Office of the Public GuardianEmployer of the Week
Location: England and Wales
Time commitment of between 75 - 200 visits per annum and remunerated at a rate of £130 - £200 per visit / report.
Reference number: OPGGeneral21E/W
We are seeking self-motivated individuals who can demonstrate their professional knowledge, experience or qualifications in social care or health, or areas related to finance or law (e.g. health profession, social work, law, finance, etc) to work as a General Visitor. Please, see application form for further details.
You must have an excellent understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and be willing to travel extensively within your region. This is a statutory appointment under Section 61 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Knowledge of the following would be desirable:
• Best Interest assessments
• Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
• Ability to conduct Mental Capacity Assessments
• Basic knowledge of finances
• Fluent Welsh Language speaker
The role of General Visitor is an interesting and personally rewarding one. It’s also flexible as you’ll determine your own workload.
We are seeking applications from candidates based across the whole of England and across Wales. When you apply, you’ll need to tell us which regions or postcode regions you want to primarily cover. Our regions are:
1. North West
2. North East
3. East Midlands
4. West Midlands
5. South West
6. South East
8. CF, Cardiff
9. LD, Landrindod
10. LL, Wrexham
11. NP, Newport
12. SA, Swansea
13. SY, Shrewsbury
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) supervises deputies who are appointed by the Court of Protection to manage the financial and health and welfare affairs of people who are unable to make decisions due to mental incapacity. OPG also registers lasting powers of attorney and enduring powers of attorney and can investigate the conduct of attorneys and deputies.
The role will require a commitment of between 75 - 200 visits per annum and be remunerated at a rate of £130 to £200 per visit / report. The appointment will be made by the Lord Chancellor for a period of 10 years assuming satisfactory completion of an annual appraisal of performance. Total time served in post will not exceed 10 years.
Remuneration is taxable under Schedule E and subject to Class I National Insurance contributions. It is not pensionable.
Our selection process is based on your knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act, on your interviewing, and planning skills, including the ability to produce clear, concise reports and knowledge of basic finances.
We are committed to Welsh Language Scheme and would welcome applications from any candidate fluent in the Welsh Language.
To apply for this post or access further information, please visit the Cabinet Office website using the following link: https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/ where you can download an application form and candidate pack. Please use search box and quote OPGGeneral21E for England and OPGGeneral21W for Wales opportunities.
Please send your completed application forms by email to email@example.com or by post to Visits Office, Office of the Public Guardian, PO Box 16185, Birmingham B2 2WH.
The closing date for applications is Noon on 08 November 2021.
If you’re invited to interview, we’ll let you know by late November 2021. Interviews are due to be held during December 2021. Please see the information pack for further details.
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