This course is aimed at qualified experienced professionals in mental health who wish to become approved mental health professionals (AMHP).
You complete three modules to gain the postgraduate certificate, which are • values, ethics and evidence informed practice
You study the application of values, ethics and dilemmas, mental health and wider associated law and policy. You also examine the current research that informs knowledge about mental health conditions and treatments. We encourage you to locate and evaluate research findings relevant to your practice.
Learning takes place in workshops, lectures, group and individual tasks and in practice as well as in private study.
During the course you develop
Placements are in your own agency, usually with an AMHP team. An allocated practice educator provides supervision while you shadow and then lead assessments with a range of AMHP colleagues.
This course is approved by The Health and Care Professions Council.
You are eligible to be approved by your local Social Services Authority as an approved mental health professional.
The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
This module explores values, ethics and the research base of current interventions in mental health practice. You gain up to date knowledge from a range of experts on how practitioners can provide effective and safe interventions helping patients towards recovery. You learn to apply interventions in a way which reflects sound value base, service user and carer involvement within a multi-disciplinary arena.
This module provides an opportunity to evaluate current law and policy initiatives in the field of mental health, explore ethical dilemmas and apply these to AMHP and other professional roles. You gain an in-depth knowledge of the AMHP role and law and policy issues as they pertain to multi-disciplinary working through the study of current law and policy, service user and carer perspectives and the roles of different professionals.
This module is only open to those sponsored students who are going on to be approved as approved mental health professionals. It provides a five month placement with opportunities to demonstrate application of the law, policy, values and evidence from research when undertaking AMHP duties under supervision of an experienced, qualified AMHP practice educator. You meet the regulatory requirements for competent practice in a supported learning environment with university support from a placement tutor.
Approved mental health professionals (AMHP) work in a variety of teams including
There are a number of roles in management positions in agencies that AMHPs can apply such as lead AMHP roles and AMHP consultant roles.
The Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) PGCert at UCLan has been developed in collaboration with the regional Local Authorities. It provides an intense period of teaching and learning which draws on the expertise of AMHPs, academics, lawyers and service users and carers.
The programme reflects the needs of our local employers and stakeholders and we continually shape this in response to feedback. Agency colleagues and previous learners found UCLan’s AMHP programme to have a “supportive learning environment” in which they feel “keen and motivated to learn”, experiencing a “shift in thinking” towards the AMHP perspective and value base.
This course is specific to qualified and professionally registered mental health practitioners (Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists or Clinical Psychologists) who are usually nominated and funded by their Local Authority to undertake AMHP training. It is also open to any applicants that meet the entry requirements, including practitioners working outside of a Local Authority. Applicants will need to have access to a suitable practice placement with a practice assessor who is a qualified AMHP.
This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.
Students who are enrolled with the School of Social Work, Care and Community may be eligible for international travel opportunities relevant to their study.
On successful completion of this award students can progress to PGDip/MA awards as part of their CPD. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit http://www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd
The University has been endorsed by the College of Social Work as a provider of CPD training.
This CPD course has been approved by HCPC. Last reviewed September 2015.
Keynote lectures, seminars, tutorials, material for self-directed learning, e-learning, workshops will form part of university based learning provision.
Students will be required to link formal learning to their practice and will be encouraged to build on existing skills/develop new skills to consolidate their learning across the academic and practice fields.
Skills, values and knowledge will be developed through group discussions, group tutorials, presentations and practice learning opportunities.
The overarching teaching and learning strategy will enable students to develop cognitive skills which are appropriate to independent learning and postgraduate study.
A range of assessment methods will include essays, presentations, case studies, practice observation, reflective writing, practice portfolios, and personal development files.
Aims of the course include:
-To provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to meet section 2 of the Approval Criteria for AMHP training (HCPC 2013);
-To enable students to refine the skills and values that are necessary to work as autonomous, competent practitioners and develop critical practice that respects diversity and challenges inequality;
-To provide students with a critical awareness of the evidence base for practice and to apply this in their role as AMHPs;
-To develop critical decision making skills that are consistent with the requirements and duties of an AMHP;
-To provide opportunities for students to critically reflect on practice that is person-centred, ethical and founded on the underpinning values and principles of the AMHP role.
Our PGCert in Approved Mental Health Professional Practice is the only certificate that allows students to gain Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) status and be approved by local authorities.
The course combines academic study with practice in mental health, with a focus on AMHP training.
