Taught course

Approved Mental Health Professional

Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Health, Education and Medical Sciences

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Entry requirements

Degree classification required for entry: Candidates must be registered (HCPC, NMC, or BPS) as a Nurse (disability or mental health), Occupational Therapist, Social Worker or Psychologist; with two years post-qualifying experience in mental health; and be sponsored by their organisation. Candidates will be required to attend a meeting with their sponsoring manager, and to have completed a recognised pre-AMHP training course (offered by ARU/CPFT). A pre-AMHP course should involve shadowing at least two assessments subject to the Mental Health Act 1983, and comprise a reflective portfolio of the applicant’s experience to date. Further to having completed the pre-AMHP course, candidates are also required to attend a panel interview for selection on to the course.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Fees information

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Anglia Ruskin Admissions Customer Service Team
01245 686868