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The way we support people with mental health difficulties is changing. A new agenda is emerging, focused firmly on recovery, enablement, reducing premature death, improving care and working in an integrated way to make a real difference to people’s lives. Read more
The way we support people with mental health difficulties is changing. A new agenda is emerging, focused firmly on recovery, enablement, reducing premature death, improving care and working in an integrated way to make a real difference to people’s lives. At the University of Hertfordshire, we’ve created our MSc Mental Health and Wellbeing as a direct response and a real opportunity to be part of the change.

Whether you’re working, or hoping to work, in mental health, general health, psychology, social care or education, this Master’s will help you develop the skills and strategies to improve care, develop professionally and accelerate your career. We also strongly encourage applications from service users, families and carers who would like to advance their understanding of mental health.

We’ve brought together acclaimed academics, front-line practitioners, carers and service users to create a course informed by real-life experiences and challenges. Throughout, it emphasises wellbeing, personalised care, enablement, safeguarding and strengths-based approaches, giving you the opportunity to address complex issues and make sound, research-informed decisions.

You’ll develop a systematic understanding of contemporary mental health knowledge, a critical awareness of emerging issues and the tools you need to champion transformational change. It’s a chance to demonstrate originality, initiative, leadership and self reflection, as well as a high level of personal and professional responsibility.

There’s also a real focus on working together across disciplines to provide better care. This MSc is part of our innovative programme of postgraduate wellbeing courses and has strong links to the three other strands: social practice, intellectual and developmental disabilities and children and young people’s health and wellbeing.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn alongside students on these other pathways, gaining insights into current thinking and practice. This encourages an interconnected, integrated approach to caring for people with mental health difficulties – something that’s now seen as pivotal to making positive change in these diverse, demanding and often debilitating conditions.

Course structure

Here at Hertfordshire, you can study for your MSc in Mental Health and Wellbeing part time, on a modular basis. This flexibility makes it a great choice if you’re fitting your studies around your career and other commitments.

Most of our students complete their MSc in two to six years, but there are opportunities to finish earlier, with alternative qualifications:
-Postgraduate Certificate in Wellbeing: 60 completed credits
-Postgraduate Diploma in Wellbeing: 120 completed credits
-MSc Mental Health and Wellbeing: 180 completed credits

Why choose this course?

-Be part of a positive step change in mental health care, support and treatment
-Accelerate your career, demonstrate your strengths and develop integrated, multidisciplinary working practices
-Build a critical awareness of current knowledge and emerging issues, informing your practice and opening up research opportunities
-Shape a highly respected Master’s degree around your own career interests and ambitions
-Learn part time, at a pace that suits you, with the full support of our academic team

Careers

On this relevant, results-focused Master’s, you’ll develop a strong understanding of modern mental health issues, the ability to critically analyse the current evidence base and the confidence to make well-informed decisions that improve people’s lives.
Your new knowledge and skills will make you a hugely valuable asset to any organisation involved in supporting people with mental health difficulties, opening up new opportunities across healthcare, social care and education.

If you’re already working in mental health, it’s an outstanding professional development opportunity and if you’re new to this field it’s a great introduction. You may also decide to continue your studies at PhD level, conducting new research into evolving mental health care challenges and responses.

Teaching methods

Our MSc in Mental Health and Wellbeing is run by a supportive, inspiring academic team here at the University of Hertfordshire. They’ve collaborated extensively with service users and carers to create an incredibly relevant, interesting course that addresses real-world needs.

You’ll learn through lectures, tutorials and masterclasses, as well as flipped classroom approaches, which see you preparing for each session online so your classroom experience can be more interactive and dynamic. We also run sessions in high-tech exemplar classrooms where you’ll be able to learn about integrated working through practical group exercises.

Every core module on the course includes independent study, as well as scheduled online learning, which you’ll do through our StudyNet learning portal. StudyNet’s a supportive online environment that lets you can access your course materials, contact your tutors, debate ideas on discussion boards and work with your peers whenever and wherever you like.

You’ll also be able to use our attractive, on-campus Learning Resources Centres 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They have extensive collections of recommended and related books, journals and digital resources, as well as around 1,200 computers and a team of expert advisors who can help you find what you need.

Structure

Modules
-Applied Health and Social Care Law
-Best Interests Assessor
-Concepts and Theories of Wellbeing
-Dissertation
-Educating the Dementia Workforce
-Integrated Working for Mental Health and Wellbeing
-Integrating Research with Professional Practice
-Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
-Leading Cultural Change in Dementia
-Psychopharmacology and Medicines Management
-Recovery Values and Practice for Mental Health and Wellbeing
-Safeguarding : Working with Risk and Opportunity
-Solution Focused Brief Therapy

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This exciting, contemporary course is at the forefront of innovative practice in putting people who use services at the heart of everything we do, and making no decisions about people without involving them. Read more

Why choose this course:

• This exciting, contemporary course is at the forefront of innovative practice in putting people who use services at the heart of everything we do, and making no decisions about people without involving them.

• This course examines the social determinants of health and wellbeing along with issues of inequality and social justice. A transformational approach is needed to work differently and change the relationship we have with people and communities. The focus must be on working with people, not just doing things to them.

• Drawing on the large body of research in mental health and wellbeing, this course will equip you as a critical thinker to lead on the front line. You'll also bring about the changes needed for an improved sense of individual mental health and wellbeing, and the effective functioning of our communities.

About the course:

If you are a practitioner wanting to develop expertise in improving the mental health and wellbeing of the people you work with, this course is for you. This visionary course will focus on the future of mental health and wellbeing through advancing practice and developing high quality health and social compassionate care. Mental health and wellbeing has been a focus for research and development over the last ten years and has been shown to improve the quality of people's lives, relationships and communities.

During this course you'll consider how the future of mental health can be enhanced through innovation. The focus on positive mental health practice and enhancing the service provided will develop your leadership skills to have a major effect on the creation of cultures for innovation, organisations and systems. You'll also focus on public mental health promotion and prevention and the social factors affecting wellbeing.

Throughout the course you'll develop your leadership skills by enhancing your knowledge in service improvement and innovation, enabling you to lead on developments within your organisation. Also, by completing the research aspect of this course, your practice will be informed and shaped through critical reflection and interpretation of research findings in your specialist field of practice.

