Employee Specification

Skills and Ability Criteria
Essential

Extensive knowledge and skills around staff and budget management and commissioning for Adult Social Care.

Good understanding of partnership working and the importance of integrated services to support the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people.

 

Good understanding of the ‘Strength Based Approach’ to assessment and support planning and the commissioning and delivery of personalised services.

 

Planning, organising and project management (across agency/sector boundaries).

 

Financial management.

 

Ability to work under extreme time pressure to develop solutions within limited resources and then ensure implementation of decisions.

 

Ability to identify and deliver multi-agency strategies in a wide range of local partnerships.

 

High degree of analytical skills.

 

High degree of focus around performance management to meet national and local targets.

 

Consultation, communication and presentational skills - report writing, ability to handle media, including large forums.

 

Collaborative working and team building (across ‘cultures’).

 

Inspirational and innovative leadership.

 

Change management skills.

 

Negotiation on major contractual issues.

 

Ability to work effectively in a corporate political environment.

 

Ability to focus on efficiencies and maximise potential.

 
Specialist skills and knowledge Criteria
Essential

Experienced Adult Mental Health Professional or ASW experience.

 

Qualified social worker with significant experience of working in mental health or learning disability services

 

Experience and skills in working with people with Learning Disabilities and Autism.

 

Experience and skills in working with young people moving into adulthood.

 

Qualified Occupational Therapist with significant experience of working in mental health or learning disability services.

 

Good knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 and 2007.

Good knowledge of the Code of Practice: Mental Health Act 1983.

Good knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the implications for individuals being discharged from hospital.

Good Knowledge of S.117 of the Mental Health Act.

Knowledge of S.136 of the Mental Health Act.

Understanding of the principles in the forthcoming ‘Liberty Protection Safeguards’.

Good knowledge of Assistive Technology

Good knowledge of the Care Act (2014),in particular, Carers and the role of Advocacy.

Good knowledge and experience of working with primary care, acute and community care trusts.

Good knowledge of the Carers’ rights under the Care Act 2014.

Good knowledge of Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults procedures.

Understanding or willingness to learn the duties and responsibilities of the CQC ‘Nominated Individual’ to supervise and manage the in-house regulated activity.

Understanding or willingness to learn of the regulations relating to registered services and what is required to ensure they are complaint with regulations and standards and are safely and well managed.

Good understanding of the ‘Strength Based Approach’ to assessment and support planning.

Nature of knowledge required Criteria
Essential

Comprehensive knowledge of health and social services issues as they relate to the delivery of Specialist Services.

Detailed understanding of the law relating to Adult Social Care operational and commissioning for working age adults with Learning Disabilities, Mental Health needs and young people moving into adulthood.

 

Understanding the legal basis of services and ability to apply this to the practical service delivery issues.

Understanding of the national agenda for people with Learning Disabilities, Mental Health needs and young people moving into adulthood.

Knowledge of Standing Orders, financial regulations and all Corporate policies and procedures.

Knowledge of inspection planning and regulation processes relating to Adult Social Care.

Qualifications/ Experience required Criteria
Essential

Professional qualification in social work or a related field (eg Health) and preferably AMHP or ASW experience.

Significant experience in senior management in mental health or learning disability services and in partnership working across agency boundaries, particularly for young people transitioning into adulthood.

Experience of managing an Out of Hours Adult Social Care service.

Experience of working within Multi-agency public protection arrangements.

Experience and/or knowledge of commissioning for outcomes and alliance commissioning or willingness to undertake learning and development in this area.

Skills required Criteria
Essential

Planning, organising and project management (across agency/sector boundaries).

Financial management.

Ability to work under extreme time pressure to develop solutions within limited resources and then ensure implementation of decisions.

Ability to identify and deliver multi-agency strategies in a wide range of local partnerships.

High degree of analytical skills.

High degree of focus around performance management to meet national and local targets.

Consultation, communication and presentational skills - report writing, ability to handle media, including large forums.

Collaborative working and team building within different cultures and organisations.

Leadership skills.

Relationship management skills.

Change management skills.

Negotiation skills.

Job outline

Overall purpose

Provide leadership and management of staff and budgets for all Specialist Services within Adult Social Care. Develop and commission adult social care and related services with the ICS and NHS Trust and other key partners, working with the directorate management team and Director, Commissioning and Market Development. Provide leadership to support effective change through strong collaboration with all key stakeholders.

Principal accountabilities

Responsible for all of the following for Specialist Services within Adult Social Care:

  1. Contribute to the development and implementation of Council and Adult Social Care and Health strategies.
  2. Develop and implement Council-wide strategies for health and social care for vulnerable adults, their families and carers.
  3. Advise Elected Members, The Executive Director of ASC & Health on all relevant issues relating to the services.
  4. Ensure information on services is collected and analysed in order to commission services or support to meet gaps in care.
  5. Advise Elected Members, The Executive Director of ASC & Health on all relevant strategic, operational and commissioning issues relating to the services.
  6. Lead service planning, development and implementation of change to ensure services are responsive to the needs of vulnerable adults, their families and carers and they meet the statutory duties of the Council.
  7. Prepare for and participate in inspections across Adult Services, providers’ services for which we have safeguarding responsibility, commissioned services and those delivered in partnership and elsewhere in the Council.
  8. Act as the ‘Nominated Individual’ to supervise and manage the in-house regulated activity:
  9. Play a leading role in the development and maintenance of strategic partnerships across the Council, ICS, private and voluntary sector and ensure the involvement of service users and the public in relation to service development and monitoring.
  10. Responsible for setting, monitoring, controlling budgets and authorisation of expenditure against defined budgets.
  11. Be accountable for designing, setting and achieving the relevant service objectives, standards, performance measures and activity targets set out in the Service Plans together with Council objectives and targets along with ensuring the delivery of joint health and social care targets.
  12. Foster, develop and maintain partnerships council-wide, ICS and multi sector, including service users, carers and communities to ensure the best health and well-being outcomes are achieved.
  13. Work with national and regional bodies such as ADASS, the LGA, NHS England and CQC to ensure the Council is sighted on the national agenda and responds accordingly.
  14. Support the identification of best practice and adoption across services.
  15. Ensure the Executive Director and the Directorate Management Team have access to up to date and relevant information and advice in relation to Specialist Services to support strategic planning.

These accountabilities are not exhaustive and demand led, hence the frequency and complexity of the work may vary without changing the character of the job or the level of responsibility.