Deputy Director of Adult Social Care
Assistant Director of Strategic Commissioning, Wellbeing and Quality Assurance
Consultant in Public Health


Seona Douglas web.jpgThank you for taking the time to find out more about these exciting senior roles at Reading Borough Council.  You will find it’s a great opportunity to make a real difference for the residents of our town.

This is a fantastic time to join us. We are in the process of transforming our services, so if you are the sort of person who is driven by making a genuine and lasting difference this could be the perfect opportunity to establish yourself at a senior level.

We are ambitious for the future. Our vision is for people to remain in the community and in their own home for as long as possible.   We have an exciting transformation agenda which aims to deliver a range of services which meet the individual needs of those who require care, support and protection.

We know our residents value the services they receive from us. We have a fully integrated public health team supporting health and well-being priorities for the town. We are also working closely with our voluntary sector partners who want to help us build for the future.  We have established one of the country’s first integrated care arrangements. Our partnerships with health colleagues, the CCG, the local hospital and community health service are strong. Together, we have made great strides on delayed transfers of care. 

Our Council has a strong track record of maintaining front line services to ensure vulnerable children, families and older people are protected. We also think it’s important our communities are safe, clean and green. We recognise the vital role a successful and vibrant economy plays and as the local authority in one of the UK’s strongest local economies, we play a key role in planning for our town’s infrastructure, transport and housing. Reading is a great place to live, work and do business and we are determined that will continue. Of course, like every council, our services are under financial pressure. We don’t pretend that savings mustn’t be made, but we also see that as an opportunity to make changes for the better. We are dedicated to maintaining high-quality services  and ensuring  our residents live happy, healthy, fulfilling lives.

Through clever commissioning, effective workforce planning, modernisation and accountability, we will improve outcomes and provide future-fit services that meet the needs of our communities.

We are not a Council which is afraid to try new things or test new models of delivering services.  I play a key role as Deputy Chair of Research in Practice for Adults and I firmly believe that the roots of good practice are evidence based.  I am a member of the Association of Director of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Safeguarding Policy Network. I am also Chair of the South East Safeguarding Network. I have a strong commitment to working with people and offer them the protection they need, when they need it.   I would want you to be equally committed to providing an excellent service to the most vulnerable members of our community.   

I want to create a senior team who strive to achieve results, are not afraid of being creative, are ambitious and driven and share my passion about working to high standards for our residents. You would be part of contributing to the Council’s wider corporate priorities where you will be able to make a real difference to our town and benefit from working with talented colleagues across a range of Council services.

These are challenging times and these are challenging roles. But you can also be certain that these are career-defining roles which can make a real impact.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Seona Douglas
Director of Adult Care and Health