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Mental Health Law Caseworker

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Profession: Administration
  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: 23,145 - 29,840

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Are you an experienced administrator looking for your next career step?

Location: Northampton
Salary: £23,145 - £29,840 per annum (Depending on Experience)
Hours: Full time (37.5 hours)

The Caseworker role is to provide administration of the Mental Health Act 1983, the Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, Irish High Court Orders and associated legislation outside of the UK.  This must be done in a timely, accurate and comprehensive manner, as guided by the Mental Health Act 1983, Code of Practice and Reference Guide and supported by departmental procedures, hospital policy, and Department of Health Guidelines. 

Key duties include:

  • Day to day administration of the Mental Health Act.
  • Receipt, scrutiny and rectification of documents to ensure they are legally correct and valid.
  • Ensuring that section expiry dates are dealt with within statutory timeframes.
  • Co-ordinating Hospital Manager reviews and First Tier Tribunals.
  • Ensuring that diary systems and spreadsheets are completed.
  • Ensuring that all detained patients are aware of their rights under the Act.
  • Giving advice to staff and patients when required.

Your Profile

It is essential that you have previous administration experience and are highly proficient in the use of MS Office (Outlook, Word and Excel). We are looking for someone who enjoys the challenge of working in a busy office environment, multi-tasking throughout the day and can prioritise their work to meet the strict deadlines whilst retaining high levels of accuracy and attention to detail. 

Excellent communication skills are essential as you will be liaising with internal and external customers of the Charity such as the Care Quality Commission, Ministry of Justice, Solicitors, HM Prisons, First Tier Tribunal for Mental Health, Crown and County Courts, Hospital Managers, other Hospitals, patients and their relatives.

Knowledge of RIO, NHS Mail and Criminal Justice Secure Mail would be advantageous and knowledge of the Mental Health Act and Data Protection Act would also benefit the right individual, although training can be provided.

You will be part of a team covering both Northampton and Regional sites.  Travel to Essex and Birmingham may be occasionally required.

Our patients and your colleagues will expect you to live the St Andrew’s CARE values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence every single day.


We offer an excellent benefits package including: Pension; Sickness policy on par with the NHS; Access to the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts schemes; 35 days annual leave (including bank holidays), increasing to 41 after 10 years' service; Life cover; Car lease scheme; Cycle to work scheme; Free parking; Paid DBS application; Access to free vocational qualifications.