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Alia Waheed looks at the assistant director of adult services post at Islington LBC...
Alia Waheed looks at the assistant director of adult services post at Islington LBC

During the last comprehensive performance assessment, Islington LBC's adult social services received a two-star rating and was described as one of the best improving councils in the country.

The council is now looking for an assistant director (performance and quality) of adult social services to raise the department from a good service to a first-class one.

This new post is part of the department's five-strong senior management team, and was created as part of the council's response to the government green paper on new outcomes for adult social services and joint arrangements with health services.

The candidate will play a strategic role in the department, developing and leading a programme of improvements in the performance and quality of services Among the areas which are a priority for the role will be building relationships and involvement with users and carers and improving their experience of services. The candidate will also be in charge of developing the department's ICT strategy and driving forward their strategic planning and equality work.

With such a wide vision for the role, the job has excellent prospects for career development. Gwen Ovshinsky, director of adult social care, says: 'When people look for a job, a key issue for them is the prospects for career development.

'This job has a department-wide brief, rather than a narrow remit and would be an enhancement for anyone's career as it will give them experience of the issues right across the department.'

The ideal candidate will have a good track record of senior management experience and be able to demonstrate a record of improving services either as an operations manager or on a strategic basis.

They will also have a strong understanding of adult social services and the issues involved, particularly in the light of the many changes and developments affecting social care.

The candidate will also be able to achieve a good performance and results by supporting and working with other people. Good interpersonal skills and experienced partnership working is also needed.

Facts and figures



Males 84,229

Females 91,568

Aged 0 to 15 18.3%

Aged 16 to 74 77.2%

Aged 75 and over4.5%

Born in the UK 70.2%


Percentage of people aged 16-74 . . .

Employed 40.3%

Self-employed 9.5%

Unemployed 5.8%

Student 8.1%

Retired 7.8%

Looking after family 6.5%

Sick/disabled 6.9%

Other 5.4%

Ethnic groups

White British56.8%

White non-British12.9%

Mixed race4.1%

Asian or Asian British5.4%

Black or black British 11.9%

Other ethnic group3.3%

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