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Advanced Social Work Studies (Mental Health Officer Award) (PgCert)


Course Description

Programme description

This programme is the postgraduate qualification for qualified social workers wishing to practise as mental health officers (MHOs). It has been designed by, and is delivered in partnership with, 12 local authorities in the East of Scotland.

This programme focuses upon the role of the MHO in relation to relevant Scottish legislation. In addition to the taught elements, students undertake two periods of assessed MHO practice.

Under Section 32(2) of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 local authorities have a statutory duty to appoint and provide training for MHOs to undertake mandatory MHO responsibilities, enshrined in legislation: mainly the 2003 Act, but also the Adults with Incapacity Act 2000 and the Criminal Proceedings Act 1995.

This programme’s primary aim is to provide the required MHO qualification in partnership with the East of Scotland MHO Award Partnership.

Programme structure

The programme comprises 12 taught days and eight days of online learning over two semesters.

You will also undertake two periods of assessed MHO practice (thirty two days each), which are organised and supported by your employing local authority.

Learning outcomes

The programme aims to provide:

the knowledge, skills and competence required to undertake the role of the MHO
the opportunity for the development of academic study and specialist learning within mental health social work

Career opportunities

This qualification is for qualified social workers wishing to practise as mental health officers (MHOs).

Visit the Advanced Social Work Studies (Mental Health Officer Award) (PgCert) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a recognised qualification in social work and have at least two years' relevant experience in social work practice. Applicants who are qualified social workers but who do not hold a degree-level qualification may ask for special consideration when applying. You must be employed, supported, and seconded by one of the 12 employing local authorities within the East of Scotland MHO Partnership catchment area.

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