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The Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) PGCert at UCLan has been developed in collaboration with the regional Local Authorities. Read more
The Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) PGCert at UCLan has been developed in collaboration with the regional Local Authorities. It provides an intense period of teaching and learning which draws on the expertise of AMHPs, academics, lawyers and service users and carers.

The programme reflects the needs of our local employers and stakeholders and we continually shape this in response to feedback. Agency colleagues and previous learners found UCLan’s AMHP programme to have a “supportive learning environment” in which they feel “keen and motivated to learn”, experiencing a “shift in thinking” towards the AMHP perspective and value base.

This course is specific to qualified and professionally registered mental health practitioners (Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists or Clinical Psychologists) who are usually nominated and funded by their Local Authority to undertake AMHP training. It is also open to any applicants that meet the entry requirements, including practitioners working outside of a Local Authority. Applicants will need to have access to a suitable practice placement with a practice assessor who is a qualified AMHP.

DBS CHECKS

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

INDUSTRY LINKS

Students who are enrolled with the School of Social Work, Care and Community may be eligible for international travel opportunities relevant to their study.

On successful completion of this award students can progress to PGDip/MA awards as part of their CPD. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit http://www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

The University has been endorsed by the College of Social Work as a provider of CPD training.

This CPD course has been approved by HCPC. Last reviewed September 2015.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Keynote lectures, seminars, tutorials, material for self-directed learning, e-learning, workshops will form part of university based learning provision.

Students will be required to link formal learning to their practice and will be encouraged to build on existing skills/develop new skills to consolidate their learning across the academic and practice fields.

Skills, values and knowledge will be developed through group discussions, group tutorials, presentations and practice learning opportunities.

The overarching teaching and learning strategy will enable students to develop cognitive skills which are appropriate to independent learning and postgraduate study.

A range of assessment methods will include essays, presentations, case studies, practice observation, reflective writing, practice portfolios, and personal development files.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Aims of the course include:
-To provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to meet section 2 of the Approval Criteria for AMHP training (HCPC 2013);
-To enable students to refine the skills and values that are necessary to work as autonomous, competent practitioners and develop critical practice that respects diversity and challenges inequality;
-To provide students with a critical awareness of the evidence base for practice and to apply this in their role as AMHPs;
-To develop critical decision making skills that are consistent with the requirements and duties of an AMHP;
-To provide opportunities for students to critically reflect on practice that is person-centred, ethical and founded on the underpinning values and principles of the AMHP role.

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This course is aimed at qualified experienced professionals in mental health who wish to become approved mental health professionals (AMHP). Read more
This course is aimed at qualified experienced professionals in mental health who wish to become approved mental health professionals (AMHP).

You complete three modules to gain the postgraduate certificate, which are: values, ethics and evidence informed practice; mental health law and policy; AMHP practice (placement).

You study the application of values, ethics and dilemmas, mental health and wider associated law and policy. You also examine the current research that informs knowledge about mental health conditions and treatments. We encourage you to locate and evaluate research findings relevant to your practice.

Learning takes place in workshops, lectures, group and individual tasks and in practice as well as in private study. During the course you develop:
-Autonomous decision making and assessment skills in crisis situations.
-The ability to work with a range of professionals to promote recovery.
-The ability to work in a culturally competent way with a wide range of people in distress the skills and knowledge to apply the law in a way that reflects understanding of the impact on service users and carers.

Placements are in your own agency, usually with an AMHP team. An allocated practice educator provides supervision while you shadow and then lead assessments with a range of AMHP colleagues.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgcert-approved-mental-health-professional-amhp

Professional recognition

This course is approved by The Health and Care Professions Council. You are eligible to be approved by your local Social Services Authority as an approved mental health professional.

Course structure

Full time or part time. Starts September

The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.

Core modules
-Values, ethics and evidence informed practice (15 credits)
-Mental health law and policy (30 credits)
-Approved mental health professional practice (15 credits)

Assessment
Assessments are by: reflective essays; on-line law test; short presentation; case studies Practice is assessed during your placement.

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Gain significant recognition in your field whilst continuing to work in your own team, with our course for health and social care staff aiming to become Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs). Read more
Gain significant recognition in your field whilst continuing to work in your own team, with our course for health and social care staff aiming to become Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs).

