Good enough for my family, that’s our mental health social workers’ first principle of work. Assigned to the Devon Partnership Mental Health Trust and working in well-established, multidisciplinary teams, they focus on safe, personalised, recovery-focused and sustainable care services.
In Adult Mental Health, we work across network areas and clinical directorates: Adults, Older Person’s Specialist and Secure Services. Approved mental health professionals (AMHPs) at DCC are qualified social workers whose caseload is reduced to accommodate their capacity for AMHP work.
The AMHP service is provided by a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model which consists of a small central full-time AMHP team (‘Hub’) that receive and triage all requests for Mental Health Act assessments. They’re supported by and provide backup cover to our locality based AMHPs (‘Spokes’). This model has greatly improved the coordination and delivery of AMHP services in Devon and has a good working relationship with out-of-hours services.
All AMHPs are given a comprehensive, flexible package of refresher training. This is further supported by e-learning packages provided jointly by the Trust and DCC as well as face-to-face learning in areas such as the Mental Capacity Act, safeguarding and the Mental Health Act.
Watch Megan’s story about why she chose to become an approved mental health professional.
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