Full Time, fixed term until 20th June 2021

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to act up as Senior Practitioner in the DOLS Team to manage the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) Service in Bristol City.

In this important role, you will be responsible for the day to day management of the Supervisory Body functions and all aspects of administering the DOLS safeguards and authorisation process. You will oversee each application for DOLS authorisation and will have ongoing responsibility for all aspects of the process. You will support the DOLS Team Manager in leading a dedicated team of Best Interests Assessors (BIAs), commission mental health assessors, Independent Mental Capacity Advocates and appoint Relevant Person’s Representative.

You will act as a source of expert advice and support in relation to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and DOLS. You will also be required to support further development of the DoLS Service and the implementation of LPS in line with the priorities set by the Bristol City Council and national policies.

You must have a professional qualification in health or social care and be a qualified BIA. You must have in-depth knowledge of Mental Capacity Act, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and the Human Rights Act and demonstrate good understanding of safeguarding issues in health and social care.

You will be part of a dynamic, supportive and diverse team, delivering our statutory responsibilities to help people achieve the outcomes that matter to them. Together we will work with the citizens of Bristol and our partners to make the best use of resources to deliver the greatest impact for the people we work with.

We offer excellent professional support including:
•Opportunities for professional development and learning, and support to maintain your HCPC/Social Work England registration
•Good quality supervision from a qualified social worker.
•Regular BIA learning sets and training events.
•Good mentoring and support.

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.

This role can only be taken as a secondment if you are a permanent Bristol City Council employee.

If you are currently on a fixed term contract, a casual worker or a member of an employment agency (currently working with Bristol City Council) this will be a fixed term contract.

Please note that this role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Want to know more? Contact Johnson Koikkara, DOLS Team Manager via email johnson.koikkara@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.

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