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Social Worker - AMHP

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 01/09/2019 23:59
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
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Job details 

Closing date:
1 Sep

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

An opportunity has arisen for a full time (37 hours) permanent Specialist Recovery Practitioner Social Worker/AMHP to join the South Gloucestershire Recovery Team.

This post will be split across the North and South work streams, so based 18.5 hours per week at Kingswood Civic Centre and 18.5 hours per week at The Elms, Thornbury. Candidates are invited to visit either or both sites if they wish by contacting the relevant managers as below.

As an expert provider of mental health services, we put recovery and re-enablement at the heart of all that we do. We facilitate recovery through the guiding principles of hope, trust, partnership and mutual respect.

The team's focus is on providing effective interventions and treatments to people with severe and enduring mental health needs, and their carers. This involves enabling and assisting service-users to meet daily health, social care and wellbeing needs. Our aim is to empower and enable service-users to maintain or regain their independence in line with their personal recovery goals.

We are open to applications from qualified Social Workers looking to develop their careers in Mental Health. Therefore if you are not an AHMP but are successfully appointed to the job you will commit to carrying out the pre-course requirements for AMHP training and then enrol on the next available AMHP course. Prior to qualification as an AMHP, you will be paid at the Hay 7 grade range (£28,785 - £31,371). Once you have qualified you will be paid at Hay 6 plus 2 (£33,799 - £36,876) as an AMHP and carry out assessments under the Mental Health Act 1983 as part of a duty rota.

Interviews likely to take place on 6th September 2019

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

To carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Care Act 2014 and subsequent legislation.

To act as care co-ordinator for service users under the Care Programme Approach and ensure the co-ordination, implementation and review of community care packages which promote independence; to undertake Carers’ Assessments

To prepare social circumstances reports for Mental Health Review Tribunals and to attend hearings

To participate in AWP and the department’s staff development programmes and show that you are committed to continuous learning

To be willing to train as a Practice Assessor and supervise social work students on placement with the team

To be willing to train and practice as an AMHP

To ensure that in all aspects of practice the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy is followed with particular reference to discriminated groups. The post holder will ensure that practice is conducted following an anti-discriminatory framework.

If you are a qualified AMHP you will be expected to:

Carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Mental Health Act 1983, the Care Act 2014 and subsequent legislation.

Participate in the AMHP rota for the provision of statutory mental health duties. This will require the post holder to conduct assessments regarding the potential compulsory detention and treatment of a person under the Mental Health Act 1983; this entails being personally accountable for decisions whilst acting as an AMHP under the auspices of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Maintain an up-to-date portfolio which records Mental Health Act assessments and other statutory pieces of work.

Be willing to undertake supervision of AMHP trainees.

Evidence 18 hours per year of continuing professional development to retain the AMHP qualification.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


Degree in Social Work or equivalent (e.g. DipSW, CQSW, CSS)

To be a qualified AMHP or willing to train and practice as an AMHP

To be a registered social worker with the Health & Care Professionals Council and maintain a continuing professional development portfolio

To be able to travel widely within and outside the Authority on occasions, so you must have either a driving licence and provide a car or have access to appropriate means of travel

If you are an AMPH that you are able to work outside of normal working hours on a unplanned basis and at short notice on occasions

To be able to demonstrate sound IT skills, including Microsoft Word

Able to make decisions in complex situations, sometimes on the basis of uncertain information and must be able to accept that you will be working in situation in which risk taking in relation to decision making is inherent

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours


To demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of relevant legislation e.g. Mental Health Act 1983, Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and any subsequent legislation.

With good interpersonal and communication skills you should be able to demonstrate that you are able to work under pressure; that you are self-motivated, able to use your own initiative

Additional Information

For further information after reading the job summary, please contact, Christian Bailey, Team Manager on 01454271000, Ian Burgess, Team Manager (South) on 01173784611 or Jaki Fletcher, Team Manager (North) 01454271000.

Candidates should have experience of acute mental health care and have a passion for developing cutting edge and evidence based practice.

Candidates should be mobile, with the ability to move quickly across a geographically dispersed area with limited access to public transport.

In return you can expect high levels of support, a fast paced and challenging working environment, good supervision structures, along with access to training and other opportunities to develop.

The team operates from 0900-1700 Monday to Friday, with flexibility to offer a service outside these hours, when required.

If you are not an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), you should be prepared to undertake the necessary training to achieve this and, upon successful completion, contribute to the AMHP rota as appropriate.


Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW) joining South Gloucestershire Council will be required to undertake the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) Programme unless they have successfully completed their ASYE and are able to produce certification to confirm this. Completion of the ASYE is required for all NQSW who have qualified since June 2012.


Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check. The contact details are:

Sensitive Applications Team
Customer services
PO Box 165
L69 3JD
Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

Use of a vehicle

The nature of the duties of this post will require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

Salary: Social Worker - Hay 7 - £28,785 - £31,371 AMHP - Hay 6 + 2 SCP - £33,799 - £36,876

Hours: 37

Closing Date: 01/09/2019

Vacancy Ref: SA11008 /929/NSH

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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