Hillingdon Council: Putting our residents first
This is an exciting time to join Hillingdon Council. We're looking for dedicated and professional Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) to join our newly formed dedicated AMHP Hub. This specialist service is part of the wider Adult Social Work service, based at various locations including the Riverside Centre or Civic Centre in Uxbridge.
About the role
You will be working as an AMHP in the specialist AMHP Hub, undertaking AMHP duties and supporting the 24/7 Triage Team with Adults Social Care queries. The AMHP Hub and the 24/7 Triage Team are newly formed services, to ensure that Hillingdon can continue to meet the its statutory services and the needs of residents, both in and out of hours.
You will be working in partnership with residents, families and carers, as well as other professionals, to optimise involvement and provide collaborative solutions, utilising your skills to engage with people in creative ways, to find out what matters to individuals and to promote their recovery and independence. You will be working with complex situations that require thorough and robust risk assessments, crisis intervention and decision-making. Always ensuring that the appropriate response is made in line with policy and procedure and using your professional judgement.
We work to support people to live in the community and working with families and local communities is central to our approach, as we know this achieves the best outcomes for people. Developing a whole-system response with our key partners is critical to providing good quality care and outcome focused solutions to delivering the right support.
We appreciate the very specific skills, knowledge and experience that AMHPs bring. In recognition of this, our practicing AMHPs are recognised as Advanced Social Work Practitioners. We offer a competitive starting salary, access to monthly support and supervision, manageable caseloads for case holders, annual AMHP-specific training, alongside the existing AMHP forum. Within the wider service, we offer social workers an opportunity to undertake AMHP training, along with many other CPD opportunities.
This is an opportunity for someone seeking professional development and career enhancement working in a newly developed team.
The core operating hours for the AMHP Hub are 9am-midnight, with standby arrangements in place from midnight-9AM. As a result, you will be required to work on a 7 day shift rota including weekends and bank holidays between 9am and midnight for which a salary enhancement of 14% is payable. A sample rota is attached for interested candidates.
You will also be required to take part in a standby rota to cover the hours between midnight and 9am and will be on duty for approximately 1 week in 6, or one night per week, for which a sessional payment is made, and overtime is claimed for any call outs to undertake assessments.
We're looking for AMHPs who are dedicated to making a difference in people's lives. Strong social care values, flexibility, a 'can do' approach and professional high standards are essential, as will be the ability to robustly advocate for people's human rights.
In essence, we are looking for people who are passionate about doing the right thing.