Court of Protection General Visitor (England)

Body: Office of the Public Guardian
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: Across England
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 15-20
Remuneration: £130 - £200 per completed visit report
Time Requirements: Flexible
Closing Date: 08/11/2021 12:00
Interviews: December 2021

Vacancy Description

You will visit our clients and those acting for them, and report to the Public Guardian or Court of Protection on the client’s needs, wishes and best interests and on how the deputy or attorney is managing their affairs. You will be asked to assess the client’s capacity to make certain decisions and be expected to consult with associated agencies such as Social Services, Residential or Nursing Care Home Managers, providing accurate and concise written reports within a designated time scale and in accordance with agreed targets and standards.

You will be engaged on a self-employed basis and will be responsible for paying your own tax, national insurance and having professional and public liability.

This position may be combined with other work commitments, paid or unpaid.
General Visitor Job Objectives

Organise and manage visits to Clients, court-appointed Deputies and others on behalf of the OPG or Court

Prepare and submit reports for the Public Guardian and Court of Protection within agreed timescales, ensuring that all relevant issues are addressed and are presented accurately and objectively

Work closely with staff within Supervision and other teams in the OPG to ensure that the Visits service is efficient and effective. Liaise with other Visitors to co-ordinate work effectively across the regions

Liaise with Deputies, carers and other agencies and partners, e.g. Local Authority Social Services Departments, Primary Care Trusts, etc to ensure effective provision of the Visitors

Maintain files, data, spreadsheets and reports, ensuring confidential information is securely held

Communicate by email, internet, telephone and other means with Deputies, agencies and the OPG, as required

Maintain and develop your knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act

Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for the safety of others in consideration of OPG Health and Safety procedure

To apply for this post or access further information, please visit the public appointments Cabinet Office website using the following link: where you can download an application form and candidate pack.

Please send your completed application forms by email to or by post to Visits Team, Office of the Public Guardian, PO Box 16185, Birmingham B2 2WH. If you need more information about the roles, please email us using the above address.

Person Specification

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for the OPG General Visitor post who are employees of the OPG may apply but would need to resign their current position if they were appointed.


We are seeking self-motivated individuals who can demonstrate their professional knowledge, experience or qualifications in social care or health, or areas related to finance or law (e.g. health profession, social work, law, finance, etc) to work as a General Visitor. Please, see application form for further details.

You must have an excellent understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and be willing to travel extensively within your region.

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


Knowledge of the following would be desirable:

Best Interest assessments
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Ability to conduct Mental Capacity Assessments
Basic knowledge of finances

Additional Information

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

How to Apply

Please see the attached information and application form. Your completed application should be emailed to

Reference Number: OPGGeneral21E

General Visitor2021-Application Form England
New General Visitor England Candidate Pack
Supporting-Documents GV England
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