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Advanced Practitioner - Approved Mental Health Professional

Royal Borough of Greenwich
Greenwich, London (Greater)
Closing date
11 Jul 2024

Job Details

Passionate about delivering high-quality, Adult Mental Health services?  Want to work in an innovative learning organisation?

Looking to develop your experience in community mental health and gain an AMHP qualification?

With excellent training and great benefits, Royal Greenwich is the ideal place to progress your career.

At Royal Greenwich, we value our Social Workers and support them with the resources and environment they need to make a real difference. We are keen to appoint enthusiastic Social Workers who share our vision in the development of a centre of excellence. 

We currently have opportunities for Advanced Practitioner/Approved Mental Health Professionals based in:

Greenwich Central Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Team

The Central AMHP Team provides a single point of access to all requests for assessment under the Mental Health Act 1983 (2007).  The team is comprised of Advanced Practitioners who are all qualified practicing AMHPs, an AMHP team manager, AMHP senior manager and team administrator.

The service delivery incorporates all age ranges as well as those who may already be receiving mental health input from specialist services, such as children and mental health services, learning disability services and others.  The aim of the team is to provide a timely response to all requests for assessment and a clear management framework for the delivery of a service to people who are experiencing a mental health crisis and are assessed to need either additional support in the community or admission to hospital.  In each individual situation the objective is to ensure that a less restrictive and appropriate intervention is pursued through a multi-disciplinary approach to risk assessment and risk management.  In supporting a strength based, person centred approach all requests for assessments under the Mental Health Act will be approached in a planned and considered way, through early consultation and collaborative working with community teams, service user and carer networks and community services.

What we look for:

The applicant must be able to provide professional support, supervision, expertise and leadership to social work colleagues and teams in situations of complexity and high risk.

To be able to contribute to the development of knowledge and promotion of excellence within Greenwich mental health social care

Advanced Practitioner AMHPs are expected to undertake the role of an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) and must be able to act as an AMHP on behalf of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The applicant must be able to manage complex high risk referrals, work autonomously and have experience of working co-productively with service users, carers, and families, within a crisis intervention model of care. 

To be able to deliver a strength based, person centred approach to promote mental health wellbeing, independence, and personalised outcomes for all people.

To undertake the statutory functions of the Advanced Practitioner/AMHP role (Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005, Mental Health Act 1983 (2007), Children Act 1989 (2004) and other related legislation), and respond to a range of complex assessment and care interventions for those who present with care and support needs:

  • social care assessments
  • carers assessments
  • court of protection
  • safeguarding concerns and enquiries
  • mental capacity assessments
  • mental health assessments
  • Mental Health Act assessments


Your job satisfaction is important - to support you in your AMHP role you will receive:

  • Access to a manager who is AMHP qualified 24/7
  • 1 to 1 reflective AMHP post assessment supervision
  • Access to Social Work, AMHP and Reflective Practice Forums for peer group discussion reflection and supervision
  • An AMHP mentor to provide additional support in your first year of employment
  • 18 hours (3 days) of AMHP approval training in each year
  • A structured induction to Greenwich AMHP service
  • A welcome meeting with the Head of Social Care and Lead Social Worker to discuss and plan for your continued development pathway as an Advanced Practitioner and AMHP
  • Regular access to our Mental Health Lead Social Worker/Lead AMHP to support and develop your Advanced social work practice
  • Protected time each year to work on your professional portfolio (Social Work England registration)
  • Up to 2 days in each 5 year period to complete your AMHP re-approval portfolio
  • Opportunity to be involved in the practice education of all social workers, AMHPs, trainee AMHPs and student social workers undertaking professional training
  • Access to the Royal Borough of Greenwich learning portal, training programmes, reflective workshops, and events
  • Collaborative Working - Strong partnership working between Royal Borough of Greenwich Health and Adults Services,  Integrated Commissioning Board and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust (named Trust of the Year 2023).  This collaboration enables efficient multiagency working towards achieving a joint mission.  

For these roles you must hold:

  • A registered professional social work qualification or other professional regulator.
  • Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) qualification.
  • Registration with Social Work England or other/professional registering body.
  • This role will require an Enhanced DBS check

In return we offer a range of benefits including:

  • Excellent Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Generous annual leave allowance of 29 days plus Bank Holidays
  • Flexible and hybrid working arrangements with good IT equipment
  • Vibrant Staff Networks
  • Reduced rate gym membership
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • GreenwichCard entitling you to discounts at local businesses
  • Payroll Giving Scheme
  • Travel expenses for business mileage and car parking
  • Free on site parking

If you want to be part of this forward-thinking service and can help us to achieve our vision, we’d love to hear from you.

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Why work for the Royal Borough of Greenwich?

The Royal Borough Of Greenwich supports equality and diversity in the workplace. The borough has a clear commitment to the LGBT community, mental health issues, race equality and disability.

Greenwich offers a diverse range of roles, from junior to senior positions, spanning service sectors from children’s services to engineering.

With the main council offices based in the heart of Woolwich, employees also benefit from an excellent transport links, while central London is just 20 minutes away.

Excellent benefits

  • Up to 31 days leave per year.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Developing opportunities to maximise employee’s potential.
  • Annual season ticket loan.
  • Greenwich One Card which entitles employees to discounts at local businesses.

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