Role: Engagement and Coproduction Coordinator
Salary: £35,000 (pro-rata)
FTE: We are recruiting both a 1.0 FTE position (35 hours per week), and a 0.8 FTE position (28 hours per week).
Contract: Option to apply for maternity cover (9 months), or as a permanent employee. Please specify on the application form both your preferred working hours, and your preferred length of position.
Real is recruiting two Engagement and Coproduction Coordinators. This is an exciting opportunity to work for the only pan-disability, user-led organisation in Tower Hamlets; helping us to provide remarkable services to and outcomes for disabled people in the borough. You will help us make a lasting impact on health policy and practice in Tower Hamlets and drive forward equality and inclusion for disabled people.
Real are the lead partner in a significant project working closely with two other disability organisations based in Tower Hamlets. The focus of the project is to create systemic change within the public health sector to improve equal access to health information and services for all disabled people. Over the last 18 months, Real and its partners have been working with local disabled residents to understand more about their experiences during the pandemic in accessing health information and services, and coproducing recommendations for how these services can be improved. We have developed 3 training modules aimed at healthcare professionals and frontline staff to educate them and build awareness about how to better support disabled patients accessing their services. We have also developed a best practice guide to support the training course, and provide practical tips for how Clinicians, and other staff can adapt their work practices. The project also involved working closely with 2-3 health providers in the Borough to help them become exemplars in disability access.
We are looking for a person with strong project management skills, and experience in developing and rolling out training programmes. The aim of the project is to create systemic change, providing equal access to health services and information for all disabled people. Having a strong knowledge of the public health sector would be a strong advantage in this role, as you will be liaising with different public sector bodies to rally support and commitment to the project aims. You must have experience of developing partnerships with different types of organisations and feel confident in building relationships with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.
The project runs until March 2023, but there may be opportunities to apply for further funding if the project is successful. Working as part of a wider project team which includes 2 partner agencies, you will manage the overall project plan and delivery. You will be able to guide project partners as to what deliverables are expected and help support them if there are any unforeseen challenges. You will need to be able to develop effective project planning documents and carrying out regular project monitoring and evaluation.
You will also be responsible for setting up and delivering strategic coproduction at Real. You will help to provide a safe space for different groups of disabled people to share their lived experience of accessing services and information, and help facilitate their valuable contribution to various forums, boards, and strategies. You will have ideas as to how we can strengthen our coproduction function at Real, expand the reach of our existing network and engage more (and different types of) people in our coproduction groups.
We are looking for an experienced person, who has worked on engagement projects, ideally for a voluntary sector organisation, and has experience developing training programmes and working with strategic partners. You will need to have great communication, networking, and facilitation skills. You will report directly to the Head of Programmes, and work with the wider project team.
Real is proud of its principles of valuing everyone and never discriminating. As a user-led organisation of local disabled people we particularly welcome applicants who are disabled and/or who live in Tower Hamlets.
Why you should work for Real
- We are a dynamic, growing third sector organisation and a user-led organisation of disabled people. We are firmly driven by our principles and ethos.
- We are a progressive organisation, constantly looking to work more effectively. But this does not mean we abandon our principles.
- We have a good reputation with our funders and our clients, and support approximately 1000 people in the community each year.
- We actively embrace diversity in all forms. Our clients relate to us more because we reflect their reality.
- We consider disability in our employees an asset.
- There is a great atmosphere and good staff morale.
- In a number of areas, we are at the forefront of being part of an evolving and developing third sector in Tower Hamlets.
Applications close: Wednesday 20th July at 5pm
Please note that this role is available as either maternity leave cover for a period of nine months, or as a permanent, full-term position. Please let us know in your application whether you would consider either option or have a preference for one.
Find below relevant documents, including further information about the role and the application form.
- 1 – Information about Real
- 2 – Information on the recruitment process – Engagement and Coproduction Coordinator
- 3 – More about the role – Engagement and Coproduction Coordinator (2)
- 4 – Engagement and Coproduction Coordinator JD
- 5 – Engagement and Coproduction Coordinator PS
- Real application form (July 2022)
Once you have read the information above, if you would like to have an informal chat about the role, please contact our CEO, Mike Smith or on 020 7001 2172