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Mental Health Law and Policy

Mental Health Law and Policy

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This module provides you with an opportunity to evaluate current law and policy initiatives in the field of mental health, explore ethical dilemmas and apply these to Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) and other professional roles.

Who the module is aimed at

The module is part of the PgCert Approved Mental Health Professional course that is a professionally regulated course limited to social workers, nurses, occupational therapists and practising clinical psychologists.

However, the module by itself can be considered for post-qualified professionals who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in applying mental health and associated law in practice. These candidates must be able to write about their direct work with people experiencing mental distress.

Please contact the module leader (contact details below) for further information.

Benefits of taking the module to the individual, the organisation and the patient

You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the AMHP role and mental health law and policy issues as they pertain to multi-disciplinary working. Patients benefit from workers updating their knowledge and skills.

What you learn

You will learn how mental health law and policy is applied within a wider legal framework.

General areas covered

  • Current law and policy e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Human Rights Act and relevant codes of practice
  • Ethical issues around how law and policy is implemented
  • Roles of different professionals

Skills gained for the workplace

  • Working effectively within legal and policy frameworks
  • Multi-agency working
  • Report writing

Unique or interesting features

The learning material is written and delivered by a vibrant team with presentations delivered by specialist practitioners including: Approved Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers, Nurses and Doctors.

Sponsored places

If you are being sponsored by your employer (not via NHS SSPRD/LBR funding) please complete the Pg Application form below and attach a letter of sponsorship which includes:

  • Applicants name, course and academic year
  • The amount of the course fees the employer has agreed to pay (e.g. 50%, 100% etc)
  • The organisation name, address, telephone number
  • The address the invoice is to be sent to (if different to above) and any purchase order number which must be quoted on the invoice
  • Ensure the letter is signed by an authorised signatory

Fees and Funding for 2022/23

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £1,415

EU / International students: £2,410 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • Relevant professional qualification including: Social Work, Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Midwifery
    • Relevant work experience: 2 years post-qualifying experience working with people with mental health conditions
    • Relevant workplace opportunities and organisational support: access to work with people with mental health conditions
    • Applicants not planning to complete the full PgCert Approved Mental Health Professional course should contact the Module Leader prior to applying

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered at our City Campus

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module is expected to run in April 2023.

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Presentation
    • Case Study
    • Phase Test

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Alan Marshall - or contact the student experience team:

(0114) 225 2373

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