Job title: Independent Mental Health Advocate

Location/Postcode: Derby DE24

Hours per week: 22.5 hours per week Part-Time

Annual salary: £18,600 pro rata

Application deadline: 25th June 2021

Job reference: 01Derby (please note this reference when submitting your application via email)

How to apply: Apply using Advent Advocacy Application Form 2021 and returning to jobs@adventadvocacy.co.uk

Essential: A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out for this position

Desirable:

  • we encourage all our advocates to have the COVID-19 vaccine, Advent Advocacy have a health and social care responsibility to keep the people we work with and our staff safe.
  • a full valid driver’s license, and own your own car (due to the locations of service units and travel distance that may occur)

Please note: We do not accept CV’s only application forms will be considered 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work for a leading advocacy company. Advent Advocacy is committed to building a culture where all employees are valued and opinions count. We provide a workplace that supports continuous professional development, flexible working, and opportunities to grow within an inclusive and diverse environment. Advent Advocacy welcomes applications irrespective of disability, creed, age, ethnic origin, gender, or sexuality. This post would be suitable for anyone with a social work or mental health nursing background. Additionally, the post would be suitable for a Psychology graduate.

Job Description:

Independent Advocacy is a vital role that helps people in services have a voice in the healthcare process

The successful candidate will deliver:

  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy: Providing a statutory service to qualifying individuals under the Mental Health Act 1983. You will help people to speak up and act for themselves. This can include listening and providing information and representing people’s views by speaking on their behalf. You may be asked to support people by attending Best Interests Meetings, Review Meetings, Hospital Manager’s Meetings, Mental Health Review Tribunals, Ward Round Meetings and Care Plan Approach meetings.

Key duties:

  • Provide people with information about their rights
  • Help people understand the information given to them and the options available
  • When required liaise with key health care professionals on behalf of individuals when required
  • Represent key meetings when required
  • Delivering Advocacy Awareness training and other workshops when required
  • Administrative duties include the completion of timesheets, case notes, monthly and quarterly reports

Person Specification:

  • Excellent listening and communication skills
  • The ability to build good relationships
  • Ability to work to deadlines and work independently
  • Flexibility, reliability, and confidence when speaking with a range of people
  • Experience and good working knowledge in Microsoft Office products
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Knowledge and experience of supporting people with learning and communication difficulties
  • An awareness of diversity and ability to research complex and sensitive issues independently and quickly

The successful candidate may be asked to provide:

  • University Student Advocacy Service: Empowering students to communicate independently and make informed decisions regarding their studies, finances, mental health, and other issues during their time at University. Student Advocacy involves promotional work by approaching students. Our advocates are expected to meet targets which are discussed and reflected on weekly, which include approaching and connecting with students, holding meaningful conversations with them.
  • Children and Young Persons Advocacy: Supporting children and young people in finding their voice and making sure their thoughts and opinions are heard by the adults around them.

Our Benefits Package:

WeCare is a support service available to all employees at Advent Advocacy which can provide:

  • 24/7 GP – You and your immediate family can speak to a GP from the comfort of your own home. No doctors’ surgeries or waiting for an appointment.
  • Mental Health Support – Prevent burnout, tackle major life events, or learn to deal with stress and anxiety. You get up to 10 sessions with a mental health professional.
  • Get Fit Programme – Qualified nutritionists will support you with bespoke fitness programmes, ranging from diet and exercise plans to stopping smoking
  • Generic Advocacy: Working with people who may have difficulties being involved in decisions that may affect them, such as those with learning difficulties, physical health problems, mental health problems, acquired brain injury and dementia

At Advent Advocacy all employees are also covered by a life assurance policy, which means that should something happen to you your beneficiaries will get a lump sum equivalent to twice your annual salary. At Advent Advocacy we believe employee welfare is important, that is why our benefit package comes at no extra cost to the employee. WeCare is easily accessible by downloading an application onto your Smartphone or Laptop, which will give you access to all the online services available.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out for this position

Please note: Due to the high volume of applications, if you have not been contacted by the application deadline unfortunately you have been unsuccessful. This position may close early if sufficient applications are received.