Aug 17

Essential support available for new directors of adult social services

Posted on Monday 7th August 2017

ManThose directors that are either aspiring to be, or transitioning into the role of Director of Adult Social Services within local government, can now register for the New Directors programme.

The programme has been developed in partnership between Skills for Care and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) to shape the leadership techniques of directors, enhance and develop new skills and create opportunities for them to form learning networks to support this complex and demanding role.

Sharon Allen, CEO of Skills for Care said: “Directors of adult social services have a critical role to play in today’s ever-evolving and growing adult social care sector.

“For new directors coming into this pivotal role it’s even more important that they receive the best support available to lead their services through challenging times. The programme gives them a chance to hear from, and network with, experienced directors, political leaders and senior voices from business, government and adult social care.”

The New Directors programme offers six learning and development days in both residential and workshop settings, between November 2017 and March 2017. Topics covered include system and public service leadership, risk and regulation, commissioning and market shaping, leading change and increasing political intelligence and influence.

Trevor Boyd, former Managing Director - Communities, Health and Social Care for Buckingham County Council is a previous participant on the programme. He commented: “The programme is essential development for directors as it provides invaluable theoretical and practical insights into the leadership and management challenges of local government – by people who really understand the business.”

New Directors programme information, and details of how to register, can be found here.