To create a multiprofessional community of aspiring, training, or qualified advanced practitioners in mental health who:

  • Connect, support, share and learn with and from each other across the four Pillars of Practice
  • Inform and contribute to the work of the HEE National and Regional teams

Strategic leaders, decision-makers and other people supporting advanced practice in mental health e.g., consultant practitioners, can also join the group to share their knowledge and experiences


The goals of the AMHCOP are as follows:

  • Bring people together to connect, support, share and learn
  • Work toward solutions to issues identified as priorities within Advanced Practice in Mental Health Community
  • Develop and support best practices including learning from successes and failures
  • Share local, regional, and national work openly with each other
  • Evaluate the impact of the AMHCOP on a regular basis


The Advanced Mental Health Community of Practice has existed informally for several years, created by people working at the advanced level of practice who recognised the need for peer support in order to establish Advanced Practice roles within mental health settings. The Community subsequently approached HEE for support to formalise their network and funding was secured, from the national Health Education England (HEE) Advancing Practice team, to pilot a virtual community in the first instance. The pilot will run from January 2022 to April 2022. Participation is free and the aims are to:

  • Build a multiprofessional community of aspiring, training or qualified advanced
    practitioners in mental health
  • Provide a space to share examples of learning across the Four Pillars of Practice with each other
  • Understand the current profile and demographics of the existing workforce within
    Advanced Practice in Mental Health
  • Inform and contribute to development work undertaken by Health Education England in relation to Advanced Practice in Mental Health
  • Provide evaluation data (including for publication) on the impact of the pilot AMHCOP to guide future development plans and business cases, including but not limited to, the impact of the AMHCOP on the individual practitioners, their organisations and the wider system

The steering group is co-ordinating the pilot and the evaluation of the AMHCOP and will work with peer moderators from the community to oversee the running of the platform for the duration of the pilot. If the Community decides it would like to continue after the pilot and funding can be secured, membership of the steering group will be reviewed to enable new members from within the Community to take leadership roles and opporutnities.

Dr Stephanie Tempest (she, her, hers): Credential Lead for Advanced Practice Mental Health

As an occupational therapist, AHP, educator and action researcher, I am passionate about bringing people together to develop new knowledge, new ideas and support new ways of working.  I'm very excited to be working on this project to facilitate, cultivate and evaluate the impact of the Community.

Kayleigh Abbott: Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Forensic Services at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

I'm an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health) with background in Crisis Services and Forensic Services including Forensic Mental Health care provision, prisons and police custody/Liaison and Diversion, adult and CAMHS. Most recent roles have included Clinical Head of service of Yorkshire and Humber Police Custody healthcare and L&D and Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Low Secure Forensics (West and North Yorkshire). I take a lead role in supporting the development of ACPs roles across our trust services and have supported the growth of this community from the very beginning. I'm excited and proud to continue to be a part of evolving ACP roles in Mental health and carving out clinical development pathways for senior "Non Medical" roles across MH services. 

Rebecca Burgess-Dawson: National Clinical Lead (Mental Health)

Providing clinical expertise to colleagues working on programmes in mental health.

Regional Advancing Practice Supervision & Assessment Lead/Training Programme Director for Mental Health – Health Education England (Midlands)

Advanced Practitioner in Mental Health/Trainee Multi-Professional Approved Clinician (Nottinghamshire Health Care)

Gemma works in Mental Health clinically as an ACP  (Community Outpatients) and within Health Education England in the capacity of Training Programme Director for Mental Health (Midlands Region). She is involved in various aspects of workforce transformation including supervision, assessment, training, and education, promoting the role of advanced practice in mental health and all it has to offer. Clinically,  she will shortly commence her Approved Clinician Training. 

Veryan Richards: Lay Advisor 

Veryan Richards contributes as a lay participant towards shaping the policy narrative and improving patient experience in several areas of healthcare. She currently holds several lay positions with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Technology Enabled Care Cymru and the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social Care, St Catherine's College, Oxford. She was awarded the RC Psychiatrists President's medal in 2020.

The Advanced Mental Health Community of Practice has been funded as a pilot by Health Education England.
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