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Dear Candidate

We are recruiting an Assistant Director for Adult Care and Support, Service Delivery after the retirement of the previous postholder. We have good services, a strong budget position and great staff. Although we recognise the challenges for Adult Social Care that have been well-rehearsed in the national media, we are still very ambitious to deliver consistently excellent services for Solihull residents. We are forward-looking and want to take account of both the impact and the learning from our experience of Covid-19 to make sure that we continue to develop our approach and services to best meet the current and future needs and outcomes for Solihull residents.

To help us achieve these goals, we are looking for someone who is passionate about achieving sustainable adult social care services, is financially astute and who is values driven. In particular, we are looking for someone to join our stable and committed team who has a strong record of being an effective leader and delivering evidence-based continuous improvement.

The culture of Solihull Council is one where officers and Elected Members want to build on success to help achieve a better quality of lives and improved outcomes and wellbeing for our residents. We have very strong partnership working across a range of organisations including the Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System, Police and the Voluntary and Independent Sector. You will be able to use your networking and influencing skills to make sure we get the best impact from our opportunities to work together with local partners and you will be someone who ensures our services are developed through close working with local residents, communities and partners.

Does this sound like something you’d like to be part of? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

Jenny Wood
Director of Adult Social Care and Support

Current vacancies

Assistant Director, Service Delivery - Adult Care and Support Directorate

£83,711 - £89,304 + benefits + relocation allowance

Solihull based with flexible working

Due to retirement of the previous postholder, we are looking for a forward-thinking, committed and values-driven leader to join our stable and committed team. We have good services, a strong budget position and great staff and we are very ambitious to deliver consistently excellent services to Solihull residents. This means we are looking for someone with a strong record of being an effective leader and delivering continuous improvement, able to work productively in partnership with the NHS as well as a range of internal and external stakeholders. The postholder will work closely with Members and report to the statutory Director of Adult Social Services (DASS).

Responsibilities include the local authority statutory obligations related to delivery of adult social care services and on this basis will oversee all operational activity (e.g. adult safeguarding, older people’s and mental health services, services for working age adults with a disability, CQC registered services), including integrated functions and formal agreements with partners. The postholder will have the strategic lead for adult safeguarding. The postholder will be responsible for setting and achieving good practice, quality and outcomes standards and ensuring services are developed through co-production and close working with local residents and communities. We have learned a great deal during Covid-19 and are implementing some long-term changes as a result, which the successful applicant will take forward. This includes our ‘Smarter Ways of Working’ approach which relates to the increased productivity and flexibility resulting from getting the right balance between remote and in-office working.

We are looking for someone constructive, articulate, very driven and productive, and a great motivator and influencer, who is able to use these skills to consistently deliver improvements and developments at pace.

This post is subject to an Enhanced and Barring List DBS check for regulated activity working with adults and also requires a professional qualification. As part of the interview process you will be required to complete additional testing, which will be before the final interviews.

There is a requirement for the postholder to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in line with new legislation which will be in force from 11 November 2021.

Interviews are scheduled for 11 November 2021.

If you would like a discussion regarding this post, please contact Jenny Wood, Director of Adult Care and Support on 0121 704 6035 or via email at jenny.wood@solihull.gov.uk  

Job Description and Person Specification

How to apply

If you would like a discussion regarding this post, please contact Jenny Wood, Director of Adult Care and Support on 0121 704 6035 or via email at jenny.wood@solihull.gov.uk

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.wmjobs.co.uk/job/104085/assistant-director-service-delivery/

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About Us

Solihull is a place of contrasts. It is repeatedly rated as one of the best places to live in the UK and we celebrate this accolade and take advantage of all the benefits it brings. However, the headline masks some challenges, none more so than the inequality gap between the north and south of the borough. 

We know that Solihull is well placed economically, that people aspire to live and work here, and that this leads to the perception that some of the social challenges are less and easier to tackle than in other parts of our region and country. Whilst this is true in part, it is also the legacy of strong leadership, ambitious foresight/planning and Silhillian endeavour over 30 or more years.

This collection of qualities and characteristics continue to define and distinguish the place and people of Solihull today and will carry us forward to make it an even better and more equal place.

Here is a snapshot of what makes the borough a great place to live, learn, work and play, the challenges it faces and the opportunity that this contrast presents us.

Great things about Solihull

Attractive environment - Two thirds of the borough (11,500 hectares) is Green Belt which is why we have the motto 'Urbs in Rure' – town in country.

Existing regionally and nationally significant economic assets and transport infrastructure - Solihull is most productive economy in the West Midlands in terms of Gross Value Added (GVA) per head of population and per workforce job. In fact, GVA per workforce job has increased by 6% since 2011. These economic assets support over 100,000 jobs. Solihull is home to Birmingham Airport, the NEC, Jaguar Land Rover and major businesses in Solihull Town Centre and high-quality business parks.

Aspirational housing - with values consistently above the regional average.

Excellent schools and education opportunities - 90% of Solihull education providers are deemed good or outstanding and school attainment at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 is above the national average. 

The fastest growing labour market outside of London - Private sector employment grew by 26% (+19,800) between 2010 and 2015.

Good Social Cohesion - 83% of respondents to the Solihull Place Survey 2018 agree that people from different backgrounds get on well together in their local area.

Challenges facing the borough

A prosperity gap - While much of the borough is relatively affluent, 16 out of 134 neighbourhoods are in the most deprived 10% in the country. Impacts are felt across a broad range of outcomes including educational attainment, employment, crime and health.

Creating Growth for All - Inclusive economic growth means ensuring that good opportunities are available to all of our residents, in particular, that people are able to access new employment opportunities and housing.

