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Dear Candidate

Thanks for your interest in Bolton Council - this is an exciting time to join the team, as we embark on a major programme of regeneration and embed our exciting vision for the borough, Bolton 2030, into everything that we do.  At the heart of this vision is a simple ambition; ensuring the Bolton which our children will grow up in is a vibrant place, built on strong, cohesive communities, successful businesses, and healthy residents. We want Bolton to be a welcoming place where people choose to study, work, and put down roots.

We are now recruiting to three key positions within our senior leadership team:

  • Director of People – with responsibility for a wide range of services from helping children get the opportunity to get the most out of life, achieve at school, and develop a range of skills ready for adulthood to the care of vulnerable adults.     
  • Director of Public Health – with responsibility to address health inequalities and improve conditions which enable people to live healthy lives and lead and contribute on the strategic transformation of the Council
  • Director of Place – with responsibility for maximising life chances for all communities in Bolton by taking the best approach to service delivery and economic development.

We’re a high-performing council, with some excellent outcomes. Our children’s services perform strongly, with Bolton rated as one of the best authorities in the country when it comes to looking after it’s most vulnerable children. OFSTED inspectors recently gave the council a ‘Good’ rating following an intensive review of our Children’s social care (May 2018). We’ve also seen notable success in adoption services and our performance in improving skills at levels 2, 3 and 4 exceeding regional and national averages.

In the face of increasing demand and limited resources we are also working with partners from across the health and care system to achieve outcomes for Bolton’s ever-changing population.Bolton’s Locality Plan, our shared vision for a healthier place with healthier people, will deliver our ambition for an Integrated Health & Social Care System, integrating both commissioning and provision. Two interdependent programmes of work recognise the need for strong political and clinical leadership to drive us forward:

  • Bolton’s Strategic Commissioning Function (SCF): bringing professionals, politicians and clinicians together to make decisions on the best use of the Bolton pound and to influence the wider determinants of health.
  • Bolton’s Integrated Care Partnership (ICP): joining up health and social care provision to improve outcomes for local people and in the process to reduce demand on hospital and long term care.

Public Health is positioned at the heart of the organisation and operates as a strategic function to support the reform agenda we are building within the council. That role will position the Director well to influence local commissioning as well as the broad span of other wider issues like housing, environment and transport. The team is focused on shaping these through effective use of good data, intelligence, effectiveness and reform. Retaining a blend of the core of traditional public health activity but redefining delivery for a new environment, where Public Health has a key role to play in driving the reform agenda for the council and the locality.

The council is also undertaking an exciting programme of investment, which will see up to £1 billion invested to regenerate five key intervention areas within Bolton town centre.  Our economic development strategy is also delivering real results across the borough, with major brands such as Whistl, Aldi, Lidl and Amazon investing heavily in state-of–the-art facilities at our Logistics North site; and developments taking shape at Wingates, Rivington Chase and Farnworth town centre.  Our partnership approach is also enabling us to make major improvements in skills and employment levels, especially in terms of connecting long-term unemployed residents with work. 

Bolton is situated in an enviable location – we have two train lines into Manchester, and are poised to benefit from electrification and additional routes within the year; our £40m Transport Interchange opened last summer, and we have excellent motorway links.  But as well as facing into Manchester and the opportunities it provides for our people and businesses, we face out to moorland and the Lancashire plains - nowhere in Bolton is more than a few minutes from open green space, which makes it an attractive and popular place to live. However, there are challenges that we need to address. The gap between our most and least affluent communities remains stubbornly high, and we have significant levels of poverty in some parts of the borough.

Many residents still need to be convinced of the benefits of growth across Greater Manchester because they worry about the pressure more housing will place on local infrastructure and green spaces.

Demand for social care continues to grow, creating enormous pressure on budgets and services across partner organisations.

And the pace of change across Greater Manchester, driven by our ground-breaking devolution deal, means that we have to deliver big changes across a wide range of services and organisations, against a background of reducing resources. The council is an important part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and we have a huge opportunity to influence public policy and budgets through the devolution agreement and our GM Mayor.  

Whilst the challenges we face are many and varied we are well-placed to deliver real change, in collaboration with our partners and networks across the community and voluntary sector, as well as across the rest of the public service network.  We have an enviable strong track record of improving outcomes for our communities through Bolton Vision, our longstanding strategic partnership. 

You’ll be someone who can not only inspire and lead a multi-disciplined team in order to embed the values of the council into all that we do, but positively influence partners and businesses in order to turn our 2030 vision into reality. 

If you have the experience, energy, personality and experience of delivering real outcomes and driving performance then I do hope you will make an application.

Yours faithfully


Tony Oakman
Chief Executive

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