In Kensington and Chelsea, we look after a diverse population, which includes people living in some of the nation’s most deprived wards. Our challenges have become particularly acute during the pandemic but, by sharing facilities and expertise in a bi-borough agreement with Westminster City Council, we have sustained joined-up health and social care services that put residents at their heart. We support people’s independence and wellbeing and work hard to enable them to live in the community with dignity, choice and control. However, when mental health crises occur, our Duty Team of AMHPs are ready to act.
You’ll provide both assessment and support to people referred with urgent mental health issues which are likely to require statutory intervention. You will signpost and support colleagues to consider least restrictive practices, promoting the independence and rights of vulnerable individuals, addressing safeguarding issues, and advocating and empowering people to make their own choices where they can. No two days are the same and, in our diverse and densely populated borough, you’ll need to be ready for a range of both challenging and rewarding situations. Working to keep service users and those around them safe means looking at the bigger picture, whilst considering several courses of actions available, escalating where necessary to optimise the best outcomes. This is a non-case holding role, you will work within a small dedicated team, have the autonomy to make decisions on cases as an experienced AMHP with a sound knowledge of the law, whilst working closely with other partner agencies in a collaborative approach, to reach the desired outcome for that individual and their immediate needs. The team promotes a flexible and collective responsibility to prioritising workload according to risk, urgency and complexity, and with the full support and access to management.
Problem solving and calm under pressure, you’ll have the ability to maintain professionalism whilst in situations of conflict and stress, often dealing with competing demands.
You’ll be a qualified and registered social worker, with sound experience of practising as an AMHP in many different settings especially duty work. Proactive and focused on finding both practicable and realistic solutions, you’ll bring a wide range of skills and strategies to every situation and be able to apply them flexibly and creatively. Clear communication and effective negotiating skills are key, and you’ll also be adept at coaching and mentoring others to help develop a strong and expert team. You will have sound record keeping and clear decision-making skills, be competent in applying the law. Value promoting and protecting the rights of individuals, whilst ensuring safety is at the forefront of your decision making
In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme, travel allowance equivalent to zones one and two, generous annual leave plus bank holidays.