Our Approved Mental Health Professional Team

We are looking for enthusiastic, skilled, motivated staff who are passionate about supporting people suffering from mental distress to join our Approved Mental Health Professional Team.

About us

A word from Zowina Green, our Head of Service and Specialist Mental Health Manager:

“We transformed our Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) service in January 2021, which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year so that we can provide the best possible service for people in West Sussex.

“I am proud of our highly motivated, skilled and professional team and if you share our values and have the skills to promote best practice in this specialist area, then this could be the role for you and we would love to hear from you.”

The role

  • Grade 12, £45,441 to £48,474 per annum, with the addition of 18% enhancement on top of annual salary.

AMHPs arrange and conduct assessments under the Mental Health Act (1983) and must adhere to specific legislation to ensure the decisions made are ethically, morally, and legally compliant.

Bespoke training and supervision are provided on an ongoing basis to ensure that you meet the legal requirements and are enabled to do the role to the best of your ability.

Our service benefits from an experienced Lead Approved Mental Health Professional on duty who coordinates the shift and receives, triages, prioritises and allocates assessments to the AMHP on the rota that day.

An assessment under the Mental Health Act (1983) usually requires two doctors, one of whom should be specially trained, and is known as a S12 Doctor, and an Approved Mental Health Professional. As the Approved Mental Health Professional, your role in the assessment is to bring the social perspective to the application of the law and you are ultimately the decision maker.

If you are caring, compassionate and really want to make a difference for people who are suffering from a mental health crisis then this is the vocation for you.

This is a pressured job, so you will need to be able to manage competing demands as well as being resilient. However, this role is rewarding and you will be well supported by a team of highly skilled professionals.


If you’re interested in joining our Approved Mental Health Professional Team, view our current roles.

If you would like an informational conversation about this exciting opportunity, please email Zowina Green at zowina.green@westsussex.gov.uk.