Liverpool City Council has recently developed an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) team, which operates on a 24/7 basis. In Liverpool, the AMHP role and function is incorporated into a newly created Advanced Social Work Practitioner role.
In partnership with Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust, the AMHP team is a new and dynamic approach to providing Mental Health Act assessments for those individuals that experience mental health crisis. The team provides a centre of knowledge, expertise, and experience in relation to working with complex cases and specific legal frameworks ( Mental Health Act and related legislation) , with the expectation that the staff team support and mentor others. In addition, the team also oversees all Mental Hhealth Act functions, including Guardianships, Section 117 aftercare and all other Mental health Act functions and regulations on behalf of the local authority and in partnership with Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Liverpool City Council are looking to recruit 1 Advanced Social Work Professionals(AMHP) to be part of this new, exciting, and innovative AMHP team. The team consists of 10 AMHP's who work a 24-7 shift pattern. Staff are remunerated with an attractive and competitive salary, with an additional 15% allowance for working a 24/7 shift pattern. (£42,673.05- £48,122.90, inclusive of the allowance). The team is managed by an AMHP Team Leader.
Contribute to the professional development of the team, volunteers and provide regular student placements for students as a practice (including trainee AMHPs, BIA’s, social workers and ASYE’s).
To fulfill duties required of an AMHP as defined by the Mental Health Act (MHA) 1983 (as amended Mental Health Act 2007), Code of Practice (as amended 2015) and Mental Health Act regulation (2008).
Undertake Mental Health Act duties in line with operational arrangements as defined by the directorate. For specified teams (e.g. AMHP team) there may be a requirement in order to deliver integrated services with health (and where there is a demonstrable need due to the council’s legal duties), to work within a 24-7 shift pattern.
To fulfill all operational roles related to AMHP work, including (but not limited to) Duty AMHP manager, Duty AMHP or AMHP, as defined by the directorate.
Attend Section 117 meetings as a representative of the Local Social Services Authority when required to do so.
To complete statutory ‘Best Interest Assessments’ and other necessary assessments within the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards framework, legislation, code of practice and local guidance, including involvement in cases that require applications to the Court of Protection.
To fulfill duties required of a BIA as defined by the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, Code of Practice and related guidance.
Model and facilitate reflective practice, support Social Workers in managing complex cases and provide professional supervision where required.
Provide leadership and knowledge to colleagues in situations of high complexity, to be able to constructively challenge to enhance practice, procedures and policies, promote innovative and introduce new ways of working from recognised sites.
Undertake work within legislative frameworks including the preparation of written statements and representations to the judiciary at court hearings and applications to the Court of Protection.
An Enhanced DBS certificate is necessary for the post holder of this post.
This post is fixed term until 29 June 2019.