Under the Health and Social Care Act (2012), the responsibility for approving Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) programmes in England now rests with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
The two interdependent elements in this qualification are:
Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) training
Either a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Mental Health Practice
Employers are responsible for sponsoring students for this programme. They also provide practice placements to enable students to develop and their practice. This is assessed by means of a portfolio.