Commitment: You would need to be available on a rota basis to attend a hearing at least twenty times a year.
Closing Date: 28/04/2017
About the role
Mental Health Act Managers have a unique and very important role in the care of service users (patients) who are detained under the Mental Health Act.
Mental Health Act Managers are volunteers, appointed to this role because of their commitment, insight, empathy and understanding of how mental ill health affects daily living. We welcome applications from former service users and also from carers. However, current employees of ²gether are not permitted to carry out this role.
Mental Health Act Managers attend statutory hearings where service users can appeal against their detention under the Mental Health Act. Mental Health Act Managers will hear from the service user, their doctor and other clinicians involved in their care and decide whether or not the service user can and should be discharged from the Section. This is a hugely significant decision which is demanding and challenging.
From time to time the Trust needs to appoint a number of Mental Health Act Managers from across the spectrum of our communities to ensure that they can understand and respond to the diverse needs of our service users and use this knowledge to objectively inform decisions.
If you are an organised, articulate person with a broad experience of life, who can work collaboratively, work within specified procedures and is passionate about delivering high quality mental health services, then this rewarding role may be worth considering.
The Trust will support you by providing a comprehensive induction, as well as training and development for the role, a formal appraisal process, mentoring and professional review. You will be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in relation to the role and an attendance allowance is payable per hearing.
If you would like to know more about the role, please contact Philip Southam at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01452 894553.