His responsibilities will include:
- policies on care and support for adults
- the department’s relationship with local government across all of health and care
- mental health
- health equalities
- health services for children
Permanent Secretary, Una O’Brien, said:
I am delighted to welcome Jon Rouse to the Department of Health as Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships.
He will bring a wealth of experience from national and local government and the world of housing to the role.
I look forward to working closely with him to drive forward the government’s important improvement agenda in social care, working closely with partners in local government.
Jon Rouse is currently Chief Executive of the London Borough of Croydon. He has held a number of civil service roles and was previously Chief Executive at both the Housing Corporation and the Commission for Architecture and the Build Environment. He has held a wide range of non-executive positions with organisations including English Partnerships and Homelessness International, and was a non-executive director on the Department of Health’s Board until 2010.
Jon Rouse on his new appointment said:
We are entering a period of exciting change and challenge in social care and local government - I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead on these areas within the Department of Health. I look forward to working with the many partners responsible for delivering these important services.
The appointment is for a period of 4 years, and he is expected to take up the post in March 2013.