Analysis of evidenced based interventions to enhance wellbeing in your own working context will be developed, and you'll also be taught by highly committed and experienced lecturers.

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Are you responsible for the mental health of young people? Then make sure you have all the right skills and knowledge through our specialised course. Read more
Are you responsible for the mental health of young people? Then make sure you have all the right skills and knowledge through our specialised course. We offer a flexible programme that will build on your current experience towards improving your career prospects. You'll be provided with a comprehensive understanding of a broad range of topics in child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing.

We offer a suite of learning materials to help meet the needs of children and young people with mental health problems. You'll learn how to assess the wellbeing of children and help with prevention and early intervention, providing a better service of care for your patients. Half of mental disorders have their onset by 14 years old, so it's vitally important to be able to properly identify and support issues in early development. Make sure you have the right skills to provide the best care when dealing with children's mental health.

Course outline

Our course address the urgent need to establish more evidence based research on mental disorders and interventions in children and adolescents, in order to answer the questions posed by gaps in current evidence. We provide a stimulating and challenging environment for those wishing to advance beyond undergraduate level, developing specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing. Theoretical and practical issues pertinent to those working with children, adolescents and their families will be examined critically.

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Are you responsible for the mental health of young people? Then make sure you have all the right skills and knowledge through our specialised course. Read more
Are you responsible for the mental health of young people? Then make sure you have all the right skills and knowledge through our specialised course. We offer a flexible programme that will build on your current experience towards improving your career prospects. You'll be provided with a comprehensive understanding of a broad range of topics in child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing.

We offer a suite of learning materials to help meet the needs of children and young people with mental health problems. You'll learn how to assess the wellbeing of children and help with prevention and early intervention, providing a better service of care for your patients. Half of mental disorders have their onset by 14 years old, so it's vitally important to be able to properly identify and support issues in early development. Make sure you have the right skills to provide the best care when dealing with children's mental health.

Course outline

Our course address the urgent need to establish more evidence based research on mental disorders and interventions in children and adolescents, in order to answer the questions posed by gaps in current evidence. We provide a stimulating and challenging environment for those wishing to advance beyond undergraduate level, developing specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing. Theoretical and practical issues pertinent to those working with children, adolescents and their families will be examined critically.

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Are you responsible for the mental health of young people? Then make sure you have all the right skills and knowledge through our specialised course. Read more
Are you responsible for the mental health of young people? Then make sure you have all the right skills and knowledge through our specialised course. We offer a flexible programme that will build on your current experience towards improving your career prospects. You'll be provided with a comprehensive understanding of a broad range of topics in child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing.

We offer a suite of learning materials to help meet the needs of children and young people with mental health problems. You'll learn how to assess the wellbeing of children and help with prevention and early intervention, providing a better service of care for your patients. Half of mental disorders have their onset by 14 years old, so it's vitally important to be able to properly identify and support issues in early development. Make sure you have the right skills to provide the best care when dealing with children's mental health.

Course outline

Our course address the urgent need to establish more evidence based research on mental disorders and interventions in children and adolescents, in order to answer the questions posed by gaps in current evidence. We provide a stimulating and challenging environment for those wishing to advance beyond undergraduate level, developing specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing. Theoretical and practical issues pertinent to those working with children, adolescents and their families will be examined critically.

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This distinctive Masters degree is ideal if you work, or aspire to work, in the children and young people’s sector and/or in mental health. Read more
This distinctive Masters degree is ideal if you work, or aspire to work, in the children and young people’s sector and/or in mental health. Challenging current thinking and reflecting on how to deliver best practice will provide you with the skills and confidence to become a highly effective leader and change agent in child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing. The course offers a strong focus on the role of early intervention as a preventative measure, along with protecting and promoting lifelong mental health and wellbeing through the critical exploration of evidence-based literature and research. The programme is underpinned by key contemporary Government policy, guidelines and practice. It will equip you with research skills relevant to applied research in a range of contemporary clinical and social care practice contexts.

What will I study?

The programme begins by introducing the concepts of leadership and change management, while also examining the individual differences in mental health across the child and adolescent age span and exploring the value and efficacy of early interventions.

You will then focus on innovation in mental health with a particular focus on your own area of interest, while the importance of an integrated approach to mental health services will be emphasised and investigated.

A module focused on research methods will equip you with the skills required to complete a dissertation of a publishable standard in your chosen discipline.

How will I study?

The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, student-led seminars, tutorials and practical activities.

How will I be assessed?

Typical assessments will involve the writing of essays and reports. You will also be assessed through individual presentations.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

The research-active programme team has direct experience of working with children, young people, families and communities, including experience of working in the mental health sector and in child and adolescent mental health services.

Additional expertise will be provided by guest lecturers who will be invited to share their knowledge and experience of subjects such as eating disorders and therapeutic interventions.

The research interests of the programme team include the use of early interventions and parenting on the resilience of children, the use of sports in the development and enhancement of resilience in childhood, service quality provision and multiagency service provision.

What are my career prospects?

On successful completion of this programme, potential employment routes include pastoral support workers, special educational needs coordinators, children’s centre workers, youth workers, social care workers, teaching assistants, learning mentors, family support officers or parent liaison roles. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue research-based career opportunities.

The course also provides ideal preparation for further study which might ultimately lead to a career in child psychology, nursing or teaching (further training required).

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Mental health makes a big impact on public health. Mental illness is now the most important cause of disability in the UK and it is very costly, Mental wellbeing is central to our efforts to address health related lifestyles, social inequalities and care in chronic illness. Read more
Mental health makes a big impact on public health. Mental illness is now the most important cause of disability in the UK and it is very costly, Mental wellbeing is central to our efforts to address health related lifestyles, social inequalities and care in chronic illness. This means that a sound knowledge of public mental health is now essential for public health practice.

Most public health professionals and many practitioners working in health care, social care or the 3rd sector will benefit from this course which offers:
-A theoretical and practical map of this complex field including definitions, concepts, measurement, risk and protective factors.
-A thorough grounding in different approaches and interventions to promote mental health and prevent mental illness.
-A life course perspective.
-An understanding of the evidence base.
-The skills and knowledge to make an impact on your community’s mental health.

Who is the Course For?

