These remain big challenges and are likely to be so for some time to come, as we seek to protect those who use our services from the virus – in particular older people in care homes, but also those of working age in care homes, those in supported living settings, those who receive homecare in their own homes and those who are cared for by their families – from Covid.
This role will lead the current Covid 19 work including recovery work, thinking strategically about how we respond to Covid over time and other health protection issues, and how we prepare for future pandemics. There are numerous and high-profile difficult policy issues to wrestle with, such as how to balance the protection of care home residents against the need to enable their families to visit them, and how to drive uptake of the vaccine amongst social care staff.
The postholder will be under very significant scrutiny within the department and from the Cabinet Office/No.10. Beyond government, the postholder will need to establish strong relationships with local government leaders, provider groups, those who represent people who use social care services and the individuals themselves. The postholder will also lead the new regional assurance team – the group’s delivery arm – currently focused on Covid but intended to have a wider delivery focus in time. Depending on decisions taken on reform, the postholder may lead delivery of those changes.
The successful candidate will be an exceptional leader, with the ability to motivate, inspire and empower large teams in a complex and dynamic environment, promoting an inclusive culture. You will be a sophisticated communicator with strong political awareness, able to manage a wide range of stakeholders including Ministers, influencing at all levels in and outside of Government. You will be resilient and a critical thinker with strong analytical skills, as well as having an ability to turn policy into practical delivery.