• Ref: 202370

Social Work Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP)

  • Location: Worcestershire
  • Pay: £40,221 to £43,421
  • Type: Permanent

Salary: £40,221 to £43,421 + £3k MFS (subject to review), and 20% for out-of-hours/unsociable hours.

About Us:

As a member of Worcestershire County Council, as you dedicate yourself to serving the people of Worcestershire with your utmost effort, we are committed to fostering an environment that nurtures and motivates you. You’ll become part of an exceptional team. In our recent staff survey, an impressive 91% of our employees reported having strong working bonds with their colleagues. This achievement is remarkable as our workforce lies at the core of our organisational culture. Embracing inclusivity is a fundamental value for us, and we take pride in being recognised as a Disability Confident Employer.

Our People Values:

  • Customer Focus: Ensure delivery of high-quality service meeting customer needs.
  • Can Do Culture: Proactively achieve excellence, finding creative solutions.
  • Freedom within Boundaries: Drive constructive change through cohesive decision-making.

Purpose of Job:

  • Fulfil statutory roles of an AMHP per Mental Health Act 1983 and Code of Practice.
  • Provide consultative role within Adult Services, enhancing understanding of Mental Health Act.
  • Collaborate with health partners, Police, Courts, and other agencies for Mental Health Act assessments.
  • Manage complex/forensic cases using expert knowledge and skills.
  • Supervise and support AMHP trainees.

Benefits:

  • Generous holiday benefits: In addition to public holidays, you’ll receive 26 days of paid vacation time (pro rata for part-time staff), increasing to 31 days after 5 years of service. If you currently enjoy more than 26 days at your current job, fret not – if you transition to our team seamlessly, we’ll match your holiday entitlement, up to 31 days.
  • Outstanding pension plan: Our Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) offers a nationwide, career average pension scheme, serving as a valuable component of our comprehensive pay and reward package for employees in local government.
  • Environmentally friendly perks: We offer various benefits to support your eco-conscious lifestyle and contribute positively to the environment.
  • Bike to Work Scheme: Rent a new bike for a fixed monthly fee deducted from your salary.
  • Green Car Salary Sacrifice Scheme: Access a brand-new vehicle for a monthly fixed amount taken from your salary.

Main Activities & Responsibilities:

  • Ensure statutory compliance within Mental Health Act 1983, Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005, and relevant legislation.
  • Independently assess the need for hospital admissions, Community Treatment orders, and Guardianship under Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Conduct timely Mental Health Act assessments across various settings.
  • Prepare and present reports for Magistrates Court applications.
  • Assist in Acting Nearest Relatives appointments.
  • Prioritise AMHP referrals and deputise for Team Manager.
  • Contribute to staff recruitment and selection.
  • Provide supervision, reflective practice sessions, and support to staff.
  • Maintain professional registration and pursue continuous development.
  • Uphold anti-discrimination principles and promote equality.
  • Stay updated on legislative requirements and best practices.
  • Lead service development projects.
  • Advocate for individuals’ rights and self-determination.
  • Provide tailored advice and information, referring to other agencies when necessary.
  • Prepare reports and conduct specialist assessments.
  • Take a leadership role in complex cases.
  • Write court reports and give evidence during legal proceedings.
  • Support AMHP training through shadow assessments.
  • Attend and lead team discussions and development sessions.
  • Act as a champion in areas of expertise.
  • Utilise supervision and appraisal for personal and professional development.
  • Foster joint working and effective service delivery with partner agencies.
  • Adhere to safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Maintain confidentiality and clear, accurate record-keeping.
  • Ensure health and safety compliance.
  • Promote equality, diversity, and dignity in all interactions.
  • Undertake additional duties as required.

Requirements:

Experience:

It is essential that the candidate possesses:

  • Extensive experience as an AMHP.
  • Substantial background in conducting MHA assessments.
  • Significantly demonstrated commitment to promoting equality and diversity.
  • A proven track record of collaboration with health and other agencies to enhance outcomes for individuals.
  • Proficiency in IT systems and communication tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce clear and concise reports.
  • Supervisory experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

It is imperative that the candidate has:

  • Expertise in the Mental Health Act (1983), Mental Health Act Code of Practice (1983), Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, and other pertinent legislation.
  • Specialised understanding of the theoretical and legislative frameworks underpinning the Mental Health Code of Practice.
  • Familiarity with safeguarding principles.
  • Capacity to work within designated timelines and objectives.
  • Ability to maintain composure in challenging situations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with adeptness in information presentation.
  • Demonstrable proficiency in collaborating across organisational and professional boundaries.
  • Understanding and respect for individuals’ diverse backgrounds.
  • Effective chairing of meetings.
  • Competency in managing and mentoring team members.
  • Experience in motivating and supporting staff during organisational changes.
  • Utilisation of research to inform practice.
  • Leadership in project management.
  • Skill in organising and prioritising complex workloads.
  • Adherence to established policies and procedures.
  • Capability to evaluate service effectiveness and contribute to development.
  • Understanding of Adult Social Care funding principles.

Qualifications:

The candidate must possess:

  • A recognised qualification and registration in Social Work, Community Psychiatric Nursing, or Occupational Therapy.
  • Valid Warrant to practice as an AMHP with evidence of its maintenance.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • Practice Educator Teacher award or equivalent, Level 1 qualification in Essential Digital Skills, or evidence of strong IT skills in Microsoft Office.

Additional Information:

The candidate must demonstrate:

  • Commitment to equal opportunities, anti-discriminatory, and anti-oppressive practices.
  • Willingness to undertake training and professional development.
  • Ability to travel within and potentially outside the county.
  • Dedication to multi-agency collaboration and quality service development.

If you’re ready to make a meaningful impact and contribute to the success of Worcestershire, apply now and join us in shaping a brighter future together.