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East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Additional AMHP payment of £2000.00 per year
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Bedfordshire Countywide AMHP service to be a full time Band 7 AMHP Lead. Working as an AMHP Lead for the Service, you will be responsible for providing routine and urgent Mental Health Act assessments (MHA) under part 2 of the MHA (1983). You will be expected to provide triage support for the AMHP service, leading on day to day operational activities of the AMHP service on a rota basis and supporting the AMHP Operational manager to ensure the service delivers on its objectives. You will also provide and offer advice and consultation to multidisciplinary colleagues, regarding the use of mental health law and least restrictive options to ensure the timely delivery of an appropriate, safe, effective, responsive and well led AMHP Service that is caring and maximizes people's statutory rights.

Main duties of the job

You will be required to work closely with team members, service users, carers and other relevant stakeholders to support the continued development of the AMHP Service across the county ensuring that the achievement of best quality and performance standards are met, in line with service user and carer expectations, ICB requirements and Trust objectives. This will include reinforcing the values and expectations of the organisation through collaborative and dynamic engagement with service users and carers that is both supportive and encouraging in nature.

As an AMHP Lead, you will be, supported to develop your leadership, management skills and your clinical practice, by providing a program of continued professional development, reviewed on regular basis to ensure your developmental needs are met.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference in people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The AMHP Service currently operates Monday to Friday 09.00-17.00hrs, out of hours the Emergency DutyTeam (EDT) carry out emergency MHA assessments.

Please see attached JD& PS for further information.

Person Specification

Education, Training and Qualifications


  • Registered Social Worker, Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Psychologist
  • Current Professional Registration (HCPC, NMC etc)
  • Practice Educator/ Registered mentor
  • AMHP post graduate qualification Evidence of continual professional development
  • Educated to degree level of equivalent experience


  • Best Interest Assessor



  • Significant post qualification experience working as an AMHP
  • Previous experience of supervising and managing others with proven leadership qualities
  • Previous experience at working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Previous experience at working autonomously
  • Previous experience of working within an NHS/ LSSA environment and an understanding of the strengths, challenges, polices and practices within these environment
  • Extensive and demonstrable experience of assessing skills for service users with mental health needs and the ability to formulate correct plans of care and achieve correct outcomes, using best practice guidance
  • Essential and demonstrable experience of writing concise and clear reports
  • Experience of teaching and assessing others in practice
  • Experience of developing or contributing to the development of new services preferably in mental health



  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the MHA (1983) and subsequent amendments, Code of Practice (2015) and other relevant pieces of mental health related case law
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of current legislation and policy pertaining to the provision of mental health services in all settings including the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Human Rights Act 1998, Equality Act (2010), Care Act 2014 and relevant NICE Guidance
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding and working knowledge of mental disorder and the treatment options.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge, understanding and practical experience of complex risk assessment and risk management
  • Demonstrate a full understanding of the key issues and priorities relating to the provision of mental health services
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of child and adult safe guarding issues
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the local and national standards and guidance relating to people detained under the MHA
  • Sound report writing skills, ability to compile complex case recording, report presentation, including legal documents i.e. social circumstances reports, court reports etc

Skills and values


  • Assertiveness and engagement with other professionals, able to make reasoned arguments and represent own professional views and perspectives.
  • Decision-making and problem solving, able to adopt creative and flexible approaches to meet the needs of service users
  • Well-developed communication skills, able to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.
  • IT skills, experience of working with service user data systems.
  • Team player, able to negotiate and lead other professionals whilst considering competing views and agendas
  • Able to work independently, with initiative, but to seek appropriate guidance and supervision when required.
  • Self-motivated, committed and open to new ideas and experiences.
  • Anti-discriminatory & anti-oppressive practice
  • Committed to core social care values, able to recognise that protection is sometimes required and should be carried out in the least restrictive manner observing the human and civil rights of the individual
  • A commitment to leadership & change management
  • Able to travel between Trust sites throughout the county, with a full clean licence
  • Understanding of the Trust structure, values, aims and objectives

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Florence Ball House, Bedford Village

Kimbolton Road


MK40 2NT

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