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Best Interests Assessor


  • Part time
  • 2022-09-07
  • N/A
  • Travel expenses: no
  • Job term: Permanent
  • Job code: 150722-34693

37 hours per week (will consider part time/flexible working)


Are you a qualified Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Nurse or chartered Psychologist?

Would you like to develop your skills and applied knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty? 

If the answer is yes, then Devon County Council DoLS Service have a number of new Best Interests Assessor (BIA) posts available which would offer an exciting career development opportunity for either a qualified Best Interests Assessor or a suitably qualified professional with 2 years post qualified experience who would like to undertake the specialist BIA or future AMCP training.

Best Interests Assessors are essential to the DoLS and have a range of duties that fall to them under the statute. BIA’s are responsible for undertaking a number of the assessments required to enable a deprivation to be authorised and have a key role in ensuring that the person’s human rights are upheld, and that they are represented and supported to challenge their Deprivation in the Court of Protection.

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.

What we can offer to you:

  • We are a well-established team who are committed to your continuous professional development, doing all we can to help you to get the most from your career. You will receive excellent support and supervision, with regular opportunities to discuss and reflect on your practice, both with your line manager and peers.
  • We offer 25 days annual leave, plus Bank Holidays, rising incrementally to 30 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Flexible working opportunities are available, these include part-time hours, flexitime, compressed working hours and homeworking (this is subject to the needs of the role – please discuss at further at interview)
  • Offer an opportunity to enter a generous Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • 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 as an Social Worker has never been more attractive.

There are a number of BIA posts available, and training will be provided for the right candidates. This is an opportunity to join the service at an exciting time of significant change and be at the forefront of rights-based practice for everyone over 16 years of age who is deprived of their liberty.


Flexible working arrangements may be considered.

Interviews are due to be held on 15th and 16th September 2022

For further information or an informal discussion about this role please contact Jen Brooks, Service Manager on 07790342037 or Lauren Wood, Team Manager on 07973668252

Please note Devon County Council is not currently offering VISA sponsorship for this role. We will only consider applicants with valid Right to Work in the UK.

Job location

County Hall
Topsham Road

Job category

Nursing / Midwifery, Social worker - Adult


Devon County Council Devon County Council

Type of organisation

Public Sector


Health and social care

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