Taught course

Mental Health Practice (Including approved mental health professional training)

Institution
University of Central Lancashire · School of Social Work, Care and Community
Qualifications
PGCert

Entry requirements

The programme is open to any applicants meeting the entry requirements for the course including practitioners working outside of the Local Authority. However, all applicants must meet the entry requirements and have the formal agreement and support of their employer prior to their being accepted onto the programme. In addition to this all decisions regarding course entry will be made collectively by the University and the relevant Local Authority in conjunction with employers. Applicants who are employed outside the boundaries of England and Wales are excluded from applying for the AMHP programme. This is in keeping with the jurisdiction of Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended 2007).

a. Professional Qualification Requirements:

To be accepted onto an AMHP programme, applicants must hold one of the following qualifications :

  • Social Worker registered with the Health and Care Professions Council;
  • First level Nurse, registered in Sub-Part 1 of the Nurses’ Part of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, with the inclusion of an entry indicating their field of practice is mental health or learning disabilities nursing;
  • Occupational Therapist registered in Part 6 of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Health Professions Order 2001; or
  • Chartered Psychologist who is listed in the British Psychological Society’s Register of Chartered Psychologists and who holds a relevant practising certificate issued by that Society

b. Professional Registration Requirements:

HCPC continuing registration requirements for Qualified Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Clinical Psychologists
It is a requirement that all Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Clinical Psychologists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and that they meet all the conditions therein. Failure to do so may be considered misconduct. The link provides direct access to the HCPC website and information regarding registration: www.hpc-uk.org

NMC continuing registration requirements for Qualified Mental Health and Learning Disability Nurses
Undertaking the course will ensure compliance with elements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council ‘The Code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives’ and the NMC’s Post-Registration education and practice [Prep] standards and guidance.

Fees for professional registration
As professional registration is an ongoing employment requirement, arrangements will be in place in relation to payment of fees to the relevant professional body. Applicants are advised to speak with their employers directly in relation to payment of fees for professional registration.

Other Fees
Students may incur other expenses during the course of their studies such as placement travel, car mileage, parking and DBS. All applicants are advised to speak to their employer about arrangements for reimbursement of these costs.

c. Additional Entry Requirements:

  • Where the individual is nominated by the Local Authority they will take into consideration the length of post qualifying experience and suitability for the programme using their own applications process.
  • All applicants will provide their employer with a detailed written application where they will provide evidence of their relevant experience, professional competence, capacity, written language skills and ability to undertake and complete an AMHP training programme and study at postgraduate level.
  • The applicant might not be employed by the Local Authority (i.e. they may be employed by the local Healthcare Trust) but must still meet course requirements, particularly in relation to Practice Placement.
  • Applicants will normally hold an honours degree and where this is not the case they will provide the University with written evidence of ability to study at post-graduate level.
  • Applicants are required to have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Clearance and the Supplementary Application Form (Appendix 2) requires a signature to confirm this is in place. As this will be an existing condition of employment, applicants are advised to speak with their employers directly in relation to payment of fees and any reimbursement arrangements for this.
  • The applicant will usually have employment with an agency with the ability to provide or arrange a suitable practice placement.
  • Where the applicant is employed with an agency that is unable to provide or arrange a suitable practice placement, the applicant is required to seek a suitable placement arrangement and a suitably qualified and experienced Practice placement educator. Potential applicants in this position are advised to seek advice from the either the programme team or their Local Authority and are reminded that successful completion of the programme leads to eligibility to be Approved, and it is the Local Authority who ultimately Approves.

Exclusions

Applicants who are employed outside the boundaries of England and Wales are excluded from applying for the AMHP programme. This is in keeping with the jurisdiction of Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended 2007).

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) PGCert at UCLan has been developed in collaboration with the regional Local Authorities. It provides an intense period of teaching and learning which draws on the expertise of AMHPs, academics, lawyers and service users and carers.

The programme reflects the needs of our local employers and stakeholders and we continually shape this in response to feedback. Agency colleagues and previous learners found UCLan’s AMHP programme to have a “supportive learning environment” in which they feel “keen and motivated to learn”, experiencing a “shift in thinking” towards the AMHP perspective and value base.

This course is specific to qualified and professionally registered mental health practitioners (Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists or Clinical Psychologists) who are usually nominated and funded by their Local Authority to undertake AMHP training. It is also open to any applicants that meet the entry requirements, including practitioners working outside of a Local Authority. Applicants will need to have access to a suitable practice placement with a practice assessor who is a qualified AMHP.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration

PGCert

part time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1772 892400