• Full Time
  • Permanent
  • Portsmouth
  • 64,473 - 70,834 £ / Year
  • 1 July 2024

Portsmouth City Council

Local Government

Deputy Head of Safeguarding Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Salary: Band: 14, £64,473 – £70,834 p.a.

37 hours per week.

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

Portsmouth has a strong history of partnership working and has successfully integrated a number of local services. We are committed to supporting our resident to live long, healthy, independent lives in the community. Our Adult Social Care Service is embarking on an ambitious programme of change and the successful candidate will play a key role in supporting the Head of Service in delivering our vision for the residents of Portsmouth.

Adult Social Care in Portsmouth encourages innovative thinkers and successful candidates joining the service will be supported to progress their career ambitions within a motivated supportive senior management team.

Your New Role

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, highly motivated, and experienced manager to work within Adult Social Care as a Deputy Head of Service for Safeguarding, Mental Health and Learning Disability. In this role you will have operational responsibility for several key areas of provision within Adult Services and will work strategically across the health and care system with the service and external partners to design and lead the provision of high-quality accessible support and services that promote independence wellbeing and choice.

As well as advising on policy and changes to legislative framework you will contribute to the writing of local policies and procedures interpreting, implementing and providing guidance on complex national and local policy guidance.  You will lead on strength-based consultation and engagement with stakeholders, staff, service users and other organisation.  This will include working with Childrens services to ensure safe and effective transitional safeguarding with an emphasis on a partnership approach to create pathways that address the young persons contextual needs as well as adhering to established statutory transition routes.

You will be responsible for the line management and service development across all areas of responsibility especially the AMHP/DoLS team and safeguarding at board and sub-group levels, as well as a working knowledge and experience of integrated Adult Mental Health and Learning Disability services.

In addition, you will support the Head of Service in a number of key areas including budget and resource planning/management, developing effective governance systems and establishing a cohesive and high functioning service, implementing cultural change and improved systems and processes.

What you’ll need to succeed

A relevant qualification (ie OT, nurse, social worker qualification) and experience in social care, including managing in health and social care services. You will have a commitment to collaboration and service delivery and a full understanding of the integration of health and social care.  Experience of building productive partnerships is essential as well as an understanding of the national agenda influencing local government, the NHS and the wider public, voluntary and private sector.  With extensive communication, negotiation and performance management skills you will have the ability to think strategically and convert strategy into action.  You will have a working knowledge of key legislation and understanding of adult safeguarding in line with the Care Act with the ability to lead an experienced team towards continuous improvement.

What you’ll get in return

We really appreciate our employees and fully realise they are essential to our success and look to offer an inclusive, supportive working environment where employees can reach their potentials with a healthy work life balance, offering the following rewards:

Generous annual leave (27 days per year rising to 31, pro rata for part time hours) with the potential to purchase additional leave.
A fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return.
·       We offer flexible working options including hybrid working with a minimum of two days office based per week pro rata, giving you the flexibility to work up to three days at home every week. Hybrid working is dependent on the role and service needs, exact details will be discussed with you at interview.

Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities including apprenticeships.
Extensive wellbeing support through the Employee Assistance Programme
Discount on travel, travel loans and the bike loan scheme
Discounts on a wide range of goods and services – access a range of discounts and offers from thousands of restaurants, shops and more.

Staff rewards: https://careers.portsmouth.gov.uk/working-for-the-council/

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