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HCPC launches AMHP criteria for education providers and registrants

02/09/2013 - 10:00

New AMHP criteria launched

Today the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched approval criteria for approved mental health professional (AMHP) programmes following a consultation.

The criteria set out the HCPC's expectations of education providers delivering AMHP programmes. They set out the processes and procedures that an education provider must have in place in order to deliver AMHP training, and the knowledge, understanding and skills that an individual must have when they complete their AMHP training.

The HCPC will approve and monitor AMHP programmes against the criteria to ensure that the level of AMHP training delivered produces safe and effective AMHP practice.

Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards said:

“The criteria were developed with the input of key stakeholders including education providers, individual professionals, employers and service users.

We have revised the criteria as a result of the public consultation and we are very grateful to all stakeholders for the feedback we received.”

The criteria can be downloaded here 


Notes to editors:

1. All media enquiries to Amy Morgan on 020 7840 9137 or email

2. Analysis of consultation responses and the HCPC’s decisions as a result are available on the HCPC’s website

3. Under the Mental Health Act 1983, registered social workers, mental health and learning disabilities nurses, occupational therapists and practitioner psychologists can train to become AMHPs. They exercise functions under the Act relating to decisions about individuals with mental disorders, including the decision to apply for compulsory admission to hospital.

4. Following training, professionals can only be appointed to the position of AMHP by a Local Social Services Authority (LSSA) in England. Individuals must be approved by an LSSA before they can act as an AMHP.

5. In order to check that the course an AMHP has completed is approved by the HCPC, employers will need to check the register of approved programmes on our website as the public Register will not be annotated with the qualification.

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

Amy Morgan
+44 (0)20 7840 9137

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