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AMHP Conference 1 December 2023

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Date, Time & Location

Dec 01, 2023, 10:00 AM – 4:15 PM

London WC2A

About the Event

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Edge’s AMHP Conference is back! A One Day Conference in Central London - 1st December 2023

We are delighted to announce the return of our very popular AMHP Conference. This one- day conference can contribute towards the statutory requirement of 18 hrs relevant training for AMHPs. It is also open to other mental health professionals in NHS and social care.


Our keynote speaker is District Judge Professor Anselm Eldergill ( Court of Protection and University College London). Professor Eldergill was previously a solicitor specialising in mental health law. He is an honorary professor of law at University College London. He will be speaking on mental health and capacity law reform.

Leanne Taylor: Transgender and non-binary gender identities and mental health -  legal and practical considerations for AMHPs

Leanne is a registered social worker and also holds an LLB in Law alongside a LPC. She Is a lecturer at the University of Kent (Kent Law School and the School for Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research).  Leanne also sits as a Specialist member of the First-tier Tribunal ( Mental Health) and delivers training for HMCTS/ the Judicial College.

Simon Foster:   An update of recent case law relevant to mental health practice, to include issues relating to s.117 MHA

Simon is a freelance legal consultant and trainer. A former local authority solicitor, he was previously head of the legal unit at Mind. In 2004-5 he helped redraft the Mental Health Act Code of Practice and in 2009 he worked on the Ordinary Residence guidance for the Department of Health. From 2011-12 he was interim Head of Legal Support Services at Sense, the deafblind charity. Simon has also taught incapacity law to LLM students at Queen Mary University of London, and social care law to DipSW students at Middlesex and South Bank Universities. In 2019 he led a series of workshops on s.136 MHA in all London’s Acute Trusts for the Healthy London Partnership.

Colleen Simon, Vava Tampa & Jenny Lanyero: Anti-racist AMHP practice- how far have we come? 

Colleen , Vava  & Jenny will present together,  covering setting the scene, reviewing anti-racist commitments, PCREF and new ways of working ( Brent Inequalities Team).

Colleen is a registered Social Worker, trained AMHP & BIA and the Head of Social Work, Social Care, Safeguarding and the Mental Capacity Act at CNWL NHS foundation Trust. Colleen lectures at Bournemouth and Brunel University and is an Edge trainer. Colleen’s specialist areas are in mental health and substance misuse, anti-racist and anti-discriminatory practice

Vava Tampa is an activist and a Social Worker. He works at CNWL NHS Foundation Trust where he manages a community mental health hub. Vava is also an AMHP in Brent, a Non-Executive Director at SLaM and chairs BASW England. A Guardian contributor, Vava writes on culture, decolonisation and Black Lives Matter[ing].

Jenny Lanyero is a Senior Mental Health Nurse and Operational Team Manager from Brent. She has worked for CNWL Trust since 2004 and currently leads the award winning CNWL Health Inequalities Team- part of Brent Health Matters Programme. Jenny's specialist area is complex mental health needs in adults and supporting local communities in Brent to have equal access to health and social services and combating the stigma associated with mental health.

Christina Cheney & Robert Lewis: Right Care Right Person - The AMHP Perspective

Christina Cheney has 20 years of experience in mental health across local authorities and social care. She is a social worker and AMHP, currently working in a strategic leadership role in Mental Health Social Care. Christina is Co-Chair of the National AMHP Leads Network and co-founded the Northern AMHP Leads regional network. She is also an independent trainer in mental health law and a development consultant.

Christina recently represented the AMHP Leads perspective on the Right Care Right Person policy to the Guardian, BBC News, Channel 4 News and Radio 4. She has also written pieces for the British Medical Journal and Community Care. See below for some links.

Why Police are stepping back from Mental Health Calls - Spotify 

Symptoms of a crisis - British Medical Association

Inside the police scheme helping people get mental health support - YouTube

Robert Lewis is an AMHP and the AMHP Service Manager for Devon County Council. He has worked in a variety of settings in mental health services for many years and is currently Co-Chair of the AMHP Leads Network. He has been involved in several national initiatives, including developing the National AMHP Service Standards (DHSC 2020). He gave evidence to the Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Health Bill on behalf of the AMHP Leads Network. You can watch him here:  

Venue: Central London WC2A (exact address confirmed with ticket purchase)

Start: 10:00 (Registration from 09:15)

End: 16:15

Price: £165 plus VAT per ticket

10% discount for groups of 10 or more in one booking.

The conference fee includes refreshments and a sandwich lunch along with the conference pack and a certificate.  Conference details will be emailed direct to delegate(s) upon completion of their booking. * A SAGE cash Bookstall will be open *


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