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Approved Mental Health Professional

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for experienced enthusiastic Approved Mental Health Professionals to work in our Community Mental Health teams based here in the Wirral. We are an All Age Adult service. We currently have a number of vacancies full time and part time for AMHP posts.

We would expect you to do care co-ordination duties and manage a capped caseload which does takes account of you participating on the AMHP rota. As a service we are considering developing an AMHP hub in the future.

You will provide an important and valued professional function working with some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Your professional expertise and approach will ensure individual needs and aspirations are supported at all times, management of risk and safeguarding is of paramount importance. You can expect commitment to your personal and career development. Our Trust has signed up to the Think Ahead Programme to ensure we look at the future of social workers in mental health.

Main duties of the job

You will need to be compliant with the Mental Health Act, Human Rights Act, Mental Capacity Act and associated Codes of Practice to fulfil your duties in this role.

You will need to have experience of working with the service user group and be able to use social work methods to promote positive change, independence and wellbeing in accordance with assessed need, whilst promoting choice and control for adults and carers.

Working knowledge of relevant legislation and ability to apply legislation to practice including the Children Act 1989 is required and good IT skills to support accurate and timely case recordings.

You must hold a recognised Social Work Qualification, be qualified as an AMHP and be registered with Social work England.

Travel is an essential part of this job and therefore access to transport is required.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We have been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top places to work in the health service for the last two years running. CWP also scored the highest in the north west (among mental health, learning disability and community Trusts) for staff recommending CWP as a place to work in the NHS Staff Survey 2020.

We have services across Wirral and Cheshire, as well as Trafford, Warrington, Bolton, Halton and Liverpool - and provide specialist services for the North West as a whole.

Apply now to join our skilled and friendly teams and help us to deliver our vision to improve health and wellbeing by providing high quality care. We offer a variety of roles at all levels.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Social work qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work; DipSW or equivalent
  • 2 Year Post Qualifying Award in Social Work.
  • Approved Mental Health Professional qualified.
  • Be registered with the HCPC and able to evidence this.
  • Relevant postqualifying/ vocational training courses
Knowledge and Expertise Essential
  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to people with a mental health need: o Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) and/or the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). o Care Act 2014 o Able to demonstrate legally compliant practice.
  • Understanding of confidentiality and data protection requirements.
  • Knowledge and application of locally agreed current policies and procedures
  • Able to communicate verbally and in writing with a range of people including non-specialists.
  • Able to demonstrate good organisational, case recording and report writing skills.
  • Awareness of current practice issues and challenges facing Social Workers
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice
  • Able to work with individuals, families, carers/carer groups, irrespective of their circumstances and background.
  • Must be willing to move across teams according to the needs of the service.
  • Able to demonstrate practice which complies with professional standards and organisational codes of practice.
  • Sound assessment and interviewing skills.
  • Understanding of local resources, and the need to arrange packages of support in accordance with statutory requirements and eligibility criteria
  • An understanding of and an ability to deliver excellent customer service and to work in partnership with individuals, families, carers/carer groups, colleagues in the council and partner agencies
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with vulnerable individuals and families
  • Experience of working with carers.
  • Experience of working in a Local Authority setting.
  • Experience of working with Health colleagues

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