Chief Officer for Adult Care and Health – £135,260


Jennie Stephens

Jennie Stephens is Chief Officer for Adult Care and Health.

Role and responsibilities

Jennie is responsible for setting the strategic direction for care and health in Devon working with partners, in particular, the NHS, to ensure delivery of our agreed vision and priorities. She is the statutory Director of Adult Social Services (DASS) which includes the professional leadership for social work and social care staff.

She is responsible for strategic commissioning and delivery of services to adults with mental health needs; those with complex learning and physical disabilities, and long-term conditions, and carers supporting these people. Jennie also has overall responsibility for issues relating to the protection and safety of vulnerable adults.


Jennie began her career as a social worker in a number of London boroughs. She has held various leadership and management posts and has extensive experience in strategic development and transformational change. Jennie has wide-ranging partnership and system leadership experience having worked in joint agency roles between Devon County Council and the NHS as well as for a Strategic Health Authority and the Department of Health.

Prior to her appointment as Chief Officer for Adult Care and Health, Jennie was Strategic Director for People for five years and before that Interim Executive Director for Adult and Community Services for two years, at Devon County Council.

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