Duration: 2 years BSc and PgDip (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 Forensic Mental Health – Psychosocial Interventions in Forensic Mental Health – Mental Health Policy and Forensic Practice – Medication Management in Forensic Mental Health
Year 2 – Research Methods and Processes (Core unit BSc only) – Offender Case Management in Forensic Mental Health – Integrated Study (Core unit BSc only) – Innovation for Excellence – Leading Service Improvement (Core unit PGDip/MSc only) – Personality Disorder in Forensic Mental Health (PGDip/MSc only)
Year 3 – Introduction to Action Research _ Dissertation
The existing MSc level course is currently being comprehensively reviewed and revalidated with a view to also introducing an additional award of a BSc (Hons) pathway from September 2010. The above units may therefore be subject to further change.
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> In addition students will undertake one unseen written exam. Practical assessment includes an assessed standardised role play of a practice scenario.
Course description: This programme appeals to a wide range of practitioners working with mentally disordered offenders, including mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, and psychologists. Applications from prison officers, the probation service and those working in the voluntary and independent sectors are welcome.
The emphasis of this revised and updated programme is on interprofessional learning that equips practitioners with core skills and competencies in forensic mental health practice. It is designed to appeal to a wide range of practitioners working with mental health service users with a forensic background both within the health service and criminal justice system. It is expected that students completing the programme will be able to provide effective mental health care within forensic services at all levels of security.
Career opportunities: This programme contributes to the continuing professional development and expertise of mental health practitioners working with mentally disordered offenders. It should enable participants to enhance their performance in their current roles or as a basis for further career progression in forensic services.
Professional contacts / Industry links: Service users contribute to the delivery of this programme.