Assistant Team Manager - Approved Mental Health Professional (In Hours)

Location: Aylesbury


We are seeking to appoint to the role of an Assistant Team Manager (AMHP Senior Practitioner) to help manage the establishment of our centralised AMHP service.

We are committed to supporting a centralised 24/7 AMHP service which is sensitive to meeting the complex needs of people requiring assessment under the Mental Health Act in a responsive and professional manner whilst promoting the wellbeing of a highly trained and competent workforce.

You will be expected to take an active part carrying out the AMHP role on the established in hours duty rota and continue the success in supporting the development of individuals within Buckinghamshire Council and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust with the process of AMHP training and eventual AMHP approval.

You will be entitled to a £2,500 (per annum) AMHP allowance.

In addition to the salary advertised, you will receive a market premium of £525 per annum.

Location: Whiteleaf Centre, Bierton Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1EG

About us

The Bucks AMHP service is a highly valued service within Bucks Council and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust as a S75 seconded service. We are a small, friendly and supportive team.   

About the role

The core purpose of the post is to support the AMHP Manager to deliver a quality 24/7 service by providing the day-to-day support and supervision to the AMHP group in hours.

This post is integral to the effective liaison with key services and teams including inpatient services, community teams, police and ambulance to ensure effective integrated working. 

The main duties and responsibilities of the AMHP Assistant Team Manager role are:

  • To convene and undertake MHA assessments whilst contributing to the in hours rota shifts for the 24/7 AMHP service.
  • To undertake the statutory roles of an AMHP as laid out in the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended) and Code of Practice.
  • Provide support and professional/reflective/management supervision to the AMHP group particularly the in hours AMHPs.
  • Support the AMHPs with their own professional development.
  • To promote and engage in cross/multi agency working, ensuring strong working relationships are in place with partner agencies.
  • To deputise for the AMHP Manager.
  • Support the development of individuals both within Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Buckinghamshire Council with the process of AMHP training and eventual approval as an AMHP to the service.
  • To provide guidance and management of complex and high-risk cases and ensure tasks requiring the AMHP role outside of the remit of a daily rota (e.g. Guardianship applications, displacement of Nearest Relatives) are completed.
  • To identify, challenge and, where possible, redress discrimination and inequality in all its forms in relation to AMHP Practice.
  • To take a professional leadership role in cases where individual’s needs/situation are complex or ambiguous, or where this is in dispute amongst those who have an interest in the individual’s welfare.
  • Commitment to work with individuals with lived experience and carers to promote participation and inclusivity.

About you

You will be a confident and experienced AMHP invested in your own personal development and of others. The successful post holder will provide guidance and management of complex cases and ensure that tasks requiring the AMHP role outside of the remit of a daily rota are completed to a high standard.

You will receive excellent support, supervision and training from the AMHP Team Manager and the other Assistant Team Manager (AMHP Senior Practitioner). There will also be many opportunities to access AMHP refresher training from the Thames Valley Consortium, as well as national training and forums.     


As a ‘fixed’ worker, you’ll spend most of your time in the same location, which will likely be a fixed office or location where your role is performed. Typically, you’ll be based in the same location as the rest of your team, because you provide a particular service from that fixed location or need access to information there.

Please see attached job summary for more information.

Other information

For an informal discussion please contact:

  • David Glover-Wright, (AMHP Team Manager) on 01865 901634 or 07565 624248
  • Natasha Bowler, (Social Care Service Manager) on 07917 553375

You will be required to apply for a DBS at an enhanced level. Further information about the DBS Scheme can be found at GOV.UK

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare:

  • All unspent convictions and conditional cautions
  • All spent convictions and adult cautions that are not protected (i.e. that are not filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020).

For further information on filtering please refer to Nacro guidance and the guidance published by the Ministry of Justice (see, in particular, the section titled ‘Exceptions Order’).

We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.

Buckinghamshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.

Our values

We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are – Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.

By joining us, you can expect:

  • a fair and inclusive culture
  • the chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events

We know that our biggest strength comes from the people that work for us, and that’s why we’re working hard to ensure we continue to be an accessible and inclusive organisation.

From dedicated staff networks overseen by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, to proudly standing as a Disability Confident employer, it’s important to us that all our colleagues feel engaged, listened to, and valued. Our offer of flexible working empowers a productive and happy workforce and allows employees to combine work with other responsibilities and commitments.

We believe our workforce should reflect the diverse communities we service in Buckinghamshire, and are looking for like-minded individuals to join us in promoting equality, fairness, and inclusion for everyone.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops, Microsoft Home Use Programme, and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and much more.