Best Interests Assessor
Permanent, Full Time
£32,065 - £43,839 per annum
Closing Date: 18th May 2021
With us, you can achieve more – for yourself as well as those you work to support.
We’ll give you the tools and resources you need to enable vulnerable adults to live more independently. And, as you continue to grow your expertise, you’ll play a key role in the ongoing success of our established, specialist team.
About the role
The role is an exciting opportunity to join a well-established countywide team, where you will have the ability to develop expertise and experience in the specialist role of a Best Interests Assessor. In light of the forthcoming changes in legislation you will participate in transition as we move forward with implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards.
As a Best Interests Assessor (BIA) you will conduct assessments/reviews under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). You will assess adults’ mental capacity to establish if a person is being deprived of their liberty and will ensure best interest decisions are made. You will obtain, evaluate and analyse complex evidence and differing views to arrive at robust decisions.
As a BIA, at least two years post qualification, you will be able to practice with some autonomy, demonstrate effective practice in complex situations, assess and manage levels of risk, whilst striking a balance between support and control, liaising with a wide range of professionals.
Your responsibilities will also include:
- Responsible for evaluation and analysis of complex evidence to ensure robust decisions underpinned by detailed evidence. Ensure detailed record keeping, clarity and professional reasoning in reports to meet legal requirements and professional standards.
- Utilise knowledge / experience effectively in completing assessments and investigations within a legal framework to ensure a clear understanding of the implications for people who use services (families and carers).
- Responsible for supporting staff and partner agencies (including providers) by offering professional subject matter expert advice in matters relating to the Mental Capacity Act, within the context of safeguarding, best interests and protecting human rights.
- Responsible for taking the lead where a social work perspective is required to drive decision-making ensuring that a legally based, human rights perspective is applied to when and how interventions are made in the lives of individuals, families and communities experiencing complex social and family problems.
At Essex County Council Adult Services our mission is clear. We want to make the best and most sustainable use of all resources available to the adult, their families and carers. To ensure they have access to information and tools to enable them to live healthily and independently for as long as possible, and to exercise choice and control over their lives. And to ensure the safety, dignity and quality of life for all the adults we work with.
To make sure we achieve our goals, we’ve transformed our service to be far more proactive. Moving from focusing on long-term care and support, our new model is centred on four key principles - prevention, early intervention, enablement and safeguarding. We’re very proud of our service and the work we’re doing with all our partners to build community capacity and resilience.
To apply, you’ll need to be educated to degree level in Social Work, CQSW, CSS (i.e. Diploma of Occupational Therapists or BSc. OT or equivalent and a Qualified Best Interests Assessor.
You’ll also require:
- Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area including membership of essential professional membership e.g. Social Work England.
- Good working knowledge and ability to use information technology and related systems, such as Microsoft and case management system.
- Significant experience in a social care setting.
- Evidence of working with a complex caseload that is underpinned by evidence-based practice.
This role involves travelling around Essex and beyond, and so a current driving licence and car - or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means - is essential.
What we offer in return
We’ll support you to be to your best, with the resources, training and development to empower you. You can add to your expertise, with a range of opportunities offered by our award-winning Essex Social Care Academy. And, with flexible working options and other lifestyle benefits, we’ll enable you to make the most of your life outside work, too.
Whatever you want to achieve in your social care career, you can do it here.
If you have any questions about the role, or working with us, please contact our Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on https://www.workingforessex.com/working-here/pay-reward/
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.