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Approved Mental Health Professional

Bracknell Forest Council
£34,400 - £41,360 per annum, plus 20% responsibility allowance and £5000 retention payment following a year in post
Commercial Centre
Working Pattern:
Evenings/Full Time/Nights/Weekends
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
30/08/2019 at 11:55 AM
Bracknell Forest Council

A dedicated out of hours AMHP service.

Great opportunities to go above and beyond.

The Berkshire Emergency Duty Service (hosted by Bracknell Forest Council) is a unique service providing out of hours emergency social care for the whole of Berkshire. We are proud of our community, the care we give, the services we provide and the links and networks we create. But we’re always looking to do more. Which is why we give our people the time, support and resources they need not only to do their job well, but also to help define the way we do things more broadly.

There’ll always be room for your ideas here. This is about taking ownership and having the opportunity to learn, develop and progress. Together, we make big things happen. 

But we’re also focused on the smaller things that make all the difference. And that’s as true for our employees as it is for our residents. We have strong teams and excellent manager relationships. Expert advice is there whenever you need it. Put simply, a career with us means having everything you need to build on your skills. To build better relationships. To build even better communities. This is your chance to make a lasting impact.

Because We’re Bracknell Forest
What it's like working here:
This is an exciting time to be joining the service as we are in the process of remodelling our service structure.  EDS is already seen as a safe and effective service, safeguarding the children and vulnerable adults of Berkshire and has received positive feedback from both Ofsted and CQC.  In what other team could you work with so many professionals who are all experts in crisis intervention and specialists within their own field of social work and health?
You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training:
• To undertake and fulfil all statutory duties under the Mental Health Act 83 as amended 2007 and the amendments in the Police and Crime Act 2017, ensuring all requirements of the associated legislation including case law are considered and applied.

• To undertake and fulfil all statutory duties under the Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Pan Berkshire Adult Safeguarding Procedures and such other legislations that may be appropriate to work with vulnerable adults.

• You will also be required to have a good understanding and working knowledge of  Children legislation with associated sound care management skills.

• To work innovatively and proactively for an excellent out of hours social care service.

• You will receive the 18 hours legal update training and other training and learning opportunities
The benefits you will experience are:
• Financial incentives- attractive remuneration which includes an annual £5000 retention payment, relocation package (where applicable) and a 20% out of hours responsibility allowance.

• Quarterly AMHP group supervision led by a well-known and recognised author and Mental Health CQC Inspector

• Reflective Peer Group Supervision

• Career development

• Regular opportunities for development with internal and external training courses.

• An inclusive and social working environment.

• Internal sports and social club opportunities.

• Discounted leisure centre and gym membership.

• Supermarket discount.

• Access to childcare vouchers.
What we're looking for:
We are looking for an experienced Approved Mental Health Professional who has excellent risk assessment and analytical skills, who is good at effective multi-agency working, good oral and written communication skills, a team player, with the ability to prioritise and organise work effectively. We want an AMHP with good ICT literacy, who is able to deal with unrestricted demand, make decisions under pressure and who is willingness to challenge professionals and public. The service requires someone with passion for good social work and who is able to support their colleagues.
Interviews will be held on the week commencing 9 September 2019. 
If you believe you have what it takes to work for a fast moving, diverse and dynamic service and would like further information or an informal discussion, please telephone Dorcas Nyabunze, Head of Emergency Duty Services or Linda Andrew Team Manager on 01344 786512 (please note this phone number is only available between 9am-5pm).

Equal Opportunities

Bracknell Forest Council – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

How to apply

Please apply online (see below).

It is important that you read the Application Pack before you apply for this job. It contains information that you will need to refer to when applying. Not referring to this information is likely to reduce your chances of success.

Bracknell Forest Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk and expects all staff to share this commitment. All staff employed by the Council in contact with children and adults at risk must be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken. We take up references for all shortlisted candidates and, wherever possible, apply for these prior to interview.

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