Amongst the challenges we face is how to adapt our local transport system to cope with current and forecast demand, and how to increase the proportion of people who commute by public transport, walking or cycling. Maximising public transport connectivity is essential in linking major employment sites to residential areas.

In future many new jobs will require higher level skills. We are well placed to meet this skills requirement, however, some residents will require support to access these opportunities. Employment rates for those with lower skills, ill health (particularly for those with a mental health issue), carers and lone parents are much lower than the rest of the population.

A Changing Population - Over recent years, the Solihull population has increased at a much slower rate than nationally but our community is becoming increasingly diverse with a far larger proportion from an ethnic minority background than 10 years ago (14% in 2011 compared to 5% in 2001).

The most significant population change has been the rapid increase in the number of older residents. The 75 and over population in Solihull is expected to grow by around 700 per year over the medium term. By 2027 there are expected to be over 28,200 people of this age living in the borough.

The number of people aged 65 and over with dementia is projected to rise by 39% between 2017-2030, with similar increases for those living with long-term health conditions and the number needing help with self care and mobility tasks. There are also wider community implications of this population growth, particularly as the number of people of this age group living alone is expected to rise by 39% by 2030. Providing a range of appropriate housing options will be critical, as will community support to prevent loneliness in older people.

Our Vision & Priorities

Our vision is for Solihull to be a place "Where everyone has an equal chance to be healthier, happier, safer and prosperous through growth that creates opportunities for all".

To address the challenges and opportunities facing us as a Council, we have identified 10 key things to do by 2025.

Read more on our vision and priorities in our Solihull Council Plan.

Challenges & Opportunities

Solihull Council aims to improve lives by delivering great services. We have always prided ourselves on high quality services while being efficient, responsible and innovative in the way we use resources.

Some of the challenges for the Council include the following:

  • Increasing demand for specialist services.  For example, Solihull has experienced an increase in the number of looked after children over the past two years. The increase in the number of older residents, particularly those 85, also generates increasing demand for services.
  • Our service design and our workforce need to reflect the increasing diversity of the population that we serve.
  • In designing our offer for the future we have divided our services into three categories (universal, targeted and specialist), each with a different focus and a different proposal. Enabling independence – by encouraging and supporting residents to do as much as possible for themselves, looking out for those around them and coming together with others to tackle local issues – is a theme that runs throughout these offers.
  • We must learn to work even more creatively with our partners to deploy our resources more effectively. At the same time, the political, social and legal complexity of the environment in which we operate requires an efficient and agile organisation that can respond appropriately as priorities shift.

Maximising our opportunities

Despite increasingly constrained central funding and uncertainty over proposed changes to how this funding will be distributed across local government, councils have new opportunities to foster, and to benefit from, local economic growth.

Only by growing our economy, encouraging existing business growth and proactively encouraging Foreign Direct Investment and relocation of national businesses into Solihull, will we expand our ability to generate revenue for our public services through local business rates as well as provide employment opportunities. This will mean bringing our physical infrastructure, land and human assets into a coherent policy to support this economic growth. Our track record is very strong in this area but achieving this will require a renewed vigour into the next decade.

Securing economic growth is not an end in itself, but is a means of achieving wellbeing, inclusion and shared prosperity. We have strengths in many areas and we need to build upon these strengths in order to ensure that our economic growth is relevant to all of our population, providing opportunities for all.

Our approach to regeneration has been strong for a number of years. How we work with the West Midlands Combined Authority, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP and our Urban Growth Company into the next decade is mission critical to maintain our position and increasing our relevance to the UK economy.

Our relationship with the European and global economy is changing. Our positioning in Solihull, as a council, across those things that we are legally required to do and as a people and place leader will require even greater skill and the ability to adapt.

Managing change, at pace, and often without a longer-term view will require determination and adaptability as well as joined up thinking and action. Here in Solihull we are preparing to be ready for beyond the horizon.

Further Reading

For more information about the Council and other useful reading please take a look at the following additional documents and links:

Additional Information Relating to the Adult Care & Support – Assistant Director Role:

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About Solihull

The present Metropolitan Borough of Solihull has existed since 1 April 1974 when the Local Government Act 1972 came into force and created the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

This new Metropolitan Borough was formed by merging the old County Borough of Solihull with parts of Stratford and Meriden Rural District Councils. The new borough incorporated the civil parishes of Balsall, Barston, Berkswell, Castle Bromwich, Chelmsley Wood, Fordbridge, Hampton-in-Arden, Hockley Heath, Kingshurst and Meriden, covering a total area of 44,495 acres with a population of 206,700*.

Solihull has been voted as one of the best places to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost 70 percent of our borough is designated as green belt. We enjoy great communication links with the M40, M42 and M6 all close by and an excellent network of railways plus, of course, an international airport.

We are home to the award winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre and the Genting Arena including Resorts World.

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Did you know?

  • The name Solihull probably derives from the Old English sol hyll meaning 'muddy hill'.
  • People born in Solihull are referred to as ‘Silhillians’.
  • Solihull's motto is 'Urbs in Rure' which translates as 'the town in the country'.
  • The National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull houses the largest collection of British motorcycles in the world: 1,000 machines from 171 different manufacturers.
  • Solihull has over 1,500 acres of parks and open spaces - 14 of which hold the Green Flag Award status.
  • As well as Jaguar Land Rover, Solihull is also home to the Genting Arena, NEC and Birmingham Airport.
  • Traditionally, Meriden (one of the villages in Solihull) has been considered the geographical centre of England.
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