The Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) is a quality assurance and assessment system for providers of independent advocacy in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Advocacy supports people to say what they want, represents their interests, obtains the services they need and secures their rights to enable them to have increased choice and control and live a full life. The process of applying for the QPM helps advocacy organisations to review, improve and develop their systems, policies and practices.
The Advocacy QPM are looking for Associate Assessors to help them monitor and evaluate advocacy organisations who have applied for the QPM. The QPM Assessor’s role is to undertake both the desktop and site assessments of independent advocacy organisations, evaluating the quality of the service against predefined standards. This culminates in a report about how the organisation meets the standards and any recommendations.
If you have a good knowledge of all types of advocacy, are up to date with the relevant legislation and committed to championing personalised approaches that enable people to identify their own needs and make choices about how and when they are supported, you could be just the person they are looking for! They are particularly keen for assessors with experience and knowledge of statutory advocacy provision: IMCA, IMHA and Care Act Advocacy. The Advocacy QPM are particularly keen to find assessors in the South West of England and Wales.
In order to manage potential conflicts of interest, Assessors must not currently be working, managing or delivering advocacy.
An application form and person specification can be found here.