Our course combines practice and theory to offer you the most effective learning experience. With the support from your employer, you'll shadow your local AMHP duty team to gain a valuable insight into the role. You’ll also study in university over a six-month period, while working two days a week in your own team.

You’ll learn beside a variety of professionals, from expert practitioners and service users to law professional trainers and psychiatric staff. We’ll also encourage you to visit services, such as older people wards or Child and Adolescent Mental Health, to gain further experience in clinical practice.

Before starting the course, we’ll visit you to put together a learning programme that best suits you and your teams. To prepare you for your first day, you’ll be expected to attend a five day pre-AMHP course in either August or September.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/part-time/mental-health-practice-pgcert

Careers

Successfully completing this course, you'll be eligible to apply for AMHP registration through your Mental Health Trust, having met the Health & Care Professions Council's (HCPC) requirements for the role. You'll enhance your employment opportunities with sought-after skills which meet the regulations of the Mental Health Act 2008.

Supported by local employers, our professional vocational course is designed to promote professionals’ qualifications in mental health practice and to fill the shortage of AMHPs nationally.

Modules & Assessment

Core modules:
‌• Mental Health Law
‌• Statutory Mental Health Practice

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

We'll assess the skills and knowledge you'll develop in a variety of ways. For example, a written assignment examining themes in mental health legislation or a multiple choice questionnaire exploring law. As part of your placement we'll provide you with a practice document outlining key competencies, which you'll evidence with a portfolio. Your Practice Educator will also produce a report on how you've applied what you've learnt.

Where you'll study

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly and experienced staff.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Visit your faculty - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/health-social-care-and-education

Where can I study?

Fulbourn - You'll study at Ida Darwin, a 32-acre hospital in Fulbourn, home to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).
http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/

Additional study information -

Practice placements are a significant part of the course, running for 45 days, spread across seven months. You’ll shadow practitioners and lead mental health assessments, supported by a Practice Educator, who'll manage and oversee your practice experience.

Placements are arranged through Local Authorities and Mental Health Trusts in conjunction with our university.

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Under the Health and Social Care Act (2012), the responsibility for approving Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) programmes in England now rests with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Read more
Under the Health and Social Care Act (2012), the responsibility for approving Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) programmes in England now rests with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The two interdependent elements in this qualification are:
-Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) training
-Either a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Mental Health Practice

Employers are responsible for sponsoring students for this programme. They also provide practice placements to enable students to develop and their practice. This is assessed by means of a portfolio.

Why Bradford?

On completion of the first five modules, students will be eligible for the Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Practice and for approval as an AMHP by their employer. The AMHP Programme is approved by the HCPC, in line with their criteria for the approval of AMHP programmes.

Modules

(C) = Core. (O) = Option
Stage 1 (60 Credits - 3 x (C) Modules):
-Law, Policies and Procedures (and AMHP role) (20 Credits) (C)
-Critical Perspectives in Mental Health (20 Credits) (C)
-Collaborative Practice in Mental Health (20 Credits) (C)

Stage 2 (60 Credits - 2 x (C) Modules and 1 x (O) Module):
-Risk: Evidence-based Decision Making and Communication (20 Credits) (C)
-AMHP Practice (40 Credits) (C)

Stage 3 (60 Credits - 1 x (C) Module):
-Master's Dissertation in Mental Health Practice (60 Credits) (C)

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

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The MA Mental Health Practice is a specialist post-qualifying programme, and successful candidates will be issued with a written transcript of achievement, making them eligible for approval to act as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), and eligible to act as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA). Read more
The MA Mental Health Practice is a specialist post-qualifying programme, and successful candidates will be issued with a written transcript of achievement, making them eligible for approval to act as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), and eligible to act as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA).

The MA Mental Health Practice at Cumbria University is delivered in partnership with Cumbria County Council, and students benefit from an expert teaching team, including: senior lecturers and academic staff in Social Work, Nursing and the Social Sciences; Experts by Experience; Mental Health Legislation experts; AMHPs and BIA Practitioners; Psychiatrists; Psychologists; Pharmacists and other allied professionals. The current programme was revalidated in 2014 and academic modules are complimented by practice experience through two placements, mentorship support and academic tutorials. Most students who gain the AMHP and BIA status go onto successful careers working in Mental Health, as the skills gained by successful completion of this programme are highly desirable to employers.

