This course focuses on higher academic study in mental health and wellbeing in health and social care. It’s for practitioners looking to develop their leadership skills in their area of practice.
High educational standards
We have an established track record and our courses have a reputation for delivering high educational standards and academic rigour in a challenging learning environment.
We also have a friendly and supportive approach with our students. We’ve developed this course in partnership with health and social care colleagues, service users and student representatives from the East Midlands to make sure that the teaching and learning meet the needs of both you and the service users.
Getting you career ready
This course will enhance your employment opportunities and potential by developing you as a leader who will have a major effect on the creation of cultures for innovation in mental health and wellbeing. Improvement leaders have a responsibility to support improvement activity as well as the operational priorities and strategic goals of the system.
You´ll usually need an undergraduate degree (at least second class) or an equivalent qualification in a nursing, health or social science subject.
During this module, you will critically review the evidence for the use of psychological interventions in health and social care settings and gain integral knowledge of application and underpinning theory.
Key themes will include compassion, mindfulness, psychological flexibility (ACT), resilience, values and supervision.
This module provides the opportunity for you to develop your interest and understanding of a specific psychological intervention that may become a recurring focus of study within the programme.
This module is delivered face to face.
Public Mental Health
This module will provide you with an understanding of mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan.
It covers definition and management, economics of mental health, social and cultural determinants, race and mental health and family and environmental influences. This module is delivered face to face.
Principles of Service Improvement
This module offers insights into the dilemmas and conflicts associated with introducing improvement plans, and will teach you to think strategically about planning service improvement activities. This module is delivered face to face and by distance learning (paper based).
Innovation and Transformational Leadership in Health and Social Care Services
Supporting innovation and creating positive practice environments will occur in every setting with the right leadership and support and will benefit service users and staff. This module will give you the chance to review current political debate over the provision of mental health care, with an emphasis on improving quality and the experience of service users. On successful completion, you’ll have developed skills in management and leadership with an ethos of innovation and flexibility, combined with the ability to be a visionary practitioner and champion of change. This module is delivered face to face.
Research Methodologies – Application to Advanced Practice
This module is designed to enable you to explore the research based approaches and methodologies that affect the delivery of health care practice. It will also help you to develop a reflexive approach to the application of knowledge in order to ensure evidence-based practice. This module is delivered face to face.
This triple module is a major component of the course. It will enable you to demonstrate mastery in the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation gained over the duration of the course. This is achieved through the production of a major piece of independently researched work. In addition, skills such as academic writing, knowledge transfer strategies and critical reflexivity will be developed, helping to inform and shape your future practice. This module is delivered by distance learning.
You’ll also choose one of these two modules:
Developing Positive Approaches for People Living with Dementia
You’ll be encouraged to review accepted values and belief systems and promote person-centred practice with an increasing ageing population. You’ll explore a range of current theoretical, conceptual and evidence-based perspectives. This module will enable you to consider how positive approaches to the care of people living with dementia in an increasing ageing population can prepare you for future challenges. It is delivered face to face.
Work-Based Learning – Negotiated Module
As a professional in health care, you’ll need to be capable of validating and refining existing research findings and generating new knowledge that directly and indirectly influences practice. During this module, you’ll develop specialist knowledge on an individually negotiated topic relevant to service needs within your area of practice. This module is delivered online.
The course will enhance employability and advancement through developing leaders who will have a major effect on the creation of cultures for innovation in mental health and wellbeing. Improvement leaders have a responsibility to support improvement activity as well as the operational priorities and strategic goals of the system. The course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and resilience to lead on transformational change within a range of mental health and social care organisations.
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