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Course content

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.

What happens on the course?

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.

Why Wolverhampton?

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.

Career path

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.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical and analytical knowledge and understanding of medical, social and psychological perspectives in mental health practices, including clear reference to service user and carer perspectives and cultural competence
  2. Demonstrate critical and analytical knowledge and understanding of the legal and policy context of mental health practice
  3. Demonstrate critical and analytical knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice
  4. Demonstrate critical and analytical knowledge and understanding of values-based practice and ability to recognise and resolve complex ethical dilemmas
  5. Demonstrate the ability to deal with complex and unpredictable issues systematically
  6. Demonstrate practice competence as determined by published requirements for AMHP approval.

Visit the Mental Health Practice (for Approved Mental Health Professionals) - PGCert page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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