Throughout your studies the Programme Team aim to provide you with a comprehensive and critically reflective understanding and application of the concepts, values, theories and knowledge base underpinning these specialist areas of mental health practice. Through rigorous adherence to professional values, principles, codes of conduct and ethics, we will improve your critical ability to practice ethically and to manage the implications of ethical dilemmas while undertaking Mental Health Act (1983, as amended 2007) Assessments, and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards assessments.

The programme is committed to promoting ethical, culturally capable AMHP and BIA practitioners who respect diversity, challenge inequality, and who can support and safeguard the wellbeing of people with Mental Health problems, their families, carers and communities. Service users and carers have been involved in the development of this programme through both the University of Cumbria’s ‘Expert by Experience’ Programme and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trusts ‘Expert Patients Programme’.

Our study patterns are responsive to the varying needs of students and employers and are reviewed annually with Student Representatives and the Programme Team. We have a range of support systems in place for students returning to study, and recognise that some practitioners may not have studied at level 7 previously, or for some time so academic skills support is offered throughout the programme to address this.

Students will be required to study two additional modules, these are a research methods module and a dissertation module, in which you will be encouraged to undertake primary research and develop academic knowledge in the field of AMHP practice. Please refer to the course outline for further information.

Course outline

The MA in Mental Health Practice aims to:
-Provide a stimulating and challenging academic and scholarly environment for learners who wish to advance their academic and professional development gaining recognised AMHP and BIA awards to support and develop autonomous and reflective thinking.
-Enable students to develop a mastery of complex and specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of mental health practice.
-Develop conceptual knowledge and advanced understanding of how techniques of enquiry enable the critical and objective analysis, interpretation and application of research and evidence within mental health practice.
-Through completion of a dissertation, challenge existing knowledge and facilitate the development and application of new ideas and new ways of thinking.

Graduate destinations

Successful candidates will be issued with a written transcript of achievement, making them eligible for approval to act as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), and eligible to act as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA).

Other admission requirements

To be eligible for entry to this programme candidates must be qualified either as:
-Social Worker registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
-First level Nurse, registered in Sub-Part 1 of the Nurses’ Part of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, with the inclusion of an entry indicating their field of practice is mental health or learning disabilities nursing.
-Occupational Therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
-Chartered Psychologist who is listed in the British Psychological Society’s Register of Chartered Psychologists and who holds a relevant practicing certificate issued by that Society.

And have:
-Two years post-qualifying experience, with an interest in Mental Health.
-Successful endorsement from their employer to confirm the students level of experience, skills and professional competence are appropriate to embark on this specialist training. This may involve additional procedures by the employers (such as an interview) before their endorsement can be made.
-Successful endorsement from a Local Authority to provide both a suitable placement, and a Practice Assessor.

Students wishing to apply for this programme are required to secure their endorsement prior to an offer of a place being made. Please contact the Programme Lead if you have any questions or for further information.

Applicants outside the Cumbria area should contact Health Admissions for further details -

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Key Facts. The aim of the Pg Cert/Dip/MSc Social Work in Mental Health/ Mental Health route is to achieve Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) training so that you can put yourself forward for AMHP status. Read more
Key Facts:
The aim of the Pg Cert/Dip/MSc Social Work in Mental Health/ Mental Health route is to achieve Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) training so that you can put yourself forward for AMHP status. This is achieved through the use of critical analysis, synthesis and reflective skills, both through study as well as practice. The course seeks to further the development of practitioners of mental health care by enabling them to become creative, innovative and effective practitioners. This programme is open to a variety of social workers and health care workers who currently engage with people with varying mental health needs.

Course overview:
The course is aimed at people who have 2 years post qualification mental health experience and wish to practice as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) or existing AMHPs who wish to gain a Post Graduate Diploma or MSc in mental health, including a Higher Specialist award for registered social workers.

Lecturers are experts in mental health practice and education. The programme has a national reputation for delivering mental health teaching and modules offered include the deprivation of liberty safeguards.

Entry Requirements:
To access the course you must:
• Be able to demonstrate your ability to study at this level of learning
• Be two years Post Qualified as a; Social Worker, Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Psychologist

Course structure:
The Pg Cert / Dip / MSc Social Work in Mental Health /Mental Health is offered as a 2-year part-time degree programme. It is a part taught and part practice course that aims to integrate theory and practice, through work, supervision and reflection on practice.

