University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Mental Health Practice

The course effectively extends the role of approved social worker under preceding mental health legislation to suitably qualified and experienced nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists in addition to social workers. This programme is a post-qualifying (PQ), inter-professional award developed in response to the government�s mental health legislative framework.

Entry requirements

1st or 2nd Class Honours degree; students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via APL procedures. To be eligible for entry to the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) training candidates must be employed either as: A first level nurse registered in sub-part 1 of the nurse�s part of the register established and kept by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, whose field of practice is mental health or learning disabilities nursing; an occupational therapist registered with the Health Professions Council; a chartered psychologist, who is listed in the British Psychological Society�s Register of Chartered Psychologists and who holds a relevant practicing certificate issued by that Society. They must have: Successfully completed a pre-selection proforma of experience and skills verified by their line manager or employer representative, to demonstrate that they have achieved the level of professional competence, capacity and ability to complete and AMHP training programme; provided an endorsement from their employer in support of their application and have an agreed practice placement or component and AMHP Practice Assessor.

Course modules

Modules include: Foundations of approved mental health professional (AMHP) practice in a specialist mental health setting; values and principles of AMHP Practice; legal and policy context of AMHP practice; the AMHP role; the deprivation of liberty safeguards and the role of the best interest assessor (BIA); multi-professional support of learning and assessment in practice; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Group presentations; critical evaluations; case studies; examinations; self-evaluation; practice assessor report and competence statement; peer discussions; direct observation of practice.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time £ 3,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgDip Part-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Fusehill Street, Carlisle Carlisle CA1 2HH North East

Key information

Course Enquiry Centre
Telephone number: 
0845 606 1144