Understanding Mental Health Practice (SW4713)

Understanding Mental Health Practice (SW4713)
This module aims to support recently qualified practitioners to progress onto the AMHP training programme or to broaden their understanding of mental health practice.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.

Entry and Admissions

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Five days comprising teaching and experiential learning, plus self-directed time required to complete assessment.


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

Two options: January 2017 & bespoke options available

Entry Requirements:
The module aims to support qualified practitioners who aim to consolidate and build on their knowledge and skills, including those who wish to progress onto the AMHP training programme.

The module is also aimed at any mental health practitioner wishing to explore basic understandings of mental health and to broaden their knowledge of key critical concepts and services.


All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level

Course Content

Course Outline:

The module aims to support recently qualified practitioners to progress onto the AMHP training programme or to broaden their understanding of mental health practice. The module will enable students to critically reflect on and consolidate their existing knowledge and skills in mental health practice. Students will be able to explore complex challenges of mental health legislation, policy and practice.

The module covers topics including:

  • Critical perspectives and contested contexts of mental disorder including service users’ and carers’ perspectives
  • Critical reflection on mental health legislation and policy
  • Values and ethics in relation assessment, compulsory detention and the functions of the AMHP
  • Multi-professional and inter-professional contexts and roles in mental health services
  • Understanding diversity, discrimination, stigma and anti-oppressive practice

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Written reflections and group presentation .

Academic Expertise

Jill Hemmington, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  • Critically reflect on the skills and competence required to work in mental health practice
  • Critically explore the complex challenges in the delivery of mental health services
  • Critically evaluate the conflicts and dilemmas in relation to mental health legislation and policy
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the value and ethical bases underpinning AMHP practice
  • Critically reflect on service users’ and carers’ experiences of mental health services.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan 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.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

This module can be completed towards the Professional Development and Practice , Specialist Practice with Adults or Specialist Child Care Practice Postgraduate Certificate, or the Professional Development and Practice Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion of this module students can continue their professional development studies by undertaking other modules to gain a Postgraduate Certificate. We offer further progression with Postgraduate Diploma and MA awards. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit

PG Dip/MA Professional Development and Practice

Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Non-standard part-time fees £650 per 20 credit module 2016/17

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.

Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

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

Should you have any further questions about the module or application process:
Centre for CPD
School of Social Work, Care & Community
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361

This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361