We Are St Helens Borough Council
Located in the heart of the Northwest close to Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire, St Helens is a transformational Council which is passionate and ambitious for the communities we support. We provide a wide range of local authority services to the residents, businesses, schools, and visitors to the borough. We can only do this because of our highly valued, highly skilled workforce.
Working together, our workplace vision and values guide our organisation, and the contribution of our workforce is key to our culture journey. Employees with us receive a wide range of benefits including well-being in work, financial benefits, ways of working and learning and development support.
Making A Difference as an Approved Mental health Professional in the Working Age Social Work Team
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the AMHP Service for St Helens Borough Council. Under the Regulations to Mental Health Act 1983, the Council has a statutory duty/responsibility to ensure that AMHP (Approved Mental Health Professional) provision is available over a twenty-four-hour period, 7 days per week.
During the day, AMHP provision is situated within the Working Age Social Work Team. This provision ends at 17.15 but the current AMHPs are often working past core hours. St Helens Council Emergency Duty Team (EDT) also provide AMHP cover (out of hours) and often Mental Health Act Assessments are passed over to EDT from daytime or, from EDT to daytime services which impacts on both services.
The successful post holder will bridge the gap where day services end and, EDT begin, providing a continuum of day services from 16.00 to 20.00 hours, five days a week. This post will firm up the statutory responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983. It is hoped that the post holder will take the work that on occasions is passed from service to service. This will ensure that we provide a smooth-running service to our service users and NHS colleagues in Mental Health Services, as referrals for Mental Health Act Assessments requested later in the afternoon would be coordinated by the successful post holder, rather than waiting for EDT who arrive on shift at 17.00 hours. You may on occasion be asked to undertake other work that comes under the statutory functions of the Mental Health Act 1983.
Our current benefits package for this role includes:
·Additional £4,000 payment paid to those who are AMHP qualified. This payment is reviewed every two years. Next review due March 2025.
·Out of hours enhanced payment available, should there be a requirement to work outside the hours of 16.00 till 20.00 to complete the statutory elements of a Mental Health Act Assessment, CTO or other work under the remit of the MHA 1983.
·Free parking in specified “agile working hubs.”
·Additional holiday purchase scheme
Monthly supervision including group AMHP supervision and annual appraisal.
·Flexible working schemes with the possibility to accrue an additional flexi day’s leave per month.
.You will must be a qualified social worker registered with Social Work England, and a qualified Approved Mental Health Professional in order to perform the statutory duties of an AMHP for St Helens Borough Council. we also applications from other professionals who hold the AMHP qualification.
Interested to Find Out More?
You can review our full job description details, and person specification information here.
For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Sue Henderson AMHP Lead on: 01744 675259. Or work mobile: 07825341025
This post is subject to Enhanced DBS Disclosure
Please note we reserve the right to close the advert early should we receive a sufficient number of applications and encourage you to apply early, to avoid disappointment.
Equality & Diversity
St Helens Council respects and values the individuality that every employee brings. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, who share our values, our commitment to inclusion, and who will help us on our journey to transform our organisation. Further information about Equality & Diversity at St Helens Council can be found here https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/equality
St Helens Council is a Disability Confident Employer. Disability Confident Employers lead the way in helping to take action that changes attitudes, behaviours, and cultures for the better.
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