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Service Manager - Corp...
South West England, England
To be confirmed
Sanctuary Social Care is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Service Manager to fill a full-time role based in the South West of England. You will be responsible for the following services: Fostering, Adoption, Looked After Children and Transition to Independence Team for Care Leavers. The pay rate for this locum Service Manager job is to be confirmed with the client and is an initial 3-month contract. Job Purpose - Service Manager: This role reports directly the Head of Integrated Children's Services (currently being covered by an interim, but a new permanent post holder joins them in early Feb 2020). As the manager of Corporate Parenting (Transition to Independence, Looked After Children, Fostering and Adoption) service, the post holder will provide strategic direction for their area of social care services. The post holder will, through the managers who directly report to them, ensure that vulnerable children are protected from significant harm, and that the council works with children where there is risk of family breakdown, as well as working with children in care to enable the best possible outcome for the child. The role involves promoting collaborative partnership arrangements and reporting within the political framework. There is also a requirement to report to relevant partnership boards and chair relevant decision-making panels relating to children and young people with complex needs. Requirements: Service Manager experience within a local authority. Extensive experience within children's services. Contact: This Service Manager job is advertised by Billy Holland; if you are interested in this position 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.
Project Manager - Cont...
East Sussex, England
£400 - £450 per day
Sanctuary Executive is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Project Manager to work full-time within a Continuing Health Care Team based in East Sussex. The ideal candidate will possess highly developed specialist knowledge of social work practice in Adults services. The pay rate for this locum Project Manager job is £400 - £450 per day. Summary: As postholder of this role your main purpose will be to develop, implement and lead on specific projects related to the Continuing Health Care Team and Transformation Board. Programme, which improve outcomes for clients and carers, and support service development and integrated delivery. Main Duties: Lead specific service development projects to improve efficiency and the experience of clients and carers, whilst ensuring best use of public resources. Ensure the achievement of agreed outcomes and objectives within agreed timescales and available resources. Jointly set up systems and processes with colleagues and partners, to ensure new developments are appropriately aligned to and integrated with other key projects and work-streams. Undertake cost/benefit analysis and produce business cases where appropriate. Manage project budgets within defined parameters, including profiling where required, and monitoring of project expenditure and income. Critically analyse data from a range of sources and provide management information that supports evidence based decision making. Work with key stakeholders to ensure their engagement, and where possible alignment, with projects & the CHC Boards aims, priorities, timescales and outcomes. Provide representation for the CHC Transformation Board and intermal CHC Board at stakeholder events including provider contract meetings, to ensure effective management and delivery of project aims. To arrange for the closure of projects, including stakeholder and governance feedback and sign off, and assist in the production of adequate documentation for hand over to the appropriate commissioning, operational and/or technical support managers. Ensure information about new services and developments is appropriately advertised and publicised. Set up systems to regularly review and monitor new developments including establishing key performance indicators and remedies to performance in partnership with contract management teams. Develop effective working relationships and work in partnership with all key stakeholders, including through formal and informal consultation as appropriate Give direction and support to, or directly manage, other staff associated with the project, as necessary. Maintain an overview of best practice, innovation and new approaches nationally and ensure these are reflected in the project. Keep governance structures fully briefed on progress of projects, highlighting risks and issues at an early stage, and making recommendations towards solutions. Ensure that learning from the project is shared with relevant stakeholders, and utilised to inform developments within and outside of the project/team, throughout the life of the project. Requirements of the Project Manager: Ideal candidate will have experience management experience Contact: This Project Manager job is advertised by John Rudland; if you are interested in this position 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.
