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Head of Adult Social Care

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Blackpool is a great place to work. We’re a small town with a big vision for our residents. If you are currently working in a management role and have significant experience in Mental Health, Learning Disability or Autism services, then this opportunity could be the perfect fit for you!

Head of Adult Social Care (Mental Health & Learning Disabilities) and Principal Social Worker

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Contract: Permanent | Salary from: £67,079 | Working hours: Full Time | Location: Blackpool | Application deadline: Sunday 14 May 2023, 11.00pm

If you love a challenge and enjoy developing people and services, working with partners and the community, listening to those with lived experience to better meet the needs of one of the most deprived communities in the land, building aspiration, confidence and achievement, helping people to live their best life, we have the role for you.

You will be an inspirational manager and creative problem solver, who will lead, guide and support staff, and listen to the experiences of those we are here to support, to deliver a responsive, legally compliant service that people and organisations in Blackpool value.

Blackpool has a strong history of collaborative partnership working with statutory organisations and the wider community sector. The postholder will be expected to work collaboratively at all levels, be competent in advising in their area of expertise, be skilled in resolving conflict or differences or achieving a consensus approach, and be confident enough to offer robust, evidenced challenge where appropriate, at all times maintaining a focus on the people we serve.
You should be an experienced manager with significant experience of working in either Mental Health, Learning Disability or Autism services and have an in-depth knowledge of the core business of these services.

This post is our senior leader in these areas, and is the Principal Social Worker overseeing good practice in Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism. As such, the successful candidate will have a comprehensive understanding of all relevant legislation and its practical application in an operational setting, as well as what good practice looks like, sufficient to enable you to support and guide others to be the best that we can be.

Why Blackpool?

Blackpool is a great place to work, to live, and to enjoy our many leisure activities and open spaces. Economic development in the town is building confidence and aspiration and bringing new opportunities, and we are working on Levelling Up and reducing the level of disadvantage in health, wellbeing and life chances in the town.

We need leaders like you who can not only ensure we are meeting health and care needs, but also be a part of ensuring all our population can thrive and take advantage of the many opportunities this brings.

Come and join our Blackpool team, where you can use your compassionate leadership skills, coaching style and extensive experience and knowledge to inspire and support our staff and partners to really make a difference to outcomes for our population in relation to Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism services.

In return, you will be joining a leadership team that prides itself on supporting each other and achieving great things together, in a Unitary Authority small enough to be agile in decision making and 'doing the right thing' for our population; supported by a wider officer and member structure that takes an active and productive interest in our delivery, issues, and developments on behalf of Blackpool's population.



What we offer our employees

From the moment you join us you’ll receive a number of benefits, including:

  • Social Work England registration fee paid for
  • Relocation package of up to £8000*
  • Achievable work-life balance through a range of flexible working options
  • Annual leave package of 26 days (28 days after five years’ service and 32 days after ten years’ service)
  • Generous special leave provisions to help employees deal with caring responsibilities, domestic emergencies and bereavement
  • Maternity, paternity shared, parental leave and adoption leave above the statutory minimum
  • Local Government Pension Scheme, including life cover
  • Corporate leisure scheme
  • Payroll charity donation scheme
  • Comprehensive training and development opportunities
  • Individual appraisal and development reviews
  • Occupational sick pay scheme
  • Annual employee conference and awards ceremony
  • Regular quality supervision
  • Special offers with local credit union
  • A range of travel benefits, such as discounted public transport, parking permits, car-sharing and cycling schemes
  • Discounts on local shops, attractions and events for you and your family

*Dependent upon role and proximity of chosen location

All employees also have access to our award-winning health and wellbeing service, including:

  • Occupational health support
  • Free health MOT events
  • Free independent, face-to-face counselling and 24-hour helpline

We have a dedicated in-house training team and our commitment to learning and development has been formally recognised through the national Investors in People standard.

Throughout your time with us, you will be supported, developed and directed by good leaders, ensuring you have the necessary skills to deliver quality services to local people. You will have access to a range of professional support, such as on-the-job training, postgraduate study and professional accreditation.
We also provide a range of short courses, focusing on everything from management techniques to bespoke social care training.


We're looking forward to receiving your application.