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Associate Hospital Managers
Upholding the rights of people detained under the Mental Health Act
Do you have an interest in health, social services or law?
Do you have a particular interest in protecting the rights of vulnerable people?
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust is looking for conscientious volunteers to help protect the rights of patients who are detained under the Mental Health Act - this is sometimes referred to as being “sectioned”.
Panels of volunteers will be invested with the power to release detained patients from hospital if they conclude, on the basis of written and verbal evidence presented at a formal hearing, that they no longer meet the legal criteria for detention.
We would like to ensure that persons in this role reflect the diverse community we serve. We are therefore particularly keen to seek applications from younger adults, men, and people of black or minority ethnic backgrounds. We will however accept applications from all sections of the community, and will appoint volunteers on merit.
Skills and experience
No previous experience of working in a legal or healthcare environment is required, and all necessary training will be provided, but appointees must:
About 200 hearings take place per year across Barnet General Hospital, Edgware Community Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital and St. Ann’s Hospital. Hearings take place during office hours and tend to last between one and four hours.
Applicants would be expected to make themselves available for at least six hearings per year, in addition to quarterly meetings at which necessary training is provided. An attendance allowance is payable on a sessional basis for both hearings and meetings.
The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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