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Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) workforce

Data correct as at 2019/20

Next update due: February 2022

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 a 98% 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 3,900 approved AMHPs in England.
  • 95% of AMHPs were employed as social workers, 4% were registered nurses and <1% were occupational therapists and psychologists.
  • 80% of AMHPs were employed by local authorities, 15% 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.
  • We estimate that around 33% of AMHPs were aged 55 and above, which was a higher proportion than for social workers overall (23%).
  • Around 19% of social workers were male, this rises to 27% when only considering AMHPs.
  • Around 27% of social workers identified as of a BAME group, this falls to 21% for AMHPs.



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