The route consists of seven modules of study, five of which constitute the core (AMHP compulsory) modules. A further two modules complete the pathway.

Depending on the modules taken, the awards offered will vary. The schema below indicates this.
All modules have a minimum of 6 taught days at university and direct contact with tutors. The placements are divided into two blocks of 5 days for shadowing experience and a block placement of 45 days.

All placements are supervised by a practice assessor.

The law module has 10 taught days which is unique to the region and is welcomed by local partner agencies and employers. Study days have been built in the programme and you will be allocated a tutor for support throughout the programme.

You will be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate/Diploma on completion of 6 modules and a MSc Mental Health on completion of the whole programme.

The evaluation of the programme by students and external examiners in terms of teaching and learning and quality has, to date, been excellent.

Placements, Study Visits Available:
The programme offers you learning opportunities in a range of settings within mental health practice including community mental health teams, home treatments, hospital settings, forensic teams. Assertive outreach teams, children and adolescent mental health services and older adults.

Assessment:
Involves an assessment of both theory and practice.
Each module (or double module) is assessed as a ‘stand alone’ item. Practice assessment involves a triumvirate approach between the practice supervisor, you and the pathway leader. Competencies are identified for each practice module and you are assessed against these over a period of time. You are required to demonstrate "evidence" of competency through the compilation of a portfolio that also contains written work that is reflective of practice. The core theme of the assessment approach is about how you understand the use of theory to enhance practice and, indeed, to demonstrate personal growth and development. Assessment in the core modules follows a more traditional academic path but the link to practice is not lost. The themes of the assessment are also about aspects of practice. As you will be assessed academically for the core modules and clinically for pathway specific modules you will need to have a practice supervisor for your placement.

Further study:
These courses provides the opportunity for lifelong learning and the awards given on graduation forms the basis for progression into further study.

A comprehensive portfolio of post-registration courses called Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is available within the Faculty of Health. Visit http://www.bcu.ac.uk/health/lbr

These courses allow for academic and/or clinical development. Many of the courses are taught as part-time flexible modules to fit around your work and domestic commitments.

The MSc course is designed for senior health professionals who want to progress their careers within the clinical environment and are involved in hands-on care and innovative development of service delivery.

Employability:
All candidates are required to be in employment at the point of application. The qualification enables post qualified employees to undertake the AMHP role.

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The PgDip Mental Health Practice is a specialist post-qualifying programme, and successful candidates will be issued with a written transcript of achievement, making them eligible for approval to act as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), and eligible to act as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA). Read more
The PgDip Mental Health Practice is a specialist post-qualifying programme, and successful candidates will be issued with a written transcript of achievement, making them eligible for approval to act as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), and eligible to act as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA).

The PgDip Mental Health Practice at Cumbria University is delivered in partnership with Cumbria County Council, and students benefit from an expert teaching team, including: senior lecturers and academic staff in Social Work, Nursing and the Social Sciences; Experts by Experience; Mental Health Legislation experts; AMHPs and BIA Practitioners; Psychiatrists; Psychologists; Pharmacists and other allied professionals. The current programme was revalidated in 2014 and academic modules are complimented by practice experience through two placements, mentorship support and academic tutorials. Most students who gain the AMHP and BIA status go onto successful careers working in Mental Health, as the skills gained by successful completion of this programme are highly desirable to employers.

Throughout your studies the Programme Team aim to provide you with a comprehensive and critically reflective understanding and application of the concepts, values, theories and knowledge base underpinning these specialist areas of mental health practice. Through rigorous adherence to professional values, principles, codes of conduct and ethics, we will improve your critical ability to practice ethically and to manage the implications of ethical dilemmas while undertaking Mental Health Act (1983, as amended 2007) Assessments, and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards assessments.

The programme is committed to promoting ethical, culturally capable AMHP and BIA practitioners who respect diversity, challenge inequality, and who can support and safeguard the wellbeing of people with Mental Health problems, their families, carers and communities. Service users and carers have been involved in the development of this programme through both the University of Cumbria’s ‘Expert by Experience’ Programme and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trusts ‘Expert Patients Programme’.

Our study patterns are responsive to the varying needs of students and employers and are reviewed annually with Student Representatives and the Programme Team. We have a range of support systems in place for students returning to study, and recognise that some practitioners may not have studied at level 7 previously, or for some time so academic skills support is offered throughout the programme to address this.

