The programme aims to enable students 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.
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 five-week period with attendance from Monday to Thursday each week. This is a sustained five-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 and learning on this programme uses blended-learning methods. The core content delivery includes a combination of presentations, workshops, directed learning and practice based learning. During the five-week study block students will be in University or engaging with online learning for four full days per week. During the placement period, one day a week in University is typical. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in presentations and workshops.
All placements are provided by partner organisations and students are supported while on placement by work-based mentors and practice educators, as well as university tutors.
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 spent in class, students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study. For more detailed information specific to this course please contact the Programme Leader.
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A forty day placement is central to AMHP training. Whilst supervised by an experienced AMHP, the placement allows the practitioner to observe and then undertake Mental Health Act Assessments and to be exposed to all of the other elements of day-to-day AMHP practice. Practitioners are expected to compile a portfolio of evidence which enables them to demonstrate the competencies for AMHP practice set out in The Mental Health (Approved Mental Health Professionals) (Approval) (England) Regulations 2008. In addition to practice-based work, a number of university-based classroom days are scheduled at intervals throughout the placement, to allow for consolidation of knowledge.
Advanced Mental Health Practitioners (AMHPs) have to make decisions which can have far reaching consequences for vulnerable individuals and for families and communities. AMHPs are required by statute to bring a 'social perspective' to this decision making process. This module provides an opportunity for an in-depth scrutiny of the evidence relating to social perspectives, and of the most-up-to-date evidence about human decision-making, particularly in situations of uncertainty. Risk assessment and risk management are central to much of practice in mental health services. These concepts will be critically assessed and set within the framework of values and legal requirements which AMHPs are required to follow.
The Mental Health Act (2007) is central to the processes with which Approved Mental Health Professionals must engage, including mental health act assessments, compulsory admissions to psychiatric hospitals, applications to court, and production of reports for review tribunals. This module aims to develop detailed knowledge of and guidance to the Mental Health Act and related legislation.
Mental health legislation has explicit statutory guidance which requires an Approved Mental Health Professional to apply a 'social perspective' in any Mental Health Act assessment in which they are involved. This module provides the underpinning theoretical and practice knowledge to enable the AMHP to thoroughly understand and critique the medical perspectives which will be brought to the assessment by the assessing doctor, and to offer a well-informed social perspective.
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
Assessment on this programme takes a range of forms and will vary between individual modules. Methods include 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 an aspect of practice or case.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date.
Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.
There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.
For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.
With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.
Applicants who have not undertaken study at a Postgraduate level before and whose undergraduate degree is 2:2 or lower, will be required to undertake a short written test. This can be submitted at any point in the application process however must be received by the Professional Development Centre, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by no less than two weeks prior to the start date of the module applied for.
At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
This is a professional, Master's level, post-qualifying programme approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The programme was reassessed and approved in 2015 by the HCPC. Social Work England will be taking over accreditation of roles from HCPC in a process starting in 2020.
Students on this programme may have the opportunity to engage in a number of guest lectures from nationally-recognised speakers and also the opportunity to attend national AMHP research events.The AMHP Team:
Jim Rogers - Senior Lecturer and Programme Co-ordinator
Clare Simpson - Visting Lecturer
Rob Goemans - Senior Lecturer/Practitioner
Paul Linsley- Senior Lecturer
Lucy Bright - Senior Lecturer
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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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