Foundations in Specialist Mental Health Practice

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Foundations in Specialist Mental Health Practice

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This module will consolidate your current knowledge of mental health conditions, interventions, law and policy relevant to practice. The module provides a framework to identify developmental needs in the area of mental health practice.

Who the module is aimed at 

Post-qualified professionals who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in mental health practice at a postgraduate level - social workers, nurses, occupational therapists and others.  The module can be used to prepare candidates for the PgCert Approved Mental Health Professional course.  We will consider applications from non-qualified applicants who can show they have good experience working with people in mental distress and whose work involves writing reports.

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

You will gain current knowledge and skills with an opportunity to reflect on your developmental needs. You will gain consolidation of your practice by undertaking a direct observation. Patients benefit from workers updating their knowledge and skills.

What you learn

You will build on your existing knowledge and skills in mental health practice and develop a continuing professional development plan.

General areas covered

  • Models of mental distress
  • Dealing with suicide risks and crisis work
  • Values and ethical issues arising in practice
  • Analysis of risks, rights and responsibilities in multi-disciplinary working    
  • Self-reflection and planning for future professional development
  • Psycho-social interventions
  • Risk assessment
  • Report writing

The learning materials are written and delivered by a vibrant team with presentations delivered by specialist practitioners including social workers, nurses and occupational therapists.

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 2023/24

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £830

EU / International students: £1,370- this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


This module attracts Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF by the following schemes:

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 working with people with mental health conditions

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    Blended Learning this module will involve a limited number of face-to-face study days supported by online distance learning activities

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    Teaching dates for 2023 are:

    6th, 13th and 20th October, plus 3rd, 10th and 13th November 2023 - 10am-4pm each day

    Please contact the Module Leader for further information. 

    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:

    • Written Report
    • Self Assessment

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 15 level 7 credits

Further details

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

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