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Are you looking to develop the competencies that are required to become an Approved Clinician for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983? Do you want to enhance your ability to manage challenges that you face within a mental health context as a psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse, occupational therapist or social worker?

As a professional practice course, there are no specific topics that must be covered. Instead the emphasis is very much on what you need to study in order to prepare yourself for the Approved Clinician role and/or to continue your professional development.

At the start you will be encouraged to write a learning proposal that identifies your specific learning objectives. You will then work towards these objectives through undertaking further continuing professional development (CPD), reflecting on your CPD and ultimately through completion of a work-based project. On completion you should have developed the skills and knowledge you need for you to make an application to be an Approved Clinician, if that is your goal.

Please note, optional module choices will be grouped and will run in designated blocks, meaning some module combinations will not be possible. Although every effort is made to ensure that these modules are offered, there may be occasions, for example due to staff sabbaticals, where a module may not be offered or module running order may change.

Are you looking to develop the competencies that are required to become an Approved Clinician for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983? Do you want to enhance your ability to manage challenges that you face within a mental health context as a psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse, occupational therapist or social worker?

As a professional practice course, there are no specific topics that must be covered. Instead the emphasis is very much on what you need to study in order to prepare yourself for the Approved Clinician role and/or to continue your professional development.

At the start you will be encouraged to write a learning proposal that identifies your specific learning objectives. You will then work towards these objectives through undertaking further continuing professional development (CPD), reflecting on your CPD and ultimately through completion of a work-based project. On completion you should have developed the skills and knowledge you need for you to make an application to be an Approved Clinician, if that is your goal.

Please note, optional module choices will be grouped and will run in designated blocks, meaning some module combinations will not be possible. Although every effort is made to ensure that these modules are offered, there may be occasions, for example due to staff sabbaticals, where a module may not be offered or module running order may change.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year Distance Learning, including 5 study days

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
March 2019 or September 2019 or March 2020

Book an Open Day / Experience Professional Practice in Mental Health Law

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Professional Practice in Mental Health Law at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

This is a professional practice course and, unlike most courses at Northumbria, there are no prescribed topics. You will be offered the opportunity to attend five optional CPD days. You will also undertake at least one day of CPD away from the University.

Your learning will be tailored to the objectives that you identify in your learning proposal, related to the core elements of the Approved Clinician competency framework.

During the one-year course you will study two modules: ‘Academic Recognition of CPD in Mental Health Law’ and ‘Work-Based Project’. Reflection upon your learning and practice will be an essential part of the learning experience. To encourage this, you will be allocated to a learning set with fellow students. Assessment will be through individual assignments.

Book an Open Day / Experience Professional Practice in Mental Health Law

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Professional Practice in Mental Health Law at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Northumbria has built up an enviable reputation for practical, innovative law courses. The combination of teaching excellence and workplace relevance ensures that standards remain consistently high. We are committed to postgraduate studies that will enhance your professional career.

Our team of tutors is led by a solicitor who has considerable experience of representing mental health clients in first-tier tribunals and court hearings. She is also a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.

The quality of our law teaching has been recognised through a variety of awards and nominations. These include Law Teacher of the Year Award, the Attorney General’s Pro Bono Award, and Northern Law Awards.

Book an Open Day / Experience Professional Practice in Mental Health Law

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Professional Practice in Mental Health Law at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

As a distance learner you will have full access to our eLearning Portal, ‘Blackboard Learn’. Blackboard Learn brings together all aspects of course management as well as assessment and feedback. You can contact tutors in other ways too, including by email and telephone.

You will also have online access to Northumbria’s library, which has half a million electronic books that you can read whenever or wherever you need them. The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

Our specialist Law Practice Library contains practitioner materials as well as a wide variety of journals and law reports. The range and depth of resources reflects our position as the largest law school in the North East region.

Book an Open Day / Experience Professional Practice in Mental Health Law

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Professional Practice in Mental Health Law at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker.

Our academics are at the cutting edge of current legal issues, which will enhance your learning experience. They will discuss their own research as it relates to the topics you will study, and ask you to explore current knowledge and identify further questions to be addressed.

Additional research-informed experiences will be linked to your work-based project. We will equip you to undertake and present research that is relevant to the particular challenges and issues that you’re facing in your practice.

Research / Northumbria Law School

Book an Open Day / Experience Professional Practice in Mental Health Law

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Professional Practice in Mental Health Law at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

By completing the two modules in this course you will be able to develop the skills required to demonstrate competencies for becoming an Approved Clinician.

