Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Best Interests Assessor
About the role
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS) team is looking for 3 full-time registered professionals to complement its team of Best Interest Assessors.
You must be a Social Worker, Nurse, Psychologist, or Occupational Therapist with two or more years post qualifying experience. If not already a Best Interest Assessor you must successfully gain approval as a Best Interest Assessor as a requirement of the post.
East Sussex DOLS team undertake proportionate assessments on a case load basis. You will need to demonstrate how you assess in a timely articulate way, summarising a wide range of evidence to clearly and succinctly demonstrate how you have come to a best interest decision on the deprivation of liberty of a person by their care.
We are a countywide team with hybrid working and an office base at St Mary's House in Eastbourne.
The team is professional, friendly, and supportive. You will receive training, regular supervision, reflective practice sessions, annual legal update, and the opportunity to broaden your practice, by active participation in educating others in best interest work alongside your DOLS assessment work.
When Liberty Protection Safeguards comes into place, we will offer you university based training.
Experience we are looking for:
- Professional qualification and current registration to practice as a Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Nurse or Psychologist.
- Best Interest Assessor University training. (Access to a training course, to meet this requirement will be provided for applicants who have not yet completed this course).
- Assessment and interviewing skills.
- Liaison and advocacy with colleagues and other agencies.
- Safeguarding skills.
- Construct and present well written reports within timescales.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to work creatively with adults.
To apply select the ‘Apply now’ button and upload your CV with a covering letter explaining why you are applying for the post. When completing your application be sure to address how you meet all the essential criteria listed in the job description and give examples of any relevant work/life experience, education, or personal interests. The closing date for applications is Sunday 28 May 2023.
Interviews will take place week commencing 12 June via Microsoft Teams unless you request an in-person interview. If you are unavailable to attend the allocated interview date/time, let us know and we may be able to schedule an alternative date/time for you.
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Information about our diverse range of benefits can be found on our benefits page.
Hybrid working arrangements are applicable to the role this includes elements of office-based working, client visits and working from home. You will need to demonstrate you can meet the travel requirements of the role in your application.
For an informal discussion, please contact Carmen Deac (DoLS Practice Manager) on 01273 336022 or by email email@example.com.
For work that makes a difference,
This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.
Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
If you require sponsorship to work in the UK please let the hiring manager know this in your application so we can check eligibility for sponsorship for the role.
If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.
Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.