• Bristol Areas
  • Full time
  • Hourly Rate: £18.52 - £20.15

Bristol City Council

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Coordinator (Senior Practitioner)

An opportunity has arisen for a registered practitioner (Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Nurse etc.) with a Best Interest Assessor (BIA) qualification to undertake the role of Coordinator within the Bristol City Council Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Team.

The DoLS team consists of a core team of BIAs who carry out the majority of the DoLS assessments for Bristol City Council. As a DoLS Coordinator, you will support the BIAs to carry out their work and you will be supported by the Team Manager and the other Coordinators. The team also has DoLS Administrators who process the DoLS applications through the various stages and you would be involved in ensuring this operates effectively.

You will have a sound knowledge of the principles and application of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, and be willing to undertake the responsibilities of a BIA if required. The Coordinator role involves the prioritisation and allocation of work and the scrutiny of work submitted to ensure legal compliance and quality assurance. You will provide reflective supervision to the staff within the DoLS team as well as being a source of advice and guidance for Adult Care colleagues and external stakeholders in matters relating to MCA and DoLS. You will also be responsible for the induction and training of new starters.

The Mental Capacity Amendment Act (2019) will replace DoLS with the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS). The Bristol City Council LPS project is underway with the aim that the implementation of LPS comes into effect in April 2022. The DoLS team is an integral part of the project and so you will have a sound understanding of the current legislation and case law, with an ability to shape working processes for the team, and the skills to build relationships with social care teams internally, along with key partners and care providers externally.

Why Bristol City Council?

At Bristol City Council, we go that extra mile for our people; we offer a work environment which is fast moving and supportive, giving you the chance to use your skills and develop new ones within a high-profile organisation.

We offer excellent professional support including:

  • Opportunities for professional development and learning, and support to maintain your professional registration.
  • Good quality and regular supervision.
  • An extensive induction programme to understand fully the values of Bristol City Council.

Opportunities for career progression including our Stepping Up leadership development programme which aims to unlock potential and develop talent of future leaders from under-represented groups and contribute to a more diverse leadership landscape.

Reward & Benefits:

  • Membership of a Local Government Pension scheme.
  • Pool bikes and pool cars.
  • Discounts for employees across a range of benefits, including the Cycle to Work Scheme, and gym membership.
  • At least 24 days annual leave, rising to 29 days plus 8 days bank holidays per year.

How do I apply?

If you share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey please select the apply button below.

To be successful in being shortlisted for interview, please submit an application which fully demonstrates how you meet each of the essential criteria as laid out in the Person Specification, this should be demonstrated in the ‘Further Information’ section of your application. Your application should fully evidence your education and training, along with your previous employment history. On occasion we will receive high numbers of applications, we may then shortlist against the desirable criteria along with the essential criteria, therefore please demonstrate how you meet the desirable criteria if you can.

Please note this role is subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.

If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please e-mail the DoLS Team Manager Zara Shyadehizara.shyadehi@bristol.gov.uk

At Bristol City Council, we value having a workforce as diverse as the City we serve. We therefore welcome, develop and promote people from all sections of the community. We particularly welcome applications from Asian candidates who are currently under-represented within this Service of Bristol City Council. Appointments will be made on merit.

New Starter Benefits:
Free uniform
Paid DBS check
Paid induction
Is this a home care job?:
Paid Mileage to cover your fuel costs

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