the PCC on her national work on Mental Health, also working with the National Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC). Supporting the PCC will involve briefing the PCC on how to influence the national policy for mental health which can lead to national levels decisions to be made around police and partner responsibilities. As such the post holder will be expected to have detailed knowledge of mental health policy issues and be confident in advising the PCC. Mental Health covers the policing response to public mental health issues and the mental health of the policing workforce.

Key Responsibilities

In this role as Mental Health Portfolio Lead for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner you will be responsible for:

Detailed knowledge and understanding of national policing and mental health issues in order to brief the PCC to undertake her national role as the APCC lead for mental health

Keeping up to date on national policy and legislation in relation to policing and mental health through environmental scanning, research and discussion with national partners

Developing and maintaining good relationships with the APCC, Surrey OPCC, NPCC and Home Office including liaising with equivalent Home Office and NPCC officer leads for mental health and policing

Attending national events with the PCC and on occasion representing the PCC at national events such as Home Office and APCC national policy meetings

Providing a thorough and high- level research service to the PCC to ensure that they are fully informed on issues of importance to their role and to the decisions that they are asked to make

Supporting the PCC to influence the national agenda in relation to policing and Mental Health including provision of briefing materials

Using sound professional judgement and provide challenge to the PCC in relation to the analysis of information and making decisions, to ensure that final decisions taken are robust and have considered all relevant information

Representing the PCC and OPCC on national and local Mental Health Boards Leading on national mental health issues within the OPCC and then working colleagues in the OPCC in Surrey to understand local best practice and issues for policing and mental health and advising on how national work fits with local developments

Skills & Experience

Relevant Degree, qualification or equivalent experience in mental health or policy development

Knowledge and understanding of the legal and statutory responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner and of current legislation affecting their areas of responsibility

Knowledge and experience of research or policy work in relation to national mental health policy areas in relation to policing

Knowledge and understanding of the development of policy and strategy within a public sector context Strong oral and written communication skills

Ability to work with senior personnel from all parts of the public sector Ability to develop and maintain effective networks and partnerships across a range of different sectors.

Excellent analytical and organisational skills

Ability to work flexibly under pressure and to tight deadlines with minimal direction

Ability to respect equality and diversity and understand the need for data protection

Willing to work some hours in evenings and weekends as required

Further Information

To discuss this vacancy please contact:

Johanna Burne
01483 630200

We recognise that our people are balancing demanding careers with commitments and interests outside of work. We welcome applications and discussion with candidates who want to work full-time or part-time/flexible hours.

Additional Information

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This post is being advertised in parallel with Force redeployment processes. Any redeployees who are identified will be given preference. This may result in the post being withdrawn at any point during the recruitment process.

Please note that not all jobs are available for internal candidates across both Forces, the current agreed recruitment principles are;
- vacancies in collaborated units are available to all officers and staff across both Forces
- vacancies in non-collaborated units are only available to officers and staff within the Force with the vacancy unless it is advertised externally.
If the vacancy is advertised externally and an officer or member of staff from the other Force is success it will result in a transfer of employment

Surrey Police and Sussex Police Special Constables, Volunteers and Agency Staff (excluding self-employed workers) covered under the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) are eligible to apply for internal advertised posts.

Diversity Statement

We are only as good as our people. It's really important that our officers and staff can be themselves in the workplace and we know that as an organisation we'll grow from the variety of thinking, approach and skills that diversity brings; all of which help us deliver a better policing service. We strive to ensure how we deliver our services, provide information and how we recruit is open and accessible to all.

We have multiple staff support groups who help to improve our understanding of minority issues and ensure they are reflected in our work. We are proud members of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and Disability Confident, a signatory of the Race at Work Charter and aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant and the HeForShe movement.

We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities. Regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, social status or religious beliefs, we would love to hear from you.