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Head of Prevention and Support Service

Employer: Wokingham Borough Council
Salary: £64,920 - £71,677
Location: Shute End/Home Working
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 12/06/2022 at 23:00
Reference: ASC/22/195102

Are you a dynamic, innovative leader, someone who can lead and inspire others?

We have a vacancy for someone who can work with us in continuing to provide first class adult social care for the residents of Wokingham

Why work for Wokingham?

 People choose Wokingham because we are a great place to live, work, grow and do business

  • We are a council that thrives on innovation, has excellent partnerships with our local community, voluntary and private sectors.
  • We have a positive, open learning culture, with many opportunities to grow, develop and we encourage innovation
  • We have a strong emphasis on promoting well-being across our workforce
  • We are committed to working with people with lived experience of social care, to ensure that we continue to reflect and respond to local need.
  • We have a strong commitment to equality diversity and inclusion, through ensuring that all our policies, strategies and practice embed the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion.
  • We believe that equality and diversity is not just about the makeup of the workforce. We want to ensure that all of our workforce are able to reflect this commitment within day to day practice, through our values and behaviours.

What do our employees say “I’m completely committed to the way that they work here, it’s very progressive working here, they really do listen and understand, everyone’s round to support you

The post sits within Adult Social Care and reports to the Assistant Director for Adult Social Care and the postholder will be responsible for the following: 

  • Working with the strategy and commissioning team, political members, and partners to develop strategy and policy for their specialist area, aligned with corporate plans. Informing organisation-wide and service specific strategies and policies with relevant specialist input
  • Acting as the Council’s key advisor for the area of specialism, both internally with senior management team, and Executive and political members, and externally with customers, partners, other agencies, and stakeholders; promoting the Council’s work and its reputation
  • Leading a team of professional specialists, who solve problems and manage difficult complex and contentious cases, and overseeing the management and resolution of the most complex cases
  • Leading and contributing to major corporate and community projects which relate to the specialist area
  • Setting and owning the rules, thresholds, and scripting for the delivery of the specialism through case management, customer services and customer self-serve
  • Share collective accountability for the Council’s successes and its drive for continuous improvement
  • Providing performance and quality control for all issues or cases and for the overall performance of the specialist area
  • Working in collaboration with managers across all areas of the council to monitor and manage overall performance, including service and financial planning to ensure the specialist service delivers and supports on the outcomes agreed in the Corporate Plan
  • Working with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure a responsive and proactive delivery of the service that delivers the Council’s outcomes and meets customer needs

The role

Head of Service for the Prevention and Support service.

This role requires a person with significant experience of working in adult social care at a strategic level

We are looking for someone with excellent leadership skills who can bring new and innovative ideas to support us in achieving our ambitions.

If you are a registered Social Worker or Occupational Therapist who has worked at Head of Service level or in a senior management role, and are ready to step into this exciting role, then apply now.

The postholder will have overall responsibility for the following areas of service:  

Adult Social Care Prevention and Support Service

Hospital Liaison Team

CHC (Continuing Health Care)/Section 117

Occupational Therapy

Business Support

Financial Assessment and Direct Payments

The postholder will be:

  • Someone who can lead and inspire others
  • Able to demonstrate high level communication and engagement skills
  • A person with excellent project management and budget management skills,
  • A confident and inspirational communicator able to engage with multidisciplinary audiences
  • A person able to manage and develop diverse teams
  • Able to represent the organisation at local and national level where required

We are an established and ambitious service, and regular support and supervision will be given to this role. A good induction programme will be offered as well as a range of opportunities for continuous professional development.

Closing date: 12/06/2022

Interview date: 20/06/2022

Reference: ASC/22/195/102

For further information about this role, please contact Simon Broad, Assistant Director Adult Social Care simon.broad@wokingham.gov.uk

Wokingham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, other workers, and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates for this role will be subject to Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks along with other relevant employment checks.

To find out more about working in adult social care in Wokingham and to hear from our staff and people with lived experience about adult social care in Wokingham then visit our adult social care recruitment page

Wokingham is an equal opportunities employer.

How to apply

Please apply online via the link provided.

Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.

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