Head of Adult Specialist Services

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Up to 67K - In addition you may be entitled to relocation allowance of up to £6000 (subject to criteria)
Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 17/05/2019 at 23:55 PM
Reference: AD007CR

About the role

These are exciting times for adult social care in Medway as we work with partners to embed locality based, generic strength-based practice.

The Head of Adult Specialist Services is responsible for a range of services, including:

  • Integrated Discharge Team based at Medway Hospital
  • Transitions
  • Targeted Reviews
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Safeguarding and Quality Assurance
  • NHS Continuing Healthcare
  • Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP)
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
  • In-house provider services, including Shared Lives, Community Mental Health Outreach services, and Learning Disability Respite

In addition the post-holder will lead on elements of our Adult Social Care Transformation Programme and represents Adult Social Care at events locally and nationally.

In Medway we aim to support people with social care needs to maintain and regain their independence through strengths based practice - making use of the resources available to them in their networks and local communities. We are forging even closer partnerships with NHS colleagues and are striving to increase the take up of direct payments and other forms of self-directed support. 

About you

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in Management or Leadership. You will be an inspiring and motivating manager, having extensive experience of improving the performance of teams and individuals. You will also have substantial experience of the management and delivery of Adult Services, strategic level planning and service transformation within a complex local government or similar environment.

Your enthusiasm and passion will help you to develop new strategies and positive outcomes, your calm and focused approach will enable you to support your teams to work together and deliver excellent services, which really make a difference.

You will be a great communicator, with exceptional negotiating and relationship building skills, as well as strong analytical skills.

If you share our vision and have the skills to support the transformation of services in Medway, we would like to hear from you.  

Interviews to be held on: 31 May 2019

Essential Qualifications

  • Degree or equivalent level in Management or Leadership
  • A relevant professional qualification, i.e. Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Nurse qualified

Rewards and Training Offer

We are committed to your professional development and will ensure you have the right resources and training to enable you to achieve to your potential.

Please note this role will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

In return we offer you:  

We understand that a motivated workforce is the most important factor for it to be successful and continue on its success journey.

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Relocation expenses up to £6000 (subject to criteria)
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • Assisted car purchase scheme

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager, please call Chris McKenzie on 01634 331212.

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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