Executive director appointed for Adult Social Care and Public Health in Gloucestershire
By Matt Hall | 30th September 2020
Sarah Scott was yesterday appointed the executive director of Adult Social Care & Public Health by Gloucestershire County Council's Appointments Sub Committee.
This new combined post was created following the current director of Adult Care Services, Margaret Willcox, decision to retire in Spring 2021.
As part of the changes, the separate posts of executive director of Adult Social Care (DASS) and director of Public Health will be deleted, replaced the one new combined role, taking on all statutory and wider responsibilities of the individual posts.
The council said that with such strong links between the work of adult social care and public health and the requirement under the care act to promote wellbeing and prevent care needs becoming more serious, combining these two areas makes absolute sense.
Already the county's director of Public Health, Sarah will take up her new wider responsibilities from 1 January 2021.
Combining the two roles will save around £90,000 a year, which will be reinvested in public health services given additional pressures due to the Covid pandemic.
Cllr Mark Hawthorne leader of the council and chair of the appointments sub-committee said: "In Sarah we have a highly skilled and respected director of Public Health who will bring her proven drive, dedication and commitment to this new broader role, adding value to the future of adult social care, with an ever greater focus on wellbeing and prevention. I look forward to continue working with Sarah."
Sarah Scott said: "I am really pleased to have been appointed to this role and I can't wait to get started. There are many challenges ahead to make sure we can continue to support those who need help and support.
"I know colleagues across the council, the wider health sector and beyond are already working hard to meet these challenges head on and I am committed to doing all I can to support these efforts; reduce health inequalities and increase people's independence for longer, through an ever greater focus on prevention services."
The committee were unanimous in its decision to appoint Sarah.
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