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Deputyship Officer

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  • Post Ref: 8005
  • Department: Adult Social Care Services
  • Salary details: £24,313 to £26,999 (pro rata if part time)
  • Employment Status: Full Time
  • Hourly Rate:
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Working Weeks:
  • Closing date: 29 September 2019
  • Interview date: 25 October 2019
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The Deputyship Team (Bournemouth Location) is a small team providing customer focussed services to clients who are eligible for BCP Council Adult Social Care Services.

Working with clients, social work staff, carers and external contacts you will ensure that vulnerable adults who lack capacity to manage their own financial affairs are protected from exploitation and financial abuse and are empowered, where possible, to make decisions regarding their finances. Where this is not possible you will make recommendations to ensure that decisions are made in the best interests of the client, and that the responsibilities of the Deputy are discharged in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Working in the best interests of the client at all times, you will manage a Deputyship caseload ensuring that income is maximised, access to personal funds is facilitated, and assets are safeguarded.

You will provide support to the Deputyship Manager to ensure that applications to the Court of Protection and the Department for Work and Pensions are completed within prescribed timescales, and attend to matters arising from the death of clients in accordance with Probate, Legal advice, and established procedures.

You will be committed to providing excellent customer service and demonstrate the ability to act creatively and innovatively in the best interests of vulnerable adults. With excellent organisational skills you will work well under pressure, effectively manage conflicting deadlines, and be able to work independently and on your own initiative. You will have excellent IT and communication skills, be articulate and able to explain complex issues both verbally and in writing, and have confidence to challenge the expected, or accepted, view.

You will be AAT qualified, or have an equivalent qualification in social work or legal, or have experience in a similar role.

A working knowledge of benefits payable from the Department for Work and Pensions would be an advantage, as well as an understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the role of the Court of Protection and Office of the Public Guardian.

For an informal discussion regarding the role please contact Sam Ware on 01202 458874. 

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the community and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment. Applicants to this post will be required to complete the appropriate level of Disclosure & Barring Service Check. Please refer to the Person Specification for more details.