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Mental Capacity Team Practitioner

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
The purpose of the post is to assist the Trust to improve and maintain compliance with the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS).

Main duties of the job

Assist with the development and smooth running of the process for the receipt and recording of DOLS Authorisation requests for review and onward referral to the appropriate Supervisory Body.

Contribute to developing systems and processes to support the statutory requirements of the Trust in relation to the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Act (2009).

Support front line staff to ensure that the MCA/DOLS are applied correctly across the Trust in order to meet legal compliance.

Facilitate good communication and liaison with colleagues, wards, and departmental staff.

Provide specialist advice and guidance to Trust staff on the MCA/DOLS.

Deliver training to front line staff on MCA and DOLS within the Trust.

About us

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes a firm commitment to professional development of it's staff together with the provision of an excellent health and well-being support service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet the role criteria.

Person Specification



  • Professional Qualification, Nurse Allied Health Professional, Social worker based in health
  • To have completed the national PEAP programme for practice supervisors or equivalent teaching and assessing qualification for those with ENB998 or equivalent teaching experience.
  • Registration with the relevant professional body where applicable
  • First Degree or working towards


  • Best Interest Assessor
  • Facilitation Skills
  • City and Guilds level 3 Certificate
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocate

Further Training


  • MCA training/best interest


  • Training for Trainers IMCA Training



  • Extensive experience of applying MCA in practice settings
  • Leadership experience.
  • A sound working knowledge and understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty
  • Evidence of the ability to communicate specialist advice regarding the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty to all levels of staff.
  • Experience of delivering training/presentations
  • Experience of working with user groups and representative/advocates.
  • Experience of delivering training/presentations to an audience of professionals.


  • Experience of working with patient groups and their representatives
  • Knowledge of the wider health community
  • Experience of audit and research
  • Experience of chairing best interest meetings

Special skills / Aptitudes


  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Possess I.T Skills in word processing e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and email.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work autonomously using initiative or as part of a team
  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise own workload
  • Ability to demonstrate organisational skills and abilities
  • Able to produce high level written/electronic reports
  • Ability to analyse issues and think critically
  • Ability to provide expert advice in a multi -agency context
  • Ability to provide advice and guidance to Trust staff at all levels concerning MCA/Best Interests decision making and preserving human rights.
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to analyse, interpret and deliver complex and/or sensitive information in relation to the Mental Capacity Act including changes in law and policy that have an impact on the Trust responsibilities.
  • Ability to represent the Trust at multi-agency forums
  • Ability to work under pressure managing complex and competing demands.

Other Factors


  • Cross site working where appropriate
  • Confident in dealing with a wide range of professionals
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Available to provide cover during periods of sickness and holidays
  • Ability to travel to various venues across the city


  • Own transport desirable but not essential

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Northern General Hospital

Herries Road


S5 7AU

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