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Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) workforce

Data correct as at 2022/23

Next update due: Spring 2024

This page presents findings from the AMHP survey. Skills for Care has worked closely with the Department of Health and Social Care and the AMHP Network to gain a better understanding of this key job role.

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Key findings

A dedicated AMHP survey was distributed to 148 local authorities across England and achieved an 85% completion rate. This report presents information collected from this survey as well as information on social workers collected by the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS).

  • There are an estimated 3,800 approved AMHPs in England.
  • 11% of AMHPs were inactive (approved but not practicing as an AHMP).
  • 94% of AMHPs were employed as social workers, 5% were registered nurses and 1% were occupational therapists and psychologists.
  • 77% of AMHPs were employed by local authorities, 16% by the NHS and the remainder employed by agencies of freelance.
  • Two thirds of AMHPs combined their role with a substantive role e.g. social worker.
  • The ASC-WDS showed that around 29% of AMHPs were aged 55 and above, which was a higher proportion than for social workers overall (23%).
  • Around 18% of social workers were male, this rises to 25% when only considering AMHPs.



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