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Best Interest Assessor Ref: 50054221

County Hall and agile working

Grade 10, £31,094.00 to £33,790.00

Vacancy Reference: 50054221

Closing Date: 03/12/2021

Hours: 37 hours per week 
Contract Type: Permanent

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified and experienced Best Interest Assessor to join our small Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Team at this time, as the Mental Capacity Amendment Act 2019 and Liberty Protection Safeguards are due to be implemented in April 2022.  Under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Legislation, the Isle of Wight Council acts as Supervisory Body, overseeing the authorisation of deprivation of liberty in residential/nursing care home settings and hospitals. The Social Care Practitioner Best Interests Assessor will undertake assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and provide necessary reports to the DoLS Consultant Practitioner to support the authorisation process. They will also promote a better understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty safeguards and the Liberty Protection Safeguards across health and social care on the Isle of Wight. 

The duties will include:
- Undertaking DoLS Assessments and completing appropriate reports.
- Supporting colleagues in health and social care in understanding and applying the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, and Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS).
- Supporting Best Interests Assessors and Social Work Colleagues in other service areas in keeping up to date with developments in DoLS, LPS and MCA.
- Taking part in the Out of Hours (OOH) stand-by duty rota as and when requested by management on an occasional basis.

Applicants must hold a current DoLS Best Interests Assessor qualification, have experience of completing these assessments and have undertaken DoLS/BIA legal update training within the last twelve months.

We provide annual Legal update training to our Best Interest Assessors; monthly team meeting; monthly supervision; regular BIA support/CPD sessions; and administrative support.
Please visit the Adult Social Care career opportunities page which holds inspiring testimonies from team members, a guide to what the Island offers as well as personal development opportunities we offer.
Team IWC Values:
• Community & Customer focused
• Effective & Efficient
• Working together
• Fair & transparent
We are proud of our commitment to offer:
• Supporting and supervising all our social care workforce
• Providing opportunities for our staff as they develop and progress their professional careers
• Providing regular training opportunities.
As well as being a great place to work, we also offer a competitive remuneration package including:
• Competitive rates of pay and allowances
• Annual leave entitlement of 31 days p/a (plus public holidays)
• Local Government pension scheme
• Relocation package (if eligible) of up to £8,000 plus home relocation scheme via Help to Buy
• Travel allowance (if eligible) and discounted Solent ferry travel
• Island bus network discount, cycle to work scheme and staff parking permit scheme
• Discounted island sports & leisure gym membership
• National and local discounts & benefits schemes
• Access to private health care packages
We are looking forward to receiving your application if you have what it takes to make a difference and share our vision and values.
For further information or an informal discussion please contact Ginny Smith, on 01983 821000 Ext 5946. 

Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.
The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour Policy, Employee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

Please view information pack and complete your job application online, telephone 01983 823134 or email if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

In the interests of efficiency and economy, no further communication will be sent to you unless you reach the final shortlist. This means that if you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion.

Closing Date: 03 December 2021
Interview date: 14 December 2021