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Approved Mental Health Professional - HCC12543

Job Details:

Salary Range: £32,752 - £36,862 per annum
Market Supplement: AMHP supplement up to £5,000 per annum depending on experience plus 14% out of hours allowance
Work Location: Hampshire House, Eastleigh
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent and Temporary posts available

Please note: your application will be reviewed shortly after submission so we encorage you to apply at your earliest convenience 

Advert Text:

This is a great opportunity if you wish to contribute to developing a service that continues to adapt to meet our core business.


We work a 24 hour rota which currently involves working 1 week of out of hours every 3 weeks.  You will always be part of a team of AMHPs covering the service and will have access to a duty manager during Mon- Friday  or a manager on-call covering the out of hours.


As an experienced and qualified AMHP you will have sound knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 (2007) and demonstrate in practice the ability to assess risks to clients, and manage this accordingly.


You will need good IT and communication skills, as well as being able to communicate effectively with individuals and agencies to continue to maintain effective partnership working.


We are looking for AMHPs that can work within a team setting as well as make independent decisions. You will receive regular supervision and have access to on- call consultation, if required.


You may be required to work outside of Hampshire to complete Mental Health Act assessments so it is important you are able to meet the travel requirements of this role.


If you feel you have all of the above requirements and wish to work within a positive forward-thinking team, then we would like to hear from you.


Your will receive a market supplement of 14% for working out of hours & an AMHP supplement which is up to £5,000.



Job Purpose:

To undertake the duties of an Approved Mental Health Professional as set out in the Mental Health Acts (1983 & 2007), and County Council policies and procedures.

Role Responsibilities:

Risk Management

  • To fulfil the legal responsibilities of the AMHP role within the Mental Health Act, taking due regard to minimising risk to self, service users and others.
  • To co-ordinate the entire assessment under the Mental Health Act from the point of referral (e.g. from police, hospital, nearest relative, GP) to the final completion of the assessment. On-going risk management to be completed throughout.

Information and Advice

  • Provide advice to colleagues, including consultants and other medical staff, and Council staff from other client groups, on the legal aspects of AMHP work.

Multidisciplinary Working

  • Negotiate with other professionals; use de-escalation skills; make legal representation (attending court at short notice if necessary); co-ordinate complex decision-making processes regarding the legal and ethical aspects of detention under the Mental Health Act; and ensure the safe admission to hospital or the provision of alternative care arrangements.
  • To provide follow-up support under the Mental Health Act eg Nearest Relative County Court Action; reports and attendance at Mental Health Review Tribunals; ensuring copies of reports appropriately disseminated; ensuring property and animals are secure.

Professional Practice

  • Produce a portfolio of work to demonstrate competence, attend mandatory AMHP training, and produce evidence of AMHP work every year in order to renew AMHP warrant every 5 years.
  • Support, advise and mentor AMHP trainees and participate in AMHP Forum discussions/peer supervision.


Role Requirements:

Essential Qualifications

  • Social work qualification
  • Social work registration (HCPC)
  • Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP) qualification

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience of working with and assessing the needs of clients with significant/serious mental health conditions.
  • Understanding of the Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2005.
  • Experience in undertaking assessments under section 9 of the Care Act 2014.
  • Experience in undertaking s42 Care Act 2014 safeguarding investigations.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary and/or joint working with NHS teams/colleague training at the AMHP trained.
  • To act as a work based supervisor for social work students (or Practice Teacher/ Educator if trained to do so).
  • Experience of, or willingness to train as a Social Supervisor.
  • Confirmation that ASYE has been successfully completed (post 2012).
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to communicate in challenging situations.
  • Ability to assess risks, needs, analyse information.
  • Ability to recognise problems, identify solutions and negotiate.
  • An understanding of the statutory duties of local government in social care.
  • Knowledge of social care model.
  • Good numeracy.
  • Ability to record case and financial information.
  • Ability to understand best value principles and resource constraints.
  • Understand equalities issues.
  • Understand data protection & confidentiality.
  • To meet the travel requirements of the role.
Working Conditions:
  • Display screen equipment User
  • Job characteristic to include; working with vulnerable adults
  • Work environment to include: Lone working and working in a smoking environment
  • Driving, use of own vehicle for work purposes.
  • Handling sharps, e.g. needles
Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Bev Hull, Service Manager, on 01962 832406


Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.


Corporate Equalities Employment Policy:  In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. 

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