The Department of Health has named Croydon London Borough Council chief executive Jon Rouse as its new director general of social care.

He will become director general of social care, local government and care partnerships, responsible for the department’s links with local government, adult social care mental health, health inequalities and health services for children.

Mr Rouse joined Croydon in July 2007 and was previously chief executive of both the Housing Corporation and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

He was appointed to the Department of Health’s board in 2009, and has also served on its audit committee.

“I have been privileged to serve alongside some very talented and committed colleagues, elected members and residents, who have dedicated themselves to transforming the borough,” Mr Rouse said.

“While I am looking forward to taking on this new challenge, the decision to move on has been tremendously difficult.”

Croydon council leader Mike Fisher said: “Jon has been an outstanding servant of Croydon and during his tenure I have admired his first-rate leadership qualities and his passion for serving the public.”

Interim arrangements for the chief executive role will be decided shortly, the council said.

The DH’s previous director general of social care David Behan joined the Care Quality Commission as chief executive last year.

This story originally appeared in Local Government Chronicle