Would you like to work for a leading mental health charity?
Do you want a rewarding career where you can really make a difference?
If yes, join us here at Rethink Mental Illness where we have an exciting opportunity for a Statutory Advocate to join our friendly inspirational Devon Advocacy Team. Your role would be a permanent position working part time, 4 days per week (28 hours) based in Dawlish. Some home working would also be required.
Who are we?
Rethink Mental Illness is a leading charity provider of mental health services in England. We support thousands of people through our groups, services, policy, campaigns, advice and information. Rethink Advocacy is part of the same charity, though we work across a range of disciplines in addition mental health. We specialise in many different types of advocacy, providing services in a range of settings across the country such as hospitals, secure units and care homes.
In everything we do, we seek to demonstrate our values: Passion, Commitment, Openness, Hope, Expertise and Understanding. If these values resonate with you, we would love to hear from you.
What do we do in at our service?
Here in Devon we provide two statutory advocacy contracts.
The first provides Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) in Langdon Secure Hospital, Dawlish. The other provides IMHA, Care Act and Independent Health Complaints Advocacy across Devon and Torbay. During the past year we have had to adapt to attending a lot of meetings remotely. Where face to face work has continued, we have adhered to strict rules in order to maintain a Covid safe environment for our staff and clients.
What would you be doing?
You will be working across the two contracts, on site at Langdon for two days per week and travelling across Devon and Torbay for the remaining time. Some of the Devon and Torbay work is still remote at present but we hope this will change in the not too distant future. In addtiton, you will be:
- Providing a high quality, responsive and effective advocacy service in accordance with the service specification, contract and legislative timescales.
- Ensuring that individuals understand and can exercise their rights; supporting people to access information, to understand better what is happening, what is planned, and the options available to them to make better informed decisions and be more involved in their care and support.
- Acting on allocated referrals in accordance with the service standards and engagement protocols, communicating with referrers as required in order to ensure the client’s rights under the relevant act are observed.
- Representing patients’ interests when they are not able to do so themselves, including working within a best-interests framework for any eligible patient who lacks the mental capacity to instruct the advocate
- Keeping accurate factual records relating to the service users and their cases, including keeping the case management database up to date.
Do you have what we are looking for?
- Completed, working towards, or willing to work towards The National Qualification in Independent Advocacy (Level 3 or new Level 4)
- Completed, working towards, or willing to work towards additional specialist units: IMCA, DoLS, IMHA, ICAA.
- Experience of working in one or more of the following specialist areas: learning disabilities; mental capacity; mental health; older people; physical disabilities; sensory impairment; substance misuse.
- A good understanding of advocacy practice and principles of empowerment and knowledge of relevant legislation
- Ability to respect and promote a person’s right to make informed choices and decisions without influence
- Ability to manage a complex caseload covering a wide range of subjects ensuring independence and clarity of decision making.
- Ability to support clients who may have a range of communication and other needs.
- Ability to collate information and write formal reports to a high professional standard.
- Ability to travel throughout the locality.
What will you receive?
You will receive the opportunity to make a real difference every day. This will be made possible due to our excellent career development opportunities including funded face to face training, and a range of online e-learning courses.
You will also receive:
- Salary of £21,703.54 to 23,906.01 pro rata
- Contributory pension scheme
- Life assurance and employee assistance programme
- 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days plus bank holidays
- Your "Rethink Day" - 1 day’s additional leave (pro rata) on your Birthday
- Eyecare vouchers
- Flexible working
Don’t just change jobs, change lives!
Just a couple of final things,
We welcome applications from everyone, applicants with lived experience, those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning+ (LGBTQ+), people with a disability, or those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply. We are proud to have also been awarded Disability Confident employer status. We have an ambition of becoming an anti-racist organisation and we recognise there is more to do in ensuring our recruitment is fair and inclusive, which is why we are recruiting new roles in helping us to achieve this. Please be mindful that we may need to close adverts early if we receive a high volume of applications, we therefore encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If a shortened closing date has a significant impact on your ability to apply, please let us know.