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Job description

The Approved Mental Health Practitioner Service has a unique position in ensuring compliance with the statutory functions imposed upon the Local Authority by the Mental Health Act. This is an exciting new role in developing and shaping the delivery of the service which has just returned to the management of Essex County Council. The service is responsible for composing and delivering the Approved Mental Health Practitioner (AMHP) rota ensuring sufficient AMHP's are available to meet demand. The service undertakes Mental Health Act assessments and triages initial enquiries in line with statutory duties and is responsible for providing a high quality service for those in mental health crisis.

The Team Manager will lead a team of Approved Mental Health Practitioners, holding them accountable for performance and delivering improvements to the service. Working with the Service Manager and Practice Lead the successful applicant will be responsible for contributing to the development of strategy/policy and ensuring a service which adapts responsively to change and in accordance with legislation. You will ensure assessments are legally sound and based upon the latest evidenced based practice. You will have the opportunity to be creative and influence the development of the service.

The Team Manager will have a proven ability to focus on results, develop innovative solutions, build strong working relationships with partners and motivate and inspire staff in working with complex situations . This leader will possess a deep understanding of working in an extremely challenging financial and pressurised environment whilst ensuring the Councils statutory duties are addressed

Service/Functional Accountabilities

  • Lead a team of Approved Mental Health Professionals to deliver a high quality service with positive outcomes. Accountable for individual performance, quality assurance, resources and budgets and the daily staffing of the AMHP rota.
  • Accountable for the professional practice of team members and provide professional and practice supervision using available tools to address underperformance and coaching to enhance the quality of the practice. Accountable for working within the statutory legal framework, policy and guidance in line with legislative and organisational standards within the Care Act 2015 (e.g. MCA / DoLs / CHC etc) and Mental Health Act 1983:2007, AMHP regulations and related Codes.
  • Responsible for development of individuals to maximise the capability and performance across the team.
  • Responsible for ensuring the safe and effective functioning of the AMHP rota, responding effectively to all referrals and enquiries. Working with the out of hours service to ensure ECC can provide a 24/7 service and handover protocols are in place.
  • Establish and develop effective approaches to integrated working with partners, communities and the voluntary sector to achieve successful outcomes for service users.
  • In conjunction with the Practice Lead develops the training and tactical delivery plan for the team.
  • Works with the Practice Lead to assist in Reapproval panels for AMHP warranting and wider workforce development of the AMHP service.
  • Uses expertise and professional knowledge to provide advice and guidance for complex cases in line with legislative and organisational standards.
  • Responsible for complaints and other feedback from service users in accordance with policy and in a way that fosters positive relationships.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
  • Qualified Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Nurse with current registration with relevant professional body. Approved Mental Health Professional Qualification with significant experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards e.g. professional capability framework, knowledge and skills statement. Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation including, Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and its interface with the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Care Act 2014, Human Rights Act 1998 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Case law and relevant codes of practice. The ability to interpret this legislation and apply it to practice while adhering to the Local Authority's statutory responsibilities.
  • Significant experience within a social care or health environment with evidence of challenging social and family situations.
  • Evidence of clear decision making in order to highlight and limit the potential risks associated with intervention, with an understanding of the financial implications of care packages commissioned and retain an oversight on accumulative spend.
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Working for Essex is a trading name of Capita Resourcing Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business. Applicants will be required to register with us.

Job type
Job Sector
Social Care
Job Position
Registered Manager
£46,000.00 - £57,000.00 / year
Chelmsford, UK Show on map
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