Independent Mental Health Advocate
15 hours per week
Responsible to: The Director of Services, who is responsible to The Board of Directors of CADMHAS.
Working with: Staff, volunteers and clients of CADMHAS
Location: Home base - North Powys
Area of work - Mainly North Powys but required to work throughout the County to provide cover when required
Aims of the post: To work as a statutory Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) in line with the definition of the role under the Mental Health Act 2008
Remuneration: The starting salary for the post is £21850 pro rata per annum, moving to £23150 when the Diploma in Independent Advocacy is achieved. The cost of this will be borne by CADMHAS.
CADMHAS will contribute, once probation period has been completed, the equivalent of 3% of the salary towards the Government Pension Scheme. Travel expenses and subsistence will be paid in line with CADMHAS agreed rates.
Hours: The working week is 37 hours pro rata (excluding lunch hour). Overtime is not payable but time off in lieu may be taken at a mutually convenient time. Very occasional evening and weekend work may be necessary
Annual Leave: Holiday entitlement is 37 days per annum pro rata, inclusive of all Bank Holidays.
There will be a probation period of 3 months commencing from the first day of employment. The post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check
Job Description - Independent Mental Health Advocate
To work as an Independent Mental Health Advocate in Powys for CADMHAS. Work will be carried out from a variety of locations as identified by the Director of Services.
This will include:
Providing an advocacy service, which is free, independent and confidential.
Providing representation for clients in a wide variety of settings.
Supporting clients who wish to represent their own interests.
Collecting data and relevant information for the monitoring of the service.
Providing balanced information about relevant issues.
The duties outlined above serve as a guide to the major responsibilities of the post. They may need to be reviewed during the lifetime of the post. Any changes will be in consultation with the post holder.
The post holder will be expected to either already hold, or to have achieved within 12 months, the Diploma in Independent Advocacy including the IMHA specialist modules. The post holder will be expected to attend such training events identified as being of value to their role either by the Director of Services or themselves through supervision and appraisal.
The following are considered to be essential:-
An understanding of advocacy
Understanding of issues faced by people with a mental health problem
A positive, non-judgmental attitude to, and empathy with, people with mental health problems.
An understanding of, and commitment to, the involvement and empowerment of those using the Service
The ability to work in a way that empowers people
Self motivated and organised - able to manage your time and carry your caseload
The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people
The ability to liaise with personnel at all levels of management structures
The ability to work independently and in conjunction with others
Report writing/record- keeping skills - Able to write clearly and concisely in letters and reports
Basic word processing/computer skills/Ability to utilise database
Car owner / driver.
The following are considered to be desirable:-
Experience in the field of mental health in a paid/voluntary capacity or as a carer or user of services
Achieved the Diploma in Independent Advocacy
The ability to communicate in both Welsh and English
Experience in advocacy work
Experience in the voluntary sector
The closing date is the 24th August and interviews will be conducted on the 13th September.
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