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Mental Health Act and Legal Services Apprentice

Job Reference: 274-LPFT5423

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health Act and Legal Services Team
Trust Headquarters, St George's Hospital Site, Long Leys Road, Lincoln
Apprentice - Minimum Wage age dependent

In October 2007 Lincolnshire Partnership became the first NHS mental health organisation to become a foundation trust in the East Midlands. We operate from 56 sites providing services in Lincolnshire & North East Lincolnshire, employing around 2000 staff.

In a recent CQC inspection we were awarded: Overall rating GOOD

Our work is increasingly community based and we provide people with a wide variety of mental health, learning disability and social care services in close partnership with colleagues in local councils, GPs, charitable and voluntary organisations, as well as regularly working with services users, carers and their representatives.

We are delighted to open out to advert an exciting new Apprenticeship working within the Mental Health Act and Legal Team.

The Mental Health Act team works alongside Legal Services within the Corporate Directorate of Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust.

The services are dynamic and responsive, providing bespoke Mental Health Act and legal support, guidance and assistance to the Trust.

The Mental Health Act Team scrutinises and manages all paperwork in relation to detained patients, as well as supporting the appeal processes. The Legal Services team manage claims, coroner’s inquests, and freedom of information requests.

Both teams respond to a variety of queries on a daily basis. The teams sit in the same office within Trust Headquarters on the St George’s Hospital site and all staff work flexibly across the county to meet the demands of the services.

Staff within the team work to competing demands. The frequent urgent nature of requests requires staff to be agile while working under pressure, with excellent prioritisation skills whilst providing empathetic responses and support to colleagues.

The core function provides assurance to the Trust in respect of minimum standards of legal and regulatory compliance, requiring identification of actual or potential breaches as well as continued awareness of legal, financial and reputational risk to the Trust and its officers.

Successful applicant will enrol onto an apprenticeship standard called Business Administration: Legal Administration.

The role will involve supporting the administration of the services during which time the successful candidates will work towards a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship qualification.

For further information, please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification, or alternatively, please contact Sophie Brass, Mental Health Act and Legal Services Officer,, 01522 309185

We offer 24 hour services within our Inpatient, Crisis and SPA teams, if you are successfully appointed to posts in these areas or others that might have specified, you will be required to work unsociable hours and shift patterns.

Our aim is to employ a diverse workforce, we actively encourage applications from under represented groups and those who have had lived experience.

LPFT processes staff personal information for Human Resources and Payroll purposes and we work hard to keep your confidential data secure. We regularly review our privacy notice so you are aware of how we process your data and how we ensure your data is protected. To view our privacy notice please visit our Trust website.

Preference will be given to NHS colleagues who are currently 'at risk' and meet the minimum criteria of the Job Description & Person Specification.

Please provide accurate details for your references, these should cover the last 3 years and include your current or most recent employer or education to enable The Recruitment Team to be timely in their request. For internal staff we will seek a reference from your current manager.

Interview Expenses will not be paid.

Due to recent high volumes of applications, posts may be closed earlier once a sufficient number have been received.

Where required new employees will be subject to an electronic Disclosure & Barring Service check, please refer to the additional documentation above. You will be asked to attend a Pre-employment check appointment in Sleaford or Lincoln. Start dates will coincide with Induction and fall on the first week of the each month.

If you have any difficulty completing this application form please contact (01529) 222280
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