The course is for professionals and practitioners with an interest in public health and or mental health including people working in/with:
-Public health
-Social care
-Mental health services
-Education
-Voluntary/community/ 3rd sector
-Commissioners
-GPs

People working in senior public health and clinical roles, public health Masters students and people working in related disciplines who want to move into public health have all benefitted from this course.

Benefits

Our course seeks to enhance knowledge and skills in the mental health component of public health and complies with various current policies including No Health without Mental Health, The Marmot Review and the NHS 5 year Forward View. You can trust that you will be gaining the most up to date education in public mental health and wellbeing and will become skilled in making a real difference in this pre-eminent twenty first century issue.

Content

This course draws on unique research currently being undertaken at the University of Warwick.

Module content includes:
-Understanding Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing:
-Definition and measurement
-Social and cultural determinants
-Family influences
-Environmental influences
-Economics of Mental Health

Interventions to Promote Public Mental health:
-Mental Well-Being Impact Assessment (MWIA)
-Parenting and family focused supports
-School and community based approaches
-Workplace wellbeing
-Community approaches
-Primary care mental health
-Recovery and Integration

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​This programme focuses on the application of the key principles of multidisciplinary public health practice to the breadth of 21st Century public health challenges. Read more

Course Overview

​This programme focuses on the application of the key principles of multidisciplinary public health practice to the breadth of 21st Century public health challenges. Our aim is to develop reflective public health practitioners capable of designing, implementing and evaluating community-focussed public health interventions – in Wales, the UK and internationally.

In this programme we will challenge your preconceptions and practice, developing your knowledge, skills and competences, helping you develop as a reflective public health practitioner. We place a strong emphasis on your own area of practice, and encourage you to base your studies on the issues and situations you face in your own field.

The programme has been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of public health practitioners, professionals, community workers and volunteers working to achieve improvements in the wider determinants of health. Our objective is to support you in further developing your public health knowledge and skills in order to improve your current and future practice, and enhance your career options.

The programme is aimed at anyone with an interest in improving the full range of social, economic and environmental determinants of health: for example, people working in education, health promotion, housing, transport, leisure, environmental health, community development, health & wellbeing partnerships, planning, social services, school nursing, and health visiting (not an exhaustive list!). We welcome applicants from all sectors: public, private and the voluntary & independent sector. The programme retains an international focus, addressing public health issues faced around the world, as well as in Wales and the UK.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/courses/Pages/Applied-Public-Health---MSc.aspx

​Course Content​​

The course is designed as a Masters programme but it has exit points at both postgraduate certificate & diploma level. Reflective practice is integrated into the programme: we’ll encourage you to reflect upon your learning as you progress, culminating in an assessed reflective statement demonstrating the integration and development of your learning and practice through the course of your studies. The dissertation also incorporates a reflective practice element. The programme is available on a part-time and full-time basis; you can also apply to study individual modules on a CPD basis.

For the Postgraduate Certificate, you’ll complete the following modules:
- Assessing Health, Wellbeing & Inequity (20 cred​its): Assess, evaluate and communicate information about the health and wellbeing of populations & communities

- Health Risk Perception & Communication (10 credits): Appraise the sociocultural, emotional and psychological factors that influence responses to threats to population health and wellbeing

- Public Health Policy Development (10 credits): Evaluate the political, social and economic framework within which policies influencing health & wellbeing are developed

- Applied Research Methods and Design (20 credits): Develop the qualitative and quantitative research skills necessary to undertake research and evaluate interventions and day-to-day practice.

For the Postgraduate Diploma, you’ll undertake the above modules, plus the following modules:
- Frameworks for Public Health Intervention (30 credits): Explore approaches to intervention for the protection and improvement of health and wellbeing, and integrate learning from across the programme in the development a coherent multidisciplinary intervention on an identified public health issue.

- Health Protection (20 credits): Assess, prevent and manage risks to health arising from the general environment, communicable disease and environmental health hazards.

- Reflective Public Health Practice (10 credits): Reflect on your learning, practice and experiences in order to evidence the development of your professional public health practice.

To obtain the MSc, you will also complete a Dissertation (60 credits): Design, plan and undertake a piece of independent applied research, and present the findings.

Learning & Teaching​

- ​Course Delivery
Attendance for taught modules is usually one evening per week (part time) or two evenings per week (full time). SHS7000 Applied Research Methods & Design is currently delivered as a blended learning module over four contact days, two days in the autumn term (October) and two further days in the spring term (February), supported by e-learning materials and activities. The APH7008 Health Protection module follows a similar approach, being taught via three 2-day short courses spread through the academic year (November, February, April), plus an assessment day in May.
During your dissertation studies, you will attend research project workshops and be allocated individual supervision time. These usually begin in March (of the 2nd year of study for part-time students).

- Learning & Teaching Activities
The teaching and learning strategy for the programme places a strong emphasis on application of theoretical frameworks to real problems and situations, and allows for substantial student input and discussion. During the programme you will engage with a variety of learning & teaching activities, including:

- Lectures
Lectures will be used to provide you with a framework of ideas and theory, into which you can fit material obtained from independent study and tutorials. Whilst lectures are seen as opportunities for imparting key information they are also intended to be interactive, and debate is encouraged.

- Seminars
These will provide you with the opportunity to discuss problems related to specific subjects. Group seminars will enable you to share experiences and discuss, analyse and evaluate possible solutions.

- Workshops
Tasks will be set requiring you to work together to develop problem solving strategies and to analyse issues.

- Student Symposia
Learning activities led by students will form part of the programme. You will be required to develop and present short papers and facilitate discussion relating to specific issues.

- Case Studies
These sessions will present a case for discussion based on previous events, and you’ll be expected to analyse the situation and suggest appropriate public health interventions in response. These studies will be aimed at improving your skills with respect to the analysis of problems and the synthesis and evaluation of solutions.
Preparation for such a case study may include the following:
- Presentation of available data and information about the case.
- Group discussions, tutorial and individual learning to enable you to identify the problem and synthesise possible solutions.
- Discussions and lectures with relevant professionals to understand the rationale behind the adoption of specific solutions.
- Debriefing by way of tutorials and seminars.

