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Social Worker - DoLS

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Organisation:Nottingham City Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 


NPPV Required:No 

Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:Clifton Cornerstone, Southchurch Drive, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8EW 


Closing date:29 August 2019 at midnight 

There is one permanent position to work 37 hours per week as a Best Interests Assessor in the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Team, based at Clifton Cornerstone.
The starting salary is £32,878 rising to £34,788 on first year anniversary, subject to satisfactory completion of a probation period (pro rata for part time).
We’ve got an exciting opportunity available for talented individuals to join our workforce - perhaps this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? Read on to find out more…
There has never been a better time to join Nottingham City Council. Known for inclusivity and innovation, we have also won a host of Employee Benefits Awards, are a leading employer of Apprentices and we are continually working around the clock to deliver high quality services for Nottingham’s citizens, visitors and investors.
Our aspiration is to make Nottingham a Great City, but to do this we need to be a Great Council, provide Great Services and recruit and develop a Great Workforce.
Join an organisation that gives you extra – we will value your contributions, promote flexible and modern ways of working, will double your monthly pension contributions, offer a very generous 25-32 days holiday package each year (exclusive of public bank holidays and dependent on length of service) and give you the option to purchase up to 28 days additional holiday tax-free!
The DoLS team in Nottingham City Council is a small group of dedicated Best Interested Assessors supported by a Senior Practitioner and Team Manager. We complete Best Interest assessments for citizens that may lack mental capacity to make decisions about their own care and provision.
Best Interest Assessors liaise with the Court of Protection and other legal bodies, as well as representing the Council and department in legal hearings, in order to fulfil the Council’s legal and statutory duties under the Care Act and Mental Capacity Act. The team are proactively preparing for the transition as the Approved Mental Capacity Professionals (AMCP) role is introduced within the Liberty Protection Safeguards.
This post is only open to applicants that have completed the ASYE (previously PQ consolidation award or Stage 1 Higher Specialist Award (Mental Health) or have substantial professional experience of working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005) and have completed the Best Interest Assessor qualification (evidence of this will be required).
The successful candidate will be expected to apply advanced knowledge of a wide range of policies in reflective evidence based practice, and manage and prioritise a complex caseload effectively. They will perform duty and triaging tasks as well as performing the full duties of a Best Interests Assessor, while maintaining a person-centred approach to their work.
• CQSW/ CSS/ Dip SW, Degree Qualification, BIA Qualification and HCPC Registration;
• Knowledge and experience of relevant social care legislation and Government Guidance;
• Experience of leading on (and completing) assessments of need with minimal supervision, including the most complex/contentious of cases without supervision;
• Ability to present complex and contentious cases to case review meetings and to represent the Authority in court, acting as lead witness and providing support to less experienced colleagues and witnesses.
This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check against the Children and Adults Barred List.
For more information, please view the Job Description and Person Specification which are attached further down on this page.
For informal enquiries please contact the Business Performance Team at asc.vacancies@nottinghamcity.gov.uk 
You can also email us your telephone number, to request a call back to discuss the role.
Useful Information for Applicants:
Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions information, which includes advice on pay, annual leave and hours of working, and our Total Rewards Package, which includes information on some of the great benefits when working for Nottingham City Council.
This post is covered by the statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) (English Language Requirement for public sector workers) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English, as detailed in the job description and person specification, is an essential requirement for the role.
Nottingham City Council are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we are striving to have a reflective workforce of the citizens we serve. As a result of our commitment to this agenda, we anonymise all applications to remove the risk of unconscious bias. The application process will capture your personal details (including your name) and these details will only be made visible to recruiting managers once the shortlisting stage has been completed.
We particularly welcome applicants from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and applicants that consider themselves disabled as these groups are currently under represented within our workforce.
Nottingham City Council is open to conversations regarding flexible working options at the point of interview.
If you have any technical issues completing your application form please contact escservicedesk@emss.org.uk