Senior Social Worker/AMHP
  • Employer: Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/58964/25241
  • Published: Thu 07/07/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 21/08/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 22.5 hours per week
  • Salary: £37,568 - £40,578 pro-rata
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Mill View Hospital

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Senior Social Worker/AMHP

Job introduction

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dedicated full-time AMHP to work within Brighton and Hove.

Interview date: TBC

For an informal discussion regarding the roles available, please contact: Dominic Marley, Lead AMHP/Service Manager on 07471217487

About the role


You will work autonomously within a supportive and 'central', or ‘hub’ AMHP team, carrying out the statutory functions of an AMHP, with all ages across the city. Since 2010 we have provided this service 24/7 developing a responsive and person-centred approach to our work. 
The service is innovative and forward thinking. It was the first AMHP Service in the country to use a smartphone app to complete statutory MHA paperwork.  We have established clear protocols with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to ensure clients and carers receive support from the Trust where admission is delayed. The Council supports hybrid working, with AMHPs working from home where possible, and having access to office space at Mill View Hospital and other Council locations. 

The team has excellent working relationships with our NHS mental health colleagues, and other agencies such as Sussex Police.

You will be involved in assessments in a variety of locations across the city and occasionally elsewhere in our neighbouring LSSA or further afield. As well as assessments for admission under s2 or s3 you will be involved in CTO assessments, applications to Court and assessments for Guardianship.

A shift system operates over 7 days between 08:00hrs and 22:00hrs with a ‘stand-by’ service overnight, reflecting the demands on the service. You would be expected to contribute to weekend and out of hours working including standby working. The pay offer reflects the nature of the work and out of hours working with enhancements for out of hours worked, standby fees and an additional payment of £2,600 p.a. for a position within the central AMHP team. Consultation is currently taking place to implement 37 hour/4 day working week for full time AMHPs in the central team

Professional supervision is provided by the AMHP Service Manager, while the team environment provides opportunities for additional consultation and reflection. The team provides the learning placements for trainee AMHPs within the city each year, with Practice Education roles undertaken by a central team AMHP.

You will need to be an AMHP with a passion for fast moving crisis work assessing, mutli-tasking and thinking on your feet and a desire to support people who are experiencing acute emotional and mental distress, and their relatives and carers, in keeping with the legal powers and associated Codes of Practice.

While out of hours working experience is not essential, we are looking for qualified AMHPs who have sufficient experience and can demonstrate the appropriate values, skills and knowledge of a robust AMHP.

The current job description is that of a Senior Social Worker, so these vacancies are open to registered social workers, currently approved (or eligible for approval) to practice as an AMHP. However we would welcome enquiries from occupational therapists and mental health nurses who are Approved Mental Health Professionals.
We offer a market supplement of £2,600 (pro rata)

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here Supporting statement guidance as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

Part office / part home – hybrid -  We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.

*For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (

Company information

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Encouraging a diverse workforce

Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.

Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (


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