21, 22 & 26th May from 10.30 to 17.30 each day. WEBINAR TIMES ARE ONLY 13.30 to 17.30 (see programme below)


£300.00 exc. VAT

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Approved Mental Health Professionals’ Re-Approval Course – 21, 22 & 26th May 2020 – Three Day Webinar Based Programme

The whole course provides the annual statutory requirement of 18 hours.


The course is to help staff confirm they meet the competences required to practise as an AMHP. It revisits the 5 main areas of competence required by the Mental Health (Approved Mental Health Professionals) (Approval) (England) Regulations 2008: application of values; knowledge of law and policy; knowledge of mental disorder; skills of working in partnership; and, skills of making and communicating informed decisions. It is recommended that staff complete this course as they approach their formal five year re-approval stage. It should contribute to the provision of evidence of the required competences. It is also designed to meet the needs of those returning to AMHP work after a few years out of practice. In each of the years between re-approval staff are required to undertake at least 18 hours of relevant training.

The course is delivered by:

Rob Brown, independent trainer and social worker. He provides consultation and supervision for AMHPs in Cornwall & for AMHP Leads in Hampshire, Portsmouth, West Berkshire and Lambeth. He was a founding Director of Edge Training and Consultancy Ltd. Rob teaches AMHPs, s12 approved doctors and approved clinicians. He is Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University. Rob has published a number of books in the fields of mental health and mental capacity law. His most recent publication is “The Approved Mental Health Professional’s Guide to Mental Health Law” (5th edition, Sage, 2019). From 1993-2010 he was a Mental Health Act Commissioner and Director of ASW/AMHP courses over the same period.

Christine Hutchison is a Director of Edge Training and Consultancy Ltd. She has worked in the NHS and several local authorities for over 30 years and worked as an ASW and then AMHP from 1995 to 2013. Christine was a Mental Health Act Commissioner with the CQC from 2009-2013. She lectured for Bournemouth University AMHP/BIA programmes for over 10 years and currently sits as a Specialist Lay Member of the Mental Health Tribunal Service. She is co-author of Focus on Social Work LawMental Health 2016 (Palgrave MacMillan).

Structure of the course

Day One:    10.30 – 12.30 Home based preparation 13.30 – 17.30 webinar.

Day Two:    10.30 – 12.30 Home based preparation 13.30 – 17.30 webinar.

Day Three: 10.30 – 12.30 Home based preparation 13.30 – 17.30 webinar.


You will need access to a copy of the Mental Health Act 1983 either on-line at:

www.legislation.gov.uk or within a copy of Jones’ Manual or “Mental Health Law in England and Wales” by Barber, Brown and Martin (2019). A discounted copy of this can be purchased by using the attached flyer. On the same flyer Rob Brown’s 2019 edition of “The AMHP’s Guide to Mental Health Law” will be very useful.

Webinar Sessions, Contents and Homework Topics

Day One: Rob Brown

Morning preparation exercises (use reference books – results in the afternoon):

  • Reminder of risk criteria in the MHA. MC Quiz. (30 minutes)
  • European Convention on Human Rights (30 minutes)
  • Nearest Relative vignettes (60 minutes)

 13.30 – 15.15

  • Introduction to the course.
  • The Coronavirus Act 2020: Implications for AMHPs.
  • Bed shortages and the impact on AMHP work. Exercise.

15.15 – 15.30        Break and consolidation.

15.30 – 17.30

  • Recent statistics on the use of the Mental Health Act.
  • CQC Report on MHA 2018-19.
  • The Human Rights Act and its impact on AMHP work.
  • Feedback  on quiz.
  • How to identify the Nearest Relative. Results of vignettes exercise.

Day Two: Christine Hutchison

Morning exercises (30 minutes each – use reference books – results in the afternoon):

  • How well do you know DoLS? exercise
  • s117 case vignette
  • s135 exercise (completing an application)
  • s136 MCQ

 13.30 – 15.15

  • The Policing and Crime Act 2017. Changes to s135 and s136 MHA 1983.
  • The Mental Capacity Act: an overview of its impact on AMHP practice.
  • Recording assessments of capacity to consent to admission

15.15 – 15.30          Break and consolidation.

15.30 – 17.30

  • Deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS). The eligibility assessment. AM v SLAM.
  • Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • S117 After-care

Day Three: Rob Brown

Morning exercises (use reference books – results in the afternoon):

  • Part 3 exercise (30 minutes)
  • CTO quiz. (60 minutes)
  • AMHP competence exercise (30 minutes)

13.30 – 14.45

  • Part 3 MHA, s37/41 conditional discharge.
  • Answers and discussion on Part 3 exercise.
  • s7 guardianship, s17 leave, s17A (CTOs).
  • Feedback on CTO exercise

14.45 – 15.00          Drinks break and consolidation.

15.00 – 17.00

  • Recent case law on children & mental health law (Re D).
  • MM (conditional discharge), & PJ (CTOs and dol).
  • Code of Practice issues. What is mental disorder?
  • The return of the voluntary patient?
  • Producing a portfolio of evidence for approval. Feedback on morning exercise.
  • Summary and evaluation. Any final questions.

Includes all course materials and certificate. Webinar access details will be emailed to you upon once booking is completed.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk  or call 07341 277487.

If you are a Local Authority, NHS Trust or CCG and require an invoice please email assistant@edgetraining.org.uk for a booking form. All other bookings now require online payment via Paypal or a debit/credit card - please confirm the details of these delegates attending this course below: 1

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