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Essex County Council

Director of Adult Social Care - Safeguarding and Quality Assurance

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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 Safeguarding and Quality Assurance. This role will report into the newly appointed Director of ASC Essex Operations (Deputy DASS).

In this complex and demanding role, you’ll be the Council’s designated professional lead for safeguarding adults. We’re looking for a subject-matter expert who can bring fine judgement, authority, and an ability to work with our statutory partners.

You’ll directly manage the provider quality, organisational safeguarding, quality assurance, quality innovation, systems development, mental capacity act and deprivation of liberty teams.

We’re looking for someone with relentless commitment to protecting adults, an influential role model who will create attitudes and behaviours that promote person-centered, risk-appropriate approaches to safeguarding across the system.

You’ll drive wider quality assurance and best practice initiatives across internal and external provision, make sure a strengths-based approach permeates decision making at all levels, and promote a culture of reflective learning and improvement throughout.

About You

We’re looking for a qualified social worker and evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in a relevant professional area.

You’ll also bring:

A deep understanding, gained through significant experience, in developing solutions to deliver value for money services in a relevant service/functional area.
Strong project management and commercial experience with evidence of a clear understanding of financial responsibilities.
Experience working with stakeholders, supply chains, and the provider market to bring continuous improvement and deliver appropriate commercial structures.
Proven ability to focus on results, forging a strong team from diverse backgrounds to achieve strategic objectives.
Proven communication skills with an ability to influence both strategically and corporately.
Proven track record of using professional expertise to deliver strategic objectives and expected outcomes.
Experience of successful delivery within a rapidly changing and ambiguous environment.
Experience of creating and proactively leading change initiatives in a complex environment.

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 4 th October 2021, this will be in Chelmsford, County Hall.


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