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Best Interest Assessor
  • Employer: Hertfordshire County Council
  • Reference: ACS/21/147498
  • Published: Fri 02/04/2021, 18:10 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 11/04/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £30,000 - £34,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Stevenage , Hertfordshire

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Best Interest Assessor

Job Title: Best Interests Assessor Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Location: Stevenage
Salary Range: £32,234 pa progressing to £34,728 pa
Hours: 37
Contract: Permanent

Job Duties:

We’re looking for a full time qualified Best Interests Assessor to support the Hertfordshire Supervisory Body so come and join our friendly Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Team.

You’ll become an important member of an excellent team. As well as fulfilling the functions of a BIA, you’ll provide advice and support to care homes and hospitals and support practice development for BIAs and trainee BIAs.

We value your professional registration and qualifications as much as you do and you’ll receive good support and supervision and will have access to regular and excellent training opportunities to keep your practice up to date.

You’ll be a registered Social Worker, Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Clinical Psychologist, with sound post-qualifying experience.  You’ll also be a qualified Best Interests Assessor. As such, you will have an in-depth knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 2009, as well as an understanding of the implications of developing case law.

You’ll be used to using your own initiative to work effectively in some difficult and challenging situations. You’ll have good admin and IT skills and be competent in presenting information and reports.

You’ll be happy to work with people who have complex needs and will be aware of the privilege and weight of the BIA role in making judgements in relation to their Human Rights Mental Capacity and Best interests.

This is an exciting time to join us as we’ll be transitioning from DoLS To Liberty Protection Safeguards in April 2022. Of course, we’ll support you in your conversion from the BIA role to the new Approved Mental Capacity Professional.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Carolyn McIntosh on 01438 843800.


Closing date: 11.04.2021

Interview date: week commencing 19.04.2021



Benefits of Working for HCC:

  • Flexible Working Arrangements (depending on the role)
  • Excellent Career Development
  • Salary Exchange for Additional Benefits
  • Excellent Pension Scheme with Employer Contributions
  • Shopping Discounts
  • Support Groups & Wellbeing Schemes


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How to Apply: Please follow the 'Apply for Job' button at the bottom of the screen. As part of the application you will be required to upload your most recent CV ensuring gaps in employment have been addressed and includes your current, or most recent, employer. You are also asked to provide a supporting statement which is your opportunity to evidence how your skills, knowledge and experience match what we are looking for based on the Person Specification area of the attached Job Outline. If you do not supply a supporting statement, your application will be rejected.

Important Note re Interviews: Where we are able to, and in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines in regard to social distancing, all interviews will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, should you be shortlisted for an interview.

Safeguarding: Safeguarding children and adults is of utmost importance to Hertfordshire County Council. The Council requires employees to abide by legislation and best practice to enable Hertfordshire to achieve this. This role has been identified as requiring a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. For more information Click Here




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English Fluency: The ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

Disability Confident: We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer and guarantee an interview to anyone disclosing a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

Diversity: We are an inclusive employer and value a diverse workforce

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