Course outline

The PgDip Mental Health Practice consists of 8 academic modules, plus there are 2 qualifying modules embedded within programme which are designed to support the student to develop their confidence and skills as they progress through each module. The PgDip Mental Health Practice aims to:
-Provide a stimulating and challenging academic and scholarly environment for learners who wish to advance their academic and professional development gaining recognised AMHP and BIA, to support and develop autonomous and reflective thinking.
-Enable students to develop a mastery of complex and specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of mental health practice.
-Develop conceptual knowledge and advanced understanding of how techniques of enquiry enable the critical and objective analysis, interpretation and application of research and evidence within mental health practice.

Graduate destinations

Successful candidates will be issued with a written transcript of achievement, making them eligible for approval to act as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), and eligible to act as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA).

Other admission requirements

To be eligible for entry to this programme candidates must be qualified either as:
-Social Worker registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
-First level Nurse, registered in Sub-Part 1 of the Nurses’ Part of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, with the inclusion of an entry indicating their field of practice is mental health or learning disabilities nursing.
-Occupational Therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
-Chartered Psychologist who is listed in the British Psychological Society’s Register of Chartered Psychologists and who holds a relevant practicing certificate issued by that Society.

And have:
-Two years post-qualifying experience, with an interest in Mental Health
-Successful endorsement from their employer to confirm the students level of experience, skills and professional competence are appropriate to embark on this specialist training. This may involve additional procedures by the employers (such as an interview) before their endorsement can be made.
-Successful endorsement from a Local Authority to provide both a suitable placement, and a Practice Assessor.

Students wishing to apply for this programme are required to secure their endorsement prior to an offer of a place being made. Please contact the Programme Lead if you have any questions or for further information. For entry requirements relating to the stand-alone Best Interest Assessor (BIA) module, please refer to the BIA web page: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/courses/cpd-and-short-courses/deprivation-of-liberty-safeguards--the-role-of-the-best-interest-assessor-bia/

Applicants outside the Cumbria area should contact Health Admissions for further details -

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The only course of its kind in Wales, the Approved Mental Health Professional programme of study is for those intending to become Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs). Read more
The only course of its kind in Wales, the Approved Mental Health Professional programme of study is for those intending to become Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs). The Approved Mental Health Professional PGCert has been introduced to meet the new roles and responsibilities for professionals working with individuals who are considered for, and who become subject to compulsory hospital admission and/or treatment and aftercare introduced in the Mental Health Act 2007. One of these changes included the introduction of Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) who will take on the functions that hitherto have been those of the Approved Social Worker (Mental Health Act 1983).

The Approved Mental Health Professional PGCert is validated by the Care Council for Wales and is designed to meet the key competencies required by the Welsh Assembly Government and the Key Skills considered by the Care Council for Wales to be appropriate for the role.

Modules

Modules on the Approved Mental Health Professional PGCert typically include:

• Values Based Practice and Ethical Decision Making in Mental Health Services
• Policy and Law in Mental Health Services
• Understanding Mental Health and Mental Distress
• Professional Decision Making and Partnership in the Mental Health Services

Course Structure

There are four core modules for the Approved Mental Health Professional programme taught between October and April, following two induction days in September. Students study over one academic year with an arranged placement to gain practical experience.

Assessment: students of the Approved Mental Health Professional programme are assessed throughout their coursework (written assignments and a practice portfolio). The programme has a 50% pass mark for all modules.

Placements: all students the Approved Mental Health Professional programme are sponsored by their employers who have responsibility for arranging placements.

Staff Expertise

Co-Director, Dr Susan Carnes Chichlowska, is a chartered psychologist. She was awarded her PhD from Aberystwyth University (2011). Sue has been a mental health practitioner for many years and also takes a keen interest in mental health research with a special interest in older people’s health care.

Co-Director Margaret Lougher has a wealth of experience in mental health service practice and management in both the public and private sectors. She is still a practising Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) (and previously an ASW) and has proven experience in teaching and supporting students at Master’s level study. Her current specialist areas of interest are links between Mental Health Act 1983 (2007) with other relevant legislation, national and local policy and guidance, in particular the Children Acts 1989 and 2004, the Human Rights Act and Mental Capacity Act. The service user experience and developing updated methods to integrate those key messages into service delivery are central to her perspective.

