Head of Access & Prevention (Adults)

Nottingham City Council


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government, Social Care

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £63,721 rising to £68,990 after two-years; market supplement potentially available depending on experience.

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  • Expiry date

    18 October 2021

  • Client

    Nottingham City Council

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Could you bring your experience and passion for improving the lives of people in Nottingham City?

Are you a system collaborator wanting to achieve our ambitions to provide people with Better Lives, Better Outcomes?

We are really excited to offer the opportunity for you to be our new Head of Access & Prevention. This post reports to the Director for Adult Health & Social Care and will work closely with the rest of the Adults Leadership Team, Councillors, Officers and Partners to improve outcomes for our children and young people in Nottingham.

Nottingham has ambition and our people make us an exciting, vibrant and energetic city. We work at pace and have great achievements that we are immensely proud of.  We are passionate about tackling inequalities in all we do and are committed to delivering inclusive services to our people.

Nottingham is not without its challenges – many of our people face deprivation, but we have a wealth of opportunity in our city and be in no doubt we are ambitious for our people and ambitious for our place.   Following our Non-Statutory Review we are progressing our plans to shape the council Nottingham needs for the future, creating a strong organisation that achieves outcomes.  We are on the cusp of something exciting – a new era for Nottingham.  Our Adult Services work to overcome challenges and for older and disabled citizens, including those with mental health needs, in to live as independently as they can, with a connection to their communities.

Nottingham believes that an independent life is a better life and we are working with our communities and with our partners to find creative ways to achieve outcomes that reduce reliance on formal care and support services. We are looking for a new Head of Service to bring the vision to life – could this be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for?

What we’re looking for…

We are looking for a confident and experienced leader to spearhead our commitment to improving the lives of older and disabled people.  We’re seeking a creative, passionate team player who will work across services and the health & social care system to achieve excellence for our people. Ideally you’ll have a strong background in leading services in a health and social care system.

You will foster a culture that delivers results through continual improvement in response to national and local policy, developing and improving service delivery strategies and approaches for older and disabled people, ensuring your service delivers good and cost-effective outcomes for people.

A detailed knowledge of system working across the health and social care sector including experience at a leadership level and thorough understanding of the government’s agenda for older and disabled people is essential to this role.

What we can give you…

A new era for Nottingham awaits – there is a buzz of excitement about the future for us and although this will be a tough journey it will also be an extremely rewarding one too. As well as the satisfaction of helping change lives across Nottingham, this is a chance to join a well-established leadership team, which the successful candidates will be a key part. We are a leading employer within the region for our employee benefits including a generous annual leave package and the opportunity to purchase more. We will offer you flexible working arrangements and access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, as well as support, development and the celebration of shared achievements.

If you can match our ambition for a Nottingham to be a world-class city for everyone, we would like to hear from you.  We strive to have a workforce that reflects our city’s diversity and this is increasingly important in our decision-making senior leadership roles. To help us achieve our ambition, we particularly want to hear from candidates who are from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic communities or candidates that identify with having a disability as we are under-represented at this level.

For more information please visit Nottingham City Council's microsite:

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
18th October 2021

Technical Interviews and Leadership Scenarios
5th November 2021

Shortlist meeting
9th November 2021

Assessment Centre
16th November 2021

Final interviews
18th November 2021 (these will be held face to face)

How to apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria. The Supporting Statement should be no longer than 2 pages.
  • Candidates have the option to submit a short up to 5-minute video explaining why you are interested in the role and what you feel bring to Nottingham City Council.
  • Please detail any employment or education gaps in your CV.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email contactus@gatenbysanderson.com


  1. Access and Prevention Structure Chart Sept21 - FINAL.pdf
  2. Better Lives Better Outcomes Startegy.pdf
  3. Council Plan 2019-23.pdf
  4. Council Plan Supplement 2019-2023.pdf
  5. Director Public Health Annual Report 2021.pdf
  6. EDI Strategy 2020-2023.pdf
  7. Happier Healthy Lives Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-2020.pdf
  8. ICS-Mental-Health-and-Social-Care-Executive-Summary-FINAL.pdf
  9. Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.docx
  10. Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2023.pdf
  11. New Service Behavioural Expectations.pdf
  12. Non Statutory Rapid Review.pdf
  13. Recovery & Improvement Plan 2021 - 2024.pdf
  14. Senior Leadership structure chart.pdf


Gary Evans: 07809 195 593
Philip Emms: 07590 225 472
Kate Merson: 020 7426 3376