The documentation from the course will be invaluable as you build your portfolio for the approval process.

Book an Open Day / Experience Professional Practice in Mental Health Law

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Professional Practice in Mental Health Law at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

For a significant proportion of students, the next step after this course is to seek approval as an Approved Clinician.

You will have essential knowledge of mental health legislation, related codes of practice, national and local policy, assessment, report writing, communication, care planning, leadership, multi-disciplinary working and equality and diversity.

Whatever your future, you’ll have the transferable skills that employers expect from Northumbria graduates from Northumbria University. These include the ability to reflect on your practice and make appropriate recommendations for improved workplace practice, the ability to handle the legal and ethical issues that may arise in mental health contexts, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements.

Book an Open Day / Experience Professional Practice in Mental Health Law

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Professional Practice in Mental Health Law at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This course is suitable for professionals who are working in the mental health field, who are considering applying to become an Approved Clinician for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

Although no formal qualifications are required, (the programme is suitable for students from a range of backgrounds & experience), some on-going practical experience within the mental health field is necessary as the course builds upon practical experience in its assessment processes.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below.

    • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5
    • Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

    The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admissions Office and we will be glad to assist y

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

On-going practical experience within the mental health field.
No formal qualifications are required for acceptance onto this course.

International qualifications
 
If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry
 
English Language requirements
 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
 
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,995

Full EU Fee: £7,995

Full International Fee: £14,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Whilst books are made available via the University Library, some students may wish to purchase key texts.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £2,200

Full EU Fee: £2,200

Full International Fee: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Whilst books are made available via the University Library, some students may wish to purchase key texts.

FUNDING INFORMATION

Click here for UK and EU Masters funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International Masters funding and scholarships information.

Click here for UK/EU Masters tuition fee information.

Click here for International Masters tuition fee information.

Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying.

Click here for information on fee liability.

 

 

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

LW7000 -

Academic Recognition of CPD in Mental Health Law (Core, 30 Credits)

At the outset of this module you will be asked to negotiate a learning proposal with your academic supervisor. This should also be approved by a workplace mentor. Through the process of preparing this learning proposal you will, in conjunction with your supervisor, identify where you need to develop further knowledge and skills relevant to the Approved Clinician competencies, what learning activities need to be undertaken to meet those needs and a timescale for completing them. You will then be required to engage in at least six full days (48 hours) of continuing professional development relevant to the Approved Clinician competencies. You are offered the opportunity to participate in five full days of training offered by Northumbria Law School. These training days are designed to prepare practitioners to apply for approval to become an Approved Clinician. As such they will cover, for example: the legal context and overall legal framework relating to the Approved Clinican role; assessment in the context of the Approved Clinican role; clinical leadership, report writing and communication; equality and diversity; and preparation of the Approved Clinician portfolio. At least one day of CPD activities must be completed by other means, for example by attendance on a short course, one-to-one coaching, workshops, conferences and seminars or engagement in discussion with your learning set (if you choose not to attend all five days offered by Northumbria then you will need to engage in additional activities elsewhere to ensure that you complete the full six days of CPD activities).

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LW7001 -

Work Based Project in Mental Health Law (Core, 30 Credits)

On this module you will undertake a work based project. The work-based project is based on a legal topic that you will agree with the module tutor and your employer. The exact subject that you will focus upon and the specific aims of your project will depend upon the specifics of the work that you are involved in, who you are employed by, and the knowledge and skills that you have previously determined that you need to develop further. Based upon your professional experience you will complete a statutory report of the type that would be submitted to the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) on an anonymised/hypothetical case study. It is suggested that the case study should be one of the hypothetical statutory reports that you will need to include in any portfolio that is to be submitted as part of the Approved Clinician approval process, should you decide to seek such approval.

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LW7001 -

Work Based Project in Mental Health Law (Core, 30 Credits)

On this module you will undertake a work based project. The work-based project is based on a legal topic that you will agree with the module tutor and your employer. The exact subject that you will focus upon and the specific aims of your project will depend upon the specifics of the work that you are involved in, who you are employed by, and the knowledge and skills that you have previously determined that you need to develop further. Based upon your professional experience you will complete a statutory report of the type that would be submitted to the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) on an anonymised/hypothetical case study. It is suggested that the case study should be one of the hypothetical statutory reports that you will need to include in any portfolio that is to be submitted as part of the Approved Clinician approval process, should you decide to seek such approval.

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Any Questions?

Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Applicants Contact Details:

bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk

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