Who should take this programme?

Social workers, registered mental health nurses, occupational therapists and clinical psychologists who must demonstrate that they have the support of an employer who will ensure they are provided with the necessary context within which to develop Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) skills and meet the requirements of programme’s approach to assessment; written assignments and a practice portfolio, observation of Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) practice and opportunity to carry out supported Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) assessments. For practical purposes this will almost invariably be within Local Social Service Authorities (LSSAs).

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Working in mental health can be demanding but rewarding. Gain the skills to become an approved mental health professional (AMHP) who practises safely and effectively. Read more
Working in mental health can be demanding but rewarding. Gain the skills to become an approved mental health professional (AMHP) who practises safely and effectively.

As an AMHP, you will need to act independently and assertively, taking accountability for the decisions you make. Approved by the Health & Care Professions Council, your course will give you the skills to be an effective practitioner with a comprehensive understanding of current legislation. By looking at issues such as asylum, substance misuse and how adult mental health relates to child protection, you will be well prepared for the responsibilities of the role.

Studying alongside peers from areas such as social work, nursing and psychology, you will share and learn from different viewpoints, broadening your perspective of mental health issues. Teaching is delivered by professionals who have extensive expertise in mental health provision, many of whom are already AMHPs.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/mentalhealth_pgcert

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

We're committed to helping you realise your career ambitions, which is why we place employability at the centre of your learning. Our fantastic links with industry enable us to design courses knowing exactly what employers are looking for, so you'll be well prepared for the world of work.

- Approved Mental Health Practitioner

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You'll be taught by professionals who have extensive expertise in mental health provision - many of whom are already AMHPs or experts within mental health services - and by a practicing solicitor who specialises in mental health law. You'll also hear from service users who are experiencing mental distress, giving you a first-hand insight into the topic.

Modules

Perspectives on Mental Distress
Study the numerous approaches to understanding mental disorder and how they are utilised in practice. You will also look at how approaches to mental health (disorder) have developed from large institutional approaches to the present-day community care.

Approved Mental Health Professional Practice
Increase your skills and knowledge regarding the roles and responsibilities of an AMHP.

Mental Health Law and Policy
You will gain in-depth understanding of mental health legislation and its application in practice, including up to date and practical applications of The Mental Health Act and related legislation.

Professor Ieuan Ellis

Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

"We have a long history of providing education across a wide range of professional and academic disciplines in health, applied global ethics, social sciences and related subject areas... The Faculty has a number of areas of research excellence."

Ieuan is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Faculty of Health and Social sciences. He is also a member of Academic Board, and an elected staff representative on the Board of Governors. He is also Chair of the UK Council of Deans of Health and Co-chair of the National Allied Health Professions Advisory Board. After practicing as a chartered physiotherapist in the NHS and private sector, Ieuan entered higher education working initially at Northumbria University prior to joining our University. Ieuan has held a number of leadership and management roles across health and social care education and was awarded a personal chair as Professor in Healthcare Education.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Clinical Skills Suite
The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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The course is designed to enable mental health professionals to develop and demonstrate practice in accordance with the published requirements of external professional, statutory and regulatory bodies in order to act as Approved Mental Health Professionals. Read more
The course is designed to enable mental health professionals to develop and demonstrate practice in accordance with the published requirements of external professional, statutory and regulatory bodies in order to act as Approved Mental Health Professionals.

Candidates will develop their knowledge, skills and values in mental health practices in order to enhance their capabilities within their own areas of expertise.

Approved Mental Health Professionals undertake a range of duties under the Mental Health Act 1983. A local authority will approve an AMHP to act on behalf of the authority and will only do so if satisfied that the applicant has appropriate competence in dealing with mentally disordered people (MHA 1983 s114(3)). This can be demonstrated by successful completion of the course.

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The course is for Mental Health Professionals seeking to qualify and practice as AMHPs. The course is open to social workers, community psychiatric nurses, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists. Read more
The course is for Mental Health Professionals seeking to qualify and practice as AMHPs. The course is open to social workers, community psychiatric nurses, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists.

The course aims to equip trainees seeking approval under the Mental Health Act 1983 with the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake formal Mental Health Act Assessments. Achievement of required competencies is a key focus of the course.

