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Posted by SeAp Advocacy on Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Job Title: Advocate, Multi Skilled –primarily working as an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA)
Hours: 18.5 hours per week
Location: Oxfordshire
Requirments: Office based with some homeworking
Salary: £22,491 – £25,014 per annum pro rata (in accordance with the progression framework)

Support, empower, advocate, promote – it’s a straightforward and passionate commitment seAp makes to the people it serves.

‘Professional with a heart’ – we provide high quality, confidential, independent advocacy services, supporting clients in having a voice in the way they are cared for, the services they receive and decisions that are made about their lives. Advocates support clients to express their views, wishes and feelings, assisting them in safeguarding their rights and ensuring that those who are particularly vulnerable have an opportunity to take forward issues which are of importance to them.

Working throughout Oxfordshire, including in forensic units and Prisons, this is a multi-skilled advocacy role but primarily an Independent Mental Health (IMHA) one. You will ideally be either a qualified IMHA, or someone with experience of supporting people with mental health issues willing to work toward the IMHA Unit 306 QIA qualification within 12 months of joining us.

A working knowledge of the Mental Health Act is essential together with a sound understanding of discrimination and inclusion issues.

Our candidate is likely to possess the following attributes: The ability to work in a thorough, logical and systematic manner giving consistent performance where maintaining quality and standards are of the utmost importance. You will be approachable, methodical, self-disciplined, patient, logical, careful, and diplomatic while providing empathy and understanding with clients and other stakeholders. Moderation, consistency and the ability to tie up all the loose ends and see a job through to conclusion are also important.

You will also demonstrate excellent negotiating skills and be used to liaising with key stakeholders at a variety of levels. Supervision and support will be provided.

The role is office based, with some flexibility to work from home. You will therefore need access to a stable home broadband service. The role will also involve regular travel within the Oxfordshire area, sometimes at unsocial hours, so access to own transport is also essential.

This position is subject to enhanced DBS and Eligibility to Work checks.

All invited applicants will need to bring evidence (photographic where possible) of their eligibility to work in the UK to their interview. New employee start dates will only be confirmed once relevant checks have been completed and satisfactory references received.

Closing Date: 09:00 3rd December 2018

Interview Date: w/c 10th December 2018

Interview venue: Barton Neighbourhood Centre, Underhill Circus Oxford, Oxfordshire OX3 9LS (Travel Expenses are not payable)

If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact Chris Noble at: alternatively tel: 0330 440 9000

Application forms, Job descriptions and relevant policies and guidance are available at

seAp values equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community , particularly BME and would also welcome applications from other under-represented groups.

seAp is looking to address an under-representation of men in the advocacy workforce and therefore particularly encourages applications from men interested in this opportunity.

Registered charity no.: 1080679.

NB: SEAP Reserves the right to bring forward the closing date if it believes sufficient applications are received to make an appointment.

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