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Acute Mental Health Care (Graduate Certificate)

Course Description

The aspiration of this challenging and rewarding programme is to influence how practitioners work in acute mental health care in order to deliver and enhance care.

About the programme

This programme has a strong focus on learning by action. You will investigate evidence-based subjects that will enhance the delivery of care to people experiencing an acute episode of care requiring intensive inpatient or community-based care. There is a commitment through the programme to ensure the person experiencing acute mental health issues is firmly at the heart of the programme.

Your learning

This programme consists of three 20 credit modules:
• Acute Mental Health Care (Trimester 1)
• Medication and Mental Health (Trimester 2)
• Modernising Acute Mental Health (Trimester 1 & 2)

The programme will be delivered in a blended learning format; each module will have a maximum of four on-campus days, which will be enhanced by module content delivered through the University’s virtual learning environment, Moodle. The programme recognises the importance of ensuring part-time students are supported effectively in university and in practice settings. Supervision is a key aspect of the programme and it is essential students engage with a clinical supervisor.

The programme is set up to develop confidence in graduate skills and to enhance care delivery. The content of the programme reflects the breadth and depth of knowledge, skill and understanding needed to effectively work with people requiring acute mental health care.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates are equipped with the practice skills necessary to make a major contribution to this challenging area within mental health care. They will also display enhanced interpersonal attributes that are essential for those wishing to develop their careers in roles such as Mental Health Staff Nurse, Mental Health Charge Nurse, Chaplain, Occupational Therapist and Social Worker.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

Visit the Acute Mental Health Care (Graduate Certificate) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A first degree or qualifications at Level 9 or above; or qualifications or experience deemed to be equivalent to SCQF level of a 1st degree; and experience of working in a care environment that enables the student to have access to a clinical supervisor.

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