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).
Our course combines practice and theory to offer you the most effective learning experience. With the support from your employer, you will be placed in your local AMHP duty team. You will study in university over two semesters, and you will also be able to work two to three days per week in your own team.
You will learn from a variety of professionals, ranging from expert practitioners and service users to law professional trainers and psychiatric staff. You will also be encouraged to visit services, such as Older People wards or Child and Adolescent Mental Health, to gain further experience in clinical practice.
Before starting the course a meeting will be arranged between you and your sponsoring manager and we will put together a learning programme that best suits you and your team. You will be expected to attend a five day pre-AMHP course in July.
Practice placements are a significant part of the course, spread across seven months. You will be supported by a Practice Educator who will manage and oversee your practice experience. You will also shadow practitioners and lead mental health assessments. Placements are arranged through your sponsoring manager, via your own local authority and/or Mental Health Trusts and in conjunction with our university.
Please note that teaching sessions are split between our campus in Cambridge (12 days) and our campus in Peterborough (11 days). Students will also undertake field (placement) learning opportunities within their local authority.
Course contact: Gavin Millar
Upon successfully completing this course, you will have met the ‘approval criteria’ (2013) of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You'll be eligible to apply for AMHP registration through your Local Authority / Mental Health Trust in accordance with the Mental Health (Approved Mental Health Professionals) (Approval) (England) Regulations 2008, enhancing your employment opportunities with these sought-after skills.
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.
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.
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From September 2018, EU students starting a postgraduate degree with us can access a £600 bursary.
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