11: Who do you think you are? Hybrid professionals, boundaries and the context of AMHP practice


The chapter will discuss the concept of the ‘hybrid professional’. AMHPs are drawn from various professional origins and their knowledge areas span other areas of expertise outside of the officially sanctioned role of legal applicant under the Mental Health Act (MHA). Hybridity is a concept that can illuminate professional identities in the ways it speaks to formations of new occupational identities, the mixing of multiple identities and how professional identities can be understood in contemporary mental health practice. The author contends that hybridity implies an unsettling of identities and asks the reader to consider the difficulties of working with cultural and professional differences.

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