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Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 

Salary:Grade 12 Spinal Point - £37,356 to £41,202 

Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:County Hall Glenfield, Glenfield, Leicestershire, le3 8RA 


Closing date:30 May 2022 at midnight 

We have a rare opportunity to offer a full time permanent AMHP position within the Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland integrated Forensic Mental Health Service. This well established and supportive specialist team offers both community and low secure inpatient services and the successful post holder will link in with both areas, as well as people placed nationally in specialist care and prison.
The forensic team currently consist of AMHP’s from both Leicestershire County and Leicester City, CPN’s, Forensic Psychologists, Healthcare Support Workers, Occupational Therapists and Consultant Forensic Psychiatrists/ Associate Specialists (as well as our ward colleagues on the Phoenix low secure ward which is based on the same site).
This role will consist of:
• Working as part of a specialist integrated social care and health team to provide social work assessment under the Care Act 2014/ s117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 to a caseload of community and inpatient forensic service users across Leicestershire, with the aim of identifying and meeting their eligible needs (including commissioning packages of care) and managing/ reducing the risks that their mental health poses to others. This will include people currently under part III of the MHA (including under s37, s37/41 and s47/49) and those subject to criminal justice requirements.
• Involvement in the care of Leicestershire service users who are currently in hospital/ placed out of area and supporting their discharge as appropriate. This can include nationwide travel at times as agreed with the Forensic service manager.
• Working in partnership with colleagues from NHS England, CCG’s, the Police (including MOSOVO/ IOM services), Probation, Prisons, the Criminal Justice Liaison Services, children’s services, specialist substance misuse services and other 3rd sector agencies.
• Acting as a social supervisor for conditionally discharged patients, including the completion of monitoring reports to the Ministry of Justice.
• Contributing to and supporting the MAPPA process/ attending MAPPA meetings.
• Completing social circumstances reports for detained patients and attending Tribunals/ Managers Hearings.
• Completing MHA 1983 assessments, including CTO's and Guardianship.
• Attendance at ward rounds at Phoenix Ward (low secure) and providing social work support to the inpatient team.
• Supporting Transforming Care eligible service users and contributing to/ attending Care and Treatment Review meetings.
• Undertaking applications to the Court of Protection as required.
• Undertaking Safeguarding Adults enquiries and implementing/ engaging in the VARM (vulnerable Adults Risk Management) process as needed.
• Contributing to HCR-20 v3 specialist risk assessments for community patients.
• Involvement in assessing team referrals, supporting lone working within the team and attending integrated team meetings.
• The successful candidate will also be expected to participate on the Countywide AMHP rota on a fortnightly basis, as well as any MHA 1983 considerations needed for those on their caseload. We usually work from an AMHP hub based at County Hall Glenfield, but during Covid-19 most AMHP's are working from home unless otherwise agreed.     Forensic experience is desirable but not essential as full training will be given, and ongoing support will be available. This is a fascinating role and as forensic vacancies continue to be rare it's hoped that experienced staff and those wishing to gain experience in this area will consider taking advantage of this opportunity.
• Social Work Degree/ Masters/ Diploma or equivalent Social Work qualification (as recognised by Social Work England).
• Qualified to act as an Approved Mental Health Professional in England.
• Full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle. 
To learn more about our brand new service model and for more information regarding the range of exciting opportunities we have within Adults Social Care, please click on the following link to hear from our Assistant Director, Heather Pick -
For more information about working in our team please use the link below:
The post holder will be provided with an office base, however due to the nature of the role you must have the ability to travel to other areas across the locality. Due to the pandemic, our staff are currently working from home. The working hours are Monday to Thursday 8.30 – 5pm and Friday 8.30 – 4.30pm. Flexible working can be considered.
Benefits of working for Leicestershire County Council:
  • Committed to providing an inclusive workplace
  • Relocation package available
  • Existing continuous service leave entitlement (plus 5 years) will be honoured
  • Paid Social Work England registration
  • Excellent health and wellbeing support available for employees
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Option to purchase additional annual leave
We particularly welcome applicants from black, minority, ethnic (BME) communities, disabled people and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities, as they are currently under represented within our workforce. We are on a journey to be an inclusive department where a culture to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion is embedded and discrimination challenged at every level together as a department.  We warmly welcome those from all cultures, ethnicities and beliefs - this diversity is vital to our journey and is fundamental to our values and enriches the services we offer. 
For more information on the benefits of working for Leicestershire County Council please click here employee benefits. Please Click here to look at our brochure Employment Deal – Working for Leicestershire County Council
This post is the subject of an Enhanced DBS check.   
For more information regarding this post, please contact Andy Dengate (Resourcing Co-ordinator), T: 0116 305 0914.
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