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Mental Health Practice
Postgraduate course
PG Cert

Mental Health Practice

Overview

Working in mental health can be demanding but rewarding. Gain the skills to become an approved mental health professional (AMHP) who practises safely and effectively.

As an AMHP, you will need to act independently and assertively, taking accountability for the decisions you make. Approved by the Health & Care Professions Council, your course will give you the skills to be an effective practitioner with a comprehensive understanding of current legislation. By looking at issues such as asylum, substance misuse and how adult mental health relates to child protection, you will be well prepared for the responsibilities of the role.

This course is aimed at qualified social workers, mental health nurses, learning disabilities nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists, and provides an inter-professional as well as specialist understanding of mental health. Teaching is delivered by professionals who have extensive expertise in mental health provision, many of whom are already AMHPs.

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You'll be taught by professionals who have extensive expertise in mental health provision - many of whom are already AMHPs or experts within mental health services - and by a practicing solicitor who specialises in mental health law. You'll also hear from service users who are experiencing mental distress, giving you a first-hand insight into the topic.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should normally have at least a second class Honours degree, hold a recognised professional qualification in Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy or Psychology and be a registered Social Worker, First Level Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Chartered Psychologist. All applicants should be supported by their employer (normally a local authority) with agreed access to an appropriate practice learning placement. This should be submitted as an attachment to your application. In the event that other placement arrangements are necessary, a DBS check will need to be completed. Applicants should demonstrate in their personal statement that they have the appropriate level of professional competence, capacity and ability to undertake and complete an AMHP training programme as recognised by the requirements set out in the HCPC AMHP criteria requirements, including a sound mental health knowledge, values of the 10 essential shared capabilities. They are also required to submit a 1500 word written piece based on a recent piece of mental health practice, including a critical and reflective account of the practice, referencing relevant theory, policy and legislation. This should be submitted as an attachment to your application. All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Sally McManus

Careers

Sally McManus
Early Intervention in Psychosis Practitioner Community Links Aspire

MSc Mental Health Practice

“I did my Certificate in Mental Health at Leeds Beckett and it whet my appetite to discover more, so I studied for a PG Certificate and masters degree here too. My course gave me a confidence I didn't have before, while the knowledge I've gained has enabled me to understand people's individual circumstances more deeply and how I support and work with them.

Modules & learning

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Study the numerous approaches to understanding mental disorder and how they are utilised in practice. You will also look at how approaches to mental health (disorder) have developed from large institutional approaches to the present-day community care.

Increase your skills and knowledge regarding the roles and responsibilities of an AMHP.

You will gain in-depth understanding of mental health legislation and its application in practice, including up to date and practical applications of The Mental Health Act and related legislation.

Sue Sherwin
Sue Sherwin
Dean of School

Sue Sherwin is Dean for the School of Health and Community Studies. She joined our University as a Senior Lecturer in 1996 after supporting the development of the first degree in Mental Health Nursing from Leeds Beckett.

Our School is committed to making a difference to the health and wellbeing of communities and individuals. All of our academics have worked in health, public health and the caring professions, and many still maintain their professional practice to ensure we maintain a strong link between our teaching and the demands of the professional workplace. We bring this quality of care to the way in which we support our students through their learning.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

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City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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