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Specialist Adviser on Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law (England and Wales)

  • Location : Remote
  • Status : Five years
  • Salary : Unpaid
  • Closing date : 21/08/2022
  • Interview date : 02/09/2022

Overview of the role

The College wishes to appoint a Specialist Adviser to provide leadership and advice on mental health and mental capacity law (England and Wales) and its impact on psychiatric practice.

Key responsibilities

  • To liaise with the Registrar, and with the Mental Health Act Oversight and Steering Group, on matters relating to mental health and mental capacity law.  In particular, to provide advice and support to the College Policy & Campaigns Team and the Public Affairs Manager in relation to amendments to, and implementation of, mental health and mental capacity law.
  • To work with the College Policy & Campaigns Team to develop policy positions and responses on relevant issues arising from mental health or mental capacity legislation, and to write and give oral evidence to parliamentary Select Committees/ Pre-Legislative Scrutiny Committees.
  • To represent the College internally and externally in England and Wales (in liaison with the Vice President of the College in Wales) as an authority on all areas relating to the Mental Health Acts (1983 and 2007), the Mental Capacity Act (2005), Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards/Liberty Protection Safeguards  and other relevant legislation, and to liaise and share learning with other UK jurisdictions as necessary.
  • To communicate College views and positions on matters related to mental health and mental capacity law to the media.
  • To provide regular updates to the College membership on the implementation of recent and future revisions in the application of mental health and mental capacity law.
  • To build a relationship with the Care Quality Commission on issues related to setting and monitoring standards in the application of mental health law.
  • To provide brief updates to the Policy and Public Affairs Committee meetings, and to produce a full report for Council at the end of each year in office.

How to apply

If you would like to be considered for this post, please submit a CV and a covering letter demonstrating experience (one A4 side) to thomas.rutherfoord@rcpsych.ac.uk.

For any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Policy and Campaigns Officer Thomas Rutherfoord at thomas.rutherfoord@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Please see attached the full Job Description for this role.

Closing date: 21 August 2022

Interview date: 2 September 2022 via Microsoft Teams

Interviews are likely to be around 30 minutes and it is unlikely that we would be able to offer an alternative date.

The College values a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, reflecting the population it serves.

Job Description - Specialist Adviser on Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law (England & Wales) 13.07.2022