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  • Advert number: 352459-0
  • Posted Date: 10/03/14
  • Closing Date: 24/03/14

Ministry of Justice
Office of the Public Guardian

Vacancies for Special (Medical) Visitors for the Court of Protection and Office of the Public Guardian

Reference Number: OPGSPECIAL14

We are seeking registered Doctors and Medical Practitioners with a certificate to practice to work as Special Visitors in the following regions:

• North England (Lancashire/Leeds/Bradford)

• South East England (South London/Kent/Surrey/Sussex)

You should have expert knowledge of impairment or functioning of the mind or brain, experience in assessing mental capacity and an excellent understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

As a Special Visitor for the Court of Protection and Office of the Public Guardian you will carry out mental capacity assessments of our clients, who may be elderly, have acquired brain injury, a mental illness or learning disability.

You will capture the degree of mental capacity and help our clients to express their opinions, completing comprehensive reports for the Court of Protection and Public Guardian. This is a statutory appointment under Section 61 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Appointment of Visitors
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) supervises deputies, who are appointed by the Court of Protection to manage the financial and health and welfare affairs of people who are unable to make their own decisions due to mental incapacity. The OPG also registers Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney and can investigate the conduct of attorneys and deputies.

You will visit our clients and report to the Court of Protection or Public Guardian on the client’s capacity, needs, wishes and best interests and on how the deputy or attorney is managing their affairs.

Visits are conducted to tight deadlines and are allocated on a regional basis, however you may be asked to go outside your area on occasions. Due to the nature of visits it is not possible to give precise numbers, but on average, we would expect you to complete approx 20 visits annually.

Selection will be based on your knowledge of issues affecting those experiencing mental incapacity, your ability to undertake mental capacity assessments, as well as your interview, planning skills and ability to produce clear and concise reports.

Visitors are required to pass an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and need to have access to a mobile telephone, PC and Internet connection. Because visits are often to locations not easily accessible by public transport, a driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential. Payment will be based on a fee of £606 plus travel and subsistence elements per visit and report completed.

To apply for this post or to access further information, please visit the Cabinet Office website by accessing the following link: 

Please send your completed application forms to or by post to Visits Office, Office of the Public Guardian, P.O. Box 16185 , Birmingham, B2 2WH. All applications to be submitted by 12 pm on Monday, 24th March 2014.

Additional information can be requested directly from the Visits Office, Office of the Public Guardian, P.O. Box 16185 , Birmingham, B2 2WH or by telephoning 0121 631 6916.

Candidates who meet the sift criteria will be contacted for an interview to be arranged in Birmingham or London. Interviews are expected to take place in May 2014.

The OPG is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and promote equality of opportunity. We will not tolerate discrimination on any of the following: gender, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, religion, age, disability, HIV positivity, working pattern, caring responsibilities, Trade Union activity or political beliefs – or any other grounds.