Adults and Health
Adults & Health Community Team
37 hours per week
It is an exciting time to join Somerset. We do things differently to put the person at the centre of everything we do.
Our focus is on promoting independence for everyone – so that people can do the things that matter most to them and live the life they want to live. When you work with us you’ll have the freedom to be innovative, to influence change and to really touch people’s lives – you can #DoitYourWay.
The Mental Health Social Care Service (MHSC) consists of two community teams (East/ West of the County), a hospital social work inpatient team, and an AMHP team (which also provides the adults out of hours service across Somerset). The aim of the service is to promote independence and recovery for people with significant and complex mental health needs. We adopt a strengths-based approach focusing on the aptitudes and abilities of individuals, families, social networks and communities. And what matters to individuals and their families is always central to our approach. We empower people to take control of their lives and their care and support, working with individuals and their communities to identify and provide sustainable local solutions which help them stay as well as possible, as independent as possible, for as long as possible.
In 2016, Somerset was part of an innovative national pilot evaluating mental health social care services with involvement from Karen Linde and Ruth Allen. Since then, mental health social care has been through a process of modernisation with a focus on developing a strong, sustainable service firmly underpinned by social care evidence and values.
About the Job
The Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Service Manager, based in Taunton, will strategically oversee the work of the AMHP hub and adults out-of-hours service.
You will lead a county-wide service to ensure that individuals in crisis receive a timely, rights-respecting and compassionate response. Actions taken will be consistent with the overarching principles of the Mental Health Act Code of Practice, focused on: least restrictive options and maximising independence, empowerment and involvement, respect and dignity, purpose and effectiveness, efficiency and equity. You will create positive links within communities to promote recovery and ensure you are aware of all alternatives to the use of statutory powers. Where the Act is invoked, you will help facilitate timely, safe and supportive discharge from detention. Strong social care values, a ‘can do’ attitude, and the ability to robustly advocate for people’s human rights is essential. When it comes to your work, you’ll be brave in your approach, not afraid to do things differently when it benefits the service user, and able to demonstrate a real creative spark.
You will work alongside the AMHP Professional Practice Lead to build good working relationships with health colleagues, police, care sector and others for the benefit of service users and carers and to encourage further partnership working.
You will line manage and lead a mixed team including AMHP’s and Community Officers whilst also motivating and inspiring those around you to innovate and improve the support they provide. You will ensure assessments are legally sound and based on the latest evidence-based practice.
You will have the opportunity to be creative and influence the development of the service.
You will ensure the promoting independence and recovery model of working is embraced by the AMHP and adults out-of-hours teams and embedded in everything they do.
You will be responsible for leading and managing short and long-term priorities in the service and you will be responsible for ensuring the service is sustainable and affordable for the future.
You’ll be driven by your passion for making a positive difference to the lives of service users. This will be underpinned by your knowledge and experience of AMHP practice and mental health social work – allowing you to provide clear direction and command the respect of your teams.
We are looking for people who are not afraid to do things differently to create support that is better for people.
- have an understanding of Mental Health Social Care with substantial management experience
- be an Approved Mental Health Professional and have a sound knowledge of mental health law and practice
- You’ll need to be:
- working (or to have recently worked) at team manager level
- innovative and creative
- motivated and passionate to make things happen
- full of new ideas
- able to work at pace
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, where you’ll work as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. We provide an excellent benefits package to all employees, including (to name but a few): a Local Government Pension scheme, a flexible benefits scheme via salary sacrifice, My Staff Shop discounts for online shopping, insurance benefits, gym discounts, and generous annual leave, alongside flexible working arrangements and employee wellbeing services to support a healthy lifestyle and a practical work/life balance. You can find out more about the great benefits we offer our employees here.
For more information or an informal discussion about this post please contact David Partlow, Strategic Manager on DPartlow@somerset.gov.uk or 07775822463.
This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.
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Job ref no: 10871/SR
Closing date: 23 January 2019