Directors are being encouraged to support National AMHP Day today (29 June) organised by the Adult Principal Social Worker Network.
The awareness day aims to shine a spotlight on the role and practice of the Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) and their health and social care colleagues that make it a reality.
The AMHP is a vital role to the implementation of the Mental Health Act, but one that is often misunderstood or not even known about. AMHPs are the guardians of appropriate person centred Mental Health Act assessments, ensuring that the law and the person’s rights, as well as wellbeing and care, are at the forefront of all that they do.
It is a demanding role which requires significant training, but the number of AMHPs nationally appears to be in decline whilst the demand for Mental Health Act assessments across England has risen.
The AMHP role is often a lonely one. They can find themselves in conflicting and risky situations and their personal and professional decisions remain their accountable responsibility for years. Please support them by sharing examples of good practice on social media and your usual networks.
The Twitter hashtag is #AMHP17
Margaret Willcox, President of ADASS, said:
“Mental wellbeing is fundamental to a happy and healthy life and the impact of mental illness is so far-reaching for families and communities.
“We would encourage all our Directors to support National AMHP Day and raise the understanding, profile and importance of this key role.”