Cornwall Opportunities

Help shape the future of Adult Social Care in Cornwall.

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in these pivotal new roles.

The story so far...

Adult Social Care here in Cornwall has been on a significant journey of change and transformation over the last 18 months. Our integrated care plans have been accelerated as a result of the challenges of Covid 19 and I am proud to say that we are now in a really strong position to take the next important steps in the creation of a truly integrated, collaborative and supportive local health and social care system.

We have given a lot of thought to how we can work seamlessly together with our partners and are introducing new leadership roles to help us achieve this goal. We know that we have to continue to innovate if we are to adapt successfully to the challenges this service will face over the coming years, and I believe our new framework can serve as a “best in practice” model for years to come.

The Directorate is headed up by a senior leader who is jointly accountable for Public Health, Adult Social Care across Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow. This sets the scene for how we plan to work with each other as we move ahead. Forming deep collaborative partnerships is the platform from which we will realise our ambitions for the residents of Cornwall; to live happy, healthy and increasingly independent and fulfilled lives.

Suzanne Wixey

Suzanne Wixey - Service Director, Adult Care and Support.

The new Adult Care and Support structure

Our new structure and models of delivery are based around locality working - ensuring people are safeguarded, supporting patient flow and bringing care closer to home. We are developing a People, Places and Partnerships modernisation programme, with the aim of delivering independent outcomes for people, a talented, motivated workforce and value for money.

This all means that we need to strengthen strategic capacity through the appointment of three new Area Directors, as well as a Chief Social Worker. We will also be introducing three Locality Manager roles to support the Area Directors, who will have responsibility for locality based teams and working with locality commissioners. These roles are in turn supported by talented teams of people made up of service managers, principal social workers and principal occupational therapists in each locality.

We will focus strongly on data and business intelligence to drive informed strategic decision making, develop policy, process and practice that are enabling and strengths-based and integrated across the Service to drive quality and improvement. What an exciting time to join us!

The challenges and the opportunities

Here in Cornwall, as in many parts of the country, we are facing an increasing demand on Adult Social Care services - our challenges include an ageing population, resulting in people living longer with long term conditions, safeguarding issues and self-neglect concerns.

In addition to the ageing population, there are areas of deprivation and poverty, especially in rural areas, which can sometimes sit almost side by side with pockets of real wealth. We have particular challenges associated with low pay in some of Cornwall’s largest sectors, such as agriculture and food services. This gives rise to in-work poverty, rather just unemployment - meaning that these workers are stuck in low pay for prolonged periods, with implications for child poverty and poverty later in life and the negative impact lifestyle can have on people’s health.

Finally, data and research suggests that we have higher levels of obesity in adults, as well as higher levels of hospital stays for self-harm and alcohol related harm.

So we have some challenges to address - but this is where you come in. As a Council we believe that we are in a unique position to help tackle these thorny issues head on. In this role you will have the opportunity to work with us at a very exciting time, helping to shape and influence the way in which we drive the new model forwards.

We are looking for passionate and talented individuals with resilience, determination and commitment who want to help bring about real change and help develop a "best in class" Adult Social Care model. People who can identify potential in others, who are adaptable and flexible, and who can truly lead by example, motivating their teams every day.

These are exciting roles and we realise we are asking a lot - but the rewards could be tremendous, both professionally and personally. A genuine sense of achievement in knowing that you have made a difference to people’s lives, in one of the most beautiful places in the UK.

You will be welcomed by a talented and committed team, ready for new leadership capacity to continue our journey. Come and join us.

If you are interested in joining us and are inspired to help lead the next phase of our journey, I look forward to receiving your application. In the meantime, following an initial conversation with our recruitment partners I would be delighted to discuss this opportunity with those who might wish to learn a little more.

Suzanne Wixey, Service Director, Adult Care and Support - Cornwall Council

Learn more about these exciting opportunities in Cornwall

Find out more about the positions we have on offer and apply.

