Job title:Relevant Person Paid Representative

Home Based – West Midlands

Job reference: 86

Contract type: Permanent

1 x Full-time – 37 hours, 5 days per week, working Monday to and Fridays

9am - 5pm


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

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 and Scotland.

About the role: An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time Relevant Person’s Paid Representative (RPPR) to join our West Midlands.  The post will initially be to cover RPPR but there may be a need to cover Community and NHS Complaints Advocacy cases in the future.

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.

About you: 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.

The role 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, supporting them to understand the DoLS as it affects them, representing their wishes, views and feelings, and advocating for their rights effectively and professionally. 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 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 have a full driver’s licence and access to their own transport. Expenses will only be paid once within the West Midlands area border.


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

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.


Completed application forms will only be considered for this role.

If you do not fully meet the requirements above or would like to brush up on your skills, we offer a range of volunteering opportunities, to get more information on these opportunities please visit


      Closing date: 10am Tuesday 1st December

      Interviews to take place on: Friday 4th December 2020 – virtually via Zoom.


      Full job description: relevantpersonspaidrepresentativejobdescription-jan217.pdf

      How to apply: Fill in the wordapplicationform-86.docx   (Your application will only be considered if you submit a fully completed application form attached)

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

      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.