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by | Dec 20, 2022 | News

Mixed Ability Health and Social Care Strategy Manager

Salary:  £30,000 p/a pro rata

Contract length: 12 months, fixed term (potential to extend depending on funding)

Hours: 15 hours/week

Location: Hybrid working is possible, but regular visits to the office in Bradford and delivery in Yorkshire are expected


International Mixed Ability Sports (IMAS) is seeking a Manager to implement and deliver our health and social care strategy. The successful candidate will work closely with IMAS Directors and Experts by Experience (Inclusion in Sport Group) to co-create learning opportunities for health and social care professionals, manage existing and develop new relationships within the sector, as well as proactively engage with practitioners, social prescribers, and university students through the co-ordination of placement opportunities.

This part-time (0.4 FTE) post is available from February 2023 and represents an exciting and unique opportunity to help our organisation test, transfer and develop our established knowledge in social inclusion through physical activity, sports and education across new sectors. This is particularly relevant in the context of the changes and challenges brought about by the Covid pandemic, and the stark increase in health inequalities.

The Health and Social Care Strategy Manager will support all aspects of the growth, management, monitoring and reporting of the strategy. They will lead and implement our health and social care curriculum, evaluating the outcomes to build a comprehensive programme which can be rolled out and tested at a regional level. The successful candidate will also be in charge of the communication, recruitment of and engagement with key external partners including Universities and other training providers, health and care providers, commissioners, social prescribers and new bodies such as Integrated Care Systems (ICS) arising from current NHS reforms.

This role is for a 12-month fixed-term contract with the potential to extend depending on funding.  

IMAS can offer you a deep understanding of an asset-based approach to health and wellbeing, and the knowledge of how the innovative Mixed Ability model has changed thinking around inclusion, community cohesion and health solutions.

About you

We are looking for a highly motivated team member, willing to create sustainable change at the individual, community, and societal levels, as a part of a wider international movement. The ideal candidate will oversee their own workload, in a constant dialogue with IMAS Directors and our research partners, and will be able to bring new perspectives and ideas to the organisation. As your area of work will initially cover the Yorkshire region, we are looking for a candidate who can travel within this designated area, with regular visits to our office in Bradford.

You may possess a broad depth and breadth of specialist knowledge in the health sector, or you may be a qualified professional with experience in social care, but we are also open to receive applications from candidates who can demonstrate the potential to develop the necessary skills. You will have a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by current reforms of the health and care sectors. You must be able to demonstrate a willingness to work with experts by experience who face barriers to participation and access to health and social care. You will also hold a good understanding of the education/training curricula for health and care workers to inform our strategy. A qualification in Occupational Therapy of Social Work is desirable.

Aims of the programme

The IMAS Mixed Ability Health and Social Care strategy aims to provide meaningful training opportunities to a wide range of stakeholders, including Community Sector organisations,  health and social care teams, as well as to offer placement opportunities to a number of university students. In addition, the strategy includes expanding our portfolio of training provision for example online learning, presentations, blended learning and joining in Mixed Ability activities for a wide range of health and care staff at all stages of their career journey.

We want to see a change in the health and care workers are trained, so that our future health and care workforce can become community champions through experience of working directly with and learning from adults who are classed as clinically vulnerable due to disability. This links to the wider IMAS mission to change the world through Mixed Ability.


You will be part of the IMAS team in the co-design, facilitation, evaluation, and development of quality learning environments for healthcare partners.

You will engage with, recruit and forge partnerships with a wide range of individuals, organisations and institutions who might be able to test, support and implement the Mixed Ability model in health and care settings.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to the design, development, and delivery of a range of programmes and influence the strategic development of IMAS.

There may be a possibility in the future to build on the ‘Yorkshire healthcare trial’ to create opportunities for additional partnerships nationally.

Salary and Working Conditions

Staff team: The Health and Social Care Strategy Manager will be line managed by the IMAS Directors.

Duration of Contract: This post is a fixed-term position, and will run for 12 months from 1st February 2023. There is potential to extend depending on funding.

Gross salary: £ 30,000 per annum pro rata.

Working time: 0.4 FTE position. The postholder may be required to attend activities outside normal working hours.

Place of work: Hybrid working is possible, but regular visits to the office in Bradford, and delivery in Yorkshire are expected.

Holiday entitlement: 25 days per annum pro rata, in addition to public holidays.

Equal Opportunities: IMAS is striving to implement its Equal Opportunities Policy. Applications are welcomed from candidates regardless of race, sex, marital status, disability or sexuality.

How to apply

Please send your CV and covering letter to contact@mixedabilitysports.org.

Deadline: Monday 16th January, 12 noon.




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