Duration: 2 years (part-time) 3 years MSc (part-time)
Simple timetable info: 1 day per week during academic year
Course units: Year 1 – Engagement and Assessment in Older People’s Care – Mental Health Policy and the Organisation of Care Delivery with Older People with Mental Health Problems – Bio-psychosocial Approaches to Recovery in Older People Mental Health – Older People and Mental Health
Year 2 – Research Methods and Processes – Best Practice in Dementia Care – Integrated Study (BSc only) – Research Methods and Strategy (PGDip/MSc only) – Leadership and Change Management in Mental Health Provision (PGDip/MSc only)
Year 3 – Dissertation (MSc only)
Assessment Method: The course is assessed by a range of practice –based written assignments including reflective accounts, critical incident analyses and case studies taken from participants own area of mental health practice.
Course description: This programme appeals to a wide range of practitioners working within mental health services for older people, including mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, and psychologists.
Mental health service delivery has been undergoing significant change in recent years which are impacting on how and where mental health professionals carry out their practice resulting new modes of working and pressure to ensure a skilled and capable workforce.
An important development within older peoples’ services is the increasing integration of health and social care at all levels. With such changes in mind, this programme is suitable for all mental health practitioners working in older peoples’ services, providing an opportunity for professional development. It will help promote the development of core skills and capabilities in mental health practice. As such it is a practice-based course which will help students apply new or enhanced skills and understanding to their particular practice areas, including both community and institutional settings.
The course is informed by the requirements and expectations of the National Service Frameworks for Mental Health and for Older People.
Career opportunities: This programme contributes to the continuing professional development and expertise of mental health practitioners working in older peoples’ services. It should enable participants to enhance their performance in their current roles or as a basis for further career progression.