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Social Worker - Approved Mental Health Professional

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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 24/03/2019 23:59
£31,401 - £36,153
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Kingswood Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 9TR
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
24 Mar

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

We are currently seeking a qualified, or soon to be qualified, Approved Mental Health Professional to join the Mental Health Act duty service in South Gloucestershire.

You will work alongside social care and health colleagues with a focus on providing effective interventions to people with mental health needs, particularly in times of crisis.

You must have significant experience of mental health work, be self-motivated and able to maintain a calm and flexible approach in high pressure situations.

In return you can expect high levels of support, a fast paced and challenging working environment, good supervision, 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.

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

Interviews will be held on Friday 8th February.

Main Duties

To carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Mental Health Act 1983, The Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Care Act 2014 and any other relevant or subsequent legislation.

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 AMHP Practice Assessor and supervise AMHP trainees on placement with the team

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

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

To be a qualified AMHP, or will be qualified by commencement in post, plus able and willing to practice.

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.

To be able to make decisions in complex situations, including where there is significant risk, sometimes on the basis of uncertain information

To be able to produce a concise and accurate record of all Mental Health Act related work, demonstrating clear evidence for decision making

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

To be 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

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

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours

Additional Information

The position is 37 hours per week, permanent and based at Kingswood Civic Centre.

As a qualified AMHP you will be paid at H6 plus 2 (36,153) and 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

DBS: 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, Liverpool, L69 3JD (Email: sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk)

Own Car: 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.

For further information after reading the job summary, please contact, Liam McCann, Senior Practitioner on 01173784242 or John White, Social Care Mental Health Services Manager on 01454865880

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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