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Statutory Advocate at Swindon Advocacy Movement (SAM)

Would you like to work for an established, quality, and leading Advocacy Service?
Do you want a rewarding career where you can really make a difference?
If yes, join us here at Swindon Advocacy Movement.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Statutory Advocate to join our inspiring and friendly team in Swindon Wiltshire. Your role will be a permanent, full time 37-hour position working in Swindon.

Our advocacy services provide specialist advocacy services as appropriate across a range of specialties including, IMCA, DOLS RPR, IMHA, Care Act and Community Advocacy. We provide a range of statutory (instructed or non-instructed) and non-statutory advocacy support in secure units, hospitals, care settings or in the community.

Who are we?
Swindon Advocacy Movement (SAM) has a well-established reputation of providing a range of advocacy services for people with care and support needs in Swindon. We are passionate about speaking out for the most vulnerable in our society and have created a flexible and responsive advocacy service enabling people to access their rights within health and social care services.

What will you be doing?
Providing a high quality, responsive and effective advocacy service in accordance with the service specification, contract, and legislative timescales.

Ensuring that individuals understand and can exercise their rights; supporting people to access information, to understand better what is happening, what is planned, and the options available to them to make better informed decisions and be more involved in their care and support.

Acting on allocated referrals in accordance with the service standards and engagement protocols, communicating with referrers as required to ensure the client’s rights under the relevant act are observed.

Representing patients’ interests when they are not able to do so themselves, including working within a best interest’s framework for any eligible patient who lacks the mental capacity to instruct the advocate

Keeping accurate factual records relating to the service users and their cases, including keeping the case management database up-to-date.

Do you have what we are looking for?

Completed, working towards or willing to undertake the National Qualification in Independent Advocacy (Level 3 or new Level 4).

Completed, working towards or willing to undertake additional specialist units: IMCA, DoLS , IMHA, ICAA.

Experience of working in one or more of the following specialist areas: learning disabilities; mental health/capacity; older people; physical disabilities; sensory impairment; substance misuse;

A good understanding of advocacy practice and principles of empowerment and knowledge of relevant legislation.

Ability to respect and promote a person’s right to make informed choices and decisions without influence.

Ability to manage a complex caseload covering a wide range of subjects ensuring independence and clarity of decision making.

Ability to support clients who may have a range of particular communication and other needs.

Ability to collate information and write formal reports to a high professional standard.

Ability to travel throughout the Locality, including travel when required to the local office.

What will you receive?

You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your abilities with the opportunity to make a real difference every day. In addition, you will have excellent development opportunities including funded training, career development and a range e-learning courses. You will also receive:

Salary of £22,060 to £24,304

Contributory pension scheme

21 days per year rising to 26 days with service plus bank holidays plus 3 discretionary days at Christmas.

Flexible working

If you have any questions, please ring 01793 542575 and ask for Rachel Grabowski.

Email for an application pack.

Closing date for applications is midday Friday 19th November 2021 for interviews being held Friday 26th November 2021.

Swindon Advocacy Movement is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Swindon Advocacy Movement expects all staff and volunteers to share that commitment. All posts are subject to Enhanced DBS check.

Swindon Advocacy Movement is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from anyone regardless of disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

The safety and wellbeing of our service users and colleagues is our priority. It is a condition of employment for anyone joining us in a front-line role that they have either had the recommended Covid-19 vaccine or agree to have it when offered by the NHS. We also require all staff to undertake regular testing to ensure the safety of service users and staff.