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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 31/03/2021.

Mental Health Act Lead

Job Reference: J103-A-21-25350

Cygnet Health Care
26000 per annum

Mental Health Act Lead

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the Mental Health Act Administration Team based at Cygnet Hospital Taunton. This post is Full time, 40 hours per week – 6 months sickness cover

Applicants will be expected to provide excellent clerical and administrative support within the team and to effectively manage their own caseload of service users.

This will include scrutiny of legal documents, rectification of documents, the monitoring of spread sheets to ensure legal documents are received in relation to treatment and renewal of detention. They will provide assurance that patients’ rights under Section 132 are adhered to and be responsible to arrange patient’s hearings, if they appeal to the Mental Health Tribunal or Hospital Managers.

Applicants will be required to use their own initiative to manage and prioritise their own caseloads. They must be a team player, meet tight deadlines, able to adjust plans accordingly without warning and possess excellent communication skills.

Applicants must possess knowledge of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act to enable them to administer the Act and provide relevant information to clinical staff.

We are looking for people who have:

  • Previous administration experience including report preparation, organising meetings, liaising with customers/clients
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Educated to GCSE level (or equivalent) with qualifications in English and Maths
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Experience of working in a Healthcare environment alongside medical practitioners is desirable
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA 1983) is desirable
  • Knowledge of compliance and auditing systems required by regulatory bodies (CQC) is desirable

In return we’ll offer you:

  • Strong career progression opportunities
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Company pension scheme
  • Company paid Life Assurance scheme
  • Smart Health Toolkit- Providing you with Fitness Programmes, Nutrition consultation and Health checks
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Subsidised meals on duty

Please note: successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.


Location Information

  • Cygnet Hospital Taunton provides specialist inpatient services for older adults with mental health problems and for men diagnosed with a learning disability. The hospital also provides an acute inpatient admissions service for men over the age of 18.

    The hospital is situated in a rural setting amongst Taunton farmland, within acres of peaceful fields. This quiet and tranquil environment offers great benefit to our service users who are able to walk in the expansive hospital grounds and take in the countryside scenery.

    Taunton town centre offers contrast to the quieter country life with market places, shopping malls and many other entertainment areas such as restaurants, theatres and cinemas.

    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 (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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