Director of System Transformation (Adult Mental Health & Dementia)

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

Kent & Medway

  • Location

    Kent & Medway

  • Job type

    Permanent

  • Sector

    Digital, Data & Technology, Health

  • Salary/Remuneration

    AFC Band 9

  • Job ref

    GSe83129

  • Expiry date

    10 March 2022

  • Client

    Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

Ref: GSe83129

The Health and Care Bill 2021-22 sets out the importance of integration and supports the ambitions for mental health service improvement set out in the Long Term Plan (LTP) for Mental Health. 

Delivery of the ambitions set out in the LTP is key if Kent and Medway are to truly transform services, reduce health inequalities.  and drive up the quality of what we offer.

Local provider collaboratives are developing as the vehicle for delivering specialised mental health, learning disability and autism services. In Kent the system has developed the Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism (MHLDA) Improvement Board which oversees six key areas of work.

These newly established roles are designed to ensure that in Kent and Medway we maximize fully the opportunity to deliver a joint agenda of transformation and improvement that ensures no individual is disadvantaged by the complexity of their needs. These roles, working closely together and being accountable to the MHLDA Board will be at the forefront of leading and shaping this vital strategic work.

The Employer

Our integrated care system vision and purpose

We will work together to make health and wellbeing better than any partner can do alone

This means we will:

  1. Give children the best start in life and work to make sure they are not disadvantaged by where they live or their background, and are free from fear or discrimination.
  2. Help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society to improve their physical and mental health; with a focus on the social determinants of health and preventing people becoming ill in the first place.
  3. Help people to manage their own health and wellbeing and be proactive partners in their care so they can live happy, independent and fulfilling lives; adding years to life and life to years.
  4. Support people with multiple health conditions to be part of a team with health and care professionals working compassionately to improve their health and wellbeing.
  5. Ensure that when people need hospital services, most are available from people’s nearest hospital; whilst providing centres of excellence for specialist care where that improves quality, safety and sustainability.
  6. Make Kent and Medway a great place for our colleagues to live, work and learn.

System, place and neighbourhood focus

The integrated care system is a partnership of all parts of the NHS working together with councils and other partners.

Within the NHS there are three key groupings working at different geographies. The terminology used for the three levels is neighbourhood, place and system:

  1. Forty two primary care networks across Kent and Medway. A primary care network (PCN) consists of groups of general practices working together, and in partnership with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local area, to offer more personalised, coordinated health and social care to the people living in their area. 
  2. Four place based partnerships drawing together all provider NHS organisations in a given area and working more closely with social care. These have previously been called integrated care partnerships.
  3. single commissioning group for Kent and Medway, was created in April 2020. Changes proposed in the Health and Care Bill would see the Clinical Commissioning Group replaced by a new NHS statutory body and the creation of a new partnership group (read more here). 

Why the system needs to change in Kent and Medway

  • The system transformation partnership, and now the integrated care system, aims to tackle a range of challenges to improve health and care for residents across Kent and Medway.
  • The number of people living in Kent and Medway is predicted to rise by almost a quarter by 2031.
  • We spend just £86m (2%) of our budget supporting people to stay well and prevent illness, compared to £3.4 billion treating ill-health
  • Over 528,000 people - that’s almost one in three - live with one or more significant long-term health conditions, including around 12,000 with dementia.
  • People with a serious mental illness die on average 15 to 20 years earlier than the general population.
  • If staffing was in line with the national average, there would be 175 more GPs in Kent and Medway. Over half our practice nurses could retire in 10 years.
  • Evidence shows, every day, about 1,000 people in Kent and Medway are in a hospital bed when they no longer need to be.
  • In addition to these challenges, which existed before the pandemic, we must now work together as a system to recover from the pandemic and ensure we take the opportunity to address health inequalities which Covid-19 has shone a spotlight on.

Further Information

For a confidential discussion please contact our recruitment advisers at GatenbySanderson:
Joanna Riley, Robin Staveley or Mark Bate on
E: mark.bate@gatenbysanderson.com / T: 0113 205 6288

Recruitment Timetable


Closing date
9AM Thursday 10th March 2022


Preliminary Interviews
w/c 14th March 2022


Final Panel Interviews
Tuesday 29th March & Friday 1st April 2022


How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • 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.
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