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HCPC publishes report on approved mental health professional (AMHP) training in England

17/02/2016 - 15:30

AMHP training

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has published a report on our work in assessing approved mental health professional (AMHP) programmes in the academic years 2013-14 and 2014-15.

The report analyses the work undertaken to approve AMHP training following the transfer of regulatory functions from the General Social Care Council (GSCC) to the HCPC in 2012. It considers how our regulatory model has impacted on AMHP training, and draws on the conditions and recommendations set on the AMHP programmes that have engaged with our approval process.

As well as reflecting on our approval criteria developed for AMHP programmes, which defines the knowledge, understanding and skills that must be delivered; the report highlights the areas in which conditions were set. Conditions ensure programmes meet our criteria and aim to drive improvement. The majority of issues related to practice placements and programme management, with changes required to ensure clear ownership of policies and procedures. All issues have now been addressed and conditions met for approved AMHP programmes.

Jamie Hunt, Education Manager at the HCPC, said:

“In order for us to effectively quality assure AMHP training, we developed and adapted our existing regulatory processes and standards. We assessed programmes against our AMHP criteria and, as reflected in the report, education providers were able to adapt well to our regulatory model. Following the completion of our approval process, there are now 29 AMHP programmes delivered by 19 education providers. This approval will remain subject to on-going monitoring moving forward.”

The report on AMHP training in England and its engagement with the HCPC approval process is available to download here.

For more information about the HCPC’s Education processes visit


For further press information please contact Rebekah Tailor or Grant Imlach in HCPC’s press office on 020 7840 9806 or email
Notes to editors

1. To read the report on AMHP training in England and its engagement with the HCPC approval process, visit

2. The HCPC became responsible for approving and monitoring AMHP programmes in England from 1 August 2012 after the General Social Care Council (GSCC) was abolished following a government review.

3. The changes to legislation enabling the HCPC to regulate AMHP training in England, require us to set criteria for approving AMHP programmes. We were not given any legal powers to appoint individual AMHPs or to annotate our Register. The decision to appoint and use an individual as an AMHP remains with the Local Social Service Authority (LSSA). As the link between completing an AMHP programme and performing the functions of an AMHP is not absolute, there is no AMHP annotation on our Register.

4. Social workers, mental health and learning disabilities nurses, occupational therapists and practitioner psychologists, registered with their respective regulator, may train to become AMHPs. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that AMHPs are able to practice with the competencies as defined by the Mental Health (Approved Mental Health Professionals) (Approval) (England) Regulations 2008.

5. The responsibility to ensure that practicing AMHPs are competent as defined by legislation lies with Local Social Service Authorities (LSSA). However, these employers can be confident that graduates of HCPC approved programmes are trained to meet the professional competencies outlined in our AMHP criteria. In this way, we can be confident that through regulating AMHP training, we are meeting our statutory obligations to protect the public.

6. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

7. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see

Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

8. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.

9. To contact us via social media, use the Twitter handle @The_HCPC or search The Health and Care Professions Council on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Rebekah Tailor
(0)20 7840 9806

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