Together is an amazing place to work. And it’s not just because we’re one of the UK’s oldest and most respected mental health charities. It’s because we put the people who use our services at the heart of everything we do – supporting and enabling them to take control of their lives and make a positive contribution to the community.
- The provision of independent statutory advocacy as outlined in legislation, including the Mental Capacity Act (2005), Mental Health Act Amendments (2007), Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (2009) and Care Act (2014).
- To undertake a combination of statutory advocacy roles in accordance with service user requirements and service demands, which may include:
- The provision of Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) to qualifying patients, including people detained under the MHA’ 83, conditionally discharged restricted patients, people subject to Guardianship under the Act or on Supervised Community Treatment, and people being considered for section 57 treatment.
- The provision of Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) to eligible people who lack capacity in the area to have their perspective represented in decisions that are made about key issues in their lives as identified in the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
- The provision of Independent Advocacy under the Care Act (CAA) to those deemed to have substantial difficulty in being involved in decisions around their support and care.
- Contribute in the development of an efficient administration system that will meet the needs of the service in helping evaluating the benefits of the service to the service users and commissioners.
- Raise awareness of advocacy services to other professionals, individuals and agencies
- To deliver Independent Advocacy in line with Instructed and Non Instructed Advocacy principles.
- To work with individual service users to provide information, support and representation in order to assist them in any decision making process affecting their care, treatment, legal status or other aspect of their daily lives in accordance with the relevant legislation.
- Enable eligible people to have their perspective recognised, respecting the multiple needs of the diverse client group and encouraging the widest possible access.
- To explain to eligible people their options and rights, and support them to communicate their wishes so that they can participate as fully as possible in the decisions affecting them.
- To work with groups of service users on a ward or other community basis to assist them in developing and expressing a collective point of view.
- Liaise with other professionals and services to express and promote the Advocacy service. Support the Manager in providing training to ensure awareness and understanding of Advocacy.
- The successful completion within one year of employment of accredited training for Independent Advocacy Qualification in particular completing at least one specialist module of the National Advocacy Qualification: IMHA, IMCA, Care Act.
- Analyse, think critically, evaluate and synthesise information efficiently and effectively.
- Research and provide information in a range of formats.
- Identify and analyse practical issues arising in a situation and offer a range of options, making effective use of time and resources available.
- To assist in the design and provision of training for service users and/or other groups
- Develop and agree a work schedule with the Manager that meets the requirements of the post.
- Develop targets with the Manager and work to meet them.
- Maintain detailed case notes and accurate statistical and other records for the purpose of information retrieval, project evaluation and casework.
- Work at all times within the principles and policies of Together, the Service Specification and the Contractual requirements of the Project
- Undertake all necessary or relevant training as agreed.
- Provide written or verbal reports as requested.
- Work as part of a team, providing support and assistance to other members of the team, including volunteers, and working in co-operation with them to meet the requirements of the Service.
- Participate in regular supervision sessions with the Manager or Senior Advocate.
- Undertake such other duties or responsibilities, commensurate to the nature and grade of the post, as may from time to time be requested.
We have a firm commitment to encouraging fairness and diversity in our work force and we welcome applications from disabled people and those from BAME backgrounds.
How to apply
Before applying please read the Job Description and Person Specification, Privacy Notice and Guidance Notes.
To apply for this post, download the Application form and send to:
Closing date: 23rd September 2019
Successful candidates will require an enhanced DBS check. To find out more, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service. Together is committed to equal opportunities and non-discriminatory practices. Charity No. 211091.