This book is essential reading for all Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) and those students and practitioners on mental health Post-Qualifying awards. It covers the core competencies of the AMHP and how the use of medication fits within the roles of the mental health professional. Fully updated to include aspects of the recently amended Mental Health Act 1983, this guide shows how the law is applied to compulsory administration of medication, the law relating to consent to treatment and the relevance to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Robert Brown is a social worker and a Director of Edge Training and Consultancy Ltd. He provides refresher training for AMHPs and helps to train Section 12 Approved Doctors and Approved Clinicians in South West England and Wales. He provides consultation and supervision services to Cornwall, Guernsey, Hampshire, Jersey and Reading. Rob has published widely in the field of mental health and mental capacity law; co-authoring The Mental Health Capacity Act 2005: a Guide to Practice as well as Mental Health Law in England and Wales. He was a Mental Health Act Commissioner from 1992-2010. Prior to that, Rob worked as a Mental Health Welfare Officer and then an Approved Social Worker with Hampshire County Council. He has been a lecturer at Southampton University, Stirling University and Croydon College. Rob is a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University and was a finalist in the British Social Work Awards 2013, Lifetime Achievement category. Gwen Adshead is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Broadmoor Hospital and lectures at St George's Hospital in London. Alan Pollard is Chief Pharmacist at the Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and teaches on ASW courses.
The importance of psychiatry and medication for AMHPs Psychiatrists: training and how they practise An overview of psychiatry and classification Psychotic disorders Neurotic disorders, substance abuse and personality disorders Forensic psychiatry Psychiatry of old age Psychiatry and risk assessment Patients as parents Child and adolescent psychiatry Treatment issues in psychiatry Classification of medication in psychiatry Anti-depressants and mood stabilisers Anti-psychotics Anxiolytics, sedative/hypnotics, substance abuse Older adults, children, unlicensed drugs The law and psychiatric treatment Treatment under the Mental Health Act