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DoLs Consultant Practitioner Ref: 50046221

County Hall and agile working

Grade 11, £37,050.00 to £39,809.00

Vacancy Reference: 50046221

Closing Date: 03/12/2021

Hours: 37 hours per week 
Contract Type: Permanent

These are exciting time on the Isle of Wight within the Adult Social Care Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Team, as we are in the process of expanding again and are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Consultant Practitioner who can work with the Group Manager to lead and support the Team in their work. The Isle of Wight Council has a range of responsibilities under DoLS and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 as a Supervisory Body, so the Consultant Practitioner role is to support the Best Interest Assessors, Doctors and Authorisers; and be involved in managing and developing systems that ensure the Council’s duties are effectively discharged. 

The duties will include managing enquiries, referrals, allocation of assessments and authorisations of DoLS requests; as well as work with the DoLS Team Coordinators with the collection and analysis of data for both local and national data returns.  

The role requires an appropriate Social Work or health qualification plus valid registration with appropriate body, as well as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA) qualification and evidence of annual BIA Legal Update training.  

As a practising Best Interest Assessor, you will be required to have an excellent understanding of the Mental Capacity Act, and its interface with the Mental Health Act.  If interested the applicant will be supported to train to be an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP). With the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 and the Liberty Protection Safeguards due to be implemented in 2022 the Consultant Practitioner role will be key to introducing new processes to enable the team to adapt to the introduction of this new legal framework; and must be willing to train to be an Approved Mental Capacity professional (AMCP). You will be required to take part in the Out of Hours (OOH) stand-by duty rota as and when requested by management on an occasional basis.

Applicants should have wide experience and a sound knowledge base as a Best Interest Assessor. The applicant will be required to supervise colleagues. You must be able to prioritise and organise tasks in a busy setting and be flexible to manage varying workloads and deadlines.

Please visit the Adult Social Care career opportunities page which holds inspiring testimonies from team members, explanation of what each Team delivers and a guide to what the Island offers as well as personal development opportunities we offer.  

Team IWC Values:
• Community & Customer focused
• Effective & Efficient
• Working together
• Fair & transparent
We are proud of our commitment to offer:
• Supporting and supervising all our social care workforce
• Providing opportunities for our staff as they develop and progress their professional careers
• Providing regular training opportunities.
As well as being a great place to work, we also offer a competitive remuneration package including:
• Competitive rates of pay and allowances
• Annual leave entitlement of 31 days p/a (plus public holidays)
• Local Government pension scheme
• Relocation package (if eligible) of up to £8,000 plus home relocation scheme via Help to Buy
• Travel allowance (if eligible) and discounted Solent ferry travel
• Island bus network discount, cycle to work scheme and staff parking permit scheme
• Discounted island sports & leisure gym membership
• National and local discounts & benefits schemes
• Access to private health care packages
We are looking forward to receiving your application if you have what it takes to make a difference and share our vision and values.
For further information or an informal discussion please contact Ginny Smith, on 01983 821000 Ext 5946. 

Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here .

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable the Unacceptable Behaviour Policy, Employee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework . We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a Disability Confident Employer . Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

Please view information pack and complete your job application online, telephone 01983 823134 or email if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

In the interests of efficiency and economy, no further communication will be sent to you unless you reach the final shortlist. This means that if you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion.

Closing Date: 03 December 2021
Interview date: 14 December 2021