The Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Hub is central to all Mental Health Act work across West Sussex making the roles within the team busy and varied. We work in partnership with both internal and external agencies to ensure appropriate interventions are identified and plans are put in place for the people who access our service.
In the AMHP Hub, we are a team of dedicated AMHP's who devote our time to promoting positive change, independence and wellbeing when working with our service users. We are not case holders, we are specialists within the field, valued by our colleagues and partnership organisations.
To join our AMHP Hub team, we are looking for skilled AMHP's who understand the legislation and are confident in signposting and making recommendations to help prevent unnecessary assessments and who uphold our service user's human rights.
With people at the centre of the system, we aim to ensure that an assessment request is the last resort and the least restrictive option.
The roles we are recruiting to provide a service to our customers Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.
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About The Job
Salary Range: Grade 10 £32,910 to £35,745 (+ £4,224 AMHP allowance)
Hours per week: Full time, 37 hours
Contract type: Permanent
Work Location: Centenary House, Worthing, West Sussex (Required to travel countywide)
As a Senior Social Worker you must be able to work autonomously and have experience of delivering effective, efficient and high-quality social work interventions.
As dedicated AMHP's we partake in the rota which is supported by our bespoke AMHP colleagues. Each day we have a lead AMHP on duty who receives, triages, prioritises and allocates assessments, and your responsibility is to ensure that peer supervision is scheduled and meaningful, as well as supportive for our bespoke AMHP colleagues.
You will have good assessment skills including the ability to ensure regular review and risk management with a variety of individuals, carers or families. You will be able to work effectively under pressure, managing the competing demands of a busy service.
To be successful in this role you must be resilient, reflective and resourceful and be able to work with limited managerial oversight. Requests are received from a range of partnership agency professionals, as well as members of the public. The ability to triage, risk assess and manage competing demands is a fundamental core requirement.
Experience and Skills
- To demonstrate the ability to utilise effective communication skills to negotiate, guide, advise and enable customers to engage with assessments and discussion about their presenting care needs; in addition to communicate with a range of professionals and members of the public.
- To demonstrate the ability to think creatively under pressure, measured and reasoned in response and decision.
- To demonstrate an ability to manage effectively your own caseload.
- To have the ability to manage conflict and operate in high risk and high pressure environments.
- To be able to uphold social work values of social justice and equality.
- To demonstrate effective and accurate IT skills to support accurate and timely case recording.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Registered qualified professional (Social Work, Nurse, OT).
- Currently authorised AMHP (Post-Grad Certificate in Mental Health).
- Extensive knowledge of the Mental Health Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act, Care Act 2014, Children Act 2014 and other relevant case law and be able to apply appropriately.
- Valid driving licence.
- Demonstrable experience of undertaking assessments, applying relevant criteria and where appropriate identifying appropriate services to meet the needs of the individual.
- Demonstrable experience of working in MDT settings.
- Experience as an AMHP with up to date knowledge of the Mental Health Act and mental health social work practice.
- Demonstrable experience of dealing with a wide range of issues and complex situations, working effectively in partnership within those who access or need the service.
Rewards and Benefits
In addition to working within a great team and a competitive salary you will have access to:
- 26 days annual leave + bank holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually.
- Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme.
- A range of flexible working options.
- Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring.
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE03092.
For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact Kerry Abell, AMHP Hub Team Manager on 03302 225 517.
To apply, upload your CV and complete the application explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV. Please ensure you have saved the job description attached to the main advert on our website as, once the job has closed, you may not have the opportunity to download again.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to Social Work England registration, an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and health checks.
For information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran's Guaranteed Interview Scheme, this can be found on our application help page.
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