Approved Mental Health Professional

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: APR20213843

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£44,862 - £48,874 Per Annum

Closing date

25 May 2021

Are you a Qualified Social Worker and AMHP? Are you a supportive team player? Are you resilient? Are you able to: work with people, resolve complex issues, be flexible and manage your own workload? If so, you may be perfect for our current AMHP vacancy.


Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 8,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.


Your New Role

You will be part of a busy but dedicated AMHP service meeting the needs of Portsmouth residents across a 24/7 rota. Your time will be shared between being a duty AMHP and undertaking Best Interests Assessments in response to requests under Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. You will assess need and in, partnership with individuals, care homes and hospitals, identify less restrictive ways of meeting those needs. You will not have your own caseload to ensure that you have flexibility to respond to AMHP and BIA work, both in and out of hours. You will support and advise colleagues on Mental Health and Mental Capacity Act issues in both Adult and Children Services. The success of the team is demonstrated in our staff testimonies:


“The team is small and supportive. Working in this AMHP Team allows for professional development”– Laura, Approved Mental Health Professional

“I like being part of a team that is small, friendly and very supportive of each other especially when work is demanding and sometimes stressful”
– Cher, AMHP/DoLS Team Manager

I would say that if you are going to work as an AMHP then Portsmouth is the perfect Authority to work for.

Small geographic location – busy but supportive. Good crisis team who support the assessment process and bed availability where needed.

All in all a good working experience for AMHP’s in Portsmouth!” – Maddie, Consultant Social Worker & AMHP


What you’ll need to succeed

To be successful you need to have a qualification in social work and be registered with Social Work England, or hold another Allied Health Professional qualification with the equivalent registration. You need to be a qualified Approved Mental Health Professional and have experience in this role. You should be a practising Best Interest Assessor with the ability to evidence qualifications, as well as have the ability to demonstrate continual professional development. You will need to demonstrate specialist knowledge/experience of managing high risk, complex situations and have the ability to manage that risk and coordinate the support of community services. You should have the ability to problem solve and advise on complex situations relating to relevant legislation. You will have excellent assessment skills and an up to date knowledge of social work practice.


What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. Annual leave starts at 26 days going up to 30 days and staff discounts for travel and local shops. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career.


What next

You must demonstrate that you hold the relevant professional qualifications and registrations for this post. If you do not your application will not be considered.

To make sure your application is above the rest and for full job details, please review the “Job Profile” to ensure your application matches the requirements of the role and you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile. Please address the requirements listed on the job profile in the Personal Statement/Cover Letter section of this application.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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