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The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has a local and national reputation as a leader in the field of mental health education, research, training and consultancy. The School has been highly successful in developing and delivering a range of practice-focused, multi-professional programmes in mental health for a number of years. These programmes build on the research activities and expertise within the School, demonstrating a synergy between research activity and expertise and the translation of research into high-quality, evidence-based, multi-professional programmes of study.
The MSc/PG Dip Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health combines previously existing postgraduate mental-health programmes into a single programme that retains the three previous specialties as fixed pathways through the programme. Each student selects a relevant pathway and undertakes appropriate course units and practice requirements for it.
The following courses are pathways within the MSc 'Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health' (APIMH):
* Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis (COPE) pathway - APIMH (MSc/PGDip)
* Primary Mental Health Care pathway - APIMH (MSc/PGDip)
* Dementia Care pathway - APIMH (MSc/PGDip)
The programme and pathways have been designed to respond and contribute to the modernisation of mental health care delivery and service design. The overall intention of the programme is to enhance access to, and effectiveness of, mental health and social care services that are evidence-based, multidisciplinary and focused on the needs of patients/service users and carers. The programme will equip students with advanced knowledge and skills necessary to enhance their own practice, the practice of others and contribute to innovations and developments in mental-health care and services.
The programme involves attendance at the University for one day per week during term-time and the equivalent of one day per week in practice to achieve the practical-skills outcomes associated with some course units in the programme. Students are required to identify a suitable practice supervisor/mentor to oversee and assess the clinical and/or practice work required for the programme and specific pathways.
The course is for existing mental-health practitioners and aims to equip them with advanced knowledge and skills to enhance their own practice, the practice of others and contribute to innovations and developments in mental-health care and services.
The programme consists of pathway-specific and core/compulsory course units. These are:
Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis (COPE) pathway
* Core Knowledge for PSI
* Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis
* Dual Diagnosis
* Family Interventions for Psychosis
Primary Mental Health Care pathway * Core Knowledge and Skills for Primary Mental Health Care
* Culture and Processes in Primary Mental Health Care
* Evidence-based Psychological Interventions for Primary Mental Health Care
* Social Inclusion and Community Engagement in Primary Mental Health Care
* Working with Complexity in Primary Mental Health Care
Dementia Care pathway
* Perspectives and Insights into Dementia Care
* Ethics and Law in DC
* Working with the Person with Dementia
* Working with Carers or Working in a Group Setting
Core units (all pathways)
* Research Methods Core
* Research Methods Options
* Developing Practice, Managing Change
On completion of these taught units of the programme (PG Dip) students progress to their research dissertation (MSc). The dissertation for the MSc requires students to undertake an extended written piece of work (12,000 - 15,000 words) which focuses on a specific aspect of mental health practice in the form of a practice development project, a research study (subject to ethical and governance regulations) or a literature-based review.