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  Mental Health Officer Award (PgCert)

Online Robert Gordon University    School of Applied Social Studies

Part time September PGCert 1 year part-time (online)
Nursing & Health (27) Psychology (31)

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Embark on a transformative journey with the PgCert Mental Health Officer Award, tailored for experienced social work practitioners nominated by local authorities. This prestigious online programme, designed in collaboration with key stakeholders, equips you with the expertise to assess individuals facing mental health challenges and ensure their well-being and rights are safeguarded. Delve into modules covering Mental Wellbeing, Adults with Incapacity, and Young People and Families, all crucial for executing the civil powers of a Mental Health Officer. The course structure includes a 3-day simulated practice block, enhancing practical skills under professional guidance. With a focus on independent study, you'll manage coursework and engage with a supportive virtual learning environment. Notably, the programme offers a work-based experience element, providing hands-on learning opportunities within your workplace. Elevate your career prospects and expand your skill set with this esteemed qualification. Join us to make a meaningful impact in the field of mental health.

About the course

This online PgCert Mental Health Officer Award ensures you are trained and assessed to the highest of standards through strong partnerships with a range of key stakeholders. Local authorities are centrally involved in the course design, delivery and management in order to ensure that their responsibilities under legislation are addressed and the training course remains fit-for-purpose.

As a Mental Health Officer (MHO) you will assess individuals experiencing mental disorder who may need compulsory measures of care and treatment. The role carries considerable autonomy and responsibility, and involves working alongside medical and legal professionals in order to safeguard the health, safety, wellbeing and rights of people.

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Entry Requirements

The course is specifically designed for social work practitioners with at least 2 years post-qualifying experience who are nominated by their local authority employers to train as Mental Health Officers. You will remain in employment throughout the course.

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

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