Simple timetable info: 1 day per week during academic year
Course units: Semester 1 – Recognition: Engagement and assessment – Recovery: Treatments for common mental disorders
Semester 2 – Respect: Values, policy, culture and diversity – Reflection: Employment, social and healthcare context
Assessment Method: The course is assessed by a combination of practical standardised role play assessments of therapeutic interventions, reflective practice-based written assignments and the successful completion of practice learning outcomes in the workplace.
Course description: This programme will be of interest to graduates or equivalent with some relevant work experience who are keen to develop a career and a recognised qualification as a mental health practitioner. Students on the course will be employed by a Primary Care Trust.
The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative seeks to deliver on the Government’s commitment to provide improved access to psychological therapies for people who require the help of mental health services. It also responds to service user’s requests for more personalised services based around their individuals needs. It aims to develop low intensity practitioners in evidence-based psychological therapy services to people with ‘common’ mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, in providing improvements in health, well-being and in maintaining people or returning people to employment and community participation. It is designed to equip students with the core skills and competencies in order to undertake this role effectively.
Career opportunities: This programme has been informed by national policy requirements to establish a new type of practitioner within the mental health workforce in primary care. Low-intensity workers will assess and support patients with common mental health problems (principally anxiety and depression) in the self-management of their recovery. Students will be employed as Low Intensity Workers within a Primary Care Trust and will be released to attend one day per week at LSBU for the duration of the course.
Professional contacts/industry links: Guest lecturers include: • Service users, who regularly contribute to the delivery of this programme • Experts in a range of therapies • Professor Audrey Leathard, an expert on inter-professional working.
This programme replaces the Graduate Workers in Mental Health and Primary Care that the Faculty has run for the last five years. The revised course has been developed to meet the requirements for the preparation of IAPT Low Intensity Workers. It is intended that formal accreditation under the IAPT scheme will be applied for in due course.
How to apply Initial application is through local Primary Care Trusts