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Assistant Director - Prevention and Service Development

North Yorkshire County Council
County Hall and around the county, including from home
£86,252- £98,275 plus relocation support (up to £8,000)
Closing date
30 Jun 2022
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Health and Adult Social Care Leaders – Assistant Director

Come and Join Team North Yorkshire!

About the Service

North Yorkshire is home to over 600,000 people. Nearly 80% of us are adults and 10% of us are over 75. Life expectancy is at, or above, the England average, although there is a 20 year gap in healthy years lived between different parts of the County.

Our ambition is that every adult has a longer, healthier and independent life. We want people to be able to live their best lives and for our communities to flourish. Living our best lives includes being more pro-active about talking about, and promoting greater diversity and inclusion: across North Yorkshire and within our own services.

We believe that prevention is better than cure and that is why we have invested for many years in universal and targeted prevention programmes and in extra care housing. 

We are striving to ensure that our practice starts with the strengths that each and every one of us has as human beings and that we make commissioning and investment decisions which, wherever possible, build upon the strengths within our towns and villages and countryside. As part of these aims, we want to work more sustainably to make our contribution to addressing climate change.

We want our care provider colleagues, in the independent and voluntary sectors, and in the council, to provide high quality care and support and to diversify their services to meet the choices and requirements that people will have in the future.

And we want North Yorkshire’s health and social care system to work as one, wherever possible, so that people have the right care and support, in the right place and at the right time. 

Our net investment in adult social care is £194m (with a further £24m invested in Public Health) and we employ nearly 2000 people within the Council (and 20000 across the care sector) to deliver vital prevention and care services. 

Most of us live and work in the County. Colleagues really know our many and varied communities and what makes them tick. There is a very strong ethos of “Team North Yorkshire”.

The County is also one of the most beautiful parts of England – arguably, the planet! – including 2 National Parks and a stunning coastline, great places to eat and drink and relax, good schools and easy access to big cities, culture and sport.

It’s a great place in which to work as well as to live, which is why we are looking for great people to join our team.

And that team is genuinely Team North Yorkshire, stretching across the Council, the wider public services and throughout communities. 

Yes, we have challenges, like any other part of England. However, we also have a wealth of opportunities. As a Council, we have strong political and officer leadership and a willingness to invest, learn and innovate. 

Over the past decade, we have focused on prevention, developing our Stronger Communities programme and our Living Well service and doubling our extra care housing provision (which now comprises over 1400 apartments to buy or rent), as well as our wider Public Health services. We have improved our joint working with the NHS, with other councils and, crucially, with people who use our services. And we are on a journey to make our social care practice both more confident and more consistent. At the same time, we have managed our resources carefully and done our best to shape new career pathways and become more diverse and inclusive in every sense.

About the role

Assistant Director Roles X 2
Salary £86,252- £98,275 plus relocation support (up to £8,000)
Based at County Hall and around the county, including from home.
1 x permanent post and 1 x fixed term/secondment post until 31 March 2024

Now is an exciting time to play a leading role in North Yorkshire. 

We are recruiting to the permanent role of Assistant Director Prevention and Service Development, following the current post-holder’s success in securing a Director post in Gateshead. Given the scale of the work to be delivered over the next 2 years, a second, fixed term, Assistant Director will be appointed until 31 March 2024, and the workload will be shared between the 2 posts. One post-holder will lead on service and care market development and the Charging Reforms Trailblazer and the other will lead on prevention services, integrated care and system leadership for hospital discharge, and housing, sustainability and technology. Between them, each of the post-holders will also lead work to support preparations for the CQC Assurance Framework and as a key part of the team to support our medium term financial plan.

Both post-holders will be high profile across the Health and Adult Services directorate, as well as within the wider Council and our partnerships with other organisations and with local communities. We are looking for creative, numerate, team-minded people with a strong track record of getting things done and a real passion for the potential that North Yorkshire offers.

Please note that these posts are subject to DBS disclosure. They are politically restricted posts as defined by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

If you would like to learn more about the roles, please contact Richard Webb (Corporate Director of Health and Adult Services) at

You can also view the full job description here.

Assistant Director Prevention and Service Development -  Job Description (docx / 890 KB)

Assistant Director Prevention and Integration -  Job Description (docx / 869 KB)

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If you are interested and are inspired to help lead the next phase of our journey, we look forward to your application.

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The County of North Yorkshire is the largest County in England and Wales. Within the county are 598 square miles of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and 530 square miles of the North York Moors National Park. The county is included in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region.

Whilst the economy of the County has traditionally been dependent on agriculture and tourism, there is a fast growing high technology base and this, together with other forms of light manufacturing industry, is of increasing importance. The County Council has an active policy of economic development and the predominantly rural character of the County is highly attractive to high technology businesses as well as the traditional industries of farming, food production and tourism. The County contains several centres of great historic interest, market towns that invite light industrial development, the modern coalfield area in the South, scenic, lightly populated upland areas and the extensive lowland area in the Vale of York.

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