Senior Best Interests Assessor - Adult Safeguarding and Quality Assurance

Location Essex, England
Salary £210 - £237 per day
About the role The Senior Best Interests Assessor conducts assessments and reviews under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) to assess mental capacity for relevant decisions and establish if a person is being deprived of their liberty and ensure decisions made are in their best interests. Utilising expertise to obtain, evaluate and analyse complex evidence and differing views to arrive at robust decisions.

The primary focus of this particular role is to provide quality assurance of assessments completed under the legislation to ensure timely authorisation. This will involve addressing practice issues to ensure person centred and legally compliant practice based on evaluation and analysis of complex evidence.

Ensure detailed record keeping, clarity and professional reasoning in reports to meet legal requirements and professional standards. This role must be an experienced practitioner, able to practice independently, with a level of autonomy, demonstrating expert and effective practice in complex situations, assessing and managing higher levels of risk, striking balance between support and control, liaising with a wide range of professionals, including senior levels.

Service/Functional Accountabilities

Responsible for evaluation and analysis of complex evidence to ensure robust decisions underpinned by detailed evidence. Ensure detailed record keeping, clarity and professional reasoning in reports to meet legal requirements and professional standards.

Utilise knowledge / experience effectively in completing assessments and investigations within a legal framework to ensure a clear understanding of the implications for people who use services (families and carers). Responsible for supporting staff and partner agencies (including providers) by offering professional subject matter expert advice in matters relating to the Mental Capacity Act, within the context of safeguarding, best interests and protecting human rights. Work collaboratively to model good practice, setting expectations for others, taking responsibility for the practice of others. Provide quality assurance, through supervision of colleagues or students and/ or local leadership of practice.

Present cases at legal hearing and exercise the appropriate level of independence, authority and autonomy to inform practice / outcomes. Responsible for taking the lead where a social work perspective is required to drive decision-making ensuring that a legally based, human rights perspective is applied to when and how interventions are made in the lives of individuals, families and communities experiencing complex social and family problems. Work collaboratively to build relationships with partners across functional areas of the organisation, undertake capacity building with individuals and families, communities, user groups and voluntary organisations to support and maintain independence and autonomy.