Job Title: Psychologists
Contract Type: Flexible
Location: United Kingdom
Salary: £618 per visit
Reference: SVDEC2016
Contact Name: Eileen Grady
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 15, 2016 17:44

Job Description

Vacancies for special visitors for the Court of Protection and Office of the Public Guardian 

Reference number: SVDEC2016

We are seeking registered medical practitioners with a licence to practise, HCPC registered psychologists who are ideally chartered by the British Psychological Society, also psychiatrists who are on the specialty register. Candidates with expertise in assessing people with Neurodevelopment disorders including learning disabilities and autism, Neuropsychiatric disorders and dementia are particularly welcome. 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.

This is a statutory appointment under Section 61 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

The role of special visitor is an interesting and personally rewarding one. It’s also flexible as you’ll determine your own workload.  

We are seeking applications from candidates based across England. When you apply, you’ll need to tell us which region you want to primarily cover. Our regions are: 

  1. North-east England
  2. North-west England
  3. East Midlands
  4. West Midlands
  5. South-west England
  6. South-east England
  7. Greater London

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 decisions due to mental incapacity. OPG also registers lasting powers of attorney and enduring powers of attorney and can investigate the conduct of attorneys and deputies.

As a special visitor for the Court of Protection and OPG you’ll carry out mental capacity assessments of our clients, many of whom are elderly or have an acquired brain injury, mental illness or learning disability.

Payment is £618 for each visit and report, plus your travel expenses. You’ll be expected to complete around 20 visits a year.

Our selection process is based on your knowledge of the issues affecting those experiencing mental incapacity and on your interviewing and planning skills, including the ability to produce clear, concise reports.

To apply for this post or access further information, please visit the Cabinet Office website using the following link:  where you can download an application form and candidate pack. If you have any questions please call Eileen Grady on 0121 631 6862 or email

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 27 January 2017.

If you’re invited to interview we’ll let you know by mid-February 2017. Interviews will be held between the end of February and mid-March.

OPG is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and promote equality of opportunity. We won’t tolerate discrimination on the grounds of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, religion, age, disability, HIV positivity, working pattern, caring responsibilities, trade union activity, political beliefs or on any other grounds.