Approved Mental Health Practitioners

Date of Request: 21/03/2016      

Date of Disclosure: 18/04/2016

Request and Response

How many Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP) did your local authority have warranted to make decisions under the Mental Health Act as of 1 April (or nearest available date) on each of the following years – 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16? Please list the actual number of AMHPs warranted (if it is easy to also list the FTE equivalent as well then please include this too).

The number of AMHPs warranted by Devon County Council is 69.

  1. How many Mental Health Act assessments did your AMHP service carry out in each of the following years -2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16?

Please see attached excel spreadsheet and explanatory note.

  1. Does your AMHP service record cases where lack of bed availability has impacted the service’s ability to carry out its duties? If so, please provide figures for how many times this has happened in each of the following years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.

This information is not held by Devon County Council.

  1. Has your local authority undertaken any analysis of whether it has sufficient AMHPs in post in 2014-15 or 2015-16? If yes, please attach a copy of this report(s).

There is no specific report to relate to regarding AMHP sufficiency. However, the workforce is reviewed annually and there are training and recruitment plans put in place following each review (where required).

  1. Please attach any correspondence your director of adult services has received during 2014-15 or 2015-16 from the Department of Health, CQC or your local police force, about AMHP availability. Please also include a copy of the reply correspondence from your director.

No such correspondence has been recorded.