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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 England’s 150 local authorities and achieved a 99% completion rate and we used NMDS-SC data to look at the characteristics of AMHPs.

  • There are an estimated 3,730 approved AMHPs in England.
  • 94% of AMHPs are social workers.
  • Two thirds of AMHPs combine their role with a substantive role e.g. social worker.
  • An estimated 32% of AMHPs are aged 55 or over.
  • Data from the NMDS-SC shows that while 22% of the social worker workforce are aged 55 or over, this rises to 32% (almost in 1 in 3) when we look at just AMHPs.
  • Overall 19% of social workers are male, this rises to 31% when only considering AMHPs.
  • 77% of all social workers are of white ethnicity, this rises to 85% for AMHPs



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