Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Planning Officer

Headstart Employment
Croydon, Greater London
18 Jun 2017
18 Jul 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Planning Officer

6 Month Temporary Contract

£14.66 per hour

Our client is seeking a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Planning Officer who has experience of delivering services that require extensive networking and coordination, and the financial management processes.

Ideally you will have sound basic level of education; able to demonstrate ability to operate at higher level of proficiency, such as advanced or degree level, good literacy and numeracy skills, and general knowledge of adult social care, especially pertaining to adults to lack capacity to make key decisions.

Duties and Skills Required:
• Ability to acquire new knowledge and apply it effectively and competently
• Excellent organisational skills enabling effective planning and control of data.
• Ability to liaise effectively with a range of people, including giving advice, answering queries and dealing with problems.
• Ability to navigate and populate IT systems effectively
• Liaising with managing authorities with regard to DOLS applications.
• To act as first point of contact for enquires for the deprivation of liberty safeguard requests from care homes, hospitals, members of the public or other agencies via the DoLS Helpline.
• To pass on the complex queries that involves content clarification, Mental Capacity, multiagency involvement. Financial implications, out of Borough referrals etc to the MCA/DOLS lead.
• Providing advice with regard to basic queries such as correct usage of forms. (dates and timescales)
• Referring more specialist queries to the MCA/ DOLS manager and making decisions about how to respond to queries in the absence of the manager, seeking advice from other professional staff as necessary.
• Making a preliminary check of applications to pick up any obvious errors or omissions and advising managing authorities accordingly.
• Ensuring that all applications are tracked and recorded and that documents are stored safely both electronically and as paper files, or as directed by the manager.

This will involve:
• Organising and maintaining a DOLS rota of in house BIA’s.
• Managing a list of approved s12 doctors and independent BIA’s.
• Supporting s12 doctors and BIA’s by answering their queries about basic details(dates, address demographic details etc) and provision of forms. Making referral requests to interpreting services and IMCA services on Independent BIA/s12 behalf.
• Making decisions, in consultation as needed with the MCA/DOLS manager, about the allocation of individual assessments to in-house or independent BIA’s and s12 doctors.
• Tracking cases that have been allocated for assessment and chasing and logging the return of reports, dealing with any basic queries that arise, seeking advice from the MCA/DOLS manager for complex questions.
• To co-ordinate the completed assessments within the statutory timescales.
• Collating all the returned reports and ensuring that all documents have been received, so that the file if ready for scrutiny but the MCA/DOLS manager.
• Once scrutinized, ensuring that necessary director level or other agreed sign off route is accomplished.
• Distribution of completed assessments to all relevant parties. Communicating with care providers or hospitals to remind them of authorizations that are about to expire so that they can request a further authorization if needed.
• Ensuring that outcomes are returned to the Managing authorities and paperwork sent to them in a timely way.

Headstart Employment is an Equal Opportunity Employer