Job title: Relevant Paid Person's Representative (Full time)

Job reference: 79

Contract type: Permanent - Full time

Hours: Full-time – 37 hours, 5 days per week, Monday to Friday.

Location: Home Based – working across Birmingham and Sandwell

Salary: £20,000 - £22,438.00 per annum, + Benefits (dependent on experience).

Closing date: 9.00am, Friday 8th 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: You will be supporting a wide range of vulnerable people often with profound or complex needs, including people who have a learning disability, dementia, other mental health need or acquired brain injury in all matters relating to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). In the role of Paid Representative you will be maintaining contact with relevant persons in a range of settings across Birmingham and Sandwell, supporting them to understand the DoLS as it affects them and representing their wishes, views and feelings and advocating for their rights effectively and professionally.

About you: 

Our ideal candidate will have worked in advocacy, information and advice or a similar role before and have either come from a health and social care background or have a strong understanding of the sector and will have a good working knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the DoLS framework. Ideally you will have excellent experience supporting and promoting the rights of people who face significant challenges in being heard and have the skills to respond proactively to and engage with people with profound or complex needs, including responding appropriately to any communication needs or possible safeguarding concerns. Strong communication skills, time management skills and the ability to keep accurate and up to date records will be required and you will need to be computer literate

The person we appoint to the role will be a confident, resourceful and motivated team player, able to work well alone as well as part of a wider team, in partnership with clients and professionals, understanding and acting on client views, wishes and feelings by listening and exploring options or doing so through non-instructed work. Those in the Paid Representative role will have a commitment to protecting the rights of some of the most vulnerable people in society through effective representation and so will have a strong commitment to their own professional development, keeping up to date with relevant legislation, case law and external and internal best practice as well as a commitment to the development of the service.

Because of the nature and location of the role, applicants must live within or very close to the Birmingham, Sandwell area, have a full driver’s licence and access to their own transport.

There are also possible volunteering opportunities available within POhWER across the whole of England, to get more information on these opportunities please visit our volunteer page.


Full job description: Paid Relevant Person's Representative for Birmingham and Sandwell (pdf)

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.