INforMHAA Project Guidance & Resources

The guidance is intended for AMHPs (Approved Mental Health Professionals) and spoken and/or signed language interpreters who are working together under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA). It is also beneficial for AMHP educators providing training for AMHP approval, reapproval, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD), as well as for interpreter educators offering initial training and CPD for interpreters.

The guidance consists of 13 Parts offering practice-orientated advice that follows the course of a MHAA from the perspective of the role of the AMHP. These Parts are then followed by a series of Resources for training and references to enhance practice and support CPD. Although it is helpful to follow the guidance resource through in order, each Part stands alone enabling it to be dipped into depending on interest and need.

Full Guidance

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Part 1.

Introduction to the practice guidance
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Part 2.

Context and key roles

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Part 3.

Legal decision making in practice

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Part 4.

When and why is an interpreter needed

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Part 5.

Briefing between interpreters and AMHPs

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Part 6.

Key terms and concepts

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Part 7.

Types of Interpreting

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Part 8.

Deciding to stop a MHAA interview

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Part 9.

The role and responsibilities of interpreters: Cultural sensitivities and cultural brokering

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Part 10.

The Full Patient Journey

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Part 11.

Debriefing

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Part 12.

Issues in recording

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Part 13.

Governance, Accountability and Safeguarding

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Resources

The resources section, divided into ten parts, provides training suggestions and references to improve practice and facilitate CPD.

RESOURCE R1:

Introduction to the simulation videos

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RESOURCE R2:

Written case studies for discussion

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RESOURCE R3:

Details of the video simulations

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RESOURCE R4:

Guidance on using the simulation videos for training

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Resource R5:

Developing debriefing skills

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Resource R6:

Further reading

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RESOURCE R7:

Minimum best practice checklist for interpreters in interpreter-mediated assessments 126

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RESOURCE R8:

Reminder to AMHPs of what to include when recording information about an interpreter-mediated MHAA

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RESOURCE R9:

Minimum best practice checklist for AMHPs in interpreter-mediated MHAA

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RESOURCE R10:

Guidance on commissioning interpreting services and working with interpreters in related areas of practice

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