Isle of Wight Council

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Team

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Best Interest Assessor JS 2022Terms & Conditions
Best Interest Assessor, Ref: 50054421

County Hall, High Street, Newport / Agile working

Grade 10, £31,639.00 to £34,382.00 per annum

Vacancy Reference: 50054421

Closing Date: 28/10/2022

Hours: 37 hours per week 
Contract Type: Permanent

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified, enthusiastic, and capable Best Interests Assessor (BIA) to join our Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Team on the Isle of Wight. This opportunity has come at an exciting time when the DoLS Team is growing and evolving in response to the upcoming implementation of the Mental Capacity Amendment Act 2019 and Liberty Protection Safeguards which are due to replace DoLS.

The Isle of Wight Adult Social Care DoLS Team has a supportive and engaged management structure including a Principal Social worker, Service Manager, Team Manager and Senior Practitioners. It also consists of Best Interest Assessors and Co-ordinators.

Under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Legislation, the Isle of Wight Council acts as the Supervisory Body, overseeing the authorisations of a deprivation of liberty in residential/nursing care home settings and hospitals. The Best Interests Assessor will undertake assessments within the scope of the DoLS legal framework and complete the necessary reports. The BIA will also promote a wider and better understanding for colleagues, of the Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty safeguards and the Liberty Protection Safeguards across health and social care on the Isle of Wight.

These are exciting times on the Isle of Wight within Adult Social Care, the whole service has supported a redesign that enhances strength-based practice, working with the community and our third sector partners. The Isle of Wight has a unique demographic, providing a variety of opportunities for professional practice. The Isle of Wight Adult Social Care Department and in particular the DoLS Team, promotes a learning culture and provides a supportive and robust CPD programme as well as reflective supervision and peer support. 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.

Duties will include:

Undertaking DoLS Assessments and completing appropriate reports; providing these to the Consultant Practitioners.

Supporting colleagues in health and social care with understanding and applying the Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, and Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS).

Supporting Best Interests Assessors and Social Work Colleagues in other service areas with keeping up to date on 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.

We provide annual DoLS Legal update training to our Best Interest Assessors; monthly team meetings; monthly supervision; regular BIA support/CPD sessions; and some administrative support from our DoLS Coordinators. 

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 521000 Ext 5946.

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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. 

We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. 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. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.

Closing Date: 28 October 2022 

Interview Date: 8 November 2022