Introduction from Kim Curry - Executive Director for Children, Adults, Families, Health & Education

Dear Candidate

Thank you for your interest in our organisation and in joining the Children and Family Services Directorate as Head of Life Long Services.  I would like to share with you some information regarding the role and my vision for services here in West Sussex.

I have recently joined West Sussex as the Executive Director for Children, Adults, Families, Health & Education. I was initially attracted to West Sussex by the opportunity to join an organisation that is extraordinarily ambitious for its communities and residents.  I am passionate about working in partnership working with the NHS and wider system and I am excited about the opportunity here in West Sussex that arises from strong relationships with Districts and Boroughs, and with our Health, third sector and ‘blue light’ partners.  Having previously lead services for the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership, I believe there is a unique opportunity here to leave a legacy for our communities and residents. 

I have been really impressed by the welcome I have had both from staff within the department, the County Council as well as our partners and providers.

The creation of Lifelong Services is a major aspect of our transformation programme.  It is a vital part of our plans to give children the best start in life by putting children at the centre of everything we do and making sure that every child in West Sussex reaches their potential. In addition the service is crucial to our ambitions of working closely and creatively with the community and our partners to help our older community stay independent for longer.

Our plans for Lifelong Services are therefore a key part of our ambitions.  We aim to deliver a new whole life approach to working with people with lifelong disabilities and their families.  We want our services to be co-produced with individuals and their families and delivered with our partners in an integrated way. 

The service will offer early intervention and build on strengths to develop skills and independence; to promote and maintain safety and good health; and to encourage and facilitate employment, valued roles within their communities; while also making best use of public money.

As Head of Lifelong Services you will have a key role within the senior leadership team of my Department and will have a key role in working with stakeholders right across our services to develop and then lead an innovative approach to delivering services. 

Kim Curry,
Executive Director for Children, Adults, Families, Health & Education

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