The course will enable you to develop your 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 General Social Care Council reported on the level 7 course in 2012 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. The new version of the course offers an innovative opportunity to qualify as an AMHP at level 6. This is in response to requests from employers, who believe that the lower academic threshold will enable a wider range of candidates to benefit from training and to focus on the development of their 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 use of knowledge and understanding of the legal and policy context of mental health practice.
Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of medical, social and psychological perspectives of mental health practice including clear reference to service user and carer perspectives and cultural competence.
Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of values-based practice and an ability to resolve complex ethical dilemmas.
Demonstrate critical use of knowledge of evidence -based practice
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 
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The legal and policy context of AMHP practice 
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The Mental Health Act for AMHPs 
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All candidates will need to:
at least 2 years post-qualifying experience of mental health or related health and social care services; and
successful study to Diploma of Higher Education level
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 Advanced Diploma. These are:
6SO016 Decision-making & interventions for adults in a legal framework (L6);
7SO009 Decision-making & interventions for adults in a legal framework (L7).
Course fees and finance
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.
The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.
Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.
Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.