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Social Worker (Out of Hours Approved Mental Health Professional)

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Royal Derby Hospital and Chesterfield Royal Hospital offices with County wide response
Salary details
Grade 9 - 11 £30,054 - £40,638 per annum (Based on 37 hours a week)
Job term
No Guaranteed Hours
Appointment type
No guaranteed hours
Closing Date
17 December 2023
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Are you looking to expand your career into Social Care/Mental Health?

Would you enjoy being part of a structured and supportive team, allowing you to make independent decisions within your authority?

If so:

Derbyshire County Council are currently recruiting to the Out of Hours AMHP Team. We are looking to appoint suitably qualified Approved Mental Health Professionals to act on behalf of Derbyshire County Council to triage and undertake Mental Health Act assessments out of hours. The service currently operates between 16:00pm and 7.00am weekdays, and full coverage weekends and bank holidays across Derbyshire. The service operates as part of Derbyshire’s 24-hour AMHP service and currently only undertakes Mental Health Act assessments and associated work within urgent care pathways.

Working for Derbyshire County Council has rewarding benefits and dedicated/experienced management and colleagues who are there to provide solid guidance and support whenever needed. Our other benefits include:

Fixed or flexible shift patterns with a variety of shift lengths to promote a good work life balance.

Supportive management structure with regular supervision and team meetings. On-call system for senior management and legal support throughout the night.

  • Opportunity to work across other areas of the service and departments. Management is supportive of prospective applicants undertaking alternative duties for Derbyshire to develop and maintain skills, for example, Best Interests Assessments, student mentoring or additional shifts with Adult Care and Childrens Services. 
  • Additional enhancements of hourly rate + 1/3 between 7pm and 7am.
  • Excellent training and professional development services.

Whilst thorough training is provided, the basic requirements for the role are:

  • AMHP Qualification and preferably post qualifying experience working in an Emergency Duty Team setting.
  • Share in a duty worker rota throughout the week which will mean being responsible for the triage and allocation of Mental Health Act Assessments.
  • Knowledge and experience of working across health and social care settings, as well as the ability to collaborate and support professionals working across the urgent care pathways.
  • Knowledge and ability to apply the Mental Health Act 1983, Care Act 2014, Safeguarding Adults procedures and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. An understanding of the interfaces between the Childrens Act 1989, Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Attending and contributing to local AMHP forums and team meetings. Maintaining statutory training for the AMHP role.

Attached to the role is a full job and person profile which we expect applicants to refer to when filling out their application and highlighting how their experience matched the specifications.

For any questions, or if you would like to have an informal chat with one of the team before applying, please drop an email to ASCH.recruitment@derbyshire.gov.uk and one of our team will be back in touch


Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. Click here to see our policy on criminal background checks.

The job may require unsocial hours working including weekends and Bank Holidays. Payment arrangements will be detailed in any contract offer made.

Saturday and Sunday hours will be paid at plain time where it is part of your normal working pattern unless it is between 7pm and 7am, where enhanced rates of pay apply. Enhanced pay rates are paid for Bank Holiday working.

Apply now and take the first step towards a fulfilling career with us! By joining Derbyshire County Council you will have access to a range of amazing rewards and employee benefits, including our generous annual leave scheme, excellent local government pension and fantastic employee discounts. To discover more detail about the rewards and benefits available to you, click here