Advent Advocacy – Nationwide Advocacy Service

Job title: Independent Mental Health Advocate, Generic Advocate and Student Advocate

Location/Postcode: Beckton E6, Lewisham SE13 & Woolwich SE2 – Student Advcocacy will be provided to the University remotely

Salary: £21,730 – £23,268 per annum (depending on experience and qualifications)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Job reference: 01Lewisham

How to apply: apply by downloading our application from our website or sending your CV to email address provided

Our Company

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 from all, irrespective age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Level 4 City & Guilds in Independent Advocacy Practice

Once our advocates have successfully completed 3 months service, they are enrolled onto a Level 4 City & Guilds in Independent Advocacy Practice.

‘Charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health’

As an employer we recognise that in the UK, people experiencing mental ill health continue to report stigma and discrimination at work. Having signed the charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health, we are committed to creating a supportive and open culture, where colleagues feel able to talk about mental health confidently and aspire to appropriately support the mental wellbeing of all staff.

‘Living Wage Employer’

Advent Advocacy has been accredited Living Wage Employer; this means that every member of staff working for Advent Advocacy will earn a real Living Wage.

‘Mental Health at Work Commitment’

By signing the Mental Health at Work Commitment, Advent Advocacy has committed to achieving better mental health outcomes and a genuine long term positive impact on our staff’s wellbeing.

Our Benefits Package

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

  • 24/7 GP service
  • Mental Health Support Service
  • Get Fit Programmes
  • Dietary Advice

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.

Benefits

· Additional Birthday leave

· Travel Contribution Allowance (if applicable)

· Career Progression

· Internal and External Training Programmes

· Company phone and laptop

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.

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.

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

  • 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:

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.

Essential:

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

We expect applicants to be fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption, have an NHS COVID Pass or are willing to obtain the pass, as this is already a requirement at some of our visited sites and is likely to be all our visited sites by April 2022

Desirable:

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: 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.