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Health make a second senior UK appointment

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A MAN who has held a number of senior UK social services posts, including stints at Southampton and Cornwall Councils, has been appointed as the States’ interim director of community and adult services.

Derek Law has been appointed as interim director of Community and Adult Services

Derek Law will form part of a new government department that is due to replace the current Health and Social Services Department. Mr Law will report to the interim head of the new Health and Community Services Department, Anthony McKeever, whose appointment on a six-month contract was announced in June.

It has yet to be confirmed when the new departmental structure will come into force. However, the JEP can reveal that Mr Law, whose contract is also for six months, is being paid a daily rate of £1,080.

According to a States announcement, Mr Law, whose previous two roles have been on an interim basis, has been brought in to ‘speed up the pace of improvement and bring together all elements of mental health services and social care for adults in the Island’.

Commenting on the task ahead, Mr Law said he was delighted to be joining the States. ‘It is clear from my early days in Jersey that the service has many talented, dedicated and hard-working staff who are passionate about what they do. That is both encouraging and an opportunity for the journey upon which we are about to embark together.’

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