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Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) workforce

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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