Taught course

Approved Mental Health Professional

Swansea University · College of Human and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates (who may be social workers, nurses, psychologists or occupational therapists) should:

  • be registered with a professional body
  • have at least two years’ post qualifying experience
  • have relevant experience of working with people with mental disorders
  • have the support of their employer and access to appropriate learning opportunities
  • have either a Bachelor or Master’s Degree or, in exceptional circumstances, where this academic requirement is not met, applicants must satisfy the Director of the Programme that their experience and qualifications equip them to undertake postgraduate study.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

College of Human and Health Sciences
+44 (0)1792 295789