Role: Area Director
Salary: £68,529 to £83,753 plus relocation support

As a senior member of the Service Leadership Team, you will play a lead role in shaping strategic transformation, contributing to and championing the development of a strong and healthy culture within the Service, the Directorate, the Council and wider Health and Wellbeing Partnerships.

With a focus on the development and delivery of locality-based Integrated Care Partnerships, centred on one of three geographical areas in Cornwall, you will work in partnership with relevant Council services and its Arms-Length companies, Health and the Community and Voluntary sectors as well as Primary Care Networks and the care market. This brand new pivotal role will help to drive forward the design and delivery of a strategic plan within the integrated care areas. You will inspire and lead your teams, make informed business decisions whilst driving performance and quality. Through your ability to develop strong partnerships, your visible and whole system leadership skills will secure the right resource, connections and influence for Adult Social Care to deliver on its ambitions. You will be passionate about improving health and social care outcomes for people and building effective strength-based, localised health and social care communities. Your teams will deliver distinctive and effective local adult social care services.

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Role: Chief Social Worker
Salary: £59,053 to £72,174 plus relocation support

Working in partnership with relevant Council services and its Arms-Length companies, Health and the Community and Voluntary sector, this important role will work jointly with senior management, partners and stakeholders to ensure that Adult Social Care is recognised as a key part of the agenda for integrating services, strengthening cross-sector partnerships and acting as a catalyst for change.

You will be the professional lead for Adult Social Work, driving continuous service improvement culture change and learning and development in the Adult Care and Support service. This will include Social Work, Occupational Therapy and AMPHs services, where you will read the context for the work, create, embody and communicate the vision, and manage change, whilst always ensuring that the professional requirements and quality standards of multi-disciplinary teams and integrated services are met.

You will drive performance improvement, deliver proactive, strength-based practice and agile approaches that are centred around the enabling people to live happy, healthy and increasingly independent and fulfilled lives.

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Role: Locality Manager
Salary: £51,206 to £61,586 plus relocation support

As a senior member of staff within the ACS Service, you will focus on the operational development and delivery of locality-based Integrated Care Partnerships, centred on one of three geographical areas in Cornwall.

Working in partnership with relevant Council services and its arms-length companies, Health and the Community and Voluntary sector, the role will work jointly with senior management, partners and stakeholders to develop service plans and ensure effective delivery of the strategic plan. You will act as the Adult Social Care operational lead for services in the geographical area and will provide significant visible leadership to the local teams and partners and manage the Adult Social Care statutory functions to include responsibility for delegated budgets and performance within an integrated locality model.

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About Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council is a unitary authority, created on 1 April 2009 by merging Cornwall County Council with the six Borough and District Councils of Cornwall - Caradon, Carrick, Kerrier, North Cornwall, Restormel and Penwith.

The Council has a revenue budget of over £1bn, with 123 local Councillors representing the 550,000 residents of Cornwall, delivering services to every community across the County.

The Council has a workforce of around 5,000 and is the biggest employer in Cornwall. The Chief Executive and Strategic Directors form the Council's management team, which leads the work that provides services across Cornwall.

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Benefits of working for the Council

Cornwall Council’s ambition is to be an employer of choice, a high performing Council and a learning organisation. This includes being committed to providing an employee reward and benefits package which will attract, retain, motivate and reward our employees.

Our core employee rewards and benefits include:

  • a competitive salary (Cornwall Council pays employees a minimum of the Living Wage Foundation rate)
  • a defined benefit pension scheme, based on your career average earnings, including the option for additional voluntary contributions
  • 23 days annual leave per year (pro rata), rising to 28 days after five years' continuous service. Plus bank holidays and ability to purchase additional annual leave.
  • family friendly leave, pay and working arrangements
  • you may be able to work flexible hours and take 'flexi leave' for any accrued time
  • payment of relevant professional fees
  • car salary sacrifice scheme
  • relocation scheme
  • relevant learning and development opportunities, with the possibility for financial and / or other assistance

Find out more from the Our Offer page of our website.

