Best Interest Assessor

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
£32,910 - £34,728
10 Feb 2022
31 Dec 2022
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Job Type
Social care
Contract Type
Full time permanent
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Directorate: Adult Social Care, Health Integration and Wellbeing

Section: Early Intervention, Contact and Hospital

Grade: Level 10

Hours: 37

Please note that this vacancy will close once position is filled 


This vacancy is open to both internal and external candidates 

Job Purpose

The Best Interests Assessor Team undertakes assessments within the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) framework and under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.  The Team’s work is undertaken on behalf of Stoke on Trent City Council.

Duties / Responsibilities

· To carry out assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards or in relation to Deprivation of Liberty applications to the Court of Protection, consistent with legal and statutory obligations under the Mental Capacity Act / DOLS

· Practice within the Mental Capacity Act and DOLS Code of Practice, following the five principles of the Mental Capacity Act.

· To provide advice, guidance, training to other professionals / teams / services

· To manage and prioritise work in accordance with policies and procedures of the team, organisation and relevant legislation.

· To make a speedy and appropriate response to work referred.

· To maintain records and complete written assessments in accordance with local and national standards and ensure that completed assessments are securely passed on to the Local Authority within legal time limits.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  This position is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the successful applicant will be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

This position requires the successful candidate to be fully Covid-19 vaccinated or provide evidence of exemption in line with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 ('the Regulations').

Please note that if an employee who is currently at risk of redundancy within the organisation applies for this vacancy their application will receive priority.  If this happens you will be advised accordingly. 

To Apply

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