Approved Mental Health Professional


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Approved Mental Health Professional

A position in UK social and health care services which is similar to the role of Approved Social Worker (ASW), which it replaced with the 2007 amendment of the Mental Health Act 1983. It differs from ASW in that the role can be assumed by other health professionals, including community psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists, not just social workers. AMHPs work with doctors and play a central role in deciding if a person should be “sectioned”, which is UK Mental Healthspeak for being detained without their consent.
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Kent county council is looking to commissions a training programme for approved mental health professionals for the academic year 2017/18.
In order to apply the act, certain approved mental health professionals, including community psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists, must agree that the individual has a mental disorder.
This fourth edition of a guide written for pre-service and in-service Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) in the UK offers the recently revised text of the English Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act, along with discussion of AMHPAEs personal responsibility and new cases on the role of the nearest relative.

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