Job title: Independent Advocate - Transforming Care (Full time)

Job reference: 77

Contract type:  Fixed term contract for 18 months - Full time

Hours: 37 hours, 5 days per week Monday to Friday

Location: Home Based – Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire

Salary: £22,500 – £25,623 per annum + Benefits (dependent on experience).

Closing date: 9.00am, Friday 2nd September 2016. 

About us: Giving people a voice – and making sure it’s heard – is something POhWER does every day. We’re all about promoting equality, challenging unfairness and giving disadvantaged and vulnerable people access to high quality information, advice and advocacy services. POhWER is a registered charity that provides a range of services across England.

About the role: An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Independent Advocate to provide advocacy support to people affected by the Transforming Care agenda, which focuses on transforming services for people with a learning disability and/or autism who have a mental illness or whose behaviour challenges services on an 18 month fixed term contract.

About you: 

As Independent Advocate you will be directly supporting people affected by the Transforming Care agenda, providing person centred and, wherever possible, client-led advocacy to people with a learning disability and/or autism currently in locked rehabilitation services, low secure services, assessment and treatment units or who are living in the community but are at risk of admission to inpatient services.

The role will involve maintaining contact with clients in order to get to know them and/or be able to communicate with them effectively in order to establish ways of ascertaining their views, wishes and preferences and to represent them independently. Advocates will represent clients at Care and Treatment reviews as well as urgent reviews and discussions conducted by phone, and will attend working group meetings relating to the broader Transforming Care agenda.

Day-to-day, the role will involve working in a small, busy team, managing a complex caseload and working in different environments. Therefore we are looking for a confident, resourceful and motivated team player, able to work well alone as well as part of a team, in partnership with clients as well as on their behalf, whilst developing positive professional relationships with health and social care staff.

The successful candidate will have experience working with people with a learning disability and/or autism, understanding their health and social care needs, as well as the ability to form positive boundaried working relationships, including with those who present challenging behaviour. This experience should include working well with health and/or social care professionals, carers and families. The successful candidate will also have a good understanding of a range of communication methods and an ability to work with people who do not communicate using speech or who have highly individual communication styles.

Ideally, candidates will be able to demonstrate a minimum of level 3 in British Sign Language, with experience communicating with service users using BSL and Makaton, and have knowledge of good advocacy practice, including non-instructed advocacy with knowledge of public and third sector organisations and processes. In addition to the above, the ideal candidate will also have an understanding of the Transforming Care agenda and its context as well as working knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Care Act 2014.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, who are committed to their own professional development and who are comfortable handling highly sensitive information, and in seeking support and supervision. Strong communication skills and time management skills will be required and you will need to be computer literate. The ability to represent our clients and our organisation in a professional way is essential.
An enhanced DBS check will be required for this post.

Because of the nature and location of the role, applicants must live within or close to Nottingham City or Nottinghamshire, have a full driver’s licence and access to their own transport.  

Full job description: Independent Advocate (Transforming Care) for Nottinghamshire

How to apply: Fill in the application form. (Your application will only be considered if you submit a fully completed application form attached)

Once completed, please send your application form to or if you are having any problems, call 01438 846023.