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Who wants to be an Approved Mental Health Professional?

Would you like to take part in our research?

Our research is made up of a set of interviews and an online survey of AMHP leads.

Interviews

We are carrying out research aiming to find out why certain groups of professionals want to work as Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) and what might be putting them off or preventing them taking on this role.

We are interested in the views and experiences of mental health nurses, learning disability nurses, chartered psychologists and occupational therapists, and would like to interview people from these groups. These are the professional groups enabled to become AMHPs by the Mental Health Act 2007, in addition to social workers. The Department of Health & Social Care has commissioned the Social Care Workforce Research Unit, (based at King’s College London) to carry out this research.

UPDATE: January 2018

We have now nearly completed the interviews. We are very grateful to those who have taken part. We have also been very struck by the level of commitment shown by those health professionals who have trained to become AMHPs.

We would still like to interview people in the following groups:

  1. Eligible health professionals who are not AMHPs. In particular we are looking for LD/MH nurses who are not AMHPs.
  2. Other professionals working with people with mental health problems and their families (e.g. psychiatrists, mental health service providers, advocates, police officers, paramedics etc.): we are particularly looking for people from these groups - please get in touch!
  3. We are also seeking to interview people who have themselves been MHA assessed, but we are approaching these people through intermediaries.

If you belong to groups 1 or 2 and would like to take part, we would like to interview you. Interviews will be confidential, in the sense that no names will be used in any reports of the study and identifying details removed.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Stephen Martineau on stephen.martineau@kcl.ac.uk  or on tel: 0798 561 0969; or by mail to: Stephen Martineau, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS.

You can also download an information sheet, which gives more information about the project and what taking part involves:

  1. Info sheet for eligible health professionals who are not AMHPs
  2. Info sheet for other professionals working with people with mental health problems and their families

Online Survey of AMHP Leads

If you are an AMHP Lead (and have not already taken part via the AMHP Leads Network) we would welcome your response to this survey. For more details, before deciding whether to take part, please go to: ONLINE SURVEY. This survey closes at end of January 2018.

MANY THANKS.

Stephen Martineau (member of research team and interview co-ordinator)

—January 2018

Study outline

The overall aim of the research is to identify factors encouraging and discouraging the recruitment of mental health and learning disability nurses, chartered psychologists and occupational therapists as Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs). 

Research team

Martin Stevens (PI)
Jill Manthorpe
Caroline Norrie
Nicole Steils
Stephen Martineau

Funding

Department of Health Policy Research Programme

Background

Since 2008, a range of registered and professionally qualified mental health professionals, namely chartered psychologists, mental health and learning disability nurses and registered occupational therapists (OTs) can become AMHPs, as well as social workers. AMHPs are empowered to make decisions in relation to people who have been removed to a place of safety by the police, and to coordinate decisions about whether a person will be offered inpatient hospital care, either on a voluntary or statutory basis. Almost a decade after widening the recruitment net, only 5.5% of AMHPs are not social workers, despite there being a shortage of AMHPs. 

Methods

A multi-method approach will be adopted to explore different perspectives on the recruitment and retention of AMHPs. Four separate aspects of the research will be undertaken:

  • Interviews with nurses, psychologists, and OTs
  • A survey of Local Authorities and NHS Trusts
  • Interviews with people with mental health problems and their families
  • Interviews with professionals (police, psychiatrists, managers, commissioners, regulators) working within and with mental health and associated services

Timetable

May - December 2017

Output

Martineau, S. (2017) 'Who wants to be an Approved Mental Health Professional?' (blog post), Social Care Workforce, 18 July.

To take part please contact:

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