Penny Southern

Penny Southern

Corporate Director Adult Social Care and Health

Roles and responsibilities

Penny's main responsibilities are to:

  • discharge the statutory obligations of the Director of Adult Social Services, working in partnership to enable integration of health and social care provision. Ensuring the delivery of the government's Five Year Forward View on the future of health and social care
  • identify, lead and commission strategies to deliver the council’s and government’s vision for the provision of health and social care to adults, children and young people with a disability. To ensure all relevant partnerships across Kent are working together to meet the needs of the people living in Kent
  • provide strategic support for safeguarding bodies; ensuring that adult’s safeguarding is a corporate priority that protects vulnerable adults from abuse or risk of abuse
  • working in partnership with health, housing, independent sector providers and voluntary and community organisations to commission and provide inclusive person centred care and support within the local communities in Kent
  • act as the council’s lead Caldicott Guardian; ensuring that the principles are incorporated into the council’s policies, procedures and practice.

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Biography

Penny was appointed Corporate Director, Adult Social Care and Health in March 2018. Previously she was Director of Disabled Children’s, Adult Learning Disabilities, and Mental Health to which she was appointed in 2011.

Penny began her career in Derbyshire working in day services for people with a learning disability before completing her social work training in Nottingham in 1985.

She moved to Kent in 1987 and has since gained a wealth of experience in leading change, robust financial management and a sound track record of working successfully with partners to deliver integrated services. Over the last 8 years, along with her team, she has transformed services to meet the changing landscape of commissioned services and the increased demands on local services for health and social care.

As KCC lead for adult social care transition, she led and delivered the county’s Lifespan Pathway which transformed the way the local teams now deliver services to young people.  She was also part of an integrated team from health, public health and social care, driving the change for the future of mental health community services.

After 2 years of working in partnership with the local CCGs, Penny was instrumental in the signing of the first health and social care alliance agreement, securing the future of the integration of services for adults with a learning disability. She has been a key driver in establishing the Principle Social Worker (PSW) Quality network and established the right platform for the recruitment of a PSW post in Adult Social Care in Kent, assuring professional development and quality practice in all of the registered and non-registered staff who play a crucial role in the delivery of local community based services.