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Essex County Council

Director of Adult Social Care - Mental Health

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£83,462 - £92,718

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27 July 2021

21 August 2021

At Essex County Council Adult Social Care services, our mission is clear. We want to make the best and most sustainable use of all resources available to the adult, their families, and carers. To ensure they have access to information and tools to enable them to live as healthily and independently as possible, and to exercise choice and control over their lives. And to ensure the safety, dignity, and quality of life for all the adults we work with.

To make sure we achieve our goals, we’re transforming our service to be more proactive and to continue building on our strengths-based model. We’re very proud of our service and the work we’re doing to build long lasting and effective relationships with our partner organisations to maximise community capacity and resilience.

Due to the ambitious and innovative changes Essex County Council are looking to implement across the function, we are looking to recruit resilient leaders into new roles where they will be enabled to achieve long-term strategic goals, whilst influencing day to day operations. Shaping the future of Adult Social Care in Essex.

The Role

Essex County Council is looking to recruit into a new role, the Director of Mental Health. This role will report into the newly appointed Director of ASC Essex Operations (Deputy DASS).

The main focus of this role will be to manage the Countywide Mental Health, Wellbeing and AMHP Service teams for Adult Social Care and ensure the improving performance of our service continues.

This new role will focus on performance in line with all relevant legislation, budgets, provision of care, and the EPUT Section 75 operational delegations.

Working closely with the Director of ASC Alliances and reporting to the Director of ASC Essex Operations, you’ll be an advocate for mental health and wellbeing across the function, developing long-term strategies to improve capacity and operational capability.

You’ll collaborate with other teams to develop the vision, future strategy and delivery models for provision of mental health and well-being services to adults in Essex.

You’ll also contribute to developing the strategic focus and delivery of the integration of health and social care services with local health partners and maintain high standards of performance and practice for all mental health and well-being services to adults.

About You

We’re looking for a strong, strategic leader with the skill and drive to tackle significant challenges. Educated to degree level, or equivalent by experience, you’ll also bring:

Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in Social Care.
A clear understanding of the current political agenda.
A proven track record of successful strategic leadership within an organisation of comparable scope and complexity.
A developed understanding of the issues facing adults with mental health needs.
The ability to translate top-level strategy and provide direction while managing conflicting priorities.
Proven leadership skills and behaviours which can positively drive culture.
Proven communication skills with an ability to influence strategically and corporately.
Strong project management and commercial experience with evidence of a clear understanding of financial responsibilities.
Proven ability to focus on results.
Proven track record of using professional expertise to deliver strategic objectives.

What We Offer in Return

We’ll help you to develop your career by providing training and support to help you achieve your ambitions. With flexible working options and other lifestyle benefits, we’ll also enable you to make the most of your life outside work.

For more information on the benefits on offer and the full job profile please see our online brochure here: https://view.pagetiger.com/executive-pack

If you have any questions about the role, or working with us, please contact: Danny.Adderson@essex.gov.uk

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people, as diversity is key to our success.

Please note, interviews are scheduled to take place on the W/C 27 th September 2021, this will be in Chelmsford, County Hall.


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