Social Work Head of Service - Adults Service

Location Portsmouth, Portsmouth, England
Job type Contract
Salary £500 - 600 per day
Reference 157918

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading recruitment company within the private and public sector has locum roles for Social Work Head of Services to work 37 hours per week based in Portsmouth, within the Adults Service.

The pay rates for these locum Head of Service jobs are £500 - £600 per day and are initial 3-month contracts.


  • Have operational responsibility for a number of key areas of provision within Adult Services
  • Lead on Adult Social Care and Support, which includes occupational therapy and our community independence service
  • Have strong links with our partners and will support s75 arrangements that we have in place
  • Have operational responsibility for a number of key area's in Adult Social Care
  • Work strategically across the health and care system to design and lead the provision of high quality accessible support and services that promote independence wellbeing and choice
  • Strategic, high level decision making relating to service development, delivery, staff and resources
  • Work as part of a team with other Senior Managers within the service and external partners to deliver high quality services to Portsmouth residents
  • Work with other managers within ASC, PCC and partner agencies to ensure alignment of service transformation to deliver a sustainable social care service
  • Budget and resource planning/management and development of future savings plans and service design
  • Advising Deputy Director/DASS/colleagues/Members on policy and changes to legislative framework
  • Writing local policies and procedures and interpreting and implementing complex national and local policy and guidance
  • Managing all the functions associated with being an employer, including HR consultation and decision making, chairing disciplinary panels, reorganisation implementation, etc
  • Responsible for the oversite and strategic delivery of areas of work relevant to the span of responsibility
  • Establish a cohesive and high functioning service, implementing cultural change and improved systems and processes
  • Develop effective governance systems to assure the quality of social work practice and service delivery

Requirements of the Head of Services:

  • Relevant qualification or experience in social care, including significant experience of managing social care services
  • Registered on Social Work England
  • Willing to undertake a DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level
  • Highly motivated and experienced leaders
  • Ability to lead on consultation with stakeholders (staff, service users, other organisations)
  • Full understanding of, and commitment to, the integration of health and social care
  • Significant understanding of the national agenda influencing local government, the NHS and the wider public voluntary and private sector
  • Significant experience of budget management, including experience of having developed and delivered significant sustainable savings whilst maintaining quality
  • Significant experience in developing and delivering strategy
  • Experience of building productive partnerships
  • Ability to identify areas for improvement and savings
  • Well- developed interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of legislation and guidance affecting health and social care
  • Ability to think strategically and convert strategy in to action and be a completer/finisher
  • Ability to work as a member of a senior management team
  • Extensive communication, negotiation and performance management skills
  • Leadership skills that create open, participatory and empowering practice
  • Good performance management skills
  • The ability to work within their delegated authority
  • Ability to demonstrate that you have the Right to Work in the UK

Benefits of working for Sanctuary Personnel:

  • Daily payroll
  • Free DBS and compliance service
  • Access to exclusive roles that aren't available with other agencies
  • Your own dedicated consultant with extensive social work knowledge
  • Refer a Friend bonus - get £250 for each social worker you refer who we successfully place after 100 hours of work has been completed
  • Find your own job bonus - Receive £250 for bringing your own position to us
  • Clinical governance support with a specialist safeguarding team
  • In-house payroll system
  • Free digital copy of the Social Work News Magazine


These Head of Service jobs are advertised by Billy Holland; if you are interested in these positions please click above to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.