The programme is divided between in-class lectures and practical placement under the supervision of a qualified and experienced AMHP.

-Managing mental health assessments, including simulated practice, placement experience
-Familiarisation with key legislation and Code of Practice
-Awareness of current issues and case law affecting mental health act assessments
-Knowledge of other associated areas such as social perspectives, the roles of other professionals
-Reflective discussions, particularly including work with service users and carers who have been subject to formal mental health assessments and detention

Assessment

-In class test on Law and Code of Practice
-Assignment on fronted assessment
-Case studies
-Submission of satisfactory portfolio
-Evidence of achievement of competencies

Structure

Modules
-Applied Mental Health Law
-Managing Mental Health Assessments

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The MSc Mental Health is designed to meet the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs of a wide range of professionals. It is aimed at, but not limited to, those who work with mental health service users and/or within mental health settings. Read more
The MSc Mental Health is designed to meet the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs of a wide range of professionals. It is aimed at, but not limited to, those who work with mental health service users and/or within mental health settings. The programme supports practitioners to develop their knowledge, skills and competence in advanced practice and in specialist areas such as Safeguarding, Migration and Forensic Mental Health. It is also the framework for Best Interests Assessor Training (BIA); Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Training and social work Practice Educator Training (PE).

Successful completion of your chosen pathway within the programme could lead to either an MSc, PGDip or PGCert award.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/mental-health.aspx

Course detail

The MSc Mental Health is designed in response to recent changes in legislation, corresponding developments in mental health service delivery and the evolving socio-political influences that impact upon the mental health and wellbeing of individuals. It aims to meet the needs of stakeholders for an adaptable, reflexive and resilient workforce, and its modules focus on enhancing specialist mental health practice through the application of CPD and lifelong learning.

The MSc Mental Health has been developed for the specific workforce development needs of practitioners working at a senior or advanced level. It provides flexible options for study and is designed to support students to ‘learn and earn’ while applying their knowledge to practice. You will benefit from an exciting and challenging educational experience to which the programme team will contribute through the organisation of specialist innovative modules and practice learning.

For local social services authorities (LSSA) the programme provides the required training framework to fulfil mandatory functions in accordance with both the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Schedule A1 of the Mental Capacity Act (amended 2007).

Suitability

The MSc Mental Health programme is suitable for, but not limited to, experienced practitioners working in mental health services. It is designed for individuals with an interest in improving outcomes for those experiencing mental distress across a wide range of contexts and offers flexible study opportunities to meet the Continuing Professional Development needs of the following professional groups:
• Psychologists
• Social Workers
• Nurses
• Occupational Therapists
• Paramedics
• Probation Officers
• Police Officers
• Medical Practitioners

Content

• Migration and Mental Health
• Safeguarding in Mental Health
• Mental Health in Forensic Settings
• Professional Leadership in Mental Health
• Law and Policy for Best Interests Assessors
• Developing Best Interests Assessor Practice Skills
• Law and Policy for Best Interests Assessors
• Developing Best Interests Assessor Practice Skills
• Practice Education

Format

The modules you undertake can be chosen from a range offered within the core MSc Mental Health programme or from CCCU’s wider postgraduate portfolio. Your choice of modules will reflect your learning and development needs and where relevant those of your supporting/sponsoring organisation. All modules can be undertaken on a standalone basis or as part of the full programme. Typically, modules consist of 30 hours of academic direction (lectures, seminars and 1:1 tutorials) and 170 hours of practice learning and independent study. Throughout the programme the focus of learning, teaching and assessment is on work-based and work related learning where knowledge gained is applied to the workplace and reflection and evaluation further enhances practice.

Assessment

The variety of assessments accommodates a broad range of learning styles and have been selected to match the module aims and learning outcomes to the theory/practice outcomes. Assessment activities include case studies, presentations, essays and examinations.

Where professional role development through the acquisition of specific skills and competencies is an identified outcome, such as with the Development of Advanced Skills in Mental Health Practice and the Developing Best Interests Assessor Practice Skills modules, you will be required to undertake a period of supervised and assessed practice learning.

The requirements and learning opportunities to meet the learning outcomes will be set out in a formal Practice Learning Agreement and you will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence of Professional Practice Development.

The full MSc Mental Health award is made of 180 credits. Each module carries 20 credits with the exception of the 40 or 60 credit bearing Dissertation/Project.