Contact us and apply

Key dates

Closing date: 31 August 2020

Assessment and interview dates: Dates for the First Stage Technical Assessment are flexible with the final interviews forecast for the week commencing 21 or 28 September 2020.

Due to the importance of the roles we recommend that you apply as soon as possible. Depending on the level of response, we reserve the right to close the vacancy early and no later than 31 August 2020.

Contact us

For an informal confidential discussion about these opportunities, please contact either Penny Keatings on 07811 411462 / or Glen Hunt on 07967 469759 / from our recruitment partners - The Resourcing Solution.


To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one Microsoft Word document, stating clearly which role or roles you wish to be considered for, to Penny Keatings at as soon as possible.

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you consent to us contacting each referee prior to interview.

Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.

We will not accept applications from agencies .

These roles will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check, together with any other pre-employment checks that are applicable to the respective roles.


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Learn more about some of our developments in Cornwall

New Frontiers

New Frontiers describes how Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will continue their economic, social and environmental transformation in a post-Brexit UK. It offers a blueprint for rural regional development by harnessing the opportunities offered by Brexit and demonstrating the possibilities it can provide. Looking at these opportunities through local eyes, we can maximise the potential of the next way of Industrial Strategy and drive our devolution aspirations. More information can be found in the New Frontiers document here.

Plans for the Future

Cornwall Council has recently embarked on our largest ever listening project, 'The Cornwall We Want', an initiative designed to work together with the people of Cornwall to sketch out a vision for the future that we want to leave for our children and grandchildren. We know that only one in ten of Cornwall’s residents want things to go back to the way they were before the Coronavirus pandemic. That’s why we want to work closely with our residents to develop a shared vision for the future of Cornwall, so that Cornwall’s recovery leads to a ‘better normal’ than before the crisis. For more information, please visit The Cornwall We Want website.

Live and work in Cornwall

This is the perfect place to combine a challenging and interesting career with a wonderful lifestyle...

Live your best life...

It is no secret that Cornwall is renowned for its spectacular landscape, beautiful coastline and mild climate. Why not take full advantage of the outdoor life and rich heritage all year round. There are many beautiful beaches and secluded coves in Cornwall, and easy access to the sea is perfect for all types of water sports including surfing, sailing and paddle boarding. Further inland you will find a plethora of spectacular gardens and nature reserves to explore, with wildlife aplenty, or you could just choose to visit The Eden Project or Newquay Zoo. Cornwall’s unique and varied history means there are lots of historic buildings to explore, and fascinating museums like the National Maritime Museum add to the variety of culture available. Finally, Cornwall also caters for arts enthusiasts - even amid Covid 19 the scene is still coming up with enterprising and fun solutions such as drive in cinema and outdoor theatre.

Find out more about what Cornwall has to offer at

Base yourself in a safe and beautiful location...

Cornwall is one of the safest places to live in the country, and last year Devon and Cornwall Police reported the second lowest crime rate across the country as a whole.

There are many beautiful towns and villages which boast fantastic homes as well as a true sense of community, and the relaxed vibe of the region enables you to enjoy a unique home / work life balance. Property prices seem to be remaining strong despite Coronavirus and Brexit worries, and so buying property here is still considered to be a sound long term investment with housing stock to meet varied budgets.

Work opportunities for other family members...

Whilst many associate Cornwall with tourism, there are opportunities in many other sectors too, which is an important factor to bear in mind when relocating as a family. For example, Cornwall is home to precision manufacturing, tech and creative industries and there is an increasingly strong focus on the aerospace, e-health and marine tech sectors.

Education in Cornwall...

In Cornwall, children benefit from a high proportion of good and outstanding schools which lay a strong foundation for their future. The area also boasts two well-known universities; The University of Exeter, a Russell Group institution ranked 10th in the Guardian’s Good University Guide, and Falmouth University which is one of the country’s most respected arts institutions. Cornwall also offers several high-quality further education colleges, some of which offer specialised career progression.

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