City of York Council - Corporate Director of Adults Social Care and Integration
£108,789 - £119,721 per annum plus relocation support
Welcome Letter from Ian Floyd
Welcome and thank you for your interest in learning more about City of York Council and our pivotal Corporate Director of Adults Social Care and Integration role.
As the Chief Operating Officer, I am passionate about making sure that we provide the best quality of life for all our 202,000 plus residents, both now and in the future. There is a huge amount to be proud of in our beautiful and historic city, including the fact that the majority of our residents are generally healthy and are living well. However, this is not the case for everyone – and so our focus is on working alongside communities and partners, supporting those who need us most so that everyone in York enjoys the best possible health and wellbeing.
I am looking for a leader who shares these core values - who is just as ambitious for the people of York as they are for themselves; has a passion for driving improvements; can form collaborative partnerships with many different stakeholders; knows how to work efficiently within a defined budget; through prevention manages demand and all the while can inspire and encourage their own team to flourish and prosper.
It is vital that we make the best of the resources we have and that we invest in the mental and physical health of our communities. You will be working alongside council colleagues in public health, housing and communities as well as our partner organisations in the integrated care system to make this happen, leading the way in making the most of our partnerships with community organisations and volunteering across York.
Our approach is very much based on working in partnership with organisations, groups and individuals in our neighbourhoods, something for which York has always been renowned, and supporting our communities to become as inclusive as they can be. We will strive to ensure that adults have the best opportunities and are supported to live independently for as long as possible. We will work even more closely with our colleagues in the NHS so that those with long term and complex needs are included in their communities as well as having access to the quality health and care services they need.
Like every other community and council, York faces challenges around social care. Fierce labour market competition and growing demand for services is as challenging in York as it is elsewhere in the country. However, we are probably well-placed to tackle the challenges ahead and to be able to build on what works well with the prospect of a devolution deal to underpin growth and prosperity.
You will find that the role will provide you with the kind of professional challenge and complexity you will naturally aspire to as an ambitious health and adults social care leader - our size means that we are large enough to provide the rich mix of complexities facing local government, but at the same time we are small enough to enable you to get things done. So, this high profile role will provide you with the opportunity to make a significant difference as well as a platform to enhance your career.
If you are interested in joining our team and are inspired to help lead the next phase of our journey, we look forward to your application. In the meantime, following an initial conversation with our recruitment partners at The Resourcing Solution, I would be delighted to discuss this opportunity with those who might wish to learn a little more.
About the role
Job title: City of York Council – Corporate Director of Adults Social Care and Integration
Location: York / Hybrid
Contract: Full-time / Permanent
Salary £108,789 - £119,721 per annum plus relocation support
Now is an exciting time to play a leading role in York.
You will provide corporate leadership and strategic direction for adult social care that capitalises upon opportunities for promoting quality of life, independence and enablement of adults and families of York.
As a pivotal member of the Corporate Management team, you will directly report to the Chief Operating Officer to actively contribute to the strategic management of the Council and ensure the success of our corporate aims and objectives. You will work collaboratively with elected members, directorate peers, other council officers, partners in the wider city and region, building strong external relationships to make the most of opportunities for our residents.
As a System Leader for public services in York you will join a senior system leadership team with clear responsibilities to each other to deliver integration and outcomes aligned to local priorities.
You will be a core member of the York Health and Care Partnership Board and York’s Health and Wellbeing Board. You will chair the Better Care Fund and a number of other sub-committees on behalf of health and care partners and be the Senior Responsible Officer for a number of critical shared priorities.
In 24/25 you will lead work to strengthen our integrated community offers and adult joint commissioning through the iteration of the Market Position Statement and implementation of joint strategies to address our greatest collective challenges. There will also be an opportunity to lead on work across the Humber and North Yorkshire system should this align with individual and City of York Council interests.
You will gain a sense of our one team approach in York, working closely with fellow system leaders. Together we actively foster collective responsibility to achieve our common goals and work hard to align our teams to this task. We are seeking an equally collaborative and innovative partner to continue our effective partnership.
Your focus will be to develop and implement an approach to adults social care and integration that prevents, reduces and delays health and care needs and enables adults to enjoy the best possible health and wellbeing.
In particular you will:
- Provide leadership and direction on matters related to Adult Social Care and other corporate priorities that enable the Council to achieve its objectives within the context of local and national policy.
- Undertake the statutory role of Adult Social Services (DASS) and to discharge the statutory responsibilities set out in the Local Government Social Services Act 1970 (as amended), including responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of adults
- Ensure the commissioning of the appropriate specialist legal, financial and technical advice to ensure that service delivery and regulatory compliance are maintained across the functions the role is responsible for.
