New Blog: How to Stay Positive and Authentic as an AMHP

Private: Dr Matthew Simpson
19th December 2023

Insights from an Educator and a Researcher:

Are you an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) who wants to learn from the experiences of a fellow practitioner and an educator? Do you want to know how to cope with the challenges and complexities of the AMHP role, while staying true to your values and ideals? Do you want to discover how research can help you appreciate and improve your practice?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should read this blog post by Dr Matthew Simpson, a lecturer at the National Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Social Work and a practising AMHP. In this post, he shares his journey from being an ASW/AMHP for 13 years to becoming an AMHP educator and a researcher. He reflects on how he balances his teaching and practice, how he deals with the feelings of imposter syndrome and self-criticism, and how he uses appreciative and collaborative research to celebrate the strengths and achievements of AMHPs.

This blog post is a must-read for anyone interested in the AMHP role, whether you are a trainee, a practitioner, or an educator. It will inspire you to think positively and optimistically about your practice and to connect with your passion and purpose as an AMHP. It will also encourage you to share your views and experiences with other AMHPs and to learn from their insights and reflections.

Meet the author(s)

Private: Dr Matthew Simpson

Senior Lecturer
Matthew is the Programme Lead for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Mental Health Practice, a programme to prepare suitably qualified and experienced practitioners to undertake the role of the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) under the Mental Health Act 1983. He is an active researcher in the field of AMHP practice. His PhD concerned AMHP decision-making at the point of referral for a Mental Health Act assessment, and this research was conducted collaboratively under the strengths-based methodology of Appreciative Inquiry. This research culminated in changes to one AMHP service to enhance best practice, attracting interest from a range of other Local Authorities.
View full profile
NCCDSW © 2024. All Rights Reserved | Privacy Policy
Website Design Dorset - Good Design Works
Skip to content