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Area Director - Adult Social Care

Coronavirus update

Subject to the ongoing situation, it's essential that we continue recruiting safely. Therefore, interviews and communication will be virtual wherever possible and this will be communicated to you directly by the hiring manager.

Please also expect that advert closing dates and interview dates may change as required. We still continue to welcome applications for our current roles and wish you the best of luck with your application.

We would welcome applications especially for our most critical roles to ensure we're supporting our residents

Dear Colleague

Simon WhiteThank you so much for your interest in Surrey County Council and for considering whether there might be a role for you in our senior management team.

You have the chance to join Surrey at an exciting moment and will be able to make a significant personal contribution to improving the lives of people who need our help.

Surrey wants to be at the forefront of public services reform, bringing together strong and accountable public services across the county. Our innovative integrated care system – Surrey Heartlands – is one of the central pillars of this ambition.

Area directors are important people in making this partnership work at ICP level, working closely with NHS community, specialist and acute providers and developing multi-disciplinary teams working with primary care networks. In order to do this effectively, they have a high degree of autonomy – we know 'one size fits all' will not work in Surrey.

We have embraced strength-based working in all client groups, and this has also driven our budget strategy. We have made a huge impact – fewer people are being formally assessed, there are more short-term interventions, more reviews are happening in a timely way, fewer people are in institutional models of care, and of course there have been some positive financial consequences.

This role reports to me and is a member of the Adult Social Care Leadership Team.

If you are thinking about moving to Surrey as well as working for us, that could be a very good decision. Surrey has so much beautiful countryside, but also has vibrant and varied towns, and communities with a rich cultural life. Schools are very good. London is in easy reach by public transport but, compared to London, house prices are much more affordable.

Perhaps you already live here but work in London or one of our neighbours. As people review their lives in the light of the pandemic, it could be this could be the right moment for you to really reduce your commute. We have embraced working digitally and will not be going back.

Thank you again for your interest, and I hope you take your interest further. We'd love to hear from you.

Best wishes

Simon White
Executive Director- Public Health SCC & Heartlands, Health, Well-being and Adult Social Care

About the role

In Surrey, we're embarking on a new and exciting devolved way of working. We are ambitious about improving the health and wellbeing of residents and building prevention and early intervention programmes to stop needs escalating. Reporting to the executive director of Health, Wellbeing and Adult Social Care, this role will be key to making this happen.

Our strengths-based approach has already brought about significant improvements and we are more aligned than ever with our colleagues in health to drive forward positive change for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

As an area director, you will be responsible for delivering a range of adult social care services to improve outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people. You will play a vital role in developing the new models of care and ways of working that will improve patient and service users experience.

We are looking for someone who is innovative, forward thinking, steeped in adult social care experience, and who shares our ambition for our communities. This is an ideal opportunity to bring about lasting change for the county as well as enhance your future development.

  • Salary: £80,977- £92,278 per annum
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Location: Surrey
  • Closing date: 28 August 2020


Closing date for applications

Friday 28 August

Longlist meeting (no candidate involvement)

w/c 7 September

Technical interviews

Thursday 17 September (pm) and Friday 18 September (pm) - TBC

Shortlist meeting (no candidate involvement)

w/c 21 September

Stakeholder Panels

Stakeholder Panels – Friday 25 September - TBC

Final Members panel

Member Panel Interview – w/c 28 September - date TBC)

Additional information

Please find a job description outlining roles and responsibilities at the bottom of the page.

If you would like a confidential discussion with a Penna consultant, please contact Chris Barrow on 07500 888102 or Carol Coyle on 07500 887 849.


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