Team Manager (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards)
The DoLS Service manages Devon County Councils statutory responsibilities in relation to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. This includes arranging the required professional assessments, dealing with any challenges or complaints as well as managing increasing numbers of legal challenges to The Court of Protection for individuals where there is an objection to any Standard Authorisation.
Alongside this Devon DoLS Service is gearing-up for the legislative changes related to the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act (2019) and the introduction of the new Liberty Protection Safeguards. Successful candidates will be expected to undertake and complete any required additional training to enable them to become an Approved Mental Capacity Act Professional (AMCP) when the new Safeguards come into force.
About the Role:
The post holder will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the service, including workflow and referral management and the line management of staff members. The group of staff will encompass health and social care professionals who are approved Best Interests Assessors as well as the Service Support Manager and team of DoLS Administrators.
You must be a registered Social Worker, Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist or a Chartered Psychologist and will have successfully completed your specialist Best Interests Assessor training.
You will need to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, current case law and the interface with other relevant legal frameworks.
The legal implications of decisions made by the post holder can have a significant impact for the Service user, their families/carers as well as for the organisation. To this end the post holder is required to engage with the County Solicitor (and other professionals) to ensure that team practice meets current legal requirements – or where this is not clear they are required to help facilitate application(s) to the Court of Protection.
The Post Holder is expected to promote the principles of the Mental Capacity Act by active engagement with professionals, the voluntary sector, and care providers. by offering advice and support and through the development and delivery of training.
Good communication across all mediums (electronic, written, verbal) is essential with an ability to take account of the audience that is receiving the information. This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.
What we can offer to you:
As a place to live and work, Devon is hard to beat with top-performing schools, universities, vibrant cities, pretty villages and some of the most scenic coast and countryside in the UK. Living and working in Devon has never been more attractive.
We are a well-established team offering excellent support and supervision, with regular opportunities to discuss and reflect on your practice, both with your line manager and peers.
We are committed to continuous professional development, doing all we can to help you to get the most from your career.
Flexible working arrangements may be considered.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a supportive and dynamic team and increase your management skills as well as developing your applied knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
For an informal discussion please contact Sandra Geary 07854 087905 or Jen Brooks 07790 342037.