AMHP training covers the integration of mental health issues, psychiatry and mental health law in multidisciplinary teams from a social perspective.
Our lecturers reflect this multidisciplinary approach and include psychiatrists, lawyers, psychologists, nurses and social workers, as well as service users and carers.
Students undertaking AMHP training must be supported by their employers and seconded to the training. Employers must agree to provide a Practice Educator and an appropriate Practice Learning Placement.
To meet the requirements for AMHP, you must successfully complete the five mandatory course units and a competent Practice Portfolio.
Students who successfully complete the PGCert will be able to progress to our PGDip in Applied Mental Health, which includes a literature review. You can then progress to our MSc in Applied Mental Health.
Our PGCert has been designed for those wishing to seek authorisation under the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007, to discharge the duties of an Approved Mental Health Professional.
The outcome is to produce knowledgeable and skilled professionals who will be able to discharge statutory responsibilities under this legislation, and who will also have the ability to stay abreast of cutting-edge research and development within contemporary mental health services, as well as having the capacity to translate research insights into practice.
The course aims to produce students who:
Learn from psychiatrists, lawyers, psychologists, nurses and social workers, as well as service users and carers.
You can learn when it suits you by choosing to take this course over either one or two years part-time.
Our lecturers include psychiatrists, lawyers, psychologists, nurses and social workers, as well as service users and carers.
Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.
Assessment is continuous throughout the programme. Students are required to complete assessed essays, an 'open book' mental health law examination and practice-focused assessments.
This course comprises five compulsory units and a Practice Portfolio (zero credit rated unit). The units are:
Each of the 5 units are worth 15 postgraduate credits and the Practice Portfolio is a zero credit rated unit.
The pass mark for each unit is 50%. The Practice Portfolio is assessed as either competent or not yet competent.
On successful completion of all five units plus being deemed 'competent' in the Practice Portfolio, you will be eligible to be approved as an AMHP by your local authority.
The aim of the course is to produce competent, independent mental health practitioners capable of complex decision making and working with high levels of professional responsibility.
This part-time interprofessional course is delivered in collaboration with Cheshire Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Partnership and incorporates AMHP training.
Successful candidates will be eligible to be approved as an AMHP.
Our course structure and content shows a strong commitment to the integration of theory and practice, underpinned by a strong value base. The course will build on your graduate and professional experience by immersing you in the multifaceted and rapidly changing face of mental health practice.
The specialist AMHP modules are delivered by Cheshire AMHP Partnership. Nationally recognised mental health speakers, specialist mental health practitioners, academics, service users and carers contribute to the teaching on the course. The AMHP training component also involves undertaking a practice placement within a community mental health setting.
The course will equip you to play a key role in the care and protection of people with mental disorders and to undertake the specific duties of an AMHP.
You will learn about the complexities involved in working in mental health practice. While the focus of the teaching is on mental health legislation, you will also learn about the range of models of mental disorder. The practice placement will enable you to apply your learning to practice.
The course location is Cheshire AMHP Partnership venue; and Riverside Campus, Chester.
Teaching and learning methods include lectures, small group work, case discussions, tutorials, problem-based learning, experiential learning activities, peer learning and self-directed learning.
You will be assessed through written assignments, presentations, individual case studies, case discussions, direct observation, and a practice portfolio. The practice elements of the course are assessed by experienced Approved Mental Health Professionals.
Modules are delivered in two-week blocks and you will be expected to undertake ten hours’ private study per week.
If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities
This level 7 course is for social workers, occupational therapists, nurses and psychologists who are working in the mental health services and looking for approval by a local authority to practise as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP).
This is a specific, legally defined role under the Mental Health Act 1983 that qualifies you to assess whether there are grounds to detain mentally disordered individuals, a responsibility that used to be the preserve of social workers but that has since been opened up to other mental health professionals.
The course operates in close partnership with four local authorities: Brighton & Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council, West Sussex County Council and Surrey County Council. Applicants from other local authorities or NHS Mental Health Trusts are also welcome. If you are an independent (ie non-seconded) applicant, you must have a written agreement from a local authority or NHS trust saying that they will provide and assess your AMHP placement.
Since August 2012 AMHP training has been regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This course addresses sections one and two of the HCPC approval criteria for AMHPs and is an approved programme with the HCPC.