- Work in partnerships with statutory and voluntary organisations and agencies across the city and beyond, to facilitate a whole system approach to health and social care integration including the innovative use of resources, maximising digital and technological solutions to manage demand through prevention, early help, reduction and delay in the need for social care support
- Provide the strategic lead for the council on integrated care systems and health partnership arrangements with the Humber Coast and Vale Integrated Care System, the work relating to York Place and its relevance to People Services, and other matters relating to system integration and pooled budgets
- Be the strategic lead and provide commission market oversight for all age commissioning to ensure the implementation of key commissioning strategies for current and future demand is procured in accordance with local, national and statutory requirements.
- Act as the Council's principal policy advisor in relation to Adult Social Care so that the direction and culture of the sector is responsive to a rapidly changing external environment.
- Responsible for openness and transparency in the development and delivery of services and projects including extensive and genuine engagement with the residents and stakeholder proportionate to the scale of the matter at hand.
- Facilitate corporate working across the Council, encouraging innovation and creativity to help build integrated service delivery and improvements and ensure a corporate response to the development of services.
- Accountable for the management of human and financial resources ensuring they are deployed in the most effective and cost effective way.
- Develop and maintain a corporate performance management regime ensuring the monitoring and reporting of performance, early identification of potential issues in order to take decisive and effective corrective action across all areas of Directorate.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationship with Members ensuring they are properly advised and informed to make decisions necessary to deliver projects and services.
To be successful in the role your passion drives you to overcome challenges, deliver innovative continuously improving approaches and develop deeply collaborative partnerships working with Corporate and Health colleagues all designed and developed with the people we support. Your leadership inspires your team to be ambitious and deliver improved health and wellbeing outcomes for the residents of our great city.
York is a modern city, and we adopt modern working practices, this enables us to visibly lead services in York and really know and understand our great city and our communities, whilst practicing effective hybrid working to maximise our efficiencies. York is a well-connected city only 2 hours from London and Edinburgh on the main train line.
Please note that this post is subject to DBS disclosure and are politically restricted posts as defined by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
About City of York Council
A focus on reducing whole life health inequalities and improving wellbeing
Now is an ideal time to join the City of York Council.
We are at the start of a decade long journey - our 10-year plan sets a clear vision for the city - by 2032 we will be a city that is vibrant, prosperous, welcoming and sustainable, where everyone can share and take pride in its success.
Working with city partners and listening to residents, businesses and stakeholders we have agreed five priority areas, with health and wellbeing key to the city’s continued success www.york2032.co.uk. Underpinning our 10 year vision and priorities for the city are three core strategies, health and wellbeing, climate change and economic growth, with each strategy identifying the co-benefits that will improve resident’s lives.
Our One City, for all, the City of York Council’s Council Plan (2023-2027), sets a strong ambition to increase opportunities for everyone living in York to live healthy and fulfilling lives, and supports our 10year plan. Our aim is that all York residents (young, old and future residents) will enjoy happier, healthier, longer livers, in homes that meet their needs, able to actively participate in their communities, with access to the right support at the right time.
York’s Joint York Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy confirms the steps we need to take to ensure everyone in the city can share in the city’s success. We know there is much to do. Depending on where you live in the city you can experience very different health and wellbeing and we are determined to change this.
Our regional partnerships within the Integrated Care System led to the establishment of the York Health and Care Partnership - with the health, care and community system focused on delivering the same ambition. The York Place Health and Care Partnership formalising arrangements to join up health, social care and the voluntary sector work with communities. A 10-year prospectus was co-designed with residents, partners and the community and clearly sets out how health, care and community partners will work together to improve the health and wellbeing of residents. The challenges within health and care will require significant integration of services. Being clear on our priorities now will help us over the decade ahead as we continue to build a supportive and collaborative relationship with our local and regional partners
Our new administration has confirmed Four Core Commitments that will inform decision making and how we operate - equality, affordability, climate and health.
Put simply, reducing health inequalities and improving wellbeing - so we are a health generating city - is all our business!
Our new Council Plan (2023-2027) has been launched. In it you’ll see a clear focus on reducing health inequalities and improving wellbeing with the council championing strength in diversity and equal opportunity.
As Corporate Director of Adults Social Care and Integration you will be joining us at the start of our 10 year journey and will also be able to work closely with a new administration who has recently set their Council Plan for the next four years. You will be able to work with Executive and the Corporate Management Team to shape and steer the council to achieve our health and wellbeing ambition - that all York residents (young, old and future residents) will enjoy happier, healthier, longer lives, proud of their city and living in homes that meet their needs, able to actively participant in their communities, with access to the right support at the right time.
We are made up of passionate and determined problem solvers working together for the benefit of York. We invest heavily in our staff, providing them with an environment in which they can flourish.