East Riding of Yorkshire, England
To be confirmed
Sanctuary Social Care is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Information Management & Research Manager to fill a full-time position based in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The pay rate for this locum Information Management & Research Manager job is to be confirmed with the client and is an initial 3-month contract. Job Purpose - Information Management & Research Manager: Development, coordination and implementation of innovative and integrated information, benchmarking systems and performance monitoring processes and procedures that: Highlight performance against plan, opportunities for development and service delivery improvement. Identify quality standards and aid self-evaluation. Report achievement and celebrate success. To manage, direct and develop the Children, Young People and Families (CYPFS) Directorate Research and Statistical function to monitor all aspects of service delivery, report on performance and achievement, identify priorities, inform service development and comply with statutory obligations. To ensure the council meets its objectives in relation to the delivery of key improvement and transformation programmes including the Troubled Families Programme. Duties: Establishes a Management Reporting & Control Framework that identifies directorate performance, current and planned, across a range of criteria, key performance indicators and critical success factors Support the development of data sharing/case management systems that collect the relevant data and information relating to Early Help, Priority Families and potential Priority Families ensuring all data protection principles are fully maintained. Ensure team members have clarity of role and purpose and understand the legislative environment in which they operate. Demonstrate visible commitment to the Troubled Families programme and achieving 100% of targeted families turned around in line with the Troubled families Outcome Plan and the annual staged payment targets Requirements: Relevant Professional Qualification. Ability to manage a team of professional staff to achieve stated objectives Visible and effective leader modelling exemplary behaviour for staff in promoting a culture of seeking excellence in the quality of service provision and of valuing equality and diversity in all aspects of service delivery Excellent understanding of research, analytical techniques, dissemination of information, and clear and concise reporting to a diverse range of audiences. Substantial experience in the development and management of performance systems. Experience in managing projects involving a high level of research and statistics. 5 years' experience of work in the field of statistics and educational research. (Evidence of continued professional development in areas relevant to the context of the post). Knowledge of quality systems and a commitment to developing the service, within a culture of change management. Highly developed communication, presentation, interpersonal, influencing and advocacy skills. Contact: This Information Management & Research Manager job is advertised by Billy Holland; if you are interested in this position 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.
Head of SEND & Inclusion
£70112.00 - £83851.00 per annum
Sanctuary Social Care is currently looking for an experienced Head of SEND & Inclusion in Wandsworth. The salary for this permanent Head of SEND & Inclusion role is £70,112 - £83,851 per annum. Job Purpose: The Head of SEND Services provides strategic leadership and operational management of statutory children and young people's SEND services and associated preventative inclusion services in collaboration with education, health and social care partners. Responsibilities: To be responsible for the selection, development and performance of service areas in the portfolio. To ensure the implementation of a workforce development plan across the complete service, leading to the recruitment and retention of high calibre staff and ensuring employees develop the appropriate skills and knowledge to effectively fulfil their duties. To develop and implement associated strategic and operational plans in collaboration with service colleagues and partners (including health commissioners and providers and schools and parents/ families) within the wider context of SEND reform and the SEND Strategy. To ensure that SEND is a key part of our Joint Strategic Needs Analysis (JSNA) and that data analysis and other performance information is used to inform decision making and future strategy To ensure that there are appropriate panel / decision making processes in place to ensure children are placed in appropriate placements. Requirements of the Head of SEND & Inclusion: Extensive experience within SEND. Experience within a similar role Ability to work flexibly including out of hours to meet the needs of the service Complete other reasonable tasks in order to fulfil role purpose or as required Contact: This Head of SEND & Inclusion job is advertised by Jamie Bartlett; if you are interested in this position 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.
Up to £207.13 per day + TO BE CONFIRMED
Sanctuary Social Care is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Business Transformation Project Manager to fill a full-time role based in Southwark. The pay rate for this locum Business Transformation Project Manager job is to be confirmed and is an initial 3-month contract. Duties: To support and lead a series of live projects to transform service delivery and develop a self-sufficient organisation. To apply service design expertise and waterfall and agile project management to support the design of innovative services that improve service delivery, while delivering greater digital take-up, cost savings or revenue opportunities. To support strategic organisational priorities through the design and delivery of exemplary and agile staff engagement activities. To spearhead engagement initiatives visibly championing and encouraging change to achieve self-sufficiency, buy-in to strategic priorities and innovation and support the successful delivery and implementation of new service delivery models. Deliver new models for the delivery of services based on design thinking, coproduction, innovation, entrepreneurial opportunities and user-research. Creating business cases that support prototyping and scalability. Drive through culture change and support efficiencies across service provision. To provide process mapping, analysis, business process re-engineering, awareness of cross-organisational interdependencies and insight into external models and on developments in the world of work. Deliver projects that involve a wide range of stakeholders including all aspect of the design phases including discovery, define, design and delivery across a series of live projects. Deliver a range of staff engagement activities that result in high levels of participation, provide opportunities for staff to shape the future of the organisation and to contribute to solving issues through innovation. Focus on reviewing and developing the structures, procedures and working methods for which the post holder is responsible to ensure an integrated, effective and efficient approach to the delivery of services, making linkages across the council. Review every solution to maximise the use of new technology to ensure efficient and effective delivery of services. Provide directorates with guidance required to understand the need for change, to identify their change requirements, and to encourage a culture of continuous improvement. Requirements: Educated to Degree level or equivalent Project management training preferably with experience in both waterfall and agile project management techniques Contact: This Business Transformation Project Manager job is advertised by Billy Holland; if you are interested in this position 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.
