Advocate (Relevant Persons Representative)

Recruiter
EASYWEB NFP RECRUITMENT
Location
Liverpool
Salary
£21,500 per annum
Posted
04 Dec 2017
Closes
08 Dec 2017
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Advocate (Relevant Persons Representative)

Our client supports people who face disadvantage or discrimination to have a voice that counts. Providing advocacy and user involvement services across England, they are a growing organisation working with people who are vulnerable or marginalised to raise their voices and have their rights respected.

Position: Relevant Persons Representative
Location: Sefton and Liverpool
Job Type: Full Time, Fixed term Contract until 31 March 2018, with a likelihood of it being extended until 31 March 2019.
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: £21,500 per annum

Closing date: 8th December 2017
Interview date: 19th December 2017

About the role:

In this role you will be based at their Liverpool office and you will work on RPR referrals for 2 areas, Sefton and Liverpool (21.5 hours for Sefton and 16 hours for Liverpool). You will provide support and represent clients who are deemed to lack mental capacity in matters relating to their deprivation of liberty. You will ensure that their interests are represented in accordance with the MCA Code of Practice and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Code of Practice.

Responsibilities:

- Work with people who are deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act statutory Dols framework to enable them to understand as much as possible the purpose of the authorisation and establish how they feel about the arrangements for their accommodation and care.
- Help the client to communicate their views, on both their care and the restrictions being placed on them, to the Supervisory Body (The Local Authority) as well as to other professionals as appropriate.
- Work with interpreters for any meetings or discussions where the client’s first language is not English and who does not want to or cannot communicate in English.
- Question those involved in the client’s care if it appears to you as their RPR that their care could be improved in their best interests or made less restrictive.
- Attend and support the client’s during any review meeting or planning meeting to ensure their views on their best interests are communicated.
- Request a Part 8 review when the client no longer meets the statutory requirements, or their circumstances have changed, and the standard authorisation may no longer be appropriate.
- Ensure all contacts with the client are accurately recorded on MAAVIS and copies provided to authorities in accordance with the code of practice.
- Seek to resolve issues concerning the deprivation of liberty firstly informally, or through the relevant Supervisory Body’s or Managing Authority’s complaints procedure, rather than through the Court of Protection.
- Instruct a solicitor to apply to the Court of Protection for a Section 21a challenge of the standard authorisation if the client is objecting to the arrangements for their accommodation and care and all other avenues have been exhausted.

About you:

- An understanding of principles of Advocacy.
- Clear communication skills both written and verbal.
- IT skills – a working knowledge of Word, Excel and using databases.
- Good relationship building skills.
- To travel to various locations as needed.

Desirable:

- Previous experience of acting as an RPR.
- Previous experience of working as an IMCA.
- An understanding of Mental Health/ Mental Capacity legislation.
- IAQ, IMCA module and DOLS modules.

You may have experience of the following: Advocate, Advocator, Vulnerable Adults, IAQ, Charity, Third Sector, Social Worker, IMCA, DOLS, RPR, Legislation, Policy, Support Worker, Healthcare etc.

This vacancy is being advertised by EasyWeb Recruitment, the UK’s leading Online Recruitment Agency. The services advertised by EasyWeb Recruitment are those of an employment agency. No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or belief, and we confirm that we will gladly accept all applications.