‘The huge battle to find beds is very draining’: AMHP discussion roundup

Check out the highlights from our live discussion on stress, support and the future of the approved mental health professional role.

How can we best combat sliding morale among approved mental health professionals? The national AMHP survey 2012 found that one in five AMHPs wants to quit the role and some 40 per cent met the threshold for anxiety or depression. 

In a live online debate we discussed the issues raised by the survey – including AMHP pay, stress and the chronic bed shortage hitting the NHS – with a group of AMHPs and menntal health social workers. You can replay the discussion in full below. Thanks to our panelists Martin Webber (social work academic who oversaw the research), Janine Hudson (AMHP who led the research), Brendan Blair (deputy chair of The College of Social Work’s AMHP network) and Robert Nisbet (BASW member and mental health social worker).

You can email questions and areas you’d like put out for future live discussions to andy.mcnicoll@rbi.co.uk.

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