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AMHP Re-approval (3 day course) 9, 10 & 11 February 2022

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Date, Time & Location

Mar 15, 2023, 7:00 PM – 7:05 PM

via Zoom

About the Event

The whole course provides the annual statutory requirement of 18 hours. The course requires attendance online each day from 09:30 to 16:30.


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 & 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 a 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).

Participants need to have available at the start of each webinar:

  • The slides for the session, to enable them to take notes. For this purpose it is easiest, if you can, to print out the slides three per page as that leaves room for notes.
  • Any multiple choice quiz or exercise for that session. You should complete this when you get to the appropriate part of the course, on a printed copy if possible.
  • A copy of the Mental Health Act 1983 (e.g. as contained in Jones’ Manual or in Barber, Brown and Martin – discounted copy via this flyer. The Act is also available on line at by typing in      “Mental Health Act” & “1983”).
  • If possible, Rob Brown’s 2019 edition of “The AMHP’s Guide to Mental Health Law”.

This contains the full list of AMHP competences and further related exercises.

Again available as a discounted copy via the flyer.

Programme Summary

Day One (Rob Brown)

09.30 – 12.30            Introduction to the course.

The impact of the pandemic on AMHP practice.

Key issues for participants. Interviewing + medical examinations.

Risk criteria exercise (Multiple Choice Quiz and discussion).

Bed shortages and the impact on AMHP work. On-screen exercise.

12.30 – 13.30            Lunch break

13.30 – 16.30            Recent statistics on the use of the Mental Health Act. On-screen exercise.

Care Quality Commission Report on MHA.

The Human Rights Act and its impact on AMHP work. MC quiz.

How to identify the Nearest Relative. NR vignettes exercise.

Day Two (Christine Hutchison)

09.30 – 12.30            Introduction to the day

Case study (MCA & MHA) & feedback.

Recording assessments of capacity to consent to admission.

The eligibility assessment. AM v SLAM.

DoLS exercise and update on Liberty Protection Safeguards.

Section 117 case vignette.

12.30 – 13.30            Lunch break

13.30 – 16.30            s.135(1) applications exercise.

MCQ: s.135 MHA

s.136 MHA MCQ & practice issues for AMHPs

Final questions and close.

Day Three (Rob Brown)

09.30 – 12.30            Part 3 MHA, s37/41 conditional discharge.

Jonathan Barrett exercise on use of MHA Part 3.

s7 guardianship, s17 leave, s17A (CTOs).

Community Treatment Orders and on-screen exercise.

12.30 – 13.30            Lunch break

13.30 – 16.30            Case law: Recent case law on children and mental health law (Re D).

MM (conditional discharge), & PJ (CTOs and deprivation of liberty).

Code of Practice issues. What is mental disorder?

The return of the voluntary patient?

Preparing evidence of competences for re-approval.

Summary and evaluation. Any final questions.

Includes all course materials and a certificate. Webinar access details will be emailed direct to delegate upon completion of your booking.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email  or call 07341 277487.

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