Job title: Independent Mental Capacity Advocate

Job reference: 112

Contract type: Fixed-term contract - 2 positions available

Hours: 1 x Part-time – 22.2 hours, over 3 days per week (days to be agreed)

1 x Part-time – 18.5 hours, over 2 days per week (days to be agreed)

Location: Home based - Sandwell, West Midlands

Salary: 1 x £13,500 - £15,374 per annum (dependent on experience), pro rata (Full Time Equivalent £22,500 - £25,623) + Benefits

1 x £11,250 - £12,811 per annum (dependent on experience), pro rata (Full Time Equivalent £22,500 - £25,623) + Benefits

Closing date: 9am on Friday 22 December 2017

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 2 part-time IMCA’s to join the West Midlands team on a fixed term basis working 2 or 3 days per week. The post will be home based working in the area of Sandwell.

We are looking to recruit people who share our core values and can demonstrate that they apply and live those values in their daily working practice.

You will be supporting a wide range of vulnerable people with sometimes profound and multiple needs, so ideally you will have experience of this type of work, along with a good working knowledge of voluntary organisations.

About you: Ideally, you will have an excellent working knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, including the Deprivation of Liberty safeguards; strong experience working with vulnerable adults who are affected by significant health and social care issues and unable to speak up for themselves; and experience providing persuasive verbal and written representations.

You will be a confident positive team player, able to work in partnership with clients and professionals, gaining an understanding of their issues by listening, exploring options and taking action as directed by them. Our ideal candidate will have worked in advocacy, information and advice or similar role before, ideally in a health, social care or voluntary setting and will have experience of working with vulnerable adults.

You will need to have a flexible attitude and must be comfortable handling highly sensitive information whilst able to work well independently and confidently on behalf of others. Strong communication skills and time management skills will be required and you will need to be computer literate.

Because of the nature and location of the role, applicants must live within the area; have a full driver’s licence and access to their own transport. Travel expenses will only be paid once in the areas of Sandwell.

We apologise in advance, that if you do not hear back from us within two weeks of the closing date then please presume that you have been unsuccessful.

There are also possible volunteering opportunities available within POhWER across the whole of England, to get more information on these opportunities please visit http://www.pohwer.net/get-involved/volunteering-for-pohwer.

Full job description: IMCA_Job_Description_-_January_2017.pdf

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

Closing date: 9am on Friday 22 December 2017

Interview date: Monday 8 January or Tuesday 9 January 2018 (TBC)

A DBS check will be required for this post.

POhWER is an equal opportunities employer, holder of the Investors in People Silver award and a member of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER scheme. We are a member of the Positive about Disability scheme and disabled applicants who meet all the essential criteria will be guaranteed an interview.