Jobs at Dorset Advocacy
Paid Relevant Person Representative (DOLS)
2 x 24 hour per week positions on a temporary basis until the 31st March 2019
Pay Scale – £23,123 FTE
We are looking for 2 dedicated and motivated Advocates to join our team. We believe that everyone is entitled to a fair deal from their health and care services, and that the law (such as the Mental Capacity Act and the Care Act ) should be applied fairly and consistently to everybody. Our Advocates visit people in their own homes, hospitals and care homes. This work provides an excellent balance between working “out and about”, and from our office-base in Dorchester. We can also negotiate flexible working, including working from home.
Dorset Advocacy is a well-established local advocacy organisation; we are the lead providers of advocates under the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) in Dorset. The DOLS provide a legal safeguard for certain people in care homes or hospitals where the person is subject to twenty-four-hour supervision and control.
Every person who is subject to a DOLS authorisation must have a representative to support them throughout the period of the DOLS. When no family or friend is able or available to do this, our Advocates fulfil this role. This is one of the most important safeguards for people subject to a DOLS authorisation.
As the paid representative you will be part of a highly skilled and professional team. You may occasionally be required to work out of normal office hours. You will have an independent caseload and have autonomy over the case work under the guidance of your line manager.
If the person you are visiting objects to their lack of freedom, you will use relevant case law and the support of your colleagues to make decisions and to access the Court of Protection if necessary. You will act as the persons “litigation friend” through the court process, working alongside solicitors and barristers. You are likely to have the opportunity to learn the role of an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate and therefore be required to also add Mental Capacity Act cases to your case-load.
- Closing date: Friday 27th July 2018 at 5pm
- Shortlisting will start Thursday 2nd August 2018
- Interview date: Thursday 16th August 2018
If you require any further information on this vacancy please call Dorset Advocacy on 01305 251033 and ask to speak to either Sheryl Seeley – Project Manager, or Louise John – Practice Supervisor.
Please download an application pack below.
You may also be interested in volunteering. Over half of our advocates are volunteers, and this can be a good route into becoming a paid Advocate in the future. Take a look at our volunteering pages for more information.
We are looking for trustees – our trustees are volunteers who attend trustee board meetings and other committees, and are involved in the strategic planning and legal aspects of the charity. It is a very rewarding role requiring high levels of expertise and commitment. Trustees are an essential and highly valued part of our organisation. Please contact Mike Pochin if you would like more information.
Our advocates worked for over 19,000 hours last year, helping people in Dorset to have a voice and assert their rights.