A concept mapping exploration of social workers' and mental health nurses' understanding of the role of the Approved Mental Health Professional

  • Bressington D
  • Wells H
  • Graham M
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Abstract

This study uses concept mapping and participant interviews to explore how differing professional viewpoints and levels of knowledge held by social workers and mental health nurses affect perceptions of the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) role during an interprofessional training programme. The results suggest that social workers entering the programme had a greater understanding of the role in comparison to mental health nurses; however, on completion of the programme, both professional groups demonstrated similar levels of learning. The study challenges assumptions that nurses may be inherently disadvantaged by their professional background in terms of learning about a role that is traditionally associated with social work practice. Study participants valued the concept mapping process and felt that the approach may be a valuable tool for clinical supervision. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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  • D.T. Bressington

  • H. Wells

  • M. Graham

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