Northumberland County Council – Director: Planning / Service Director: Adult Social Care / Head of Service: Leisure & Tourism / Head of Care Management

Northumberland County Council is offering the chance to make your mark in what’s regarded as one of the best places in the country to live.

This vast county – the largest local authority area in England – is home to stunning countryside, castles and coastline.

Now the council is on the hunt for talented people to take on key roles that will play an important part in Northumberland’s future success.

Among them is director for planning, a post that will help to drive forward the county’s ambitious change programme and deliver new jobs.

The council needs someone with bags of experience and energy to bring new leadership to the council’s planning function, says chief executive Daljit Lally.

‘We need to ensure we have someone who is experienced in dealing with difficult and complex challenges,’ she explains.

‘We are delivering on our housing numbers and this is a vibrant area and we need to strike balance between supporting the economy and local needs while protecting the assets that make the county so attractive.’

Northumberland has built a reputation for delivering on the public’s expectation to see greater integration between health and social care and this shortly we will launch details of the renewal of our successful formal partnership arrangements between the council and health partners.

The service director for adult social care – the council’s largest single service area of spend – will ‘play critical role in cementing our relationship with the NHS’, says Daljit.

‘The kind of person we’re looking for is likely to be someone who is a current head of service and wants to step up. We cover 2,500 square miles and have a number of very well integrated teams as well as integrated management with the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust. It’s a huge opportunity to take forward a nationally leading area in the integration agenda.’

Similarly, the head of care management will not only lead on the delivery of the adult council’s adult care statutory responsibilities around but thanks to integration also have the opportunity to lead multi-disciplinary teams and get involved in areas such as community health services, public health, preventative and wellbeing services.

Although Northumberland is well known for the quality of life it has to offer, there is still plenty of scope to develop its tourism industry.

That’s why the council has created a new role – head of service for leisure and tourism – to help to raise the county’s profile as well as working closely with Active Northumberland, the charity that runs the county’s leisure services.

‘We have got so much to offer in terms of tourism that we haven’t taken advantage of enough,’ Daljit explains. ‘This role is an important opportunity to shape our future offer and work with partners to deliver it.’

She adds: ‘We have a really cohesive team, brilliant staff, vibrant communities and Northumberland is a great place to live and work. There are real opportunities to grow here for those who want to progress their careers.’

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