The course is designed to explore the practical application of mental health law within the context of a ‘patient’s experience’ so that students may identify and explain the statutory frameworks and safeguards that are available to individuals with a mental disorder and which should support their voluntary or compulsory care and treatment.
The course will encourage students to reflect upon professional decision making, the complexities of interdisciplinary working and professional boundaries whilst also understanding the impact of mental health law and policy on services users and their family and carers.
One academic year
School of Social Work, Care and Community
No Partner College
The course has been designed for practitioners working in an area of mental health who require a practical understanding of the law. In particular, the course will be of interest to Mental Health Act Administrators and other health and social care professionals responsible for the coordination and administration of statutory processes. Applicants are normally nominated by their employer.
Each module is a self-contained block of learning with defined aims, learning outcomes and assessment:
Module 1: SW1811 Introduction to Mental Health Law (20 Credits)
October - December
This module aims to develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the legal system in England and Wales. Students will learn the main principles of Mental Health law and policy in relation to voluntary and compulsory care of individuals with a mental disorder.
Module 2: SW1812 Key Concepts of Mental Health Law and Policy (40 credits)
January - June
The module will develop specialist knowledge of Mental Health law and policy in relation to admission, treatment and aftercare of individuals with a mental disorder. The module will enable students to apply Mental Health law and policy to real-life scenarios and to communicate accurate and coherent legal arguments. Students will be able to reflect on the complexities and challenges of ethical and lawful practice in mental health services.
Module 2 (SW1812) will be assessed by a portfolio which will be a series of scenarios designed to test your knowledge of the relevant law and your ability to analyse the legal and ethical issues arising from each situation.
Detailed summaries of the teaching and research interests of each member of staff can be found on the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s homepage.
· To provide students with opportunities to advance their knowledge and understanding of relevant, specialist knowledge of mental health law and allied legislation, policy and codes;
· To enable students to apply specialist knowledge of mental health law and allied legislation, policy and codes to practice;
·To enable students to identify and explain the statutory frameworks and safeguards for voluntary and compulsory care and treatment which supports individuals with a mental disorder;
· To encourage reflection on professional decision making, complexities of interdisciplinary working and professional boundaries;
· To understand the impact of mental health law and policy on services users and their family and carers.
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You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE
2018/19: £1,300 & 2019/20: £1,300
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
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 Centre for CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361
For further details about the course and module options please contact:
Amanda Murphy, Course Leader
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894362