Psychosocial Mental Health Care GCert

Psychosocial Mental Health Care GCert

School of Nursing


Post- graduate





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Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, UCLan
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839

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    Part-time: One year over two semesters.

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    Campus, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

Enhance your knowledge and develop your skills on this one-year Graduate Certificate in Psychosocial Mental Health Care (Psychosocial Intervention), 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 Requirements

For the Graduate Certificate Psychosocial Mental Health Care, applicants must possess:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent

In addition, course 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 time for clinical practice, and
  • Are required to have a named suitably qualified clinical supervisor

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • Module 1: Working with Individuals from Assessment to Formulation
  • Module 2: Valuing Research (with a focus upon Psychosocial Intervention)

Semester 2

  • Module 3: Working with Individuals using Therapeutic Interventions
  • Module 4: Working with Families & Carers 

Course at a Glance:

The 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). Successful completion of the four core modules will complete the Grad Cert programme.

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Further Information


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 and 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.



The 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). Successful completion of the four core modules will complete the Graduate Certificate programme. 


Having provided average module ratings of more than 9/10 for each of the practice skills modules, students from the 2014-15 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.



For further information, please email:  (Course Lead – BSc (Hons) programme), OR  (Course Lead – Graduate Certificate programme)

How to Apply

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
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Post-registration Recruitment Team, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE
See further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: TBC

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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; 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.

This course has increased my knowledge and skills, improved my role as a mentor, given me a wider appreciation of psychosis and its consequences… and improved my overall abilities as a practitioner.

Academic Expertise

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


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

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.

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.