PG Dip Interprofessional Practice (Approved Mental Health Professional)

This programme is designed to develop the knowledge, competences and values needed to carry out the specific duties of an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) under current mental health legislation.

The Course

This programme aims to provide the opportunity to develop the knowledge, competences and values needed to carry out the specific duties of an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) under current mental health legislation.

The University of Lincoln has a record of specialist mental health training, having run the former Approved Social Worker programmes for a number of years. The Approved Mental Health Professional programme has run since 2009.

Please note that successful completion of this programme will award the PG Cert award.

This is a professional, Masters level, post-qualifying programme, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The programme was reassessed and approved in 2015 by the HCPC.
This programme commences with a seven week 'Academic Block' followed by a ten week 'Practice Placement Block', which includes a 40 day supervised, statutory mental health placement. The academic block is full-time, however the mental health practice placement can be taken on a longer term part-time basis if required.

All students are provided with comprehensive documentation and relevant textbooks and are enrolled as students of the University of Lincoln, allowing access to university resources including the library and electronic Blackboard system.

The academic programme block covers three core modules over a seven-week period with attendance from Monday to Thursday each week. This is a sustained seven week commitment.

The supervised mental health practice placement is taken over 40 days. This is flexible, and can be achieved through a placement duration of two to five days per week (The option of completing this through a two day per week placement may be attractive to part-time applicants). Staff are available to help support the arrangement of these placements if necessary.

Teaching is delivered through a mixture of classroom based activities, class discussions, small group work on relevant case related issues, extensive reading and practice based activities. The Professional Practice Placement aspect is undertaken within a professional practice setting. Learning support is provided through an academic tutor and a Practice Assessor. The Practice Assessor is a professional working in practice as an Approved Mental Health Professional.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Due to the nature of this programme weekly contact hours may vary. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two - three hours in independent study. For more detailed information specific to this course please contact the programme leader.

Assessment on this programme will take a range of forms and will vary between individual modules. This includes a multiple choice test, a case scenarios test, a practice portfolio supported by written evidence from the Practice Assessor, written assignments, a commentary on case scenarios, and a reflective commentary on a aspect of practice or case.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

The University AMHP Team:

Jim Rogers - Senior Lecturer and Programme Co-ordinator
Clare Simpson - Visting Lecturer
Ian Mathews Senior Lecturer
Rob Goemans - Senior Lecturer/Pracitioner
Paul Linsley- Senior Lecturer
David Hewitt- Visiting Fellow.

2017/18 £TBA.
This includes the cost of three core textbooks which are provided on day one of the course (R Jones Mental Health Act Manual, C Barcham Pocket Guide to Mental Health Act Assessments and C Matthews et al Approved Mental Health Practice).

APL Arrangements

The university operates a clear policy for accrediting prior learning and experience. There is a possibility that prior learning experiences may enable you to be exempt from certain elements of the course programme. The policy can be located at :

 Please contact the tutors with any queries or to discuss your circumstances in more detail.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

  • A recognised professional qualification and two years post-qualifying experience in one of the following: Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, or Occupational Therapy.
  • Substantial and relevant mental health experience. This will be judged by sponsoring employers and at interview with the University, but will usually mean several years of working in mental health services, whether pre or post professional qualification, and work which has required decision making in relation to complex mental health issues and has allowed you to observe mental health act assessments.
  • Nomination by your employing agency

- Satisfying the University of your suitability for a Masters level programme

  • Access to a supervised mental health placement independent from your normal place of work for a period of 40 days.
Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

This programme is designed to develop the knowledge, competences and values needed to carry out the specific duties of an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) under current mental health legislation.


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