The Postgraduate Certificate Primary Care Mental Health Practice and Graduate Certificate Promoting Psychological Wellbeing are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) on behalf of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) National Programme. It is nationally recognised for its high quality training provision and highly skilled teaching team in the field of Low Intensity CBT interventions.
Part-time: One year
School of Community Health and Midwifery
No Partner College
All students on this programme must be in a position to work with patients in a low intensity iapt service
and must produce written support from their employers to do this.
Students must have evidence of recent Level 5 study from a recognised institute of higher education for postgraduate study and level for graduate study. All students must be able to complete the 45 days training.
To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: .
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
Most mental health problems are managed in primary care. Improving access to services which can effectively treat people experiencing common mental health problems will have a major impact on the health and wellbeing of the population. Primary care is now the cornerstone of the NHS and needs to be able to meet the growing demands placed upon it. By offering practitioners the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in low intensity interventions and guided self-help for common mental health problems this course hopes to support a work force that can effectively meet the changing needs in primary mental healthcare.
Students will critically examine the history and development of primary care services and the impact that this has had on the developing culture of services and the roles and responsibilities of individuals in contemporary primary care mental health practice. You will also be introduced to concepts of mental health philosophies, models and frameworks for safe and competent mental health care. Collaborative skills in engagement, patient-centred interviewing, problem formulation, goal setting, clinical implementation and routine measurement, the promotion of medication concordance, co-ordination and referral will provide the focus of the course.
The course addresses key issues in current thinking around primary mental health care provision. Topics include:
(C) = Compulsory
A range of assessments are used within the programme including essays, video analysis and reflective essays, case formulation and practice documents.
Accredited by The British Psychological Society.
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For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:
School of Health Sciences
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839