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Psychosocial Mental Health Care BSc(Hons)

Psychosocial Mental Health Care BSc(Hons)

Enhance your knowledge and develop your skills on this part-time Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health course, developed in collaboration with mental health practitioners, service users and service providers from the North West. Working in accordance with national guidance promoting the provision of evidence-based psychosocial interventions for those experiencing serious mental health problems, this programme uses a structured, recovery-orientated, formulation driven psychosocial approach in collaboration with service-users / families and carers. You’ll have active involvement and contribution from our Comensus Team members (service-user and carer representatives), and enjoy sessions by guest speakers, as they share their experiences of research and practice solutions in implementing psychosocial intervention.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

BSc(Hons)

Ancillary Award:

Post-Registration

Level:

Undergraduate

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Campus

Course Length:

Part-time: Two years

School:

School of Nursing

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Campus:

Preston

Start Date:

10th September 2015

Entry Requirements:

For the BSc (Hons) Psychosocial Mental Health Care, applicants must possess:

  • the equivalent of 240 credits, of which 120 must be at Level 5 (this will include the awards of Diploma in Higher Education, BTEC or Foundation degree)

In addition, applicants:

  • must be currently employed within the health or social care field, working with adults with severe and enduring mental illness
  • are required to have organisational support to attend the course
  • are required to be able to set aside one day per week for clinical practice, and
  • are required to have a named suitably qualified clinical supervisor

Programme Spec:

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification (subject to change).

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2015/16

Course Content

Course Outline:

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to contemporary mental health practice to equip course students with the confidence and skills they need in implementing evidence-based interventions with service-users and families. This programme focuses upon the development of skills in a range of practical and collaborative psychosocial interventions, which include: coping strategy enhancement; structured problem-solving; cognitive-behavioural intervention; behavioural family intervention; medication management; structured relapse prevention / staying well planning.

Within the course, each module is assessed against the learning outcomes using a variety of methods, which will include: case study; audio-recorded practice session and related reflective account; online MCQ paper and essay (for Valuing Research); essay; structured portfolio.

A series of published literature and texts are recommended throughout the course programme, which are available through the UCLan Library and Information Services. Students will have full access to the University computer facilities, and to the associated eLearn / Blackboard site for this course programme.

For further information, please email:
AElliott1@uclan.ac.uk (Course Lead – BSc (Hons) programme), OR
JButler@uclan.ac.uk (Course Lead – Grad Cert programme

Highlights of the Course

  • A strong focus upon developing and enhancing practice skills, enabling the practitioner to adopt a structured and highly collaborative approach with service-users and their family-members / carers.
  • Active involvement & contribution from Comensus Team members (service-user and carer representatives), involvement from a family who had just completed a course of family interventions, who shared their experience of this with students.
  • Sessions by guest speakers / facilitators, in sharing their experiences of research and practice solutions in implementing psychosocial intervention several graduates of the Psychosocial Mental Health Care programme have continued to further develop their knowledge and skills through postgraduate study and career opportunities as specialist practitioners.

Course at a glance

Year 1

  • Module 1 Working with Individuals from Assessment to Formulation
  • Module 2 Valuing Research
  • Module 3 Working with Individuals Using Therapeutic Interventions
  • Module 4 Working with Families and Carers

Year 2 (Semester 1 and 2)

  • Module 5 Professional Practice Project

The first four core modules (each offering 20 credits at Level 6) run over one academic year, with students studying two modules in each semester (as shown above). In Year 2, students will complete the Professional Practice Project (40 credits at Level 6) which focuses upon how clinical practice is developed and sustained from a psychosocial perspective and how psychosocial intervention impacts upon client and family / carer recovery.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

All recommended texts including Journals are available from Library and Information Services. Students will have full access to the University computer facilities. There are also skills labs and recording equipment available for the practice and development of clinical skills.

Within the course, each module is assessed against the learning outcomes using a variety of methods. These include: essay, case study and structured portfolio.

Academic Expertise

Alison Elliott – Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
John Butler – Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
Mick McKeown – Principal Lecturer

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to contemporary mental health practice to equip course students with the confidence and skills they need in implementing evidence-based interventions with service-users and families. This programme focuses upon the development of skills in a range of practical and collaborative psychosocial interventions, which include: coping strategy enhancement; structured problem-solving; cognitive-behavioural intervention; behavioural family intervention; medication management; structured relapse prevention / staying well planning.

Within the course, each module is assessed against the learning outcomes using a variety of methods, which include: case study; audio-recorded practice session and related reflective account; on-line MCQ paper and essay (for Valuing Research); essay; structured portfolio.

A series of published literature and texts are recommended throughout the course programme, which are available through the UCLan Library and Information Services. Students will have full access to the University computer facilities, and to the associated eLearn / Blackboard site for this course programme.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have links with NHS Trusts and Independent Sector employers across Lancashire and the North West, and these partner agencies are closely involved in the ongoing quality assurance and development of the course.

Work experience and international opportunities

UCLan actively provides help to its graduates to reach their potential and thrive in their careers after graduation.

Graduate Careers

UCLan’s Careers team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.

Testimonials

Students from the 2012-13 cohort provided a range of highly complementary feedback – to quote a few of the students:

  • I think the module helps you to use skills already known but convert them into providing a structured assessment, and then leads on to a collaborative formulation.
  • The lecturer was very good and supportive; there was lots of information provided to help our learning needs; very good, interesting, useful and well delivered.
  • I enjoyed the module and was able to relate it to practice; the module was very helpful and I have been able to see an improvement in my practice as a result.
  • I thought the information and resources given were excellent and I have been able to improve my practice because of this; enjoyed the session on personality disorders as we have a lot of people within my practice setting with personality problems.
  • Fantastic; so informative and helpful; gave me many new ideas to use in practice; great pace; great lecturers; fun, interesting, relevant to practice.
  • The programme was excellent; I have learned new skills and I have increased my knowledge.
  • Good structure and encouragement for the group to become more cohesive through role-play and constructive peer feedback; having a family come in was really important.
  • Very informative; well paced; great introduction to family work, as I was not already familiar with this area; has really made me think about my own practice setting and how FI could really benefit not only my patients but the service in general.
  • The module was new to me in most aspects, but came across as very informative & easy to understand.
  • Really enjoyed it, it got me thinking about the importance of this; it has given me the confidence to be able to implement this.

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the College of Health and Wellbeing.

Part time fee of £760 per 20 credit module

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer, as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment Team
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE

Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839
Email: healthcpd@uclan.ac.uk

For more information please contact

AElliott1@uclan.ac.uk (Course Lead – BSc(Hons) programme), OR

JButler@uclan.ac.uk (Course Lead – Grad Cert programme)

UCAS

UCAS Code:

Short Form of Course:

Institution Code Name: CLANC

Institution Code: C30

Campus Site: U

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United Kingdom

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

College of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
Preston,
PR1 2HE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839

Email: healthcpd@uclan.ac.uk