Systems Change Coordinator - Health Communities Together - Leeds (30 hours)

In Leeds the Solidarity Network, with our NHS and local authority partners, have been awarded funds to deliver phase one of a Health Communities Together project. The organisations in the Solidarity Network, Leeds GATE, BASIS Yorkshire, LASSN and Yorkshire MESMAC, work with Gypsies and Travellers, Sex Workers, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, communities affected by HIV and LGBTQ+ communities.

We are seeking to appoint the following:  Systems Change Coordinator: Health Communities Together - Leeds (30 hours).

Health Communities Together (HCT): is a funding strand from the National Lottery Community Fund in collaboration with the Kings Fund; supporting systems change in health care services through VCS, NHS and local authority working together.  In Phase One we will explore current strategic representation and relationships for our communities, facilitate learning spaces and identify where there is potential for change. We aim to move from transactional to mutual partnerships to impact and benefit marginalised communities of Leeds and improve poor health outcomes.  Success at phase one will see further funding to continue the work over coming years.

Overall Aim:

  • To develop and deliver the Leeds HCT project activities in conjunction with the Solidarity Network and NHS and Local Authority partners keeping the needs of marginalised communities central at all times. 
  • To convene and coordinate the Leeds HCT steering group and working spaces, involving Solidarity network leaders, NHS and Local authority health partners and ensuring meaningful and valued participation of experts by lived experience from marginalised communities of Leeds. 
  • To manage participation and communications for the project.
  • To produce engaging reports and products.
  • To work with the Kings Fund consultants embedding further expertise, skills and knowledge in the Leeds HCT bid.
  • To reduce health inequalities experienced by marginalised communities in Leeds.

Main Responsibilities & duties

  • To involve, train, supervise and support volunteers/community leaders and/or experts by lived experience from marginalised communities
  • To identify, work with and manage creative providers such as graphic artists/story tellers/film makers to record learning and project progress. 
  • To develop a programme of facilitated spaces training and learning events for the Leeds health care systems professionals, in conjunction with Solidarity Network, Local authority and NHS partners.
  • To deliver a programme of facilitated spaces, training and learning events for the Leeds health care systems professionals, in conjunction with Solidarity Network, Local authority and NHS partners.
  • To carry out an in-depth assets and gaps analysis of Health and Social care systems in Leeds identifying where these systems mention marginalised communities and how these systems involve these communities and work for them.  Identifying key players in these systems and leverage points. 
  • To liaise with and work with other service providers to develop joint pieces of work to benefit the HCT project outcomes. (e.g. housing service staff, Gender Identity Clinic team, drugs projects).
  • To develop and maintain monitoring and evaluating systems for Health Communities Together work delivered by Yorkshire MESMAC and the Solidarity Network.
  • Work with Yorkshire MESMAC’s Senior Management Team and the Solidarity Network to identify opportunities for partnerships and strategic alliances.
  • To ensure effective communications for the project including Twitter, Facebook, press, mailing lists and events.
  • To develop a database / mailing list of relevant people and service providers. 
  • To take the lead on producing reports for the Healthy Communities Together project; for the Kings Fund, the National Lottery, The Solidarity Network and other partners. 
  • Act as an ambassador for and represent Yorkshire MESMAC and the Solidarity Network at external functions, giving talks and presentations to inform, engage and inspire stakeholders.
  • To be cognisant of the values of the Solidarity Network and champion these in all areas of work. 
  • To manage appropriate devolved budgets
  • To research, prepare and present funding applications to funding bodies as agreed by senior management.
  • To undertake appropriate training of self as required.
  • To undertake an active role in staff meetings and supervision.
  • To undertake any other duties which the Yorkshire MESMAC Board of Trustees deems to be appropriate to the Project’s aims and commensurate with the post.
  • To be aware of Yorkshire MESMAC’s Workers Code of Conduct and Equal Opportunities policies and to ensure these are reflected in all aspects of the work of the post holder.
  • The ability to work flexible hours.  This post requires evening and weekend working on a regular basis.


NJC SO1 (scale points 23-25) starting at £27,741 pro rata per annum for 30 hours per week. Contract is fixed term to 31st October 2021 with extension for a further 3 years on success of this Phase 1. Salary is reviewed annually. There is a 5% workplace pension (on completion of probationary period). This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS with barred lists check.

It may be prudent to download the documents below

Leeds Solidarity Network Brief

Job Description

Person Specification

Application Pack

Completed applications to be sent to by the closing date below.

Closing date of 10:00am on Wednesday 3rd March 2021.

Please note that late applications and CV’s will not be accepted. 

If your application is successful then Interviews will be on Monday 15th March 2021. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions it is likely that the interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

Yorkshire MESMAC value diversity and are an equal opportunities employer, as well as a Disability Confident employer. We welcome applications from all suitably skilled persons from all sections of the community (Charity no 1040407).

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