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Mental Health Practice including Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Training PGCert

Mental Health Practice including Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Training PGCert

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Level

Post- graduate

Mode

Taught

Campus

Preston

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Course Enquiries
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Part-time: 1 year

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Professional Development

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    PGCert

Why study this programme?

The Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) PGCert at UCLan has been developed in collaboration with the regional Local Authorities. It provides an intense period of teaching and learning which draws on the expertise of AMHPs, academics, lawyers and service users and carers.

The programme reflects the needs of our local employers and stakeholders and we continually shape this in response to feedback. Agency colleagues and previous learners found UCLan’s AMHP programme to have a “supportive learning environment” in which they feel “keen and motivated to learn”, experiencing a “shift in thinking” towards the AMHP perspective and value base.

This course is specific to qualified and professionally registered mental health practitioners (Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists or Clinical Psychologists) who are usually nominated and funded by their Local Authority to undertake AMHP training. It is also open to any applicants that meet the entry requirements, including practitioners working outside of a Local Authority. Applicants will need to have access to a suitable practice placement with a practice assessor who is a qualified AMHP.

 

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to any applicants meeting the entry requirements for the course including practitioners working outside of the Local Authority. However, all applicants must meet the entry requirements and have the formal agreement and support of their employer prior to their being accepted onto the programme. In addition to this all decisions regarding course entry will be made collectively by the University and the relevant Local Authority in conjunction with employers. Applicants who are employed outside the boundaries of England and Wales are excluded from applying for the AMHP programme. This is in keeping with the jurisdiction of Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended 2007).

a. Professional Qualification Requirements:

To be accepted onto an AMHP programme, applicants must hold one of the following qualifications :

  • Social Worker registered with the Health and Care Professions Council;
  • First level Nurse, registered in Sub-Part 1 of the Nurses’ Part of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, with the inclusion of an entry indicating their field of practice is mental health or learning disabilities nursing;
  • Occupational Therapist registered in Part 6 of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Health Professions Order 2001; or
  • Chartered Psychologist who is listed in the British Psychological Society’s Register of Chartered Psychologists and who holds a relevant practising certificate issued by that Society

b. Professional Registration Requirements:

HCPC continuing registration requirements for Qualified Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Clinical Psychologists
It is a requirement that all Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Clinical Psychologists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and that they meet all the conditions therein. Failure to do so may be considered misconduct. The link provides direct access to the HCPC website and information regarding registration: www.hpc-uk.org

NMC continuing registration requirements for Qualified Mental Health and Learning Disability Nurses
Undertaking the course will ensure compliance with elements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council ‘The Code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives’ and the NMC’s Post-Registration education and practice [Prep] standards and guidance.

Fees for professional registration
As professional registration is an ongoing employment requirement, arrangements will be in place in relation to payment of fees to the relevant professional body. Applicants are advised to speak with their employers directly in relation to payment of fees for professional registration.

Other Fees
Students may incur other expenses during the course of their studies such as placement travel, car mileage, parking and DBS. All applicants are advised to speak to their employer about arrangements for reimbursement of these costs.

c. Additional Entry Requirements:

  • Where the individual is nominated by the Local Authority they will take into consideration the length of post qualifying experience and suitability for the programme using their own applications process.
  • All applicants will provide their employer with a detailed written application where they will provide evidence of their relevant experience, professional competence, capacity, written language skills and ability to undertake and complete an AMHP training programme and study at postgraduate level.
  • The applicant might not be employed by the Local Authority (i.e. they may be employed by the local Healthcare Trust) but must still meet course requirements, particularly in relation to Practice Placement.
  • Applicants will normally hold an honours degree and where this is not the case they will provide the University with written evidence of ability to study at post-graduate level.
  • Applicants are required to have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Clearance and the Supplementary Application Form (Appendix 2) requires a signature to confirm this is in place. As this will be an existing condition of employment, applicants are advised to speak with their employers directly in relation to payment of fees and any reimbursement arrangements for this.
  • The applicant will usually have employment with an agency with the ability to provide or arrange a suitable practice placement.
  • Where the applicant is employed with an agency that is unable to provide or arrange a suitable practice placement, the applicant is required to seek a suitable placement arrangement and a suitably qualified and experienced Practice placement educator. Potential applicants in this position are advised to seek advice from the either the programme team or their Local Authority and are reminded that successful completion of the programme leads to eligibility to be Approved, and it is the Local Authority who ultimately Approves.