Being a people-centred organisation means investing in the talent and wellbeing of our staff and there are many different ways in which we make this happen, including:
Providing work which gives you the chance to make a difference to the lives of residents and colleagues;
- Supportive management, who enable you to thrive and fulfil your potential;
- Recognition for your hard work, through talent management and staff awards;
- Support through the changing environment we are all living in;
- Flexible working practices; and
- A reward package which recognises your contribution.
As an organisation we promote professional development, hybrid working, employer supported volunteering and healthy working environments. We also offer a generous benefits package which includes flexi-time, term-time and part-time working options, 30 days annual leave increasing to 35 days upon completion of 5 years local government service, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme together with high street discounts and salary sacrifice schemes.
Watch this video of colleagues in the adult social care team discussing their roles and find out more about the service.
We are proud of York’s status as one of the safest and best cities to live in the UK, engaging our 202,000 residents and 7 million visitors to live healthier, happier independent lives.
We are a vibrant, digital city at the heart of Yorkshire - the best of tradition and the modern. With excellent connectivity by road and rail, the neighbouring towns and cities of Leeds, Hull and Harrogate are in easy reach. National Parks and areas of areas outstanding natural beauty are on our doorstep, with their quaint villages and market towns, whilst the Yorkshire coast provides a retreat ideal for sunny days.
We are known for our considerable assets – we have our internationally important heritage, with strong creative industries and a significant cultural offering. We have strengths as a science city, and our digital infrastructure recognises us as the UK’s first Gigabit City. We have a young and highly skilled workforce, and lay claim to world-leading universities and some of the highest performing schools and colleges in the country.
We are ambitious and aim to be a prosperous city for all - where local businesses can thrive and residents have good quality jobs, housing, opportunities and access to quality public services. We celebrate and champion the diversity of our population and encourage everyone to play an active role in the city, so that our vibrant economy and rich communities can make York the acclaimed city it is. We are one of the safest cities in the country and offer some of best available education.
A city of Sanctuary and Human Rights, our community is truly multicultural and diverse. We are the first city in the North of England to set the aspiration to make our city an anti- racist and inclusive one. We are committed to tackling discrimination in all aspects of services that the Council delivers, including public health, in order to have an impact and bring about positive change to our residents.
Our thriving retail and visitor economy welcomes millions of visitors every year. We have been recognised as the ‘foodie centre of the universe’ and our Christmas market is the best in the UK. Our many awards include Sunday Times best place to live, Conde Nast city of best architecture and in 2018 YouGov found that we are the nation’s favourite city. We are friendly, community-spirited, festive and summer-friendly – what’s not to like?
Find out more about working and living in the City of York
If you are relocating to the area to take up the post we will provide relocation support, see further details below.
Download supporting documents here:
Job Description/ Person Specification
Adults Social Care and Integration Directorate
City of York Council Adult Social Care
Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
Health and Wellbeing Board
All Age Market Position Statement
All Age Commissioning Strategy
Adult Health & Social Care Vision Statement
The City of York Council
Contact us and apply now
For an informal confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact Penny Keatings on 07811 411462 / Penny.Keatings@northyorks.gov.uk or Leanne Auton 07815 028548 / Leanne.Auton@northyorks.gov.uk our recruitment partners - The Resourcing Solution.
- Closing: Midnight Sunday 19 November 2023
- Shortlisting: Thursday 23 November 2023
- Stage 1 Assessment: One to One with Ian Floyd, Chief Operating Officer and Technical Assessment 29 / 30 November (via MSTeams)
- Stage 2 Assessment: Assessment Event Wednesday 6th December (in person City of York Council Offices)
To apply please send your CV including a supporting statement in one Microsoft Word document along with a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to Executive.ResourcingSolutions@northyorks.gov.uk by midnight on Sunday 19 November 2023
It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you consent to us contacting each referee prior to interview. Please also provide details of your current salary and notice period.
Your supporting statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.
Guaranteed Interview Scheme
To be eligible to apply under any of our guaranteed interview schemes you must meet the minimum criteria for the job.
By this we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application form which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required for each element within the skills and knowledge section within the job description.
As a Disability Confident employer, we will guarantee an interview for all applicants with a disability who meet the criteria above.
The Equality Act 2010 states that someone is disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities. Please see How to apply guidance for further information.
Children and Young People in Care
As part of York's pledge to Children and Young People in Care, we will guarantee an interview for all looked after children or those care leavers who have been in care with City of York Council and are aged 25yrs or under and meet the criteria above.
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As part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Community Covenant we will guarantee an interview for any veterans and their spouses who meet the criteria above.
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We believe in the importance of inclusion, which is why we are always working towards being a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive employer. We welcome applications from people of colour and ethnic minority groups to join and strengthen our senior management team. Learn more about our equality, diversity and inclusion work here.
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