Skip to content Skip to content
Search jobs

Approved Mental Health Professional

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Responsibility

This is an exciting opportunity for Approved Mental Health Professionals to join the Kent AMHP Service. Dedicated AMHPs have a designated lead area within the service of either shift coordination or quality assurance. Shift coordinators will triage referrals on behalf of the service and organise the workload for daytime shifts. AMHPs with the quality assurance lead role will provide practice supervision, practice education, quality audits and direct observations for AMHPs within the team.

We welcome applications from social workers, nurses, occupational therapists, and psychologists who are qualified AMHPs or about to qualify.

Our AMHPs provide a high-quality, responsive 24-hour service to people with mental health needs requiring assessment under the Mental Health Act. Working in partnership with stakeholders and other agencies, our AMHPs ensure the service users in greatest need are appropriately supported and made safe whilst maintaining their rights

You will:

  • Undertake Mental Health Act assessments in a variety of settings, including hospital and community settings
  • Liaise with partners and stakeholders, such as health colleagues and the police
  • Possess a current AMHP warrant
  • Have a substantial working knowledge of all relevant Mental Health Act and Social Care legislation and Codes of Practice.
  • Have a robust knowledge of mental health conditions and treatments, and approaches to social work intervention. A good understanding of the Care Programme Approach.
  • The ability to work flexibly with limited resources and within a multi-disciplinary environment whilst ensuring that the underpinning principles of the law are maintained and legalities adhered to.
  • Specialise in either a Quality Lead or Shift Co-ordination Lead role
  • Good computer literacy.
  • Excellent report writing, interpersonal skills and negotiation skills.
  • A flexible approach to working hours and location.
  • The ability to work on your own initiative whist being a team player

Our offer:

  • Starting salary £36,866 to £49,323
  • 33% shift enhancement for out of hours working (8pm to 8am Monday to Thursday, 5pm Friday to 8am Monday and any bank holidays)
  • Opportunity for flexible working patterns
  • An opportunity to earn additional payment for assessments in addition to your normal working hours
  • Relocation packages up to a maximum of £8,000
  • Full induction and comprehensive professional learning and development
  • Annual leave allowance of 29 days going up to 30 days after 5 years service
  • Access to the Kent Academy for learning, practice development, innovation and training.
  • A minimum of 5 days training each year, three of which are AMHP specific
  • Excellent local government pension scheme.

Market premium payments

  • £3,000 upon appointment for employees new to Kent County Council
  • £2,000 market premium payment paid upon re-approving as an AMHP.

Full time dedicated AMHPs work three 11.5 hour shifts per week covering days, nights, and weekends. We aim to balance the allocation of night and weekend shifts to individual needs and preferences ensuring a fair distribution of these shifts amongst the team.

The AMHP service offers flexible working agreements in line with our Work Smart flexible working procedure.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring service and a relevant professional qualification (Social Work, Nursing or Occupational Therapy) as well as up to date registration with the appropriate professional body.

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Contact Details

For further information please contact Helen Burns at the Kent AMHP Service on

About the Company

KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county's working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.

Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.

This website is using cookies to improve your browsing experience. If you navigate to another page without changing the settings bellow you consent to this. Read more about cookies.