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Code: BH/21/1066 AMHP PG Dip Approved Mental Health Practice

Applications are invited to train as an Approved Mental Health Professional January – June 2022

The prospective applicants must be:

·        Employed by B&HCC and,

·        HCPC registered social worker, or,

·        Registered mental health or learning disability nurse with the NMC, or,

·        HCPC registered Occupational Therapist, or,

·        BPS registered Psychologist.

You will need the support from your line manager to apply, in the knowledge this is a 5-6 month full time course with a 40 day placement in the dedicated AMHP team.

On successful passing of the course you will be considered for approval (warranting) under the Mental Health Act 1983 to carry out the roles and responsibilities of an AMHP on behalf of Brighton & Hove City Council.

There is an annual market supplement payable to warranted AMHPs who undertake 30 days on the AMHP rota each year (pro rata days and payment for part-timers). In addition you will need to undertake a minimum of 18 hours (3 days) AMHP related training to comply with the Regulations every year.

To apply please click on 'request a place' and complete and return the AMHP application form which can be found in the 'attached documents' by 30th July 2021. Application forms to be returned to 

Brighton & Hove City Council will interview applicants prior to selecting the applicant(s) who will be put forward to the University of Brighton for their round of interviews. Interviews will be held week commencing 23rd August 2021.

Additionally prospective applicants  are invited to contact the AMHP Practice Manager, Dominic Marley, on 07471217487 for an informal discussion.

Please see attached application forms for further details. Please submit application form to

The University are running an introductory session for potential applicants. This will take place via Microsoft Teams on the afternoon of Monday 28 June 2021 from 2pm - 3:30pm. During this session they will provide information about the course and discuss some of the things people might consider before applying. Previous cohorts say they have found this very useful in terms of preparing for both the interview and the course. If people would like to attend this session, please could they email Lianne Finlay:

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1 17 January 2022 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map

Code: BH/22/0071 Diverse Talent programme for BME staff (EVENT FULL)

The council’s workforce data shows that our Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) staff are not proportionately represented at grades SO1/2 and above. 

As part of Our People Promise commitment to be a fair and inclusive place to work, we are offering this unique programme of workshops over a 6 month period to support BME staff members with their personal and professional development, increasing their confidence to progress in their career and to overcome barriers in accessing opportunities and gaining promotion.

The Lead Sponsor is Abraham Ghebre-Ghiorghis, Executive Lead Officer - Strategy Governance & Law. Abraham will introduce the first session in January and talk about his aspirations for the programme.

Each participant will be supported by a sponsor from the Leadership Network. Research shows that projects with effective sponsorship are more likely to meet or exceed project objectives than those without sponsorship. Sponsors will support participants with learning goals and will be an advocate for the talent and skills that emerge and act as a champion for the learner they are supporting.  Sponsors are allies for BME staff, working proactively to challenge racism and bias and encourage new ways of thinking; they are open about the ways in which they educate themselves and share their knowledge openly.

Participants also have the option of accessing our coaching offer to further support their learning.

Workshops take place on the following dates, on Zoom:

Monday 17 January 1pm - 4pm
Tuesday 22 February 10am - 1pm
Tuesday 5 April 1pm  - 4pm
Tuesday 24 May 10am - 1pm
Monday 20 June 1pm - 4pm
Tuesday 5 July 10am - 1pm

Participants must be committed to attending all workshops.

Deadline to apply is Friday 26 November.

In the event of the programme being over-subscribed, the following criteria will be applied:

1) Length of service with Brighton and Hove – priority given to staff in Band 1

Band 1:       More than 5 years service

Band 2:       2-5 years service

Band 3:       Less than 2 years service

2) Fair and proportionate spread across the directorates

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1 17 January 2022 13:00 - 16:00 Zoom Map

Code: BH/21/1602 Paediatric First Aid (2 days)

This qualification is for people who have a specific responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community activities, to prepare the learner to develop the skills and knowledge needed to provide effective first aid to children and infants.

It is mandatory for those working with children from birth to five years. It is also suitable for those working with children from birth to puberty, including foster carers, schools and CVS practitioners.

There are seven Practical assessments, observed by the trainer throughout the course. There are two Theory assessment/multiple choice question papers. The pass mark is 11 out of 15 for Unit 1 and 18 out of 25 for Unit 2.

In addition, the trainer will carry out on-going assessment to assess the learners’ knowledge, skills and understanding related to the assessment criteria.

To assess competence and gain certification, the learner will need to demonstrate, without assistance from a third party, practical tasks such as CPR with the casualty on the floor to simulate a real-life situation.  If the learner is unable to carry out this practical assessment, for example because they cannot kneel, then they will not pass the course and will not gain the qualification. In exceptional circumstances, learners who are not able to kneel may be able to carry out the task from a standing position, and this is acceptable.

Each learner is provided with a course manual.

This qualification is valid for a period of 3 years. The learner needs to re-take the qualification before the certificate expiry date to remain qualified by attending a full two day/twelve hour Paediatric First Aid course.

The programme has been amended due to the Covid-19 outbreak and infection prevention control measures and special instructions for attending this course are detailed below in the additional information. Please ensure these are read and understood before applying and attending the programme. Delegates can also request a full copy of the risk assessments that cover this training course.

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1 17 January 2022 09:30 - 16:30 Old Ship Hotel - Gresham Room Map
2 18 January 2022 09:30 - 16:30 Old Ship Hotel - Gresham Room Map

Code: BH/21/1291 Self Neglect - Senior Practitioners and Lead Agencies (EVENT FULL)

This is a specialist course for practitioners and managers who are regularly working with complex situations where people are believed to be self neglecting and at risk of harm. This may include social workers, assessment team managers, housing managers and senior practitioners in provider services who regularly work with complex cases and who may have to take a lead role in convening a self neglect planning meeting.

The self-neglect procedure, part of the Sussex Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures, sets out a clear multi-agency approach to working with people who self neglect.  The course will review the procedures and will provide an opportunity for sharing knowledge and expertise, exploring limitations and challenges, evaluating good practice, escalating concerns where there are areas of uncertainty, and managing multi agency relationships and input. Participants will be expected to come prepared to share examples, and to work together on some case material.

Applications are welcome from partner organisations in the city, albeit that applicants are expected to have a significant role in co-ordinating responses to self neglect. (There is a seperate course for people requiring a foundation understanding of the issues of working with people who self neglect.)

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1 17 January 2022 10:00 - 16:00 Zoom Map

Code: BH/22/009 Trauma Informed Approach to Working with Children and Families (ASYEs)

This 2 session trauma training course will provide you with a theoretical base about trauma development and the impact of trauma.There will be time and space to learn and practice skills. These sessions will offer you a unique opportunity to consolidate your learning and reflection.

Please note, there will be homework between sessions.

This course is for ASYEs only.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 17 January 2022 10:00 - 15:00 Microsoft Teams Map
2 28 January 2022 10:00 - 15:00 Microsoft Teams Map