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As somewhere to live, Luton is inspiring and forward thinking. With award winning galleries, beautiful Chiltern views and excellent transport links. Luton has an affordable housing market, with house prices below the national average. The links with London are exceptionally good. In 36 minutes, you could be back to London on a direct train. Our offices are close to the train station.

We acknowledge Luton is currently on an improvement journey and that is the reason we need passionate, agile, dynamic, creative and inspiring qualified Specialist DoLS/LPS Consultant Practitioner to join our Adult Social Care Service at this important juncture. Luton’s Adults and Families are at the heart of everything we do. Our undivided focus is on achieving good outcomes for Adult Social Care by delivering high quality adult’s social services across the borough.

About the job

Salary: £39,880 - £42,821 a year, plus £3203 car benefit
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent

We have a highly rewarding opportunity in the Adult Social Care team where you will assist in the development, co-ordination and maintenance of all arrangements relating to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), to help ensure a high standard of service delivery that promotes the best interests of individuals in a proportionate way.

This role fundamental to fulfilling the responsibilities of this post is the ability to respond positively and successfully to the ever changing pressures and nature of DoLS created through case law, providing professional support to staff, professionals, adults, carers and families across Luton.

With the pending implementation of the Liberty protection Safeguards due to be implemented in 2022, this role will be key in contributing to the design and implementation of LPS within Luton.

We offer a fantastic working environment including diverse and active staff networks, great flexible working options and many benefits, as well as the opportunity to improve the lives of Luton residents.

You will be fully supported by senior managers in all aspects of your role and have the opportunity to enhance your career opportunities.

About you

This is a public facing role so you will need to show off your fluency in speaking and writing English.
Our ideal candidate should have in-depth post qualification experience of working successfully with adults in a social care and health setting, including:

- Experience working in complex and high-risk situations, making autonomous decisions and authorising assessments, including Best Interest Assessments, with an ability to resolve competing deadlines.
- Experience of staff and/or student supervision, coaching/mentoring including practice teaching.
- Experience of working successfully in a demanding environment, combined with an ability to resolve competing deadlines.

Excellent communication skills are vital for this role, as you will be negotiating and influencing others, building effective relationships with customers, staff, public and professionals, research analysis, assimilating information, producing and presenting reports and correspondence and maintaining records to a high standard.

It is crucial that you are have substantial knowledge of legislation and statutory responsibilities relating to Adult Social Care, including appropriate quality standards; and safeguarding procedures, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, strengths based practice, and making safeguarding personal.

We do ask that you have a recognised Social Work qualification, demonstrable post qualifying and supervisory experience, a track record of managing complex adult safeguarding and a commitment to undertake further professional development,

You will also need to be a qualified BIA and hold a current Health and Care Professions Council Registration (HCPC).
If you think you could become an asset to the team, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to receiving your application.

Join us and help us “realise the remarkable” every day!

Interviews will be held on 4th and 5th November, 2021.

Additional information

We offer a range of excellent staff benefits which include:

- flexible working arrangements - we welcome requests for flexible working arrangements including part-time hours and alternative working patterns
- 24/7 independent Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
- generous holiday entitlement with the option to buy up to 20 days
- local government pension with generous employer contribution
- excellent support and development
- relocation package available up to £8,500 (subject to meeting eligibility criteria)
- half price season ticket on Thameslink train line
- discounted shopping including gym membership and Vauxhall cars

Application process

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare all unspent cautions and convictions; and also any adult cautions (simple or conditional), and spent convictions that are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020).

A person’s criminal record will not in itself prevent a person from being appointed to this post. Applicants will not be refused posts because of offences which are not relevant to, and do not place them at or make them a risk in, the role for which they are applying. However in the event of the employment being taken up, any failure to disclose such offence, as detailed above, will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Authority.

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