- Contact Time and Self-Directed Learning
The direct contact time between student and tutor varies from module to module. Generally, unless otherwise stated on the module guide, 10 credit modules will include up to 18 hours contact time and 20 credit modules will include up to 36 hours contact time. An exception to the above is APH7010 Frameworks for Public Health Intervention, which includes student-led group work supported by keynote lectures.

In addition to direct contact time you are generally expected to undertake a further 3-4 hours of self-directed learning for every 1 hour of contact time.

- Introduction to Academic Skills
Included within the introduction to the programme is an introduction to the academic skills needed to study at Masters level. This includes the provision of specific e-learning material, a formative assignment and access to a Personal Tutor.

- Moodle
You can access programme material both on and off campus via Moodle, the University’s virtual learning environment. This includes access to lecture presentations, recommended and required reading, group forums, e-portfolios and a range of other learning and teaching resources specific to the modules and programme.

- Personal Tutors & Professional Development
In addition to a general open door policy, we encourage you to meet with the Programme Director and tutors regularly throughout the programme to discuss feedback on assignments and the development of academic skills.
You’ll be an allocated a Personal Tutor at the beginning of the programme, who you can work with to develop your academic skills and consider how you can integrate your learning experiences with your own professional development needs and aspirations. Your aspirations for professional development will be discussed during the induction to the programme. Support and guidance will then be tailored throughout the programme to ensure that you are best able to fulfil your chosen professional development needs.

Assessment

To reflect the applied nature of study, the programme contains no unseen written examinations. Instead, teaching and assessment will focus on case studies, exercises & scenarios reflecting contemporary issues in public health practice, often located within your own professional experience and environment. Examples of assessment tasks include: reports, essays, briefings, oral presentations, group work, observed practice scenarios, online tests and posters.

Throughout the programme, the assessment tasks we set will encourage you to select specific topics of study that are relevant to your interests and practice. For example, in the Assessing Health, Wellbeing and Inequity module, you will be asked to assess and evaluate the health and wellbeing of a specified population (in general or focussed on a specific issue/range of issues). You’ll be free to select a population and issue of professional and/or personal interest to you.

Employability & Careers​

The promotion, protection and improvement of public health are key objectives for the Welsh Government, UK Government and at an international level, as exemplified by the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.

Our programme is closely mapped to Levels 6 & 7 of the Public Health Skills & Knowledge Framework - the recognised competence framework for public health at all levels in the UK. The programme provides the underpinning knowledge to enable you to pursue UK Public Health Practitioner registration (which requires completion of an assessed portfolio through a recognised development scheme, such as that operated by Public Health Wales – see http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/49062 for details). We are also working on a project with Public Health Wales to develop and pilot a scheme to enable recognition of Advanced Practice (Public Health), supported by work-based learning.

If you'd like to find out more about career development opportunities in public health, we strongly recommend the PHORCAST website - http://www.phorcast.org.uk/.

Graduates from the programme have progressed to advanced positions in their chosen specialist career areas. Examples of roles our graduates have attained include:
- Project lead for Safeguarding, Public Health Wales
- Director of Business Performance for a large UK voluntary organisation
- Senior Project Co-ordinator, mental health charity
- Public Health Fellow (American India Association) and Project Manager, Tata Steel Rural Development Society
- Senior Public Health Practitioner, Public Health Wales
- Community Health Advocate
- Environmental Health Team Leader, Welsh local authority
- Program Manager, Maternal and Child Health, Pakistan non-profit organisation
- Data and Information Officer, research funding organisation
- Project Co-ordinator, community regeneration charity
- Lecturer in Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Welsh university
- Service Improvement/Change Manager at NHS Wales

Graduates have also progressed to further study on research degrees leading to MPhil and PhD qualifications.

The programme team are currently investigating opportunities for accrediting the programme with the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (http://www.iuhpe.org) and the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (http://www.aphea.net/). We will provide further updates on this process as it progresses.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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The UCL Division of Psychiatry is pleased to offer this programme focused on clinical practice in mental health and its evidence base. Read more
The UCL Division of Psychiatry is pleased to offer this programme focused on clinical practice in mental health and its evidence base. The Clinical Mental Health Sciences MSc integrates biological, psychological and social perspectives on mental health and caters both for psychology graduates and for clinicians wishing to undertake a broad-based, rigorous and flexible higher degree.

Degree information

Students will develop an in-depth understanding of current evidence regarding mental health problems and the interventions provided to address them, as well as enhancing their research skills. A wide range of options from across the School of Life and Medical Sciences at UCL allows students to tailor a programme that fully fits their needs.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of 1–2 core double modules (30–60 credits), 4–6 optional modules (60–90 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits). A diploma may be awarded to students who complete the equivalent of 8 taught single modules, amounting to 120 credits. A certificate may be awarded to students who complete the equivalent of 4 taught single modules, amounting to 60 credits.

Core modules
-Core Principles of Mental Health Research (double module)
-Clinical Mental Health (double module – compulsory only for those who do not have at least six months’ full-time experience, or the equivalent, of working in mental health settings).

Optional modules - students who take the Clinical Mental Health module will choose at least one option (15 credits) from the following:
-Current Research in Depression and Anxiety
-Current Research in Dementia
-Current Research in Learning Disability
-Current Research in Psychosis
-Mental Health Services – Policy, Design and Evaluation
-Culture in the Clinic
-Advanced Treatment and Management of Dementia (only to be taken if Current Research in Dementia has already been taken)

Please note: Students who do not take the Clinical Mental Health module will select at least three modules (45 credits) from the above list. Any UCL modules approved by the Programme Director can be selected to make up the remaining credit(s). Note that due to timetable clashes only one Institute of Child Health module may be taken by each student. Approved options, from across UCL, include:
-Ethnicity, Migration and Health (Department of Epidemiological and Social Methods in Public Health)
-Social Determinants of Health (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health)
-Higher Functions of the Brain (Institute of Neurology)
-Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Child Mental Health (UCL Institute of Child Health)
-Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Psychological (UCL Institute of Child Health)
-Quality Improvements in Health (UCL CHIME)
-Neuroimaging: Introductory Science and Methods (Institute of Neurology)
-Neuroimaging: Imaging Modalities (Institute of Neurology)
-Treatment in Child and Adolescent Mental Health - Pharmacological (UCL Institute of Child Health)

(Note that due to timetable clashes only one UCL Institute of Child Health module may be taken by each student)

NB: due to timetable clashes only one UCL Institute of Child Health module may be taken by each student.

