After completing the course, you’ll be able to take on the role of best interest assessor (Mental Health Capacity Act 2005). In meeting the requirements of the Higher Specialist Social Work Award in Mental Health, the course also recognises the diversity of mental health social work and provides practitioners with the opportunity to develop and extend their knowledge and enhance their skills in dealing with complex work.
Learning includes a mix of interactive workshops, teaching sessions and facilitated group discussions. Service user and carer input will be central to student learning methods. This is combined with individualised self-directed learning with flexibility in units to tailor learning to meet individual student needs.
Opportunities for experiential learning are provided in a supervised practice placement as required by the professional body. Assessment for the course will include completing a portfolio including a report by a practice assessor, based on observation of how you apply learning and competence in showing the requirements. A range of reflective assignments and an in-class test will also be included.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject. Applicants are normally expected to have at least one year of professional or management experience. Applicants for the programme must also meet the professional requirements set out in Schedule 1 of the Mental Health (AMHP) Regulations 2008 and hold a professional qualification in social work, nursing, occupational therapy or psychology and be currently registered to that profession as laid out in Schedule 1
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent.
The principle aim of the course is to prepare practitioners who will be considered for appointment as Approved Mental Health Professionals under the Mental Health Act 2007.
Ethics, Values & Perspectives in Mental Health: Approved mental health professionals bring knowledge, skills and values to their role. In this unit you´ll consider models of mental distress and approaches to care and treatment for people who use mental health services. This will help you identify elements of socially inclusive practice.
Mental Health & the Law: Mental health professionals play a key role in the care and protection of people with mental disorders, and have responsibilities under mental health legislation. You´ll examine and apply the laws, codes and social welfare legislation surrounding the field in the context of professionally ethical practice.
AMHP Role in Practice: The role of mental health professionals includes preventing the need for admission to care which currently takes place in the context of mental health policy initiatives. You´ll consider the impact of social policy on current and potential service users and carers, and on professional practice across mental health disciplines.
Evidencing Professional Learning (Practice Assessment): A feature of professional practice is developing and showing occupational competencies and needs. This unit offers a flexible work-based approach for you to show your competencies and standards that meet the needs of professional and statutory regulatory authorities.
Evidencing Professional Practice & Decision-making: During this unit, you´ll evaluate complex decision-making and professional judgement, and apply your knowledge and skills to solve problems in the unpredictable professional context.
Preparing for your Service Improvement Project: A Service Improvement Project (SIP) aims to better a service or services. You´ll learn about an appropriate, systematic and justified methodology in a complex professional area to design an original, intellectually challenging and in-depth SIP action plan for your professional context.
Service Improvement Project: You´ll show your autonomous and independent ability in a complex professional context to expand or redefine existing knowledge or develop new approaches to service improvement, and then evaluate your SIP´s impact. Throughout the unit you´ll be supported by a university tutor via phone calls, emails and face-to-face meetings. Your tutor will direct you towards helpful resources. This may include electronic resources, workshops, seminars and master classes.
The course recognises the diversity of mental health social work, providing practitioners with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and enhance their skills in dealing with complex work.
Advanced Mental Health Practice graduates can undertake roles such as Approved Mental Health Professional and Best Interest Assessor, and will be able to support roles within mental health and health & social care.
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