Social Worker AMHP Hackney SW0804

  • Type: Full Time
  • Location: London
  • Role: Ongoing
  • Salary: to £40 per hour
  • Reference: SW0804
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SW Locums are looking for an Approved Mental Health Practitioner – AMHP to participate in the daytime rota by being called upon to undertake Mental Health Act assessments in the capacity of Approved Mental Health Professional.

The service operates 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. daily although there may be occasions when assessments fall outside these times

To provide a range of interventions to individuals who may be experiencing mental health crisis specific to service user need and where required make legally defensible decisions about the need for compulsory detention under the Mental Health Act.

Be able to undertake complex risk assessments using specialist knowledge and experience of managing high risk and complex situations and make evidence based decisions about emergency responses to the needs of service users and carers as assessed within the context of Mental Health Act assessments and mental health crises.


  • Undertake duties in the role of Approved Mental Health Professional in accordance with the Mental Health Act 1983 as revised in 2007.  The post holder will mainly focus during working hours on the Mental Health Act responsibilities; other responsible duties could include other duties as negotiated between line managers in consultation with the post holder.
  • To receive referrals from local authority colleagues, Health, other agencies and to assess and prioritise these appropriately according to risk and decide on the level of response required having due regard to staff health and safety.
  • To support the provision and operation of the Local Authority’s Mental Health Act statutory responsibilities.
  • To take responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults you come into contact with, including making onward referrals where appropriate.
  • To liaise with a range of professionals, individuals, families and carers using their expertise as required, to ensure those being assessed and those connected with them receive the urgent care and support they need to stay safe.
  • To coordinate the support of community services – including housing,
    Adult Social Care and third sector organisations, the police and ambulance services
  • To problem-solve and advise on complex situations relating to the Mental Health Act 1983 (2007), the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the role of the AMHP.
  • To interpret the legislation guidance and the HCPC codes in accordance with the professional requirements as an Approved Mental Health Professional, acting independently of the local authority in making decisions in relation to Mental Health Act assessment outcomes.
  • To be responsible for upholding and promoting the high standards of the social work/social care profession outlined in the HCPC Code of Practice and LB Hackney.  To be supervised for professional purposes by the AMHP Manager.  To participate in the appraisal process.
  • To ensure that the legal/policy/practice requirements particular to the specialist area in which the post holder operates are fully complied with.
  • To be responsible for completing accurate and comprehensive Mental Health Act assessment reports, inputting relevant information on case note data base for information, monitoring and planning purposes and to ensure that allocated teams are about to pick up cases and actions needed effectively and quickly.
  • To maintain clear, concise written records of work undertaken using appropriate systems such as RiO and any other computer systems where necessary.  To carry out required administrative and monitoring procedures.
  • To provide supervision and on-going support to AMHP trainees.
  • To provide supervision, support and guidance to social work students and other related professional trainees’ as required.
  • To assist in the development and maintenance of good working relationships with partner agencies.
  • To ensure that senior managers are notified about sensitive or serious issues.
  • To ensure that all services are delivered and decisions taken in accordance with the relevant law, Council policies and departmental procedures.
  • To maintain awareness and keep updated the changes in related theories, current legislation, corporate and directorate policies, local and agency practice in order to disseminate knowledge and contribute to the delivery of a high standard of service and best practice.
  • To communicate both orally and in writing in a clear, confident and assertive manner in line with established policies, practices and priorities of the Council.
  • To ensure that high standards of customer care are consistently applied across all aspects of service provision.
  • To manage and promote your own health, safety, well-being and emotional resilience.
  • To participate in staff/team meetings, AMHP forums and AMHP peer group supervision as and when required.
  • To be a supportive team player and work flexibly to respond to service needs.
  • To undertake any prescribed mandatory training as required.

Working with SW Locums you will benefit from:

  • Constant support with your own, vastly experienced and knowledgeable consultant.
  • Great rates of pay.
  • No “waffle” straight talking, conscientious and informed advice.
  • Fastest and accurate payments available.
  • Contact available 24/7.
  • Access to exclusive vacancies nationwide.
  • Free DBS and compliance service.
  • Access to on-going training opportunities.
  • Industry leading “Refer a Friend” and “Find your own job” bonus scheme offering up to £300 for successfully placed referrals.*

* Terms and conditions apply to our bonus scheme.