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Trainee Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP)

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Salary details
£32,029 - £35,934 pro rata (+ market supplement of £3,500 a year subject to annual review upon successful completion of the AMHP training course). A relocation package is available for successful candidates who are coming from outside of Devon.
Job term
Training Programme/Course
Appointment type
Full Time
Closing Date
19 May 2019
Interview date
3 June 2019
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Daytime Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Service

Trainee Approved Mental Health Professionals – Various locations

We are delighted to offer this rare opportunity to appoint to a small number of Trainee AMHP posts within the daytime AMHP service, with successful candidates being supported to access to November 2019’s Bournemouth University’s AMHP training course intake. This opportunity, which will lead to a permanent AMHP post on successful conclusion of the course, includes positions both assigned into Devon Partnership NHS Trust and within Devon County Council’s Social Care AMHP Team across Devon. Consideration will be given to the candidate’s geographical preference for both course placements and the eventual permanent AMHP position.

Candidates should indicate on their application which localities within Devon they would be willing to consider.

These posts are open to registered social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses with the necessary level of pre-requisite post-qualifying training and evidence of ability to study and pass modules at Masters level. Candidates should ideally have two years of post-qualifying professional experience, but each candidate will be considered on merit and their potential.

Our service

The Daytime AMHP Service was awarded the “Social Worker Team of the Year – Adult Services Award” in 2016, was Highly Commended at the 2017 “Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards” in the category of Mental Health and Social Care, and is committed to influencing the development of AMHP services nationally. We have also had individual AMHPs within our team recognised and commended for their work and dedication by external organisations. We continually seek ways to improve our service. In 2018 we began a process of co-production with those who have experience of being assessed under the Act and we are currently seeking to further refine what we do for the benefit of all those who come into contact with our service.

The role of daytime AMHPs within Devon County Council has significantly changed in recent times and consists of five locally dedicated AMHP teams based within adult mental health services, with another team based across Adult Social Care services.  The daytime AMHP duty rota covers all age groups, including children. Our AMHPs no longer carry caseloads within community teams, instead we work more flexibly with internal and external partners to ensure a more robust response to those individuals who are at risk of being detained or restricted under the Mental Health Act.

Trainee AMHPs

For those who are offered a Trainee AMHP position, the initial focus will be to develop the necessary experience, knowledge base and practise skills in anticipation of a successful application to the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) course provided by Bournemouth University. In order to apply for a Trainee post, you must have completed, or already have submitted, the Bournemouth University Graduate Certificate in Specialist Practice or equivalent (e.g. Consolidation for Specialist Practice, PQ1 etc.) in mental health practice. The other accepted qualifications include the Bournemouth University Risk and Decision Making in Practice at Masters level, or the Best Interest Assessors qualification at Masters level.

There is also flexibility to consider those applicants currently working in a mental health service (and have been for at least 6 months) and already have credits at masters level. As with all candidates, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient evidence of professional practise and academic preparation for AMHP training at job interview in order to be considered suitable for the post of Trainee AMHP. Any final offer of a Trainee AMHP position will only be given upon evidence of successfully meeting the pre-course criteria.

Prior to joining the AMHP training course, the Trainee will work within their locality AMHP team under the supervision of their AMHP Team Manager. The aim is for the Trainee to have a full opportunity to experience the role and its complexity for a period of around three months prior to the course. The Trainee will support duty AMHPs on a variety of MHA assessments; spend time with the Central AMHP Team, provide s.2 reports to Mental Health Tribunals and engage in follow up work with individuals, their families and other professionals.

We would be aiming for successful candidates to join Bournemouth University’s November 2019 AMHP Training course which will be based in Exeter, with placements around the county. The course is approximately six months long and full time. It is essential that candidates can commit to the whole timetable. The Daytime AMHP Service will reserve the right to delay access to the course if further development of the candidate is felt to be required. Redeployment in line with Devon County Council’s policies will also be considered should the candidate be unable to successfully undertake or complete the process. Those who are currently employed on a Devon Partnership NHS Trust contract could also be redeployed through that agency’s processes. Candidates need to be aware that as the course is run by an external provider, course dates are subject to change – in which case negotiations will take place with candidates as to temporary redeployment to another suitable team.

AMHP position based within Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Along with frontline duty, our AMHPs routinely and proactively work with crisis teams, psychiatric and general wards, community teams, street triage, liaison psychiatric teams, police, CAMHS and other related services to ensure the most appropriate legal and clinical response. In addition, our AMHPs will also have a small allocation of community MHA patients with the aim of supporting patients and their treating teams with the management of those orders.

Our AMHPs routinely provide training and support to other groups with the aim of promoting service users’ legal rights and colleagues’ confidence in engaging with statutory processes and considerations.

Social Care AMHP Team positions

In addition to undertaking rota and off-rota duties as an Approved Mental Health Professional, as a Social Care AMHP you will be responsible for linking principally with the Community Health and Social Care Teams (non-mental health) in your locality. You would also link with our Older People’s Mental Health Teams and Older People’s hospital wards for those with both organic and non-organic mental health conditions.  You may in addition be required to link with other Community Health and Social Care Teams and AMHPs across the county in order to ensure a robust service to all in Devon. Successful completion of the AMHP course brings with it the Best Interest Assessors (BIA) award and Social Care AMHPs would be expected to practise on that rota.

Professional support and on-going training

All AMHPs receive regular individual and peer group supervision and appraisal from their locality Team Manager. Team Managers receive regular supervision from the AMHP Service Manager. Successful candidates will be expected to take a lead role with both their own learning and that of others.

As a service we are keen to support colleagues to find creative and interesting ways to share specialist AMHP knowledge and support the learning of those outside our team

About you

You will be a registered social worker, occupational therapist or mental health nurse with a proven track record of commitment to professional development, and experience of working with people in mental health crises. You must be committed to the principles of mental health legislation, with a strong focus on recovery and prevention principles and the promotion of human rights for people with mental health issues and their supporters. You should have demonstrable experience in statutory mental health services, with a specific focus on risk management and multi-agency working.

Successful Trainee AMHP candidates should be able to demonstrate high levels of motivation for self-development. They should be able to evidence initiative, flexibility, resilience and a strong commitment to developing their team and the reputation of the wider service.

For an informal discussion regarding these roles, please contact:

Robert Lewis - Daytime AMHP Service Manager – 01392 208948
Deborah Rudman – Practice Lead Recruitment – 01392 383000


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This role requires a DBS disclosure.

This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.

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