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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 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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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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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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Gain the expertise to determine if buildings are achieving their required energy efficiency targets, and how to go about improving them. Read more
Gain the expertise to determine if buildings are achieving their required energy efficiency targets, and how to go about improving them.

The energy performance of today's new buildings must withstand far more scrutiny than ever before. Those involved or investing in construction projects will need an increasing awareness of these factors to maintain compliance with the law, as tougher EU and UK directives for building performance are drawn up and legislated.

You will use the latest technologies to evaluate building performance, including software to model 2D thermal movement or track moisture. You will also visit real-life testing sites and help set up and carry out some of the procedures yourself, investigating heat loss, heat transfer, moisture development and thermal bridges.

Your course will provide an essential platform if you are wanting to evaluate the energy efficiency of buildings, or if you want to get involved in building forensics or surveying.

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

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

New legislation and the need for more energy efficient buildings will ensure the demand for experts in the design and evaluation of high-performing homes and workplaces continues to grow. Specialist knowledge in this field should help if you already work in surveying, building forensics and energy efficient assessment to further your career.

- Sustainable Property Developer
- Energy Efficient Assessor
- Building Forensic Assessor
- Building Surveyor

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 exposed to the latest techniques and technologies to measure heat loss and energy transfer, as well as the latest cutting-edge research from our Sustainability Institute and our School of Built Environment & Engineering.

Our teaching staff are involved in building performance evaluation on national research schemes. Our University is frequently commissioned by Innovate UK, a leading technology advisory body, to analyse the best energy performing buildings in the country, which underlines our expertise in this area. Our academics will feed these findings directly into your learning, giving you access to first-class research and a rich variety of contacts to network with.

You will also have access to our state-of-the-art building performance testing kits to analyse buildings in the field, such as thermal imaging cameras and drone technology, and you will work with the latest 2D and dynamic simulation modelling software to measure standards and sharpen your experience of working with the latest technology.

Core Modules

Building Performance & Evaluation
Develop the knowledge of a range of tools and techniques to analyse the energy performance of a building.

Building Environmental Science & Modelling
Gain an overview of the science that governs how buildings perform in relation to occupant comfort, health, energy use and service life.

Chris Gorse

Senior Lecturer

"You will be exposed to the latest methods of testing and monitoring buildings. We have researchers who have informed building performance evaluation and their knowledge feeds directly into this course."

Chris Gorse is Professor of Construction & Project Management and Director of Leeds Sustainability Institute. He leads projects in the areas of sustainability, low carbon and building performance and has an interest in domestic new builds, commercial buildings and refurbishment. Chris is an established author and has consultancy experience in construction management and law.

Facilities

- Design Studios
Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing you to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.

- Library
Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, our Library has you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Leeds Sustainability Institute
We offer the latest drone and thermal imaging technology to provide new ways of measuring and evaluating building sustainability.

- Broadcasting Place
Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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

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The MSc in Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities offers a contemporary programme of study for a range of professionals/practitioners/ carers working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more
The MSc in Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities offers a contemporary programme of study for a range of professionals/practitioners/ carers working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The MSc in Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities programme is a direct response to recent public interest and government agenda of reducing premature death, improving care & treatment and enhancing the health and wellbeing of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The course is typically expected to take between 2 and 6 years to complete.

This MSc programme is part of an overarching Wellbeing Framework at the University of Hertfordshire. It includes 4 discipline specific programmes to suit those working in:
-Social Practice and Wellbeing
-Mental Health and Wellbeing
-Children and Young People’s Wellbeing
-Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The inclusion of MSc in Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities within the overarching MSc Wellbeing Framework addresses the need to offer postgraduate development that reflects contemporary workforce requirements in terms of integrated/transdisciplinary working arrangements. This is in line with changing workforce needs to provide a clear pathway for postgraduate development and It recognises our unique position in responding to emergent collaborative working practices across health, social care, private, voluntary and independent boundaries. This innovative framework has been co-produced with key stakeholders and service users with lived experience and reflects the emerging impetus for collaboration in both design and delivery of the programme.

Why choose this course?

-The MSc framework structure will provide opportunities for all course participants to undergo a collaborative/multi-professional/Integrated learning experience
-Listening to the voice of service users and their families will be a key feature of the programme. This will include the co-production and delivery of teaching and learning experiences with service users, families, professionals and carers
-The programme fully intends to promote wider participation of applicants irrespective of their age, gender, race, disability and professional background
-Co-production and service user voice are foundation principles of this programme. Education has an intrinsic part to play in wellbeing generally but education for those involved in services as recipients or providers has never been more important as the academic and practice discourse about achieving better outcomes recognises the need for truly integrated working and service user centred care at all levels of engagement

Careers

This programme is intended to enhance the knowledge, skills and attributes of course participants to embark on careers in the following areas of practice:
-Advanced nurse practitioner in integrated community learning disability teams
-Senior social work practitioner in integrated community learning disability teams
-Senior practitioner in transition teams for people with IDD and Children &Adolescent Mental health Services
-Managers in the NHS, social services and PVI organisations that provides a service to people with IDD
-Lead practitioners in public and private services
-Special needs education teachers
-Approved Mental Health PractitionersTrainer/Academic in education and training organisations
-Commissioning bodies

Teaching methods

In response to stakeholder feedback there is an emphasis on blended learning in the programme. Scheduled online learning will be incorporated into all the core framework modules. There will be extensive use of cross discipline action learning sets in class and outside of class. The flipped classroom approach will be key to preparation for many of the sessions in order to facilitate full and active classroom participation that deepens and expands learning.

Structure

Modules
-Applied Health and Social Care Law
-Autistic Spectrum Conditions
-Best Interests Assessor
-Concepts and Theories of Wellbeing
-Dissertation
-End of Life Care for Service Users with Learning Disabilities
-Integrated Working for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
-Integrating Research with Professional Practice
-Psychopharmacology and Medicines Management
-Safeguarding : Working with Risk and Opportunity

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