Exclusions

Applicants who are employed outside the boundaries of England and Wales are excluded from applying for the AMHP programme. This is in keeping with the jurisdiction of Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended 2007).

Programme at a Glance

This course includes 5 modules:

Critical Reflections on Mental Health Practice (SW4115)
September - October
Students will be able to critically reflect on their own practice in the context of the complex challenges within Mental Health Services. The module will help students to evaluate their skills in relation to assessment and working in multi-disciplinary environments.

Application of Models of Mental Health (SW4119)
November - December
The module provides an opportunity for students to develop their understanding of a range of models of mental distress and enables them to apply them in practice

Theory and Practice of Mental Health Law (Role of the AMHP) (SW4117)
January - March
The module will provide students with a critical understanding of the relevant legislation, related codes of practice and national and local policy and guidance as it informs AMHP practice. This module also provides students with an opportunity to experience direct work with service users, carers and professionals within a mental health practice setting.

Diversity and Mental Health (SW4118)
April - May
Students will be enabled to make decisions and plan interventions, within the framework of Mental Health and Mental Capacity legislation, which are sensitive to the needs of a diverse group of service users. Students will be expected to recognise, challenge and redress discrimination and inequality in AMHP practice.

Legal and Professional Roles (SW4116)
May - June
Students will explore the complex nature of working together in multi-professional and multi-agency settings and develop skills to enable them to work in partnership across professional boundaries.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

Aims of the course include:

• To provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to meet section 2 of the Approval Criteria for AMHP training (HCPC 2013);

• To enable students to refine the skills and values that are necessary to work as autonomous, competent practitioners and develop critical practice that respects diversity and challenges inequality;

• To provide students with a critical awareness of the evidence base for practice and to apply this in their role as AMHPs;

• To develop critical decision making skills that are consistent with the requirements and duties of an AMHP;

• To provide opportunities for students to critically reflect on practice that is person-centred, ethical and founded on the underpinning values and principles of the AMHP role.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

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

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time:
Part-time: 2016/17 or 2017/18 start = £1950

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.

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Industry Links

Students who are enrolled with the School of Social Work, Care and Community may be eligible for international travel opportunities relevant to their study.

On successful completion of this award students can progress to PGDip/MA awards as part of their CPD. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd

Professional Accreditation

The University has been endorsed by the College of Social Work as a provider of CPD training.

This CPD course has been approved by HCPC. Last reviewed September 2015.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Keynote lectures, seminars, tutorials, material for self-directed learning, e-learning, workshops will form part of university based learning provision.

Students will be required to link formal learning to their practice and will be encouraged to build on existing skills/develop new skills to consolidate their learning across the academic and practice fields.

Skills, values and knowledge will be developed through group discussions, group tutorials, presentations and practice learning opportunities.

The overarching teaching and learning strategy will enable students to develop cognitive skills which are appropriate to independent learning and postgraduate study.

A range of assessment methods will include essays, presentations, case studies, practice observation, reflective writing, practice portfolios, and personal development files.

 

Students will be assessed to meet the HCPC approval criteria for AMHP training.

 

 

Progression Routes

The PG Cert is part of the Centre for CPD in the School of Social Work. On successful completion of this award students can progress to PG Dip/MA awards as part of their CPD.

On successful completion of this award students can progress to PGDip/MA awards as part of their CPD. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd

 

 

Academic Expertise

Contacts

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408
Email: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk

For further details about the course and module options please contact:
Jill Hemmington, Course Leader
Tel: +44 (0)1772 895460
Email: JHemmington@uclan.ac.uk