What can I do next?

Students undertaking the MSc Mental Health will be experienced practitioners who will bring their existing knowledge and skills to the programme. The programme will provide the opportunity to share and learn from other practitioners from across and within the health and social care sector in order to develop themselves, their teams and their organisations. Accordingly, the MSc Mental Health is designed to enhance the possibility of career progression and promotes the habits and value of life-long learning.

Those seeking professional endorsement in the Best Interests Assessor or Approved Mental Health Professional roles will be eligible to undertake statutory interventions under the relevant legislative provisions which will considerably strengthen their career opportunities and progression. For AMHPs this will be subject to the warranting arrangements of their Local Social Services Authority.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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This course is aimed at professionals working in mental health settings. It will enable you to develop your understanding of the complex legal and ethical frameworks that apply to mental health practice. Read more
This course is aimed at professionals working in mental health settings. It will enable you to develop your understanding of the complex legal and ethical frameworks that apply to mental health practice. The programme will strengthen your knowledge and skills in engaging with clients’ legal and ethical needs and the structured and supportive framework will help you apply your learning in the workplace.

What will I study?

In the first taught module, you will study the legal frameworks that apply to mental health settings which need to be considered when working with users of mental health services. This module will facilitate and further develop a critical awareness of the many complex areas relating to mental health law, and move you towards a position of defensible rather than defensive practices.

The second taught module involves considering the ethical dilemmas and challenges that can face practitioners working in the mental health arena and in particular the relationship between bioethical theories and the law. A work-based learning module concludes the programme and allows you to apply what you have learnt to your practice.

How will I study?

The two taught modules on the programme are delivered via face-to-face sessions at Edge Hill University. Half-day attendance, once a week over two semesters, is typically required.

The work-based learning module involves the construction of an individual learning agreement. You will then be supported to apply the learning from the legal and ethical modules to your practice.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of presentations, case studies as well as critical reflection and deconstruction. The practice-focused module will involve a negotiated assessment.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme is delivered by a dedicated team of research-active professionals and guest speakers drawn from a broad range of health and social care professions. These include experienced mental health practitioners, approved clinicians and lawyers.

What are my career prospects?

The course is designed to assist professionals to demonstrate achievement and progression within the knowledge and skills framework and will assist practitioners to move up the skill escalator.

The course is especially relevant to practitioners working within newly constructed advanced practice roles – Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), Approved Clinician (AC) and Responsible Clinician (RC) – within mental health services.

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The principle aim of the course is to prepare practitioners who will be considered for appointment as approved mental health professionals under the Mental Health Act 2007. Read more
The principle aim of the course is to prepare practitioners who will be considered for appointment as approved mental health professionals under the Mental Health Act 2007.

After completing the course, you’ll be able to take on the role of best interest assessor (Mental Health Capacity Act 2005). In meeting the requirements of the Higher Specialist Social Work Award in Mental Health, the course also recognises the diversity of mental health social work and provides practitioners with the opportunity to develop and extend their knowledge and enhance their skills in dealing with complex work.

Learning includes a mix of interactive workshops, teaching sessions and facilitated group discussions. Service user and carer input will be central to student learning methods. This is combined with individualised self-directed learning with flexibility in units to tailor learning to meet individual student needs.

Opportunities for experiential learning are provided in a supervised practice placement as required by the professional body. Assessment for the course will include completing a portfolio including a report by a practice assessor, based on observation of how you apply learning and competence in showing the requirements. A range of reflective assignments and an in-class test will also be included.

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This part-time course offers a continuing professional development (CPD) route which is linked to career progression but retains the emphasis on advanced social work practice with vulnerable adults. Read more
This part-time course offers a continuing professional development (CPD) route which is linked to career progression but retains the emphasis on advanced social work practice with vulnerable adults. The programme will meet the needs of social workers already practicing at a senior level who wish to progress to advanced level and meet the expectations to practice in complex situations, exercising high-quality professional judgements.

Students will be exposed to a variety of learning and teaching methods, including lectures, discussion groups and guided independent study. Participants will bring significant experience, knowledge and skills to the programme. Unit guides and reading materials are designed to allow you to build on and develop their existing knowledge base and maximise opportunities. Core texts will provide base-line knowledge for students to debate, though wider and diverse reading will be encouraged.

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