Research project/report
All students undertake a final project. This may be a research project, to be reported as a paper of 6,000-8,000 words ready for submission to a specified journal, a blog of 1,000 words and a 20-minute talk, or a clinical project of 10,000 words reporting on a clinical topic or service evaluation.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars and workshops, with considerable use of supporting online learning. Assessment methods include one unseen examination, coursework including designing questionnaires and protocols and analysing data, giving talks and presenting posters, and a final report in the format of a journal paper or brief for clinicians or service planners.

Placement
The programme team support students in obtaining volunteer placements in relevant mental health care and research settings, but this is not a formal part of the course and is entirely optional.

Careers

For non-clinicians, the programme will be an excellent grounding for clinical training, such as in clinical psychology, or for embarking on a research career in mental health. Many graduates go on to research assistant, clinical support worker or assistant psychologist posts as a first destination. For clinicians, this is a great opportunity to gain a higher qualification through a programme based in a leading university department which can be closely tailored to your interests across clinical, research and management fields.

Employability
Students will be taught by leading experts in their fields, will gain a strong clinical understanding of mental health, and will be able to develop their skills in research, service design and evaluation, and writing and presenting. Previous Division of Psychiatry Master’s graduates have been enthusiastic about their career enhancement, both through their programme and the connections they have made through it. A large proportion of our first cohort of graduates have gone on to paid employment in relevant areas of mental health, especially research assistant, clinical support worker, psychological wellbeing practitioner and assistant psychologist posts. Others have embarked on PhD studies.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL has a cluster of international experts in mental health, including in genetics, epidemiology, and applied clinical research, and most are also clinicians. We are able to offer a broad programme encompassing both cutting-edge research and a clinical perspective.

The programme is strongly focused on student participation, with much use of small-group learning, and the environment in the Division of Psychiatry is stimulating, friendly and supportive.

A wide range of options at UCL allows programmes to be tailored to students’ needs and interests in clinical, research and management domains.

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The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme will enable you to conduct supervised research into your chosen topic and produce a written thesis (typically 20,000 - 60,000 words). Read more

Qualifications and durations

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme will enable you to conduct supervised research into your chosen topic and produce a written thesis (typically 20,000 - 60,000 words). You can complete the MPhil in 1 to 3 years (full-time) or up to 4 years (part-time).

Overview

The MPhil is an opportunity to undertake original, in-depth research under expert supervision.

Most of our students are registered in the first instance for the MPhil degree. You will be expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of your chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis.

Our Department produces high-quality research with a strong focus on application and real world implication. You can study any topic in which we have research expertise (http://www.bath.ac.uk/health/research/). Details of research staff expertise and interests are available on individual staff (http://www.bath.ac.uk/health/staff/) pages, as well as on our current research students (http://www.bath.ac.uk/health/research/research-students/) page.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/scho-for-heal-mphi/

Current student projects

Take an insight into what some of our current students are researching » http://www.bath.ac.uk/health/research/research-student-insights/

South West Doctoral Training Centre

This programme is recognised as being part of the following ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) (http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/study-with-us/south-west-doctoral-training-centre/) pathway:

Health & Wellbeing (interdisciplinary pathway)

About the department

The School for Health was established within the University of Bath in 2003, to centralise the high profile research and teaching in the health-related disciplines already taking place throughout the university, so creating a single entity through which links with the health sector at national and international level can be channelled, co-ordinated and developed.

In 2010 the School joined the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and became the Department for Health, providing excellent opportunities for academic teaching and research collaborations with other departments, such as Psychology and Social & Policy Sciences. The Department's postgraduate teaching and research programmes now form part of the Faculty's new Graduate School, also launched in 2010, providing postgraduate students with dedicated support and a strong community in which to base their studies - whether on campus or by distance learning.

In keeping with government initiatives surrounding population health and more general public concerns, the Department divides its activities between two main pillars: Healthcare and Population Health – one focuses on the NHS, healthcare and health services research and the other focuses on population health, healthy living, sport & physical activity and tobacco control; each of these groups, in turn, contain both teaching programmes and research activities. Furthermore, there is a bridging spine between both pillars and which houses the Professional Doctorate in Health, Research in Health Practice and the administrative, finance, learning & teaching development, marketing and support activities of the Department.

The Department’s aims are:

- To develop a research portfolio that is both of the highest academic standard and has applications in the real world
- To build on external links with the public services and other bodies concerned with health and society
- To innovate design and delivery of healthcare services
- To change corporate approaches to healthy organisations
- To support government reform of health and social care provision
- To identify and facilitate opportunities for academic collaboration and new developments.

The Department's postgraduate taught programmes combine academic excellence with flexible and innovative design and delivery; our postgraduate portfolio is distinguished by the provision of a number of Professional Masters and a Professional Doctorate programme designed to be studied part-time by learners working in a wide range of healthcare roles from all around the world. All our postgraduate courses are taught online and this has proved to be one of our unique selling points, with students able to continue within their practice area or working environment whilst gaining a further qualification.

The Department is renowned for its exemplary attention to educational design, integrating knowledge with research evidence and resulting in programmes which are highly relevant to contemporary practice; in addition, the Department boasts some of the most innovative and successful approaches to online and part-time education, recognised through a number of awards.

At all levels, learning and teaching in the Department provides a strong focus on high quality education for real world situations and produces graduates with skills and knowledge relevant to professional roles and in high demand from employers.

Teaching programmes on offer within the Department include:

- Sport & Exercise Medicine, the world renowned flexible masters programme exclusively for doctors
- Sports Physiotherapy, a specialist programme designed by physiotherapists for physiotherapists
- Research in Health Practice, a programme launched in 2008 aimed at health and social care professionals interested in conducting their own research
- The innovative Professional Doctorate in Health which focuses on both Population Health and Healthcare within the Department, providing a doctoral level programme to develop expert practitioners and researchers in practice.

Facilities, equipment, other resources
Sport and exercise science and medical science laboratories. Close links with the English Institute of Sport and the Department of Sports Development and Recreation.

