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AMHP Service Manager - Band 8a

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
10 Feb 2023

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Senior Manager
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The AMHP Service manager is responsible for ensuring the service meets statutory duties as described in the Mental Health Act 1983/2007 and the Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015.

Organisationally located within the Mental Health Urgent Care and Inpatient Directorate, this post reports to the Deputy Service Director for Mental Health Urgent Care and is professionally supported by GHCNHSFT Head of Profession for Social Care.

The post holder will have direct line management responsibilities for up to 14 WTE staff, professional supervision and development of up to 35 AMHPs and operational responsibility for ensuring a high quality efficient AMHP service is delivered across the county 24/7.

The AMHP service manager is accountable for implementing the AMHP Training strategy, maintaining a contemporary knowledge, remaining astute to national or local legislative impending changes and implementing these locally where necessary.

Key aspects of the role include working with GHCNHSFT services and partner agencies such as Gloucestershire Constabulary, South West Ambulance and Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust. The role also enjoys positive relationships with commissioners within Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board.

The role requires you to be able to travel independently, practice as an AMHP on behalf of Gloucestershire and to contribute to the On Call Clinical Manager rota for Mental Health services for GHCNHSFT.

Main duties of the job

  • Lead in the operational and clinical management of a 24/7 Countywide AMHP service providing day to day management, leadership and line management to staff including non-clinical staff
  • Manage recruitment, deployment and clinical supervision of all AMHPs across Gloucestershire
  • Work as an Approved Mental Health Professional under a specific local authority contract agreement.
  • Liaise other agencies to develop and oversee ongoing management of inter-agency agreements in the provision of AMHP service across Gloucestershire
  • Manage the development and implementation of new working practices that delivers appropriate health and safety requirements for the provision of 24/7 AMHP service.
  • Maintain best practice knowledge and skills base for the provision of AMHP services across complex multi-agency delivery framework

About us

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trust's view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need; therefore, we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

Job description Job responsibilities

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oProfessional health or social care qualification e.g. Social Work, Occupational Therapy, RMN, RNLD
  • oCurrently authorised and practising as an AMHP
  • oRegistered with appropriate professional body
  • oEvidence of formal management or leadership course
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of working as an AMHP with service users with complex mental health care needs requiring higher levels of expertise
  • oExperience of providing social care supervision or practice teaching
  • oPrevious experience supervising / managing staff, undertaking basic HR functions
  • oExperience of working in acute/urgent care services as a senior practitioner or AMHP
Professional Knowledge Essential
  • oDetailed knowledge of mental health care in a broad spectrum of settings and situations
  • oUp to date clinical knowledge including risk assessment, dual diagnosis and complex health and social care needs
  • oKnowledge of Safe Guarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Procedures
  • oAbility to participate in service development processes at a strategic level
other requirements Essential
  • oFull car driving licence/access to a car

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