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Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) Implementation Project and Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Lead Officer

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Job Summary

Contract Type:
Temporary
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
02/06/2021
Advert End Date:
20/06/2021 23:59
Salary:
£42,821 - £46,845 p.a. Grade 14
Hours per week:
37
Job Category:
Social Care - Adult Service
Vacancy ID:
208473
Employment Location:
Safeguarding, Practice Development and Access Team at any Council workplace within County Durham.
Post Number:
AHS/21/275
Number of posts:
1

Job details 

Closing date:
20 Jun


Further information

Adult and Health Services

Adult Care

Safeguarding, Practice Development and Access Team

Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) Implementation Project and Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Lead Officer

(Temporary until 31.07.2022)

Vacancy No: AHS/21/275

The Liberty Protection Safeguards & Mental Capacity Act Lead Officer will be accountable to the Strategic Manager for Safeguarding, Practice Development and Access Team.

The Mental Capacity Amendment Act (2019) will significantly change social care practice and casework when current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) will be replaced by Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) expected to come into force from April 2022.

A project group is currently looking at the implications and requirements for change within the service which are likely to span social care practice, electronic recording systems, workforce development, human resources, commissioning, and legal services.

This temporary post will take the lead in social care practice related issues, taking a project management approach in leading the Project Group.

The role will provide expert understanding and application of the LPS changes in the context of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and also the practice of the wider workforce – including Team Managers - during roll-out and post-implementation. The role will be key in enhancing the skills of the staff; meeting the future needs of the service; ensuring quality and consistency in LPS and MCA casework; and - working closely with Adult and Health Service legal services - providing support and guidance as appropriate.

Required Qualifications: BA hons in Social Work, DipSW or recognised equivalent Social Work Qualification – Current professional registration with Social Work England

Candidates should have a detailed knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and its application in complex casework, Court of Protection work and Deprivation of Liberty safeguards; together with experience of leading a project.

The successful applicant for this post will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held week commencing 28th June 2021.

Interviews will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams. If you are successful at shortlisting you will be notified via North East Jobs of the date and time of your interview. A separate invite will be sent via Microsoft Teams.


For further information about the post, please contact:

Louise Hill, Strategic Manager, Safeguarding, Practice Development and Access on 03000 269682 or email louise.hill@durham.gov.uk

Apply on-line via the jobs portal or for further assistance contact the Payroll and Employee Services Team on telephone no. 03000 264086/ 266148 or Email: PESAHS@durham.gov.uk

Permanent DCC employees wishing to undertake a temporary post within the Council, whether this is within their substantive service, or across services, should seek the approval of their Line Manager / Senior Manager to undertake this temporary post with the guarantee to return to their substantive post at the expiry of the temporary post. If the temporary post is reviewed and further extended, agreement must be sought from the employee’s substantive line manager.


In line with the County Council's Recruitment and Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CVs. Any information provided on CVs will not be considered for short-listing purposes.


PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION REGARDING YOUR APPLICATION FOR THIS POST WILL BE SENT TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS THAT YOU HAVE REGISTERED WITH NORTH EAST JOBS, INCLUDING YOUR INVITE TO INTERVIEW IF YOU ARE SHORTLISTED. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL AFTER THE CLOSING DATE FOR NOTIFICATION FROM DONOTREPLY@NORTHEASTJOBS.ORG.UK AS YOU WILL NOT BE NOTIFIED BY ANY OTHER MEANS. PLEASE ENSURE YOU CHECK YOUR JUNK MAIL.

As a disability confident employer, we are committed to employing disabled people and people with health conditions making reasonable adjustments to support disabled applicants when required.

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