Mental Health Senior Practitioner/AMHP

Job details
Posting date: 24 May 2024
Salary: £40,833 to £51,093 per year
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 17 June 2024
Location: Kingston Upon Thames, South West London
Remote working: On-site only
Company: Kingston Council
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 2959

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About the Borough
This special place in South West London between the capital and the country has been a Royal borough longer than anywhere else - it is where the first kings of England were crowned.

Today it is a vibrant and diverse borough, with a long history and strong cultural and community heritage. Kingston's riverside location, fantastic retail offer, historic market place and church, parks and gardens all make Kingston town centre the vibrant space it is, and each of our district town centres (Surbiton, New Malden, Tolworth and Chessington) have something unique to offer.

Situated in Zone 6, Kingston is among the best-connected town centres in London – with direct train links from Kingston and Surbiton stations to Clapham Junction and London Waterloo, as well as Wimbledon for an interchange with the London Underground and Tramlink.

Kingston’s people are innovative and entrepreneurial, and have a strong sense of community pride. The borough has been home to great industry and creativity for many years, reflected in assets such as the Rose Theatre, the International Youth Arts Festival and Kingston University, which boasts more new graduate business start-ups than any other.

We have seen tremendous generosity and compassion within our communities, particularly in response to COVID-19, which is a demonstration of Kingston’s key strength. The council offers a strong level of support to vulnerable groups and those who need additional support, which has also increased significantly as a result of the pandemic. Like most places, the average age of our population is rising as more people are living longer, so we are working closely with residents to help them maintain their independence and further improve the cost effectiveness of our service to meet the ongoing rise in demand.

Kingston is home to people from diverse and interesting cultures and backgrounds, which helps to create the rich sense of community shared across the borough. In particular, Kingston has a large Sri Lankan Tamil community and is home to more people from Korea than any other part of the UK.

About the Role
The successful candidate will undertake the role of Senior Practitioner/Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) in the Mental Health Social Care Team. We have a close knit management structure of Team Manager, Deputy Team Manager, and senior practitioners. Senior Practitioners take the lead in specific areas of work, such as the team's duty management, and in management and supervision of specific complex cases. The successful candidate will be a qualified AMHP, and will undertake regular duties as part of the monthly AMHP rota.

You will provide case management of complex cases under the Care Act 2014, and safeguarding, including taking cases to Court of Protection where required.

You will provide management cover as duty manager on the team's rota and to deputise for the team manager and deputy team manager where required.

You will provide supervision of social workers in the team, and practice education/ASYE supervision where required.

As part of the AMHP role you will undertake Mental Health Act assessments as part of the monthly duty AMHP rota, and act as a resource of knowledge and advice about the MHA to non-AMHP members of the team and the organisation and partners.

About Us
The Mental Health Social Care Team (MHSCT) forms part of Adult Social Care within the Royal Borough of Kingston (RBK). Our main functions are under the Care Act 2014 and Safeguarding. We work with adults whose primary need is their mental health. We work closely with our colleagues in the NHS mental health teams, and on mental health wards, as well as partners in primary care, and Your Health Care.

Other areas of responsibility include working with people with autism, and those with drug/alcohol issues under the Care Act, and Safeguarding. We also have responsibility for young people transitioning into adulthood, and thereby transitioning from childrens to adults services, and who do not have a learning disability. Many of these have autism.

The team incorporates the Royal Borough's AMHP service, with 3 full time designated AMHPs. Senior practitioner/AMHPs, who also carry a caseload, undertake a set number of days on AMHP duty on the monthly rota.

The team is currently situated on the site of Tolworth Hospital. Post covid we are operating a hybrid working model composed of working from home, and working in the office.

We are a large, friendly team, including a manager and a deputy manager, and ably supported by business support colleagues.

About You
The successful candidate must have excellent knowledge of the Care Act 2014, as well as the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation, and experience of applying this legislation.

As a qualified AMHP they will have detailed knowledge of the Mental Health Act. They will be able to manage the team's duty function on days where they are rota'd as duty manager according to the team's rota. Ideally, they will have experience of supervising colleagues, and giving direction in complex cases.

They must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, including report writing skills. Good IT skills will be an advantage. Knowledge and experience of working with people with mental health problems, autism, and drug and alcohol problems in a statutory setting are also desirable.

Recent experience of working in a similar role in a local authority, and recent or current warranting as an AMHP would be desirable.

The team is a large and enthusiastic group of professionals dealing with a large portfolio of responsibilities. Interest in the work and enthusiasm are among the qualities we would value in the successful applicant.

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