Mental Health Social Worker (AMHP)

Location Dudley, Dudley, England
Salary £20.85 - £22.95 per hour
We require an experienced Mental Health Social Worker to join the team for a 3 month period to support the service. The worker must have recent experience of working in a Mental Health community setting and to be able to pick up a caseload of complex Service Users and undertake assessment and review to support and aide recovery. They do not have to hold an AMHP qualification and will not be required to undertake AMHP duties (but AMHP experience would be valuable)

  • To participate in the Duty System.
  • If approved under the Mental Health Act, the Social Worker will carry out all duties of an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) and take part in an AMHP duty rota.  There may be an expectation that the postholder undertakes AMHP training and updates knowledge of legislation, practice and procedure and supervises AMHP candidates.
  • To undertake assessment of need of those service users who require a complete assessment, co-ordinating those assessments where multi-disciplinary input is required in accordance with Departmental Procedures.
  • To be responsible for the design and costing of care packages which are flexible and responsive to the needs of the service user and carers.
  • To be responsible for the implementation, monitoring and review within Departmental guidelines of Care Packages and to respond to changes through renegotiation of Care Package.
  • To maintain effective working relationships with internal and external service providers and to convene and attend multi-disciplinary meetings as required.
  • To develop comprehensive knowledge of local resources on order that service users/carers are informed as to the choices and options of care and other assistance available to them.
  • To keep up-to-date with professional developments in the field of Adult Services and to make appropriate recommendations to the Team.
  • To perform statutory duties appropriate to the post.
  • To undertake supervisory responsibility for Assistant Care Co-ordinators.

  • To operate within Departmental stated Principles, Policies and Guidelines including Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Complaints Procedures.
  • To maintain records and write reports in accordance with Departmental Policy and Practice.

  • To work flexible hours in order to meet the need of service users and

  • There will be an expectation to keep abreast of current thinking and treatment.

  • To undertake any other duties appropriate to the post.


Key Accountabilities


  • To be accountable for and promote equal opportunity, diversity and community cohesion to meet Council, Directorate and Service objectives.  All employees have a responsibility not only for their own behaviour, but also for others regarding equality of opportunity.  Any incident must be reported.
  • To participate in a Performance Review and Development meeting and undertake a plan of training where necessary.  Develop his/her own skills and expertise in a professional manner.
  • In addition to all the responsibilities listed above, all employees must be flexible in their approach and undertake other duties that are commensurate with post holder’s level, wherever they may be, to achieve the objectives of the Directorate.
  • To represent the Council and Directorate in a professional manner meeting the Corporate and Directorate aims.  To comply with Directorate and Corporate policies.
  • If appropriate to be responsible for the recruitment and performance management of designated teams and individuals in accordance with Corporate and Directorate aims and management style.
  • To comply with the council’s financial regulation and standing orders
  • To actively promote Dudley’s commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults at a level appropriate to this role and setting.
  • Employees must comply with health and safety legislation and will be required to comply with the Council’s Health and Safety Policies. All employees must ensure that they take reasonable care of their own health and safety as well as the health and safety of any person that is affected by their actions.
  • To be responsible for adhering to legislative requirements and Council Policies and Procedures including, but not exclusively health & safety, Data Protection and Internet/Email use
  • Provide specialist advice and support to other colleagues and liaise with district offices and other agencies.
  • Work within the care programme approach.

  • Work within departmental policies and procedures.

  • Attend ward reviews, case conferences, allocation and team meetings.

  • When necessary and appropriate, to provide specialist placements to students in consultation with Team Manager.

  • This job description is provided to assist the postholder to understand what his/her duties are and may be amended from time to time without change to the level of responsibility appropriate to the grade of post.