Social Worker - Mental Health - Adults

Location North Yorkshire
Salary £40.00 - £42.50 per hour
hours- 1.0 FTE (37 hours) working hours 12-8 Monday – Friday. Flexible on start/finish times based on the needs of the service.
Length- initially 3 months, potential for extension
Start- immediate
Base – to be agreed but work will primarily be from locality of Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale and Selby and the said candidate would need to be within 1-1.5 hours travel distance of Scarborough.

Job Purpose:


The core focus of this job is to:
  1. Undertake the responsibilities of the AMHP as determined by the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the Mental Health Act 2007) and associated legislation, codes of practice and guidance.
  2. The post holder will be a member of an integrated Community Mental Health Team and will undertake duties required by that role

the post holder will be a member of a specialist team, eg assertive   outreach, crisis resolution, Intensive Home Treatment Team, learning disability, CAMHS , EDT or adult’s social care team, and will undertake duties required by that role.
  1. Provide professional advice to colleagues, managers and partner agencies in relation to the application of mental health law.

Key AMHP Tasks:

  • To fulfil the duties required of an Approved Mental Health Professional as described by the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the 2007 Act, the Code of Practice 1983, and The North Yorkshire County Council /North Yorkshire PCT policy “The Role of the AMHP”.
  • Participate in the AMHP rota and undertake Mental Health Act duties appropriate to the role as requested by the Directorate.
  • Co-ordinate the process of a Mental Health Act assessment under Part 2 of the Mental Health Act, and where appropriate make an application for compulsory admission/guardianship.
  • Consult and inform a person’s nearest relative when an assessment under the Act is being considered.
  • Inform the patient and their nearest relative of their rights under the Mental Health Act.
  • Make appropriate arrangements for conveyance of patients to hospital.
  • Undertake the role of the AMHP in relation to Community Treatment Orders.
  • Prepare social reports for when having undertaken Mental Health Act assessments.
  • Prepare reports for, and attend tribunals as requested under the legislation.
  • Attend Section 117 meetings as a representative of the Local Social Services Authority when required to do so.
  • Fulfil the duties of the AMHP regarding mentally disordered people in the community, in relation to Section 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Request where appropriate an independent mental health advocate or an independent mental capacity advocate to represent a qualifying patient.
  • Act as an Appropriate Adult under PACE legislation where appropriate.
  • Undertake eligibility assessments under Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards where appropriate and where appropriately qualified to do so.

  • Contribute as required to the development and implementation of policies and procedures relating to their area of work.
  • Provide support  to less experienced qualified staff and non qualified staff and provide practice placement supervision for trainee AMHP’s
  • Maintain continuous professional development and AMHP status
  • Maintain and produce timely and comprehensive records in relation to assessments under the Mental Health Act and all other areas of AMHP work

  • Authorise medical fees and other associated fees related to the legislative role