Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Advisor

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Full Time
The DCHS safeguarding service are pleased to be able to offer an exciting new Band 6 role working alongside/with the Safeguarding Service. The role will support audits and training regarding the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs). The successful applicant will work across DCHS to help the implementation of learning from record reviews, MCA and DoLS audits and sharing information about best practice.

The post is full time and is an opportunity to support career development for professionals interested in delivering training and being part of a safeguarding service. There will be opportunity to learn more about both the child and adult safeguarding agenda and how audits can aid with safeguarding prevention and can play a key role in supporting person centred care.

This role will support DCHS to meet its legal requirements regarding MCA and DoLS and will provide the successful applicant with a variety of networking opportunities across DCHS and potentially wider with other safeguarding partner agencies. If you enjoy meeting new people, supporting the development of others knowledge and skills, and want to understand more about the role of a safeguarding service this is the perfect opportunity.

Main duties of the job

  • To support clinical and managerial staff to carry out their duties in line with MCA (2005) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards by providing specialist advice to DCHS staff and teams.
  • To develop and deliver MCA training that reflects the Mental Capacity Act and in accordance with the Safeguarding Intercollegiate Documents ensuring that all staff receive comprehensive, effective, and high-quality training.
  • To participate and complete audits on the use of the MCA/DoLS in the Trust and prepare reports highlighting good/poor practice and share learning and recommendations for practice.
  • To support DCHS via the Safeguarding Service to fulfil its legal requirement and support partnership working regarding MCA and DoLS.
  • Safeguard and promote the welfare of adults and children in line with the MCA policy and to ensure that the organisation and staff complies with thesame.
  • To review health records to support the MCA/DoLS audit completion. To support clinical and managerial staff in carrying out their duties in line with the Mental Capacity Act.

About us

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (DCHS) is one of the largest providers of specialist community healthcare in England and we currently employ around 4,500 staff. We deliver a variety of services across Derbyshire, caring for nearly 1.8 million patients each year. We deliver patient care through 11 community hospitals, 4 minor injury units, 29 health centres and a learning disability centre. Another key part of our service is out in the community where we care for people in their own homes via therapists, health visitors and district nurses, and promoting public health in the wider community. As a Trust we care for patients of all ages with a special focus on the needs of elderly people and the very young.

Job description

Job responsibilities

It is essential that you have a good working knowledge of the MCA and DOLs. You will need to have experience of working as a Registered Nurse or Allied Health Care Professional and be able to support both the development and delivery of training sessions. You will be working closely with colleagues at all levels of DCHS providing face to face training to community and inpatient teams.

Work within the organisations Safeguarding Service to provide a service across DCHS that promotes the use of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA).

To be able to use a variety of methods in the delivery of MCA training.

To assist the Specialist Practitioner (Safeguarding Adults) who has lead responsibility for the safeguarding training, to ensure that DCHS is meeting its MCA training requirements.

To have up to date knowledge of MCA legislation and practice in order to fulfil the expertise element of this role.

To complete MCA and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) audits and feedback learning to the organisation.

To deliver bespoke training/advice and support to DCHS Services/teams following identified learning.

To support DCHS via the Safeguarding Service to fulfil its requirement and support partnership working regarding MCA and DoLS.

Person Specification



  • 1st level Registered Nurse or Registered Children's Nurse or Registered Mental Health Nurse or Registered Allied Health Professional or Registered Social Worker
  • Evidence of Post Basic Continuing Professional Development in MCA, Safeguarding Children and Adults


  • Training Qualification (eg: NSPCC, FETC, RNT)



  • Awareness of legal framework underpinning MCA and safeguarding
  • Extensive experience in registered post.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding procedures


  • Leadership and management experience
  • Experience of delivering training



  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Report writing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • IT skills
  • Experience of audit process


  • Stress management skills



  • To hold a full driving license

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHSFT


Crich Medical Practice

Oakwell Drive



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