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Approved Mental Health Professional (37 hours per week) (Dorchester)

Salary details: £36922 - £42821

Dorset Council
Occupational group
Health and Social Care - Adults
Salary details
£36,922 to £42,821
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Pete Osborne
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 221210
Closing Date
16 May 2021
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We are about to embark on an exciting period of change, redefining the specialist service that is the Dorset AMHP service, so we are looking for Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) to help shape, work and embed our AMHP Hub.

We are a bold and ambitious authority that’s going places. In support of our workforce, we offer very supportive leadership, some flexible options in terms of hours and location of working and great opportunities to develop your career. This is an excellent opportunity to join our Dorset team, who are striving to provide the best possible service for the people of Dorset. So what can we offer you, and what are we looking for?

What you will be doing 

As a qualified Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), you will be responsible for undertaking statutory duties as laid out in the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, the Care Act and as a valued part of the 24 hour, 7 day a week service to support people at a difficult time in their lives. 


About you  

  • Willing to maintain personal Approved Mental Health Professional status (Warranted)
  • Professional Qualification in Social Work or one of the recognised professions eligible to work as an AMHP.
  • Ideally you will have Post qualifying experience that should include direct work with those who have mental health needs
  • A current full driving licence and have use of a vehicle
  • A working knowledge of legislation, safeguarding, assessments, preparation of care plans, monitoring and reviewing outcomes
  • Commitment to your own professional development, including maintaining up-to-date knowledge of mental health issues
  • We invite you to read the person specification for further details of the role requirements and contact us if you want to ask any further questions.

Additional information

Our offer to you:-

  • A life enhancing opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful counties with stunning countryside and coastal towns
  • Relocation assistance of up to £8,000, subject to meeting eligibility criteria
  • Work/life balance: flexible working is encouraged where possible, including working patterns and locations
  • A comprehensive professional development offer
  • A supportive, coaching style management team
  • 26 days annual leave (31 after 5 years’ service) plus 8 bank holidays
  • Employee assistance programme (EAP)
  • Opportunity to join the generous Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Option to join a car lease scheme
  • Refer a friend scheme: earn up to £1000

Please click on apply, we would love to hear from you.

Did you want an informal chat with one of the team? Please call Pete Osborne Specialist Manager – Mental Health on 01305 221210

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 


For more information about our new council visit 


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