Associate Director - E...
Up to £550.00 per day
Sanctuary Social Care is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Associate Director to fill a full-time role within an Early Help Service based in London. The pay rate for this locum Associate Director job is £550 per day (LTD Company Equivalent) and is an initial 3-month contract. Job Purpose - Associate Director: Lead the service in pursuing the best possible outcomes for children and young people through providing strategic management of services receiving referrals and providing entry points to children and young people into universal and targeted early help. Work with colleagues to formulate, develop and implement the organisational strategic direction and priorities relating to areas of operational control. Contribute to wider strategic planning and policy development. Expected to develop and support a culture of partnership and innovation, so that services are child focussed, flexible and adaptable Requirements: Educated to a degree level with a relevant professional qualification i.e. youth or social work Postgraduate qualification in a relevant field i.e. leadership and management Proven evidence of continuing professional development Proven track record as a successful strategic leader; leading, managing and improving frontline statutory children's services Significant and demonstrable knowledge of statutory legislation, policy, guidance and procedures in relation to functional responsibilities Direct experience of managing resources and people, delivering good value for money, including the management of complex and substantial budgets and the commissioning and procurement of services for children and young people Experience of building strong partnerships, maintaining relationships and co-producing solutions to challenges across a diverse set of stakeholders, including children, young people and their families. Advocating the voices of those we are working with Expert knowledge of relevant theory that informs practice delivery within this field Proven ability to effectively use data, intelligence and evidence to create meaningful insight to inform own decision making and strategic direction of services High verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to use different communication styles, ICT and techniques to present ideas and influence others Proven experience of providing line management and professional support and supervision Contact: This Associate Director job is advertised by Billy Holland; if you are interested in this position 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.
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Has your interview been a success?
When it comes to interviews, it’s easy to spend hours in advance preparing yourself for tricky questions and planning how to sell your skills. But do you know how to tell if your interview is going well? Ahead of your interview for a senior interim role, here are five common signs which may indicate that the hiring panel is favourable towards you.Positive body languageIf you read our previous article about making a good impression, then you’ll know that we have shared advice on how to make the most of your body language. The same is true for your hiring panel. When it comes to senior social work jobs, you may expect to be interviewed by C-Suite executives (perhaps a Director of Service or a Head of Service) – in which case you may want to pay attention to what their body language is saying to you. Are they smiling or laughing a lot? Is their body language suggesting that they are interested in what you are saying? Perhaps their palms are open, they are leaning forward or they are nodding a lot. These are just a few ways which may indicate that they are excited about what your skills can bring to their team. Strong rapport with the hiring panelIt’s also worth considering how much of a rapport is being built during the interview. They may ask you about your personal hobbies and interests, or the conversation may drift away from the specific interview questions. If so, it may be that they are sizing you up to find out how you would fit in with their team.When it comes to senior social work job roles such as Heads of Service, Service Managers or Interim Consultants, the hiring panel will be looking for much more than your individual skillset. Having the ability to lead confidently and use interpersonal skills to build relationships with co-workers will be vital to the job. Therefore, if you can quickly build a positive rapport with the panel, they may feel more confident that you are the right person for the job role. Your interview lasts longer than expectedWhen it comes to executive social work job roles, each interview may have a set time frame. After all, the senior interviewing panel will have packed schedules, so it’s important that things run to time. During your pre-interview preparation, your dedicated consultant will confirm with you the planned timings, so if your interview lasts much longer than you anticipated, you may want to see this as a positive sign. It shows that they are prepared to allocate much more time than they had available to continue your conversation. They ask you about your notice periodA good indicator that you are being considered for the job role is if they