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

Body: Office of the Public Guardian
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: Across England
Number of Vacancies: Various
Remuneration: Payment is £618 for each visit and report, plus your travel expenses.
Time Requirements: Due to the nature of the work, it’s not possible to give a precise number of visits you’ll be asked to carry out, but on average, you’ll be expected to complete around 20 visits a year. You’ll also be expected to manage your own caseload and tell OPG about your availability to conduct visits.
Closing Date: 05/11/2018 12:00
Interviews: If you’re invited to interview we’ll let you know by week commencing 26th November. Interviews will be held between 3rd and 10th December 2018 Please see the information pack on the Cabinet Office website for further details.

Vacancy Description

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:

  • North-east England
  • North-west England
  • East Midlands
  • West Midlands
  • South-west England
  • South-east England
  • 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.

You’ll assess their degree of mental capacity and help our clients to express their opinions. You’ll then complete comprehensive reports for the Court of Protection and Public Guardian based on your findings. As part of writing reports, you’ll be expected to consult with associated agencies such as social services, residential or nursing care home managers and GP practices. Your reports must be accurate, concise, well written and produced to designated time scales and in accordance with agreed targets and standards.

You’ll meet your peers annually attending conferences and be appraised at least once every three years.

Person Specification

As a special visitor, you’ll be engaged on a self-employed basis and be responsible for paying your own tax and national insurance, as well as arranging your own professional and public liability. This position may be combined with other work commitments, paid or unpaid. Special visitors are required to pass an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Visits are conducted to tight deadlines and are allocated on a regional basis, although you may occasionally be asked to conduct a visit outside your preferred region. As visits are sometimes in locations not easily accessible by public transport, a driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential.

Additional Information

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.

How to Apply

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.

Please send your completed application forms by email to or by post to Visits Office, Office of the Public Guardian, PO Box 16185, Birmingham B2 2WH. If you need more information about the roles, please email us or call us on 0121 631 6916

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