The course operates on a full-time basis from early January to early June. Your time is divided each week between learning at the university and working in an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) placement, where you are supervised and assessed by a practice supervisor. Your placement is arranged before the course begins by the university and your sponsor.
At level 7, the integration of academic and vocational learning is essential. The course material aims to cover: the ethical dilemmas involved in compulsory admissions; the application of legal and theoretical knowledge to AMHP practice; and the ability to reflect on and critically analyse your work.
Successful students are eligible to apply for approval as an Approved Mental Health Professional by a local authority.
Under the Health and Social Care Act (2012), the responsibility for approving Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) programmes in England now rests with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
The two interdependent elements in this qualification are:
Employers are responsible for sponsoring students for this programme. They also provide practice placements to enable students to develop and their practice. This is assessed by means of a portfolio.
Teaching is focused on meeting clear learning outcomes for each module whilst maintaining an overall holistic approach to mental health and mental health practice. Small student numbers facilitate the creation of a safe and stimulating environment in which the students can learn, recognising and building on the rich contribution that students bring from their own professional experience.
An induction programme will provide an introduction to adult learning with an emphasis on developing critical analysis and reflection accompanied by guidance on what is expected of postgraduate level study by the university.
Learning will be directed and supported using a range of methods and approaches, combining a mix of direct teaching / lecture input with small group discussion, case studies and examples from practice. The use of appropriate audio-visual resources will be used to enhance learning in addition to the contribution of service users and carers / experts-byexperience.
Guest speakers and associate lecturers will also provide relevant input based on their own expertise and specialist knowledge. Collaborative learning and discussion with peers will reflect the emphasis in advanced professional practice where peer consultation and supervision are recognised as good practice.
On completion of the first five modules, students will be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Practice and for approval as an AMHP by their employer.
The AMHP Programme is approved by the HCPC, in line with their criteria for the approval of AMHP programmes.
Each 20 credit module represents approximately 200 hours study time including time spent on assessment and directed study.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
The course will enable you to develop their knowledge, skills and values in mental health practices in order to enhance your capabilities within your own areas of expertise. The course is designed to enable mental health professionals to develop and demonstrate practice in accordance with the published requirements of external professional, statutory and regulatory bodies in order to act as Approved Mental Health Professionals.
Please complete and upload the agency reference form when completing your application.
The course covers the legislation and policy underpinning the AMHP role, including a module on the Mental Health Act (1983). Candidates will also critically appraise other aspects of essential knowledge, such as models of mental distress, interventions and cultural competence.
In 2012 the General Social Care Council inspected the course and spoke with candidates, employers and service users and carers. Employers said they were confident in the way the course is designed, their views were taken into account and the partnership with the academic team was strong. The course team strive to respond to the needs of individual students and to foster a positive learning environment.
Approved Mental Health Professionals undertake a range of duties under the Mental Health Act 1983. The Code of Practice to Mental Health Act (1983) states that local authorities should ensure that sufficient AMHPs are available to carry out their functions under the Act and that a 24-hour service is available.
A local authority will approve an AMHP to act on behalf of the authority and will only do so if satisfied that the applicant has appropriate competence in dealing with mentally disordered people (MHA 1983 s114(3)). This can be demonstrated by successful completion of the course.
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
Working in mental health can be demanding but rewarding. Gain the skills to become an approved mental health professional (AMHP) who practises safely and effectively.
As an AMHP, you will need to act independently and assertively, taking accountability for the decisions you make. Accredited by the Health & Care Professions Council, your course will give you the skills to be an effective practitioner with a comprehensive understanding of current legislation. By looking at issues such as asylum, substance misuse and how adult mental health relates to child protection, you will be well prepared for the responsibilities of the role.
This course is aimed at qualified social workers, mental health nurses, learning disability nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists, and it provides an interprofessional as well as specialist understanding of mental health. Teaching is delivered by a team featuring a number of AMHPs and professionals with extensive expertise in mental health provision.
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You'll be taught by professionals who have extensive expertise in mental health provision - many of whom are already AMHPs or experts within mental health services - and by a practicing solicitor who specialises in mental health law. You'll also hear from service users who are experiencing mental distress, giving you a first-hand insight into the topic.
On successful completion of your course and approval by your local authority social services, you will be able to work as an AMHP. With a recognised professional status, your credibility and employment prospects will be enhanced and you will be able to expand the remit of your current role. You will be well placed to become a leader in mental health, providing support and guidance to members of your team.