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INTERNAL ONLY - DoLs Best Interests Assessor

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Part time, Limited Term
Working Pattern:
Part Time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 09/12/2018 23:59
£31,401 to £34,106
Hours per week:
18.5 hrs
Job Category:
Social Work
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Badminton Road offices, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
9 Dec

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

An exciting opportunity has arisen to take on the role of Best Interests Assessor on a half-time basis as part of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Team. This involves carrying out DoLS assessments in response to applications for DoLS authorisation as the core duty of the role, rather than carrying out these assessments alongside other duties.

The role involves a good degree of flexibility to respond to demand for urgent assessments, as well as the need to produce clear and concise reports to evidence the relevant legal requirements. This role involves regular travel across the local authority area and sometimes to other local authority areas.

The position is currently based at Badminton Road Council Offices but is due to move to Kingswood Civic Centre during the early part of 2019.

This post is open to internal candidates only.

This post is part time, 18.5 hrs per week and a limited term contract for 12 months.

Interviews will take place on 11 December 2018

To apply for this vacancy, please print the attached Expression of interest form and email it direct to John White, Mental Capacity Act and DOLS Manager, John.White@Southglos.gov.uk.


To supervise and coordinate the work of professionals including allocation of caseloads or other caring staff giving guidance, advice and feedback. Ensure that clear organisation and direction is provided and that training needs are identified and met.

Carry out specialist assessments and casework, ensuring that these are precise and effective.

Deliver and oversee programmes of work promoting enhancing existing service delivery patterns and developing new or innovative forms of service delivery.

Knowledge, skills & experience

You will hold a professional qualification and where necessary a professional registration.

You will have considerable relevant post qualifying, practical experience in similar service areas and/or to have achieved a relevant post qualifying award.

You will demonstrate knowledge of relevant legislation, developments of social care policy, regulations, and codes of practice, systems, initiatives, processes and procedures.

You will have an ability to supervise others.

You will have good relationship building skills, which may involve dealing with emotive situations.

You will have financial experience or training to carry out associated financial assessments.

If relevant: you will have experience of care assessment.

You will have a good level of general IT skills and the ability to use, or be trained in the use of, appropriate specialist in-house software packages.

Able to demonstrate the Council’s values and behaviours.

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