Advocacy Focus is looking to recruit an Independent Advocate based in Fylde or Leyland. The role is subject to continued funding.

The Independent Advocate will provide specialist Statutory Advocacy to local residents across Lancashire.  To promote self-advocacy and empowerment and enable service users to make informed decisions and get their views heard in matters relating to mental health and/or care and support needs within health and social care.

This will be through one to one advocacy and other models of advocacy as required. This activity will include working with people of all ages, including those with learning disabilities, people with mental health needs, people with physical and sensory impairment, older people and people that lack capacity.

Main duties and responsibilities

    • To provide Independent Advocacy support as defined under the Mental Health Act (2007), Mental Capacity Act (2005), Care Act (2014), and Advocacy Standards to individuals in community, residential and hospital settings.

    • To manage a client caseload and ensure accurate case management and record keeping.

    • To provide information, support or signpost clients, so as to inform or empower individuals on any issues regarding their health and care. Including mental health treatment under the amended 2007 Mental Health Act, deprivation of liberty safeguards under Mental Capacity Act and support with safeguarding under Care Act (2014).

    • To advocate for individuals within a variety of meetings relating to their care and treatment, to include ward rounds, case conferences, Care Programme Approach (CPA) meetings, mental health assessments, best interests meetings and safeguarding meetings.

    • To maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant mental capacity, mental health and community care policy, legislation, case law and good practice.

    You can download the role description, application form and equal opportunities monitoring form below:

    Please send the completed Application, Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form and signed Privacy Notice  to [email protected] to be considered for this role. Previous applicants need not apply.

    Alternatively you can post this to us at: Advocacy Focus, First Floor, The Old Tannery, Eastgate, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 6PW

    Although we would like to acknowledge each returned application, as a registered charity, we would prefer to avoid the costs this would incur. Therefore if you have not received a letter within one month of your application, please assume you have not been short-listed for an interview.
    Unfortunately, only shortlisted applications will be contacted for an interview and we reserve the right any stage to withdraw the advertised vacancy upon the successful recruitment of a suitable candidate for the position.
    Thank you for your interest.