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Nationwide Advocacy Service

Vacancies

Do you think you have the personal qualities and attributes to be an Advocate?

We deliver an excellent service for our clients, and we seek dedicated and proactive individuals with a proven track record of having an impact when supporting vulnerable groups to join our fast-growing and supportive team. An awareness of the nature of mental health diagnoses, human rights, learning disabilities, equality and diversity, and the ability to research complex and sensitive issues independently is essential to the post. Experience or knowledge of working with those with learning disabilities and mental health diagnoses would be preferred.

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Independent Mental Health Advocate

Based in Mansfield area [Must be willing to commute to; Sheffield, Chesterfield, Lincoln and Nottinghamshire]

Full-time position 37.5 hours per week

Salary £17,000.00 – £19,000.00 per annum

An element of travel required, the applicant must have a driver’s license and access to a car.

To apply please send a completed application form and covering letter to jobs@adventadvocacy.co.uk

Application Form: Advent_Advocacy_Application_Form

Closing date: 13th February 2019

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Independent Mental Health Advocate

Based in Sheffield area [Must be willing to commute to; Mansfield, Chesterfield, Lincoln and Nottinghamshire]

Full-time position 37.5 hours per week

Salary £17,000.00 – £19,000.00 per annum

An element of travel required, the applicant must have a driver’s license and access to a car.

To apply please send a completed application form and covering letter to jobs@adventadvocacy.co.uk

Application Form: Advent_Advocacy_Application_Form

Closing date: 13th February 2019

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Independent Mental Health Advocate

Based in Watford area [Must be willing to commute to; SG1, SG7, TW1 & UB8]

Full-time position 37.5 hours per week

Salary £19,000.00 – £21,000.00 per annum

An element of travel required, the applicant must have a driver’s license and access to a car.

To apply please send a completed application form and covering letter to jobs@adventadvocacy.co.uk

Application Form: Advent_Advocacy_Application_Form

Closing date: 28th February 2019

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Independent Advocate / Relevant Person’s Representative

Based in Southampton, Bournemouth and Poole areas [Must be willing to commute to; BH6, BH14, SO16, SO30 and SO40]

Salary £17,000.00 – £19,000.00 per annum

Full time 37.5 hours per week

An element of travel required, the applicant must have a driver’s license and access to a car.

To apply please send a completed application form and covering letter to jobs@adventadvocacy.co.uk

Application Form: Advent_Advocacy_Application_Form

Closing date: 22nd February 2019

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Independent Advocate / Relevant Person’s Representative

Based in Southampton, Bournemouth and Poole areas [Must be willing to commute to; BH6, BH14, SO16, SO30 and SO40]

Salary £17,000.00 – £19,000.00 pro rata per annum

Part time 14-18 hours per week

An element of travel required, the applicant must have a driver’s license and access to a car.

To apply please send a completed application form and covering letter to jobs@adventadvocacy.co.uk

Application Form: Advent_Advocacy_Application_Form

Closing date: 22nd February 2019

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The role of the Advocate:

Job Purpose:

Advocates work with a wide range of service users to ensure that an individual’s unique views, wishes and preferences are expressed clearly and are central to care planning and decision making.  An advocate will help service users to speak up and act for themselves and will facilitate supported decision making.  This can include listening and providing information and representing someone’s views by speaking on their behalf.

Key duties:

  1. Advocating for individuals with learning difficulties and/or mental health difficulties
  2. Supporting service users to ensure that their views, preferences and choices form a key part of decision-making processes
  3. Providing service users with information about their rights, care and treatment
  4. Helping service users understand the information given to them and the options available
  5. Liaising with key healthcare professionals including Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses and key workers on behalf of the service user
  6. Attending key meetings when required
  7. Working in a non-instructed capacity when necessary

Person Specification:

  • Excellent listening and communication skills will be essential to build good relationships with service users and health professionals
  • Direct experience working with individuals with mental health care needs and/or learning difficulties. Knowledge and experience of working with people on the autistic spectrum would be an advantage
  • An ability to engage with people with complex needs and communication difficulties
  • An awareness of diversity and an ability to research complex and sensitive issues independently and quickly
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • A flexible and reliable approach to work
  • Experience and sound working knowledge with MS Office
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act (1983, revised 2007), the Care Act (2014) and the Mental Capacity Act (2007) would be preferred

Advent Advocacy has a culture where all employees are valued, encouraged and respected. We take pride in providing a workplace that fosters continuous professional development, flexible working and opportunities to grow within an inclusive and diverse environment. We are a creative and supportive team of professionals with a defined team ethos. As an organisation, we believe in unconditional positive regard for each other and for the service users for whom we work. Advent Advocacy team members benefit from weekly supervision, access to a Reflective Practice facilitator, and a bespoke training and development programme.

Advent Advocacy welcomes applications irrespective of disability, creed, age, ethnic origin, gender or sexuality.

Advent Advocacy is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in the workplace, and we encourage applications from all sections of the community. It’s our intention to always provide a workplace and culture that is inclusive and supportive to staff. Although not a job requirement we welcome applications from anyone with personal or lived experience of mental health difficulties, including experience of using mental health services.

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To apply please send a completed application form and covering letter to jobs@adventadvocacy.co.uk

Application Form: Advent_Advocacy_Application_Form

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