Strategic Director - Care and Wellbeing

Location: Cornwall
Salary: Up to £152,000
Reference: A000090
Deadline: Closed

About the role

The care and wellbeing landscape is shifting.  The formation of the new Integrated Care System gives us the opportunity to better define the services we offer and to reshape the way we work with our partners and those most in need.  The key principles of decentralising, decarbonising, and digitising are shaping the journey ahead.    

The Strategic Director – Care and Wellbeing will tackle some of the biggest challenges and issues we face over the coming years.  The role will support the integration of health and care services where that is appropriate and lead and drive service modernisation as part of a whole Council focus to manage the risks and improve outcomes for vulnerable adults and reduce health inequalities in Cornwall.

The role will be the Council’s lead officer for the partnership with the NHS and the Integrated Care System (ICS) and will sit on the ICS Board on behalf of the Council. The role will also be the Council’s statutory Director of Adult Social Services.

The Strategic Director will be responsible for leading and managing a directorate of over 1,500 colleagues with a net operational and commissioning budgets for adult social care of c. £195m and accountable for public health budgets of c.£26m.  It has accountability for:

  • Adult Social Care
  • Adult Transformation & Commissioning
  • Adult Social Care Modernisation
  • Public Health

About you

We are looking for a Strategic Director who shares our vision and who will relish the opportunity to work collaboratively to secure a shared future.  You will join a talented and ambitious senior leadership team of officers and elected members, committed to genuinely working together with a clear sense of purpose, direction and strategic intent.  You will need to have:

  • A ‘can do’, solution focussed attitude with experience of successfully leading transformation change across complex publicly funded systems.
  • A credible leadership style that is able to generate followership from adult social care and public heath colleagues.
  • The resilience to tackle difficult issues and see things through to successful conclusion.
  • A collaborative approach to the leadership of teams, our organisation and public services across Cornwall.

This is a role for someone who can think strategically about some of the big issues, but also act tactically across the whole health and care system, ensuring our day-to-day services deliver for our communities and those most in need.  It’s likely that you will have experience of working in a local authority or alongside as a close partner to help deliver positive outcomes.  You will certainly enjoy being part of a senior team, able to work closely with colleagues on cross cutting agendas and contribute to our corporate priorities. Importantly, you will have a strong commitment to Cornwall as a place and to those who live here.

Recruitment to this role is conditional upon successful completion of an enhanced DBS check - accordingly, you are requested to complete and submit an Enhanced DBS Applicant Declaration Form with your application.

Indicative timetable

Closing date:  Thursday 21 October
Preliminary interviews:  Week commencing 8 November
Final Interviews:  Monday 6 December

Details of the Panel Members and arrangements for interviews will be provided to selected candidates.

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Download Application Form

Download Equal Opportunities Form

Download Enhanced DBS Applicant Declaration Form

Picture of Phil Mason, Strategic Director Economic Growth and Development "As the Strategic Director for Economic Growth and Development I am a proud member of Cornwall Council’s senior team. With two new garden villages, our own development and investment company, airport and spaceport, the sky is not the limit for our ambition for Cornwall. I have never known a better time for influencing what the future could be like nor a time when the challenges are so great. We have so much to do but with such great people to work with I am confident that we will meet the challenge. "

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For a confidential discussion please speak to:

Martin Tucker
Tel: 07894 095898

Sarah Longbottom
Tel: 0121 312 3755


To apply for this job please submit:

  • your CV, a Supporting Statement (no more than four sides of A4), and
  • a completed
    • Candidate Application Form,
    • Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, and
    • Applicant Declaration Form - Enhanced DBS

to quoting: ‘Vacancy: Strategic Director - Care and Wellbeing, Reference: A000090’.

Your Supporting Statement should address the criteria set out in the ‘Experience’ section of the person specification using examples to demonstrate how you meet as many of the essential requirements as possible. Please note the indicative timetable above and let us know if there are any dates when you are not available. Please also provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, then you should state this clearly.