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.
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.
The AMHP Training at University of Wolverhampton has been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. For the ‘validation’ they 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 includes a wide range of learning opportunities and a high level of support to learn and develop potential and expertise in Mental Health Social Work Practice.
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:
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
Demonstrate critical and analytical knowledge and understanding of the legal and policy context of mental health practice
Demonstrate critical and analytical knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice
Demonstrate critical and analytical knowledge and understanding of values-based practice and ability to recognise and resolve complex ethical dilemmas
Demonstrate the ability to deal with complex and unpredictable issues systematically
Demonstrate practice competence as determined by published requirements for AMHP approval.
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
Critical knowledge for AMHPs
Wolverhampton City Campus
Legal and policy context of AMHP practice
Wolverhampton City Campus
The Mental Health Act for AMHPs
Wolverhampton City Campus
Who accredits this course?
Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as an arts therapist.
All candidates will need to have;
at least 2 years post-qualifying experience of mental health or related health and social care services; and
an honours degree or successful study of at least one module at level 6.
To be eligible for entry to AMHP training modules, candidates must:
be a social worker registered with the Health and Care Professions Council; or
be a first level nurse, registered in Sub-Part 1 of the Nurses’ Part of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, with the inclusion of an entry indicating their field of practice is mental health or learning disabilities nursing; or
be an occupational therapist registered in Part 6 of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Health professions Order 2001; or
a chartered psychologist who is listed in the British Psychological Society’s register of Chartered Psychologists and who holds a relevant practising certificate issued by that Society.
(The Mental Health AMHP Regulations 2008, Sch 1.
be nominated by the local authority or other employer
meet locally agreed employer criteria for recruitment and selection.
Local Authority/Agency commitment to provide a placement.
Additionally an AMHP candidate needs to be able to undertake the appropriate practice requirements under the supervision of an employer provided practice supervisor and assessor.
The course is linked to two stand-alone modules. It is recommended that one is taken before the PG Diploma in Mental Health Practice for AMHPs. These are:
6SO016 Decision-making & interventions for adults in a legal framework (L6);
7SO009 Decision-making & interventions for adults in a legal framework (L7).
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/20. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
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Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.