Best Interests Assessor – Swindon Borough Council, Adult Social Care

Swindon Wiltshire
28 days holiday, attractive pension scheme and great career development

Best Interests Assessor – Swindon Borough Council, Adult Social Care. A permanent career opportunity has arisen for a Best Interests Assessor to join the MCA (The Mental Capacity Act )/DoLS (The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards )Team. This is a full time role and offers an excellent salary plus employee benefits package.

Your excellent understanding and application of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in addition to your up to date knowledge, skills and post-graduate qualification to carry out the Best Interests Assessors role under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards legislative framework makes you our ideal candidate. The purpose of the role is designed to protect and empower people who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment, therefore the need for excellent verbal, written and soft skills are crucial to this roe.

As the Best Interests Assessor you will be routinely undertaking Best Interests Assessments for service users, those who may reside in residential facilities and those who live in their own homes. Working with and under the direction of the wider team and assistant team managers within the MCA/DoLS Team, you will develop the team and the service that is taking place now and in the near future due to the introduction of the Liberty Protection Safeguards. Extensive liaison with families, Registered Care Managers and others who represent the best interests of the service users is key to the overall success of this  role.

You will work to uphold standards of practice for social workers as defined by the Health and Care Professions Council and in accordance with the BASW Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Workers. To practice in accordance with the BASW Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Workers (the national occupational standards for the profession) at the level of Experienced Social Worker. You are expected to demonstrate expert and effective practice in complex situations, assessing and managing higher levels of risk, striking a balance between support and control, liaising with a wide range of professionals, including more senior levels. Managing caseloads, and offering expert opinion within the organisation and to others. To chair a range of meetings, offer expert support to case conferences, and produce high quality assessments and reports for a range of functions. To model good practice, setting expectations for others, taking responsibility and be accountable for the practice of others, and supervising the work of junior staff. To undertake capacity-building with individuals, families, communities, user groups and voluntary organisations, and contribute their views on service provision to commissioners.

As the Best Interests Assessor You will be familiar with all legal, procedure and practice requirements, identifying where adults may be at risk and to act in accordance with the Department’s safeguarding policies and procedures. To undertake the role of Investigating Officer (Care Act) enquiries and multi-agency working in accordance with Swindon multi-agency policies and procedures for safeguarding adults, including gathering and analysing complex information and associated risks, and making recommendations in relation to Adult Protection Plans. Carrying out one to one supervision once a month with allocated staff in line with the Post Qualifying Standards for Social Work Supervisors ensuring that supervision is timely and recorded and that any practice concerns are communicated to senior staff/line managers (Adult Services only.  To write reports for court hearings and to present evidence in court, including Court of Protection and High Court, ensuring that Council corporate and departmental policies and procedures are followed at all times.

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