Advocate (Doncaster & Cheswold Hospital)

Category: Advocacy
Location: Doncaster
Salary: Grade F £21,000 - £25,700 per annum pro rata

Job description

Position: Advocate

Location: Office Based Doncaster with travel around Doncaster and to Cheswold Park Hospital

Job type: Permanent

Hours: 37.5 Full time

Salary: £21,000 to £25,700 Per Annum Pro Rata - Grade F

Benefits: 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays; 5% employer pension & 3% employee contribution; Salary sacrifice pension scheme; Cycle to work; Employee Assistance programme; Supportive working environment fostering a good work/life balance; Support with professional development.

Closing date for applications: 2nd July

Interviews: Week Commencing 15th July


About the role:

Advocates support people who may be marginalised or vulnerable to speak up and be heard. Their work strengthens voices, supports human rights and changes lives. Advocacy can be vital for people who cannot speak up for themselves, or people who feel they do not have the power to do so. Advocates work in the front line delivering positive outcomes for the people they support. Advocates will support and enable service users’ understanding of their options. Advocates empower individuals to communicate their views in decision making processes, supporting them to make challenges when necessary and asking pertinent questions on the person’s behalf where they are unable to do so for themselves.

The role is office based, with travel across Doncaster and Cheswold Park Hospital to care homes, hospitals, Prisons, community Hubs and clients’ homes.

About you:

Be passionate about empowering and enabling individuals to have their wishes, feelings, beliefs and needs taken into account when decisions are made about their care
Demonstrate excellent verbal, listening and written communication skills
Have the ability to engage with people with complex needs and communication difficulties
Be experienced in influencing and working with health and social care professionals, legal services, care staff, family members etc.
Be able to build good relationships with clients, health and social care professionals, legal professionals and carers
Be able to identify and act appropriately where issues of safeguarding individuals arise
Have strong IT skills to accurately record information in line with policy and current data standards
Be experienced in working with marginalised and vulnerable adults and/or children
Be able to research complex and sensitive issues independently, using case law, national policy and guidance for advocates to work for resolution of issues
Be able to work to tight and changing deadlines
Be able to work independently
Hold a full, clean UK driving licence and have access to own vehicle. There is extensive travel involved in these roles

Desirable skills or experience:

Hold or be working towards Independent Advocacy Qualification.
Knowledge and experience of the Mental Health Act (1983, revised 2007), Care Act (2014) and Mental Capacity Act (2007),The Principles of Human Rights and Advocacy, and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

If you don't already hold the Independent Advocacy Qualification, it is a requirement of the role that you complete this within 12 months of commencing employment along with the IMHA unit.

You may have experience of the following: Advocate, Vulnerable Adults, Social Worker, Healthcare, Policy, Legislation, Support Worker, Charity, Third Sector etc. Advice & Guidance.

How to apply:

Download and Read through the Job Description, Person Specification, Application form, & Equal Opportunities form
Return your fully completed application form and Equal opportunities form to recruitment@voiceability.org

NB CV’s and postal applications will not be considered.

Should you require any reasonable adjustments to make your application form please call recruitment on 01223 555822

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