Mental Health Practice (Approved Mental Health Professional AMHP) PG Cert

Postgraduate ( part-time)

September 2017

Teaching times: 24 full days of lectures across two semesters, plus 45 days of assessed placement.

Overview

Gain significant recognition in your field whilst continuing to work in your own team, with our course for health and social care staff aiming to become Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs).

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Full description

Careers

Once you successfully complete this course, you will have met the Health Care Professions Council's (HCPC) requirements for the role and will be eligible to apply for AMHP registration through your Local Authority / Mental Health Trust. You will enhance your employment opportunities with sought-after skills which meet the regulations of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Supported by local employers, our professional vocational course is designed to promote professionals’ qualifications in mental health practice and to fill the shortage of AMHPs nationally.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Mental Health Law
    This module provides students with the opportunity to develop competence in the legal aspects of undertaking statutory responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983, and to be approved in accordance with Mental Health Legislation. The module aims to give students a thorough knowledge of, and ability to apply, mental health policy and legislation related to people with mental health needs and their carers with a specific focus on assessments under the Mental Health Act 1983. It examines mental health law and policy in relation to treatments and interventions of mental disorder. It explores the tension between promoting safety and positive risk taking, including the assessment and management of risk in the context of current legislative framework. This module explores legal aspects of mental health practice, including, the perspectives of different stakeholders. It gives particular emphasis to the perspectives of patients and carers, their experience of mental health issues and their contact with mental health services within the mental health legal and policy framework. In order to pass this module, students are required to write an academic case study assignment (3000 words), which is specifically linked to the application of mental health legislation, the roles and functions of the Approved Mental Health Professional and effects of power and authority in Specialist Mental Health Work. Students are further required to undertake an unseen multiple choice question (MCQ) exam paper, of 60 minutes duration, explicitly focused on the student's knowledge of the law. Students will undertake an open-book exercise of 90 minutes duration, linked to knowledge, understanding and application of mental health law. This will be a formative assessment, and developmental feedback will be given.
  • Statutory Mental Health Practice
    This module provides students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate competence in carrying out statutory responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the Mental Health Act 2007).The module aims to give students a thorough knowledge and application of mental health policy and legislation related to people with mental health needs and their carers with a specific focus on assessments under the Mental Health Act 1983. On taught days, service users and carers, psychiatrists, and experts in the law deliver specialist training.Students will be required to critically reflect on the relationship between different types of professional knowledge and theory and the ability to apply this effectively through practice. The module examines in depth a range of theories, models and the treatments and interventions of mental disorder and gives an overview of psychiatric diagnosis, causes, symptoms and treatments. It explores the tension between promoting safety and positive risk taking, including the assessment and management of risk in the context of current legislative framework. This module explores the perspectives of different stakeholders with particular emphasis to the perspectives of service users and carers, their experience of mental health issues and their contact with mental health services. It also considers the role and impact on carers supporting someone with a mental health problem and addresses issues of conflicting needs and confidentiality. There is a focus on skilled decision-making and reflective analysis. Assessment is an integration of theory and practice experience. The assessment comprises of a portfolio (6,000 words). This includes: a case study; a summary of a tribunal report; written evidence of 2 Mental Health Act Assessments; a reflective analysis of the AMHP role; and a statements of evidence for the HCPC key competencies. In addition to this, a report from the Practice Assessor is required to provide evidence that all the required standards and competencies have been met. The individual components of the practice portfolio will have to be passed in order to pass the module assessment.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

We'll assess the skills and knowledge you'll develop in a variety of ways. For example, a written assignment examining themes in mental health legislation or a multiple choice questionnaire exploring law. As part of your placement we'll provide you with a practice document outlining key competencies, which you'll evidence with a portfolio. Your Practice Educator will also produce a report on how you've applied what you've learnt.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)

£2,000

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

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