Paid Representative (DOLS): Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual to join our highly regarded Specialist Advocacy team as a Paid Representative (Deprivation of Liberty Standards.

Advocates work with a wide range of service users to ensure that an individual’s unique views, wishes and preferences are expressed clearly and are central to care planning and decision making. An advocate will help service users to speak up and act for themselves and will facilitate supported decision making. This can include listening and providing information and representing someone’s views by speaking on their behalf.

If you have a background or qualification in independent advocacy that’s ideal, but it’s not essential and we will provide you with all the training and support you need to learn on the job. 

If you have a strong commitment to empowering and upholding the rights of people with a wide range of conditions, you are a people person with the ability to engage with a varied client group and you can write high quality reports and documents, you will do well in advocacy!

About Derbyshire Mind:

 Derbyshire Mind is one of a federated network of local Mind charities across the country.  Our focus is on improving mental health and wellbeing for people across Derbyshire and Derby City.  We provide a range of advocacy and community mental wellbeing services designed to support people with mental health problems as well as the wider population.

Our Vision is:-

For everyone in Derbyshire to have good mental wellbeing and to live their best life.

Our Values are:-

WORKING TOGETHER: We work alongside others for the greater good.

LEARNING TOGETHER: We always aim to do things better.

EMPOWERING: We support people to fulfil their potential.

RESPECTFUL: We don’t judge, we treat others as equals.

POSITIVE: We are progressive and focus on solutions.

The Role

Paid Representative (DOLS)

Hours: Full Time – 37 hours a week
Salary: £24,382 – £24,799 (after 5 years) per annum. Starting salary £24,382 per annum.
Location: Kingsway Hospital and Travel Across Derbyshire
Contract: Permanent
Closing Date: 5.00 pm, on Friday 28th January 2022

As a Paid Representative you will be working with a variety of vulnerable people, some with multiple and complex needs.  You will provide representation and support to people who are subject to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) and who do not have a family member or friend that can undertake this role.

The role involves visiting clients on a regular basis in care homes and hospitals to support them to understand and exercise their rights in relation to the authorised DOLS.

This includes supporting people to request a review of the authorisation, access complaints procedures and/or appeal to the Court of Protection.

The role involves a combination of working from home/office based working at Kingsway Hospital, Derby and with travel throughout Derbyshire and out of area when required. 


Download the Application form below to apply for this role. Once the form is completed please send it, along with your Diversity Monitoring form, to Please quote the Job Title and your name in the subject line of the email.

All candidates must submit the application form (no CVs accepted).

CLOSING DATE:  5.00 pm, on Friday 28th January 2022.

 Interviews will be held either face to face or by video call during week commencing 28th February 2022.  This will be confirmed in the interview invite.

 This post is subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service.

 This post is subject to a NHS COVID pass showing a complete course (two doses) of an approved COVID-19 vaccination, or evidence of an approved medical exemption.

 Derbyshire Mind aims to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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