International and industrial links
There are current links with primary care trusts, strategic health authorities, the two hospitals in Bath and colleagues in industry. The Department works closely with esteemed international academic institutions, and individual health practitioners, in order to meet the regional, national and global challenges facing health and social care.

Careers information
Postgraduate research students gain a wealth of experience to assist them with their next step and are offered personal career advice at the University. The Department has an established research training skills programme for all research students. The taught programmes enable students to extend their health and social care career pathways and to build important networks for further professional opportunities.

Main areas of research

The Department carries out research and teaching in health, medicine, exercise and sport, making significant contributions to national and international health agendas.

The Department aims to produce high-quality research with a strongly applied focus. We aim to contribute to promoting the health of the population and to improving the quality and efficiency of the health services that people rely on and pursue this agenda with a variety of partners at local, regional, national and international levels. Our work is organised around the two main themes of population health and healthcare. We are also pleased to offer a range of Research degrees.

- Population health

Historically, health policy has focused almost exclusively on sickness services provided by agencies such as the National Health Service. Although this focus on healthcare remains hugely important, it is increasingly complemented by aspirations to improve the health of the population by tackling the social determinants of health such as poverty and pollution and by encouraging people to adopt health promoting behaviours such as healthy diets and increased physical activity and to stop health damaging ones such as smoking. There is also growing national and international concern that improvements in health should be fairly distributed by reducing health inequalities. The Department for Health organises its work related to population health improvement in three main ways. Much the largest element in the population health portfolio is related to sport, health and exercise science, but the School attaches growing importance to tobacco control and health inequalities.

- Healthcare

The Department’s expertise in Healthcare focuses on innovation in the design, delivery, organization, and evaluation of healthcare interventions. We have a particular emphasis on disabling and distressing, long term or life-limiting conditions, such as chronic pain, stroke, dementia, rheumatic disease, and severe mental health problems. Current research activity involves collaborations with NHS colleagues in Bath at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases – RNHRD, the Royal United Hospital, the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Care Trust, the Pan Bath & Swindon Primary Care Research Consortium and RehabNET.

Faculties in the Department have significant research expertise and experience in a range of topics including:

Addictions and addictive behaviour
Alcohol, drugs and the family
Assistive technology and rehabilitation
Child and adolescent cognitive behavioural therapy
Complex Regional Pain Syndromes
Dementia care
Evidence based pain management
Leadership and change
Mental health service development and evaluation
Spondolarthropathy disease and related disability
Stroke rehabilitation
Work, health and wellbeing.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/research-programmes/how-to-apply/

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The MA in Mental Health Nursing is a pre-registration nursing programme for graduates leading to the award of an MA in Mental Health Nursing and registration as a Mental Health Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Read more
The MA in Mental Health Nursing is a pre-registration nursing programme for graduates leading to the award of an MA in Mental Health Nursing and registration as a Mental Health Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The programme is currently being revalidated and we expect to run the new Mental Health Nursing Masters programme as an MSc from September 2016.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/mental-health-nursing-pre-registration/

Why choose this course?

- Our lecturers maintain excellent practice links in their specialist areas locally, nationally and internationally.

- A dedicated practice education unit will support you with opportunities to practise in a wide range of wards, special units, prisons, health centres and other community settings.

- Skilled practitioners and nurse consultants deliver specialist teaching sessions.

- You will have access to specialist facilities including clinical skills simulation suites.

- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

- You will share your learning with other health care students -developing your teamwork skills and understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.

Professional accreditation

Successful completion of the programme will entitle graduates to achieve registration as a Mental Health Nurse with the NMC.

This course in detail

The course will be taught alongside the well-established and highly-regarded BA in Mental Health Nursing and our new four-year BSc Adult and Mental Health Nursing and BSc Children's and Mental Health Nursing.

We are currently redeveloping and revalidating all of our Pre-Registration Nursing programmes and we expect to run new MSc and BSc Mental Health Nursing courses from September 2016.

Working at master's level, you will focus on developing a knowledge base in mental health nursing that is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research.

You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health nursing. This will be informed by scholarship and research as well as critical awareness of current issues/development in the field.

You will acquire specific skills, knowledge and competence in your chosen field and more broadly will be enquiry focused, reflective, innovative, confident and self-aware.

You will complete a master’s level research project involving primary data collection; a service improvement project, a critical review of the literature, or other scholarly output and will be supported to publish your work.

Teaching and learning

In health and social care no professional group works in isolation. Oxford Brookes teaches a wide range of pre-qualification and foundation courses including health and social care, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, osteopathy, operating department practice, paramedic emergency care, and social work. You will share your learning with these other health care students. This is a key component of the course as it is essential to developing your teamwork skills and your understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.

We offer a very friendly and supportive environment in which to learn and consistently receive very high satisfaction ratings for our student support and learning resources in student surveys.

We have excellent teaching facilities, dedicated clinical skills suites and simulation resources, which include a very well-equipped movement laboratory, a family of computerised simulation manikins (including a simman©, simbaby© and birthing mother©), an extensive range of anatomy models and fully networked computer rooms.

We have excellent library resources, accessible both through the web and through a range of locally based facilities on university and NHS sites.

Information technology plays an important role in health care courses and a very extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through ‘Brookes Virtual', an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises.

How this course helps you develop

On successful completion of the MA in Mental Health Nursing, you will be able to:
- Deliver complex care to service users in your field of practice, demonstrating an ability to conceptualise the potential impact of associated factors.

- Act to safeguard the public and be responsible and accountable for safe, person-centred, evidence-based nursing practice, demonstrating a clear understanding of your personal responsibility in professional practice.

- Act with professionalism and integrity and work within agreed professional, ethical and legal frameworks and processes to maintain and improve standards, managing the implications of ethical dilemmas, working proactively with others to formulate solutions.

- Practise in a compassionate, respectful way, maintaining dignity and wellbeing and communicating effectively and act autonomously in planning, implementing and evaluating person centred care.

- Act on your understanding of how people’s lifestyles, environments and the location of care delivery influence their health and wellbeing, being able to adapt existing and new information to solve problems in a creative and innovative way.

- Seek out every opportunity to promote health and prevent illness.

- Work in partnership with other health and social care professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families ensuring that decisions about care are shared.

- Use leadership skills to supervise and manage others and contribute to planning, designing, delivering and improving future services, demonstrating an ability to negotiate and handle conflict with confidence.

- Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate evidence and an ability to utilise a range of techniques and research methods applicable to professional activity.

Careers

Graduates of the course contribute significantly to high-quality client care, the continued development of patient-centred care/therapy, and theory-practice integration.

Research highlights

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

Research areas and clusters

We have researchers with a range of experience, working in established areas including cancer care, children and families, drugs and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Over the past few years these researchers have won external research and consultancy contracts including grants, fellowships and studentships for NHS staff.

Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Oxford Brookes University and from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.

Our academic staff have extensive experience of NHS and general management at both senior and director level. They also have a significant record of research and publications on the topics of management and leadership. The currency of the course is also assured by the lecturers' close involvement in the health and social care sector and their movement between that sector and education.

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Public Health is about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the efforts of society. Whether you are already a working professional in this area, or new to the subject, this Master of Public Health (MPH) is the ideal programme for those wishing to address today’s problems in public health. Read more

Programme description

Public Health is about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the efforts of society. Whether you are already a working professional in this area, or new to the subject, this Master of Public Health (MPH) is the ideal programme for those wishing to address today’s problems in public health.

Our MPH programme provides students with an understanding of how different scientific disciplines can be used to investigate and then develop the best professional practice in epidemiology, public health and the social science of health.

After successful completion of year one, you can choose to follow a general Public Health programme or a programme specialising in the important global health area of Noncommunicable Diseases.

This programme is taught by lecturers based at the University of Edinburgh's Usher Institute, which is part of the Edinburgh Medical School. The Usher Institute is an interdisciplinary research and teaching hub which draws together researchers, clinicians and practitioners from public health, primary care and biomedical and social sciences. The Centre for Population Health Sciences, within the Usher Institute, is also a WHO Collaborating Centre for Population Health Research and Training.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy, an interdisciplinary network which aims to improve global health through collaborative, interdisciplinary research, education and resource development.

Programme structure

You can study to Masters, Diploma, or Certificate level. All students follow the same compulsory Year One Certificate-level courses, which provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of public health, whilst a suite of elective courses and a specialist strand in noncommunicable diseases offer students the opportunity to explore areas of interest in more depth and to tailor the programme to their own learning needs and career goals.

Year One (Certificate)

All students take the following compulsory courses:

Epidemiology for Health Professionals (20 credits)
Health Systems Analysis (20 credits)
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (10 credits)
Introduction to Health Promotion (10 credits)

Year Two (Diploma)

If you have satisfactorily completed the Certificate level, you can decide whether you want to follow a general Public Health programme or a more specialist programme in Public Health (Noncommunicable Diseases). Regardless of which path you decide to follow, if you would like to do a dissertation, the following courses are compulsory:
•Research Skills for Public and Global Health (10 credits)
•Introduction to Systematic Reviews (10 credits)

Year Two: Postgraduate Diploma Public Health

Students planning to do a dissertation in Year Three should choose elective courses totalling exactly 40 credits. At least 20 credits must be chosen from the elective courses list A (see below). Students not planning to do a dissertation should choose elective courses totalling exactly 60 credits. At least 40 credits must be chosen from the elective courses list A (see below).

Year Two: Postgraduate Diploma Public Health (Noncommunicable Diseases)

The following courses are compulsory for all students following the Public Health (Noncommunicable Diseases) programme:
•Introduction to Global Health (10 credits)
•Globalisation and Non-Communicable Diseases (10 credits)

Students following the Public Health (Noncommunicable Diseases) programme and not planning to do a dissertation should choose exactly 20 credits from either list A or list B of elective courses below.

Year Three (Masters)

Students who have completed the Diploma level and are eligible to progress to Year Three can choose either to take a further 60 credits of elective courses (at least 40 of which must be chosen from the elective courses list A) or to do a dissertation project (if agreed by the programme directors), worth 60 credits. The dissertation option will only be available to students who have met the stipulated academic requirements.

Students who complete the Masters degree successfully will graduate with one of the following degree titles, depending on which strand they have selected:
•Master Public Health
•Master Public Health (Noncommunicable Diseases)

Elective courses

List A:
•Project Management for Effective Global Public Health Programmes (10 credits)
•Introduction to Global Health (10 credits)
•Globalisation and Non-Communicable Diseases (10 credits)
•Public Health Epidemiology (10 credits)
•Intermediate Epidemiology (10 credits)
•Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (10 credits)
•The Global Burden of Mental Illness (10 credits)
•Palliative and End of Life Care in an International Context (10 credits)
•The Burden of Diabetes in the Developing World - Epidemiology to Strategic Management (10 credits)
•Family Medicine in Developing and Emerging Economy Health Care and its Role in Non-Communicable Disease Management (10 credits)
•HIV and Non Communicable Diseases (10 credits)
•Cultivating communities of practice: leadership and management within multi-disciplinary teams (20 credits)
•Investing in Global Health and Development (10 credits)
•Research Skills for Public and Global Health (10 credits)
•Introduction to Systematic Reviews (10 credits)
•Data Analysis (10 credits)
•Statistical Modelling (10 credits)
•Societies, Reproduction and Health (10 credits)

List B:
•Maternal Health (10 credits)
•Global Health Challenges: An Introduction (20 credits)
•Child Development and Wellbeing in a Global Context (10 credits)
•Neglected Tropical Diseases (10 credits)
•Emerging Infectious Diseases (10 credits)
•The Communication of Disease Control (10 credits)
•Water and Sanitation (10 credits)
•Principles and Practice in Public Engagement with Science (10 credits)
•Introduction to Clinical Trials (20 credits)
•An introduction to One Health (20 credits)
•Physical Activity for Health (20 credits)
•Introduction to Global eHealth (10 credits)
•Public Health Informatics (10 credits)
•mHealth in High and Low Resource Settings (10 credits)

Career opportunities

The programme will prepare you for a career in research or academia, professional public health service, clinical epidemiology, health technology assessment, public-health protection and a wide range of national and international organisations concerned with preventing disease and improving the health of populations.