ask you about your notice period and continue the conversation through follow-up questions. It means they aren’t just asking you a generic question; they are genuinely trying to establish when you can start work. If a local authority immediately requires a change of leadership (perhaps as a result of a poor Ofsted report or a Serious Case Review), then they will need somebody quickly to take charge. At senior levels, many authorities will be prepared to hire interim staff to fill the position whilst you work out your inevitable lengthy notice period. You’re introduced to your future colleaguesIf the interview is conducted within your potential employer’s premises (rather than via video technology), it is almost inevitable that you will be given a tour of the office. If the interviewer takes the time to formally introduce you to members of the team, then you can start to feel confident in your chances. It’s often a clear indicator that they want to see first-hand how you would fit in with your colleagues. If you are taken on a tour, make sure you continue to make a good first impression with everyone that you are introduced to.To find out how we can support you, please get in touch.
Can you enhance your digital footprint?
When it comes to job hunting, it’s easy to focus solely on your CV and your personal statement, but are you aware of what your digital footprint is saying about you? Can you enhance your online reputation to improve your employability? In today’s online world, everything we do can leave a trail – from our public tweets and LinkedIn profile through to the images we choose to share on Instagram and Facebook. If you’re applying for a new social work job role, particularly one within a senior managerial position, it’s important that you feel confident that your online reputation represents the professional image that you want to project to a prospective new employer. Thanks to public profiles and open privacy settings, it’s now easier than ever before for hiring managers to research candidates online before or after an interview. This is why we are sharing our advice to help you improve your online footprint and feel confident that your digital reputation accurately reflects your professionalism. Search yourself on Google Have you ever done a quick search of your name on Google? This may be the first thing that an employer does before offering you a job. If you’re involved with organisations such as BASW regional groups or your local safeguarding boards then it is likely that your name will appear in the search listings. Similarly, if you’ve been working in a senior position such as a Team Manager or Interim Director of Service, then you may have been featured in press articles or interviews about your team, especially if you’ve been recognised in awards (such as the Social Worker of the Year Awards). This could be beneficial in helping you effectively showcase your experience. Many people are unaware that if you have a public profile on social media, Google Images can pull out pictures that you've been tagged in, even if you haven’t uploaded them yourself. If you do find any images that cause you concern, then it may be prudent to ask for the image to be removed. Is your LinkedIn profile up to date? Another key tip is to ensure that your LinkedIn profile is updated and accurately reflects your submitted CV. If it’s wildly different, then a hiring manager could have reservations or ask you tricky questions during your interview. LinkedIn is a fantastic professional tool that can enhance your digital footprint. If you’re involved in any professional groups or you regularly post insightful comments or detailed articles on your profile, then it can demonstrate your knowledge and encourage people to want to work alongside you. A key consideration is that articles written and posted on LinkedIn can appear within Google searches, so if you have the capacity to write your thoughts about niche areas of interest then it could effectively boost your profile within search engines. The balance of formal and informal language There’s a cliché that says “never post anything online that you’re not happy for your boss to see” and this is something that is definitely true. With open privacy settings on most social media sites, it’s easy to see what candidates are saying online about a wide range of subjects, which may not necessarily be relevant to your profession. In some instances, this could be beneficial – if you show your personality and your interests then you can start to build positive relationships and share mutual interests with potential colleagues and/or the people that you are providing care and support for. A top tip is to remember that if your accounts are publicly visible (and most social media sites are open by default), you should think about your choice of language. If your profiles are littered with spelling mistakes and poor grammar, an employer may have concerns about your ability to complete administrative tasks or your communication skills. Employers won’t expect you to always use formal language on your personal accounts, but it should reflect the image that you want to project. If you would like some further guidance on how you can enhance your digital footprint, then please get in touch with our dedicated Executive team.
