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Nurse AMHPs: an exploratory study of their experiences

Kevin Stone (Department of Health and Social Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 11 December 2018

Issue publication date: 20 March 2019




Mental health and learning disability nurses have been eligible to become approved mental health professionals (AMHPs) since 2008, when the Mental Health Act 2007 was implemented. Despite this, there have been proportionally low numbers of these nurses pursuing the AMHP role. The purpose of this paper is to explore the experiences of these nurse AMHPs of training and practice.


Ten practicing nurse AMHPs were recruited from across four local authority sites. Using semi-structured interviews, participants were asked to discuss their experiences of being an AMHP.


The participants highlighted the need to navigate personal, cultural and structural factors relating to accessing and applying for the training, difficulties with agreeing contracts terms, gaining comparative pay and undertaking the role.

Research limitations/implications

The limitations of this study are the small number of participants and therefore the generalisability of the findings. Also, respondents were practising AMHPs rather than nurses who considered the role but then rejected it as a career option.

Practical implications

This study has led to gain a greater understanding of the experiences of nurse AMHPs.

Social implications

The results from this study will assist employing local authorities, and NHS consider the barriers to mental health and learning disability nurses becoming AMHPs.


The value of this study is in the insight that provides the experiences of nurse AMHP from applying to training through to being a practising AMHP.



Stone, K. (2019), "Nurse AMHPs: an exploratory study of their experiences", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 86-95.



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