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Head of Service - Adult Social Care

Employer
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Location
Churchill House - working Borough-wide
Salary
£77,866 - £82,225 per annum. Incremental progression is subject to performance.
Closing date
18 Jun 2024
Reference
SOL/TP/182/457

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Social Care – Adults
Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

Job Details

Join Our Team and Make a Difference in Solihull!

About Us:

We pride ourselves on delivering excellent services, backed by a strong performance track record and an outstanding team. Despite the challenges facing Adult Social Care, we remain ambitious and committed to continuously improving services for Solihull residents.

For further details on our approach and priorities, please refer to our Adult Social Care 5-Year Plan.

Your Role:

As the Head of Service, you will be at the forefront of developing innovative approaches to meet the evolving needs of our residents. Your responsibilities will include:

  •  Leading and inspiring operational teams
  • Utilising data and information to drive decision-making
  • Crafting high-quality reports
  • Managing budgets effectively
  • Driving evidence-based continuous improvement

About You:

We are looking for a values-driven leader with a proven track record in:

  •  Effective leadership
  • Financial management
  • Collaboration with partners
  • Delivering high standards in social care

You should hold a relevant health or social care qualification and be registered with Social Work England or HCPC. Experience in leading teams and working with partners is essential.

What We Offer:

In return for your dedication, you will be part of a valued team within a supportive local authority that recognises the crucial role of adult social care. We offer:

  •  A flexible and agile working environment
  • Comprehensive wellbeing support
  • Staff discounts
  • Career average pension scheme
  • Opportunities for professional development

Join Us:

If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, we’d love to hear from you. To apply, please click on the link below. For more information or to discuss the role, contact Lizzie Edwards, Assistant Director: Service Delivery, at lizzie.edwards@solihull.gov.uk.

Interview Dates and Process:

Closing date for applications 18 June 2024. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to undertake psychometric tests as part of the selection process.  Successful applicants will then be invited to interview on 11 July 2024.

The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is required.

This post requires a Disclosure and Barring check.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and a commitment to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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About Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Solihull

Solihull is regarded as a popular and vibrant place to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost two thirds of our borough is designated as green belt. We have over 1,500 acres of parks across the borough, with 16 Green Flag Awards. Solihull is very well connected, with great transport links such as the M40, M42 and M6 all close by, and an excellent rail network, plus, of course, an international airport. We are home to the award-winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Birmingham, and the Resorts World Arena.

It is an exciting time for Solihull, although we are a relatively small local authority (c. 6000 employees), we still have ambitious plans including the development of UK Central and HS2.

Here at Solihull Council, we want to ensure that all our citizens have an equal chance to share in Solihull’s success. We do this by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise that our employees are the key factor in achieving our vision and as such, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals, who want to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and can help us to continue building on our success.

Both Smarter Ways of Working and Employee Wellbeing are key Council Priorities.

The transition to Smarter Ways of Working has presented us with the opportunity to re-think how and where we work. With the option to access portable technology, dependent upon the requirements of the role, a lot of our people are not bound to a single workplace or traditional ways of working, with many choosing to spend a good proportion of their week working from home.

tomOur people told us that they value flexibility, and that choice enables them to have a better work-life balance, manage family responsibilities, enhance their personal wellbeing, and continue to deliver excellent outcomes for the residents of Solihull.

Our people are our number one asset, and our aim is to have a healthy, happy engaged and thriving workforce.

Wellbeing is at the heart of our employee offer and we are a bronze accredited West Midlands Combined Authority Thrive at Work employer.  This recognises our commitment and action in support of employee wellbeing; we are currently working towards silver accreditation.

Unpaid carers carry out a key role within our community and know that this can be challenging when combined with employment.  Our Carer’s Policy and the ongoing support we give to our employees has resulted in us winning Employer of the Year 2022 at the Carer Friendly Awards.

We will offer you:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment;
  • Competitive salaries including, for those at the top of their scale, the opportunity to receive a non-consolidated lump sum;
  • A range of flexible working options;
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days and rising to 30 days after 5 years' service in addition to public holidays with an opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days' holiday per year;
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles);
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities;
  • A range of family friendly policies;
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who demonstrate they meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For roles eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be indicated in the advert and supporting recruitment documents.  Where the post involves working with children, other vulnerable groups or in a position of trust it is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Further guidance is available at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/945449/rehabilitation-of-offenders-guidance.pdf

Please note, where sufficient numbers of applications are received, we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date. We therefore advise that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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Telephone
0121 704 6000
Location
Council House
Manor Square
Solihull
West Midlands
B91 3QB
United Kingdom

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