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Our Mental Health Nursing course provides students with an opportunity to gain an Integrated MNurs/Registered Nurse qualification and acts as preparation both for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and for taking on the responsibilities and accountability involved. Read more
Our Mental Health Nursing course provides students with an opportunity to gain an Integrated MNurs/Registered Nurse qualification and acts as preparation both for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and for taking on the responsibilities and accountability involved. It aims to provide graduates holding a health-related degree the opportunity to study at Level 7 – the theory that underpins nursing practice and develops knowledge and skills through evidence-based learning. Practice experience is gained in both hospital and community settings. On successful completion of this course students will be able to enter Part one (Mental Health) of the Register held by the NMC.

Our Mental Health Nursing course will prepare students to meet the needs of individuals in a variety of settings across a range of organisations. Students will be equipped with the fundamental skills and knowledge to meet the holistic needs of the client. The course will ensure that students appreciate the impact of mental health/emotional issues on the wellbeing of the individual, family or significant other.

Students will demonstrate and understand the need for the application of care, values and principles of mental health practice such as compassion, dignity, autonomy, personhood and empowerment. Students will develop the ability to critically analyse the evidence-base of mental health nursing practice and appreciate the value of practiced-based evidence through reflection on care.

Course structure

The framework for the MNurs Award has been specifically designed to permit Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as described by the NMC with a view to preparing students who are already graduates and/or who have relevant clinical experience for registration. APL / APEL will involve students making a written submission to detail how the requirements of the course have been met through prior study as well as providing evidence of relevant practice experience in a health care support worker role.

The Mental Health Nursing course involves continuous assessment of both theory and practice. A variety of assessment methods are used including practical examinations, case studies, essays, written examinations and presentations. Students are also assessed against the NMC’s competencies for registration during a series of practice placements in hospital and the community.

The MNurs course prepares successful students for a career as a registered nurse in the relevant field of practice. Newly qualified nurses can apply for posts within a hospital or community setting. The MNurs course may also enable individuals to develop a clinical research career within the NHS.

In line with the principles and values which underpin the NHS constitution, the University expects all students undertaking programmes which lead to registration as a health professional to demonstrate the NHS values.

98% of students go on to work or further study within six months of graduation (Unistats, 2014).

Module Overview
Year One/Two
NS0502 - Fundamental Concepts of Nursing Care (Core, 20 Credits)
NS0503 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (Core, 20 Credits)
NS0504 - Care, Compassion and Communication within Nursing Practice (Core, 20 Credits)
NS0505 - Development of Fields within Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)

Year Three
MH0607 - Developing Knowledge and Values within Mental Health Nursing (Core, 20 Credits)
MH0607 - Developing Knowledge and Values within Mental Health Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)
MH0608 - Implementation of Mental Health Nursing, Knowledge and Values (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0602 - Public Health in Contemporary Nursing Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0603 - Applied Life and Nursing Sciences (NC, 20 Credits)
PR0601 - Evidence and Research for Professional Practice (Core, 20 Credits)
PR0601 - Evidence and Research for Professional Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
PR0602 - Developing Skills for Safe and Effective Practice (Core, 20 Credits)
PR0602 - Developing Skills for Safe and Effective Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

Year Four
MH0709 - Specialist Interventions within Mental Health Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)
MH0710 - Advances in Mental Health Nursing Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0700 - Leading and Improving Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0701 - Preparation for Working Life (NC, 30 Credits)
PR0700 - Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice (NC, 30 Credits)

Placement

We take your placement profile very seriously and all students are provided with practice learning experiences based on Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health and Care Professions Council requirements.

Facilities

When you want to get hands-on experience within Public Health and Wellbeing we can support you. The Clinical Skills Centre, which has been established for 10 years, is the result of our continued commitment to create an interactive environment in which health related students can be equipped with a diverse range of skills.

Research

Top quartile in the UK for its research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing
More than 80% of research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)

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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 course has been designed to produce knowledgeable and skilled public health practitioners who are able to work with various client groups across different settings within the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Professional Code of Conduct (2008). Read more
The course has been designed to produce knowledgeable and skilled public health practitioners who are able to work with various client groups across different settings within the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Professional Code of Conduct (2008). This knowledge and skill development will be reflected in your ability to demonstrate achievement of the NMC Standards of proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (2004). Ten key areas of public health practice and domains require a practitioner to search for health needs; stimulate an awareness of health needs; influence policies affecting health and facilitate health enhancing activities in different public health settings.

The course embraces a family/child/workplace centred public health role with individuals, families and populations, focusing on improving health and tackling health inequalities. The approach requires you to work within a dynamic socio-cultural and service provision context across traditional boundaries, networking and developing services in conjunction with service users, other professionals and voluntary workers. This involves the capacity to lead, assess, work collaboratively, evaluate public health provision, and accept responsibility and accountability for the safe, effective and efficient management of that provision.

Course detail

This course is for people who wish to register on the third part of the NMC register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse: Health Visitor, School Nurse, or Occupational Health Nurse. The course requires effective registration on Part 1 (Nursing) or Part 2 (Midwifery) of the NMC register.

The aim of the programme is to prepare specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) students with the knowledge, skills and critical abilities to provide leadership and innovation in community health. The wider goals are to improve population health, in particular the health of children and families, and to prevent illness. SCPHNs graduating from the programme will have the community capacity building skills to support the development of better, more accessible community based health and well being services.

Modules

Level 3 Module titles include:
• Principles of Evidence Based Public Health
• Public Health and Health Promotion
• Professional Perspectives in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
• Leadership and Enterprise
• V100 Prescribing Practice
• Promoting the Health of School-aged Children in the Community
• Workplace, Health and Wellbeing

Optional modules include:
• Working Therapeutically with Families
• Sexual Health
• Mental Health and Well-being of Children and Young People
• Issues in Child Protection
• Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Additional online modules available include:
• Using Health Research
• Building Community Capacity

Format

A range of teaching and learning methods are used including formal lectures, seminars, enquiry-based and on-line learning, project work, individual self-directed study and assignment preparation. Students are encouraged to draw on their own and colleagues' existing experience in the learning process.

Assessment

The assessment is a 2000 word reflective assignment based on a learning contract negotiated to individual needs. Practice will be undertaken to meet the NMC requirements for returning to practice within an appropriate supervised practice area in local NHS Trust. The practice placement is organised by the returnees, supported by UWE.

Modules are assessed by a range of methods including case studies, oral presentations, professional practice portfolios and written examinations.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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