- The only course of its kind in Wales
Teaching and Employability:
- a 60 credit postgraduate certificate at Master's level (Level 7)
- students study over one academic year with an arranged placement to gain practical experience
- successful completion of the programme may lead to warranting as an AMHP. However this is at the prerogative of employers.
This course aims to meet the key competencies required by the Welsh Government and the Key Skills considered by Social Care Wales to be appropriate for the role of Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs)
AMHPs take on the functions that prior to The Mental Health Act 2007 have been those of the Approved Social Worker (Mental Health Act 1983). An AMHP is a professional role with the responsibility to undertake an assessment of a person with a mental disorder, taking into account social circumstances, and to consider the need for an application for formal admission to a psychiatric hospital. This is a Welsh qualification which reflects the requirements to practice in a devolved Wales.
The course 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.
There are four core modules taught between October and April, following two induction days in September.
Students study over one academic year with an arranged placement to gain practical experience.
Students are assessed throughout their coursework (written assignments and a practice portfolio). The programme has a 50% pass mark for all modules.
All students are sponsored by their employers who have responsibility for arranging placements.
Who should apply to this course
This course would be suitable for;
- social workers
- registered mental health nurses
- occupational therapists
Candidates must demonstrate that they have the support of an employer who will ensure they are provided with the necessary context within which to develop AMHP skills and meet the requirements of programme's approach to assessment; written assignments and a practice portfolio, observation of AMHP practice and opportunity to carry out supported AMHP assessments.
For practical purposes this will almost invariably be within Local Social Service Authorities (LSSAs).