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Approved Medical Practitioner (AMP) Initial Training


Course aim

Approved Medical Practitioner (AMP) initial training allows psychiatrists to perform their statutory duties under s22 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment)(Scotland) Act 2003 and related legislation. This training course is designed to equip prospective Approved Medical Practitioners with the knowledge and understanding they need to perform their statutory duties under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and related legislation and who wish to be appointed AMPs under Section 22 of the Act. 



To be eligible for S22 approval you must be a registered medical practitioner who is either:

• A member or fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, or • Have a minimum of 4 years’ whole-time equivalent experience of working in psychiatric services as a medical practitioner.


Learning outcomes:

  • Appropriately apply the principles underlying the 2003 Act
  • State which compulsory powers are applicable in a particular situation, and justify their use
  • Explain how the safeguards incorporated within the Act protect patients’ rights
  • Explain the statutory responsibilities of the AMP and the MHO
  • Explain the role of the multidisciplinary team in the effective implementation of the 2003 Act
  • Describe how you would plan and manage treatment in the community, in line with the appropriate provisions of the 2003 Act
  • Complete the CTO2 effectively
  • Explain the function of the Mental Health Tribunal, and the implications for the AMP role


Course Structure

For all prospective AMPs, you must complete all modules associated with this course and then attend and fully participate in a one-day online workshop.

All modules must be completed by noon one week prior to the online workshop.  A failure to complete the modules by the deadline will result in your removal from the course without a refund.  You must attend the online workshop in its entirety and the facilitators on the day must be satisfied that you have fully participated in the workshop.

The modules you must complete to proceed to the online workshop are:

AMP Part 1, Module 1: General

AMP Part 1, Module 2: Civil Compulsory Powers

AMP Part 1, Module 3: MWCS & MHTS

AMP Part 1, Module 4a: Forensic Psychiatry

AMP Part 1, Module 4b: Forensic Psychiatry

AMP Part 1, Module 5: CAMHS

The modules will be made available to you upon booking via the My Booking tab.  We recommend the modules are completed in sequential order.


Target audience

Consultant; Core trainee; Psychiatrist; Specialty trainee



There is a charge of £175 for this course. 


Register and book

The first step is to register via TURAS Learn and book onto the course.

When booking, you are committing to participating in & attending the course day indicated on the booking.  Failure to do so will result in you not completing the course and you will have to rebook onto another cohort date to gain your certificate.  No refunds will be given if, after booking, you are unable to attend  the session.  Your place will not be transferred onto another cohort.

Please ensure TURAS has your most up to date details and contact email address.  

Please note: We request that anyone attending these online courses not be on call to ensure they can participate fully.


Cancellations and refunds: 

Please note that full automated refunds can be generated by TURAS Learn for cancellations up to 30 days prior to the course.  Within 30 days of the course dates, refunds may be given in exceptional circumstances only.  NES reserves the right to remove anyone from a course, without the offer of a refund, if they are unable to fully participate.  To be eligible for a certificate, full attendance and participation is required.  We request that delegates should not be on call during the course.  Failure to fully participate on the course may result in you being removed from the course.


Online modules

The Modules will only be available  once you book onto a course and cannot be accessed without a booking. 

You will be required to complete all modules by noon exactly one week before the workshop and it is essential that all the appropriate modules are completed. Failure to complete the module by this deadline may lead to your booking being cancelled and no refunds will be given. 

The modules will take you through materials and then ask you to complete the assessments. 

To pass, you must achieve 100% on all of the assessments but can have as many attempts as needed. 


Online course

The course is now being delivered over a single day and full attendance and participation on the day is required.


Technical guidance

The online course is run via Adobe Connect.  By booking onto this course, you are committing to download the Adobe Connect app (instructions will be given upon booking) and using Adobe Connect as instructed. You will be expected to have your webcam visible during the course.  It is the delegate's responsibility to ensure they can access the workshop appropriately and have sufficient connection speed to participate. All delegates require a laptop or desktop computer, with functioning webcam & microphone to participate in the course. 

Please DO NOT use mobiles phones, iPads/tablets as this may significantly restrict your ability to fully participate. In doing so, you risk being removed from the workshop by facilitators. NES reserves the right to remove anyone from a course if they are unable to fully participate.  A delegate should be present for the duration of the course and a failure to participate for the duration may see a delegate removed from the course and not receive a certificate.

Delegates should take part in a short audio-visual test with a course facilitator, in advance of the workshop.  Test dates and times will be made available by email.

Adobe Connect Downloads and Updates


Course dates


Date    Time  Venue   Info
1 August 2024

Registration 0915

Course: 0930-1630

 Online - Adobe Connect Full
6 September 2024

Registration 0915

Course: 0930-1630

 Online - Adobe Connect  Places available
 1 October 2024

Registration 0915

Course: 0930-1630

 Online - Adobe Connect Places available
 8 November 2024  

Registration 0915

Course: 0930-1630

 Online - Adobe Connect  Unpublished
 12 December 2024  

Registration 0915

Course: 0930-1630

 Online - Adobe Connect  Unpublished
 9 January 2025  

Registration 0915

Course: 0930-1630

 Online - Adobe Connect  Unpublished
 14 February 2025  

Registration 0915

Course: 0930-1630

 Online - Adobe Connect  Unpublished
 28 March 2025  

Registration 0915

Course: 0930-1630

 Online - Adobe Connect  Unpublished


Register with your local health board

Completion of training does not mean you are automatically approved under the Act.  You still need to be placed on a Health Board AMP list.  Your local AMP list administrator will need to have sight of your certificate so they can maintain your place on the list.  It is your responsibility to ensure you are on an AMP list. 

AMP status is transferable across Health Boards.  If an AMP is listed on a Board list then they are able to work in any Board area.  They are not required to be on multiple Board lists.

You can find details on the AMP list administrators for each Health Board here.



Please contact us at AMPTraining@nes.scot.nhs.uk.    



NES is committed to creating a positive learning environment for all delegates. Any behaviours which negatively affect this, including unprofessional, abusive, or disruptive behaviour towards staff, facilitators, or course participants, will be managed by the facilitators and may lead to participants being asked to leave the session without reimbursement of their course fee. 

This page was last updated on: 08.07.2024 at 13.12