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Best Interests Assessor

Location: Bosworth House

Job type: Permanent

Salary: £35745 - £40800

Total salary package*: £53030

Job reference: 2764

Hours: Full Time and Part Time

Closing date: 18th May 2021

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About the job

If you are qualified as a Best Interest Assessor we would love to hear from you.

As a Best Interest Assessor, you’ll assess the mental capacity of adults to establish if they are being deprived of their liberty. You’ll analyse and evaluate complex evidence and views to ensure best interest decisions are made. This is a fulfilling role enabling vulnerable adults to live more independently.

In return we can offer you a supportive environment within our well-established team so that you can grow your expertise and experience in this specialist role.

Your role

You’ll provide effective safeguards for members of the public who fall within the remit of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) legislation by providing a high quality assessment and advice based on the statutory requirements arising from the Mental Capacity Act (MCA), ensuring compliance with Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Working within relevant policies, practises, and procedures under the direction of your team leader, you’ll coordinate the DoLS assessment process within statutory timescales. Recognising safeguarding concerns, you’ll act in line with local and national policy to improve outcomes for people.

You’ll provide expert advice to ensure an effective and consistent multi-agency approach to DoLS, including provision of training opportunities and support for Best Interest Assessor candidates.

What you'll need

Holding a post qualified award as a best interest assessor, you’ll have comprehensive knowledge of relevant legislation and codes of practice and the interface between the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act, along with local and national issues in health and social care.

Ideally you’ll have been practising as a best interest assessor within the past 2 years and undertaken required mandatory annual refresher training.

You’ll hold a degree in Social Work, Occupational Therapy or similar e.g. CQSW, Dip SW, Nursing, and have current registration with the relevant body for this.

Experienced in assessing complex needs for adults, you’ll have a robust background of working in adult social care or health care with the ability to use your initiative, prioritisation and time keeping skills to manage and prioritise allocates cases

With excellent knowledge of partnership agencies and experience of partnership working, you’ll find creative and pragmatic solutions to meet individual needs and have confidence working effectively in difficult and challenging situations.

You’ll show excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong administration and IT skills to be able to efficiently present information and reports.

Appointment to this role is subject to an Enhanced DBS Check (Adult Workforce).

Additional information

We have two permanent positions available, one full time (37 hours) and one part time (18.5 hours).

The salary for part time hours is £17,872 - £19,445 per annum.

The post also carries a market supplement which will be paid monthly in addition to your basic salary. The market supplement will cease on 30th June 2022, if it has not ceased for any reason before that date.

With market supplement the salary for this role is up to £40,800 per annum (up to £20,400 for 18.5 hours).

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact: Vince Duffy on 0116 454 6281 or

What we can offer you

As well as the satisfaction of helping to improve thousands of lives across Leicester, you can look forward to a work environment that encourages a healthy work/life balance. You’ll enjoy generous annual leave, membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme and the option of flexible working. We’ll also give you the chance to develop your skills and expertise with a variety of training and development opportunities. In addition, you can choose from a number of flexible benefits, including childcare vouchers, discounts on city buses and trains and help with relocation to Leicester, where appropriate.

Join us

We’re committed to recruiting a diverse and highly-talented workforce as we continue to build a council that is fitting and representative of our great city. That’s why we’ve designed our recruitment process to put you at your ease, make you feel welcome and bring the best out of you. We’ll do all we can to make our recruitment process as fair as possible. To help you with your application, take a look at the ‘our approach to recruitment’ page.

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* Please note that the total package number includes pension contribution and full holiday entitlement, including bank holidays.

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