Mick Ward is Chief Officer, Transformation and Innovation, for the Adults and Health Directorate for Leeds City Council, This is a new role, focussing on Asset Based Community Development, Digital Health and Well-Being and Equality.
He is from Leeds and has worked for social care for 39 years, initially as a Care Assistant, before developing and managing a range of services for disabled people and then moving into commissioning for both Adult Social Care and the NHS, initially focussed on services for disabled people and older people. He developed this into an expanded joint role across the Local Authority and NHS commissioning organisations in Leeds before changing into his new role.
Mick has a strong commitment to the implementation of the social model of disability, citizenship, communities, equality and diversity, and working in partnership.
As well as having led on major commissioning areas such as Mental Health, Older People, Learning Disability and Physical and Sensory Impairment he has engaged in significant work to integrate health and social care, develop early intervention and prevention services, and promote ‘Better Lives through Enterprise’ and Better Lives through Better Connections. This includes work on, Digital Innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility, social capital, volunteering, and developing a more diverse and sustainable care market, including through Social Enterprises.
He also works to support LCC’s ambition to be a Local Authority based on a Compassionate City – Strong Economy
Some of his proudest moments were when the his team won the NHS Health and Social Care Award for their work on Dignity in Care, The HSJ award for Carer Commissioning and the recent Eurocities award to Leeds for the work of the Migrant Access Project.