Another of the top officers at Norfolk County Council has announced their departure from County Hall - on a temporary basis.

James Bullion, director of adult social care at the Conservative-controlled council, has taken up a year-long seconded post at a watchdog which inspects standards of care.

Mr Bullion, who has headed up the adult social care department since 2017, has been appointed interim chief inspector of adult social care and integrated care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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Eastern Daily Press: James BullionJames Bullion (Image: Norfolk County Council)

When he goes to the CQC in June, he will become the fourth senior officer at County Hall to leave for pastures new in recent months, albeit his departure is only on a temporary basis.

Dr Louise Smith, the council's director of public health, left for a new job with the UK Health Security Agency, while finance director Simon George and Helen Edwards, the council's director of governance, have also gone.

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Eastern Daily Press: Tom McCabe, head of paid service at Norfolk County CouncilTom McCabe, head of paid service at Norfolk County Council (Image: Supplied)

Tom McCabe, head of paid service at Norfolk County Council, said: "James will bring great value and credibility to the CQC inspection process in his role of chief inspector of adult social care and integrated care.

"We have a strong leadership team in adult social services who have ably led the department when James has been taking on other national roles, including as past president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

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Eastern Daily Press: Norfolk County Council's County Hall headquartersNorfolk County Council's County Hall headquarters (Image: Mike Page)

"I will be working with the team to ensure we have strong cover arrangements in place when James takes up his seconded post."

Mr Bullion said: "I am delighted to be joining CQC at such an important time for the organisation, councils and people drawing on services as we strengthen the national assurance arrangements and reform social care."

Eastern Daily Press: Kay Mason BilligKay Mason Billig (Image: Norfolk County Council)

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