The DHSC National Workforce Plan for Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) references our research 3 December 2019
Just out, this new plan aims to help local mental health agencies understand the AMHP role in mental health services, to coordinate the development of the role and improve the recruitment and retention of AMHPs in local areas. It includes a resource section, a plan for developing recruitment and retention of AMHPs and a statement of the AMHP service standards. Findings and recommendations from our research (Who Wants to be an Approved Mental Health Professional?) clearly had great impact on the Plan. Findings about problems recruiting and retaining AMHPs, particularly in relation to the organisation of AMHP services, joint working between NHS Trusts and Local Authorities and increasing support for AMHPs from all agencies were all referenced. Recommendations made from the research, for creating more joint responsibility for the service, improving pay arrangements for AMHPs and improving paths into AMHP training were all influential. Our research has also been reported in recent articles in the Journal of Mental Health and the Journal of Social Work. We blogged about the plan, while it was in draft, earlier this year.
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