This programme is run in partnership with ADASS and is offered to new directors of adult social services in England – one of the most complex and challenging roles in local government.
The statutory role of director of adult social services can create tensions with the responsibilities of being in a local-authority leadership team.
Being responsible for maintaining social care values and improved outcomes against corporate priorities and tightening finances can be lonely.
So this programme aims to support you and to develop your personal, political and strategic impact and leadership style.
This programme will be delivered by the National Skills Academy for Social Care - the knowledge experts on leadership within adult social care.
The Skills Academy has an extensive portfolio of leadership programmes for staff at all levels including the National Graduate Trainee Scheme, the Front-Line Leaders Programme and the Aspiring Leaders and Top Leaders Programmes.
Jill Barrow (Programme Director)
Jill will facilitate the workshops and action learning sets. Jill has an extensive track record of delivering director level programmes.
Jill is a former local authority Chief Executive and Director of Education and delivered the Leeds Castle Programme run by the Local Government Leadership Centre.
Paul Snell MBE (Coach)
Paul is a qualified and experienced executive coach and is a former Director of Social Services and Chief Inspector at the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
Sue Machell (Coach)
Sue is an experienced coach and facilitator and was part of the team which delivered last year’s New Director Programme.
Sue is a former Chief Executive of an NHS Trust and Director of Nursing.
This national programme offers a package of individualised support over eight months, including workshops, collaborative action-learning sets and one-to-one support.
Each workshop has a specific focus based on current policy themes and the demands of taking up senior leadership roles, with specific reference to the DASS role.
Action learning is a method of collaborative learning where a small group of peers meet regularly to reflect on real work issues using a critical evaluation process.
The focus of our action learning sets will be the specific issues affecting your leadership.
These issues will be complex, possibly intractable problems which have no clear-cut consensus on what they are or how they should be resolved.
They typically have endless, ongoing consequences regardless of what action is taken and there is very rarely a right or wrong answer in how to deal with them.
The action learning sets will enable you to critically evaluate the specific issues of your work by: drawing on actual practice; using the peer group experience to test beliefs and assumptions; exploring new ways of thinking and behaving; and planning how to do things differently back in the work place.
Action learning sets based on specific issues are inevitably challenging, stretching and illuminating.
Most people also enjoy them!
The New Director of Adult Social Services Programme will offer participants one-to-one support to help them in meeting the personal and political demands of their role.
These include personal coaching with one of the two coaches, mentoring with an experienced director of adult social services, and group mentoring by experienced councillors.
The one-on-one support components will be tailor-made depending on your needs and will complement each other in terms of supporting personal, professional and political skills development.
While you are on the programme you will have access to three two-hour coaching sessions with one of the programme coaches.
Meetings with mentors will be negotiated directly between you, although it is expected that you will meet with each mentor at least once during the programme
This year’s programme has already started and is closed for applications. The next programme is likely to commence in the late autumn.
Pre workshop dinner 11th June
Workshop 1 12th June
First Action Learning Set Tuesday 10th July
First coaching session During the week commencing Monday 16th July
Pre workshop dinner 10th September
Second workshop 11th September
Second Action Learning Set: Wednesday 10th October
Second coaching session During the week commencing 24th September
Pre workshop dinner 6th November
Third workshop 7th November
Third Action Learning Set 4th December
Third Coaching Session During the week commencing Monday 7th January 2012
Pre workshop Dinner 22nd January
Final Half Day workshop Morning 23rd January 2012
The normal cost for a programme of this kind would be in the region of £4000, but funding from the Department of Health means that we can offer it at extremely affordable rates, saving you over £3000:
If you’d like to be involved in the next one, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.