Using video tech in recruitment
If you have changed social work job roles regularly throughout your career, you’ll know the basic processes involved. Once a hiring manager has reviewed your CV, you’ll hopefully be invited to an interview where you’ll have a chance to sell yourself and your skills in person to the interviewing panel. We’ve started to see an increase in technology being used within the recruitment process; particularly for more senior social work positions. Action! How video interviews are becoming more mainstreamOver the past year, we have noticed that hiring managers are more open to using video interviews; technology has made it much easier for them to function in the same way as face-to-face interviews. Systems such as Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp Messenger and Google Hangout are great conferencing tools because they allow groups of people to join in a safe online environment, conducive to formal interviews. John Rudland, Executive Search Consultant, Sanctuary Executive tells us: “When it comes to senior positions, hiring managers understand that to find the right people for the role, they may need to recruit from a wider geographical net. The ease of video conferencing is hugely beneficial for both clients and candidates for several reasons.”“For candidates; it means that they can have a formal job interview without the pressures of taking time off work and factoring in travel expenses. It also means that they may be likely to apply for jobs which are further away than they are used to – particularly for interim roles where they might go in to manage a specific project before moving on elsewhere.”He adds: “For clients, they may find that video conferencing can make it easier to coordinate the hiring teams. Typically, when it comes to senior recruitment, interviews are conducted by a panel comprising of Directors of Service (or Assistant Directors), Heads of Service and HR Directors. These people are incredibly busy, so it can be a logistical challenge to find suitable times for all. Video conferencing addresses these challenges, helping to speed up the process for everyone involved.”Accessible to all – no heavy investment requiredWhen it comes to senior recruitment, we know that time is of the essence. The quicker our clients can fill their senior positions, the sooner they will be able to lead their services towards positive outcomes for children and adults. As mentioned, video conferencing enables hiring panels to get together for interviews even when their diaries do not match up, which allows them to find the right candidate faster than ever before. The proliferation of systems such as Skype and Google Hangout means that the technology is not only accessible to all parties involved (with no financial investment required), but the functionality of these systems is incredibly intuitive, making them very easy to use.Sanctuary Executive works closely with local authorities across the UK to offer a bespoke consultancy service. To find out more, get in touch.
New joint interim Chief Social Workers for Adults announced
Those working in adult social services will be interested to know that the Department for Health and Social Care has announced the appointment of Fran Leddra and Mark Harvey as joint interim Chief Social Workers for Adults. The pair, who will be managing the role as part of a job share, will replace Lyn Romeo who will take a 12-month break for personal reasons.Between them, Leddra and Harvey have a collective 55 years of expertise within social work, and they will combine their secondment with their existing social work roles.Introducing the joint interim Chief Social Workers for AdultsFran Leddra is currently Principal Social Worker and Strategic Lead of Safeguarding and Adult Social Care in Thurrock Council. She is an advocate for safeguarding practice and will be keen to ensure that the profession continues to uphold its values and responsibilities.She says: “Mark and I have both held the co-chair role for the Principal Social Workers Network and this experience undoubtedly led us to apply for this secondment opportunity. With a challenging year ahead, we want to continue to drive forward the Chief Social Worker priorities and to ensure social work and social care is high on the political agenda.”Mark Harvey is Operations Director for adult disability services in Hertfordshire County Council. Throughout his career, he has worked across both Local Authority and NHS services primarily specialising in mental health and learning disability services.He adds:“To work alongside Fran as the Chief Social Worker is a fantastic opportunity and something, I am immensely keen to bring my frontline experience to. The year ahead is likely to be one of significant change and opportunity. I am looking forward to continuing Lyn Romeo’s work to lead an approach that can embed social work at the core of DHSC’s work to achieve a better outcome for the people we serve.”Sanctuary Executive’s viewOur Executive division works closely with senior management teams across the top end of social care. We are excited to hear that the new joint Interim Chief Social Workers for Adults will continue to maintain their frontline roles because it will bring the position much closer to the profession.Speakin