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First Nurse Approved Mental Health Professional in Plymouth

9th January 2018

Martyn Webster qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 2008 and worked in a variety of settings including supported living housing and community mental health teams. He was interested in using his experience in different settings. The AMHP role appealed to Martyn as it allowed him to utilise his mental health knowledge within the wider statutory responsibilities and city-wide remit.

Martyn undertook post graduate-level AMHP training over a period of 6 months involving a mix of written work, exams and placements. Martyn said “It was quite a short time to get the academic skills back up to par, though I had superb support from my team. Nurses have valuable transferable skills and I would certainly recommend any nurse considering the role to go for it.”

Lynne Elliott, Lead AMHP said “I have had the pleasure of working as Martyn’s practice assessor during his AMHP training. As the first professional in the AMHP team from a non-social work background, it could have been difficult for Martyn to integrate with his colleagues and adapt to a social model of mental health. However it is testament to Martyn’s professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment to the role that he was readily accepted and respected for the knowledge and skill he has contributed to AMHP practice. Martyn is a wonderful asset and I feel proud to have been a part of his learning and development.”

Melanie Wilson, Advanced Practitioner/AMHP said “It has been a pleasure to support Martyn’s professional journey towards becoming our first AMHP in Plymouth from a nursing background.  Martyn has been very committed to his learning and development and deserves his success. I feel positive about adding a multi-disciplinary element to the AMHP Duty Team, and would encourage anybody from the eligible health professions to consider the potential for AMHP training in the future.”

“I would encourage other nurses (and other professions ie OT, chartered psychologists) to think about training as AMHPs when opportunities arise within Livewell Southwest.”