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Approved Mental Health Professional PGCert

Course Description

The only course of its kind in Wales, this programme of study is for those intending to become Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs). The Approved Mental Health Professional PGCert has been introduced to meet the new roles and responsibilities for professionals working with individuals who are considered for, and who become subject to compulsory hospital admission and/or treatment and aftercare introduced in the Mental Health Act 2007. One of these changes included the introduction of AMHPs who will take on the functions that hitherto have been those of the Approved Social Worker (Mental Health Act 1983).

The PGCert Approved Mental Health Professional is taught at Swansea University's main campus.

The Approved Mental Health Professional PGCert is validated by the Care Council for Wales and is designed to meet the key competencies required by the Welsh Assembly Government and the Key Skills considered by the Care Council for Wales to be appropriate for the role.

Modules on the Approved Mental Health Professional PGCert typically include:

• Values Based Practice and Ethical Decision Making in Mental Health Services
• Policy and Law in Mental Health Services
• Understanding Mental Health and Mental Distress
• Professional Decision Making and Partnership in the Mental Health Services

Staff Expertise

Co-Director, Dr Susan Carnes Chichlowska, is a chartered psychologist. She was awarded her PhD from Aberystwyth University (2011). Sue has been a mental health practitioner for many years and also takes a keen interest in mental health research with a special interest in older people’s health care.

Co-Director Margaret Lougher has a wealth of experience in mental health service practice and management in both the public and private sectors. She is still a practising AMHP (and previously an ASW) and has proven experience in teaching and supporting students at Master’s level study. Her current specialist areas of interest are links between Mental Health Act 1983 (2007) with other relevant legislation, national and local policy and guidance, in particular the Children Acts 1989 and 2004, the Human Rights Act and Mental Capacity Act. The service user experience and developing updated methods to integrate those key messages into service delivery are central to her perspective.

Who should take this programme?

Social workers, registered mental health nurses, occupational therapists and clinical psychologists who can demonstrate that they have the support of an employer who will ensure that they are provided with the necessary context within which to develop both the skills and to meet the requirements of programme’s approach to assessment. For practical purposes this will almost invariably be within Local Social Service Authorities (LSSAs).

Visit the Approved Mental Health Professional PGCert page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

The requirements for Approved Mental Health Professional training include that all candidates be registered within their professional body, have at least two years’ post qualifying experience, and relevant experience of working with people with mental disorder. Interested health and social service staff should make initial contact with the Agency Liaison Person from their Local Authority to seek agreement for nominations. Candidates should have either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or in exceptional circumstances, applicants must satisfy the Director of the Programme that their experience and qualifications equip them to undertake postgraduate study. This programme is not open to international applicants.

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