Adult Social Care Policy Lead – Adult Services

Job details

Salary - Grade
GBP £46,719 to £48,747 46719 - PO4
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Contract Length
6 Months
Contracted Hours
Full Time - 36 hours per week
DBS Required
Adults, Health & Integration
Adult Services
Closing date

Hackney is one of Britain’s most exciting and fastest-changing boroughs. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. The challenges that have arisen over the last two years have intensified the need for action and we are determined to rebuild Hackney for, and with, our diverse communities.  

In Hackney, we are continually innovating and transforming to better support people who have care and support needs to build on their strengths and connections. Our vision for the residents we work with is: 

“We want you to achieve what matters to you, in partnership with our communities in Hackney. Where you need support, together we can find a solution that keeps you safe, well and independent.”

The Adult Social Care Service (ASC) is part of the Adult, Health and Integration directorate which also includes a significant element of directly provided services such as Housing with Care. Paying attention to effective and high quality professional practice and through a council-wide anti-racism policy, in ASC, we are committed to working closely with our diverse communities and statutory and third-sector partners.

The Adult Social Care Policy Lead is a newly created post designed to support our ongoing transformation programme, in particular, the embedding of a culture of consistently high quality practice across the service. The postholder will be part of the Practice Innovation and Workforce Capabilities team, which is part of the  transformation service and which also includes Transformation, Performance & Insight, Business Support and Homes for Ukraine Support. As a service, we are committed to ensuring residents achieve the best outcomes, whether that be through transforming how services are delivered, using data and insight to understand needs, investing in and developing the workforce, ensuring the business has what it needs to function day-to-day, as well as through continuous service and practice improvement.

We are keen to hear from applicants who have a strong interest in the use of quantitative data in change management and who can demonstrate achievements in developing and embedding policies and guidance in organisational practice. The challenges that the adult social care sector currently faces are significant and we are embarking on an ambitious transformation. We believe that with the right people like you, and supported by ambitious leadership and clarity of vision, we can be successful. In return, you will work in a highly skilled environment, undertake dynamic and impactful change all within a supportive and nurturing management culture.

This is a newly created post designed to support the preparation for the forthcoming  Care Quality Commision local authority assurance and wider improvement activities in the Adult Social Care Service. The primary responsibility for the postholder is translation of legislation and the statutory framework of adult social care into practice guidance on care and support. To achieve this, the postholder will be required to research the core legislation underpinning service delivery, for example Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Mental Health Act 1983; and convert them into guidance that professionals can use in their everyday practice.

Alongside this, the postholder will also undertake important associated professional activities such as research, practice analysis and relationship-building with key internal and external stakeholders. To be successful, each candidate will need to demonstrate a commitment to anti-racism and evidence-informed approaches to professional practice.

The post is designed for someone experienced in social care as either a Senior Practitioner (and above), researcher or someone with skills in the policy sector, as an analyst, developer or advocate. The  postholder will also be expected to support the embedding of evidence-informed approaches to practise through workshops, seminars and webinars. In leading the development of policies and procedures, the postholder will conduct practice analysis of teams and make recommendations for impactful change, where appropriate. 

There is no better place to work in London than Hackney; we have great pride in our borough, our communities, and our services.Hackney is one of London’s most vibrant and diverse boroughs. It’s one of the most sought after areas to live in London with good schools, parks and local amenities, as well as great transport links and vibrant and diverse communities.

If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below.

The recruitment process is anonymous. Therefore, we do not accept supporting statements or CVs.

When applying, there will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience. 

Closing date for applications – 12 February 2023

Interview date – 20 February 2020

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.

The Council has a dedicated employment support service (Hackney Works), which offers Hackney residents guidance in relation to applying for jobs. If you are thinking about applying for a job, please contact the Hackney Works team to find out what support is available: