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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?

Are you a medical practitioner without a certificate of specialist registration, psychologist, mental health/learning disability 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 of the Postgraduate Certificate you will be encouraged to write a learning contract that identifies your specific learning objectives on which you will have feedback from a University Mentor. You will then work towards meeting these objectives through undertaking further continuing professional development (CPD) attending study days offered by the University, reflecting on your CPD and ultimately through completion of a work-based project. On completion of the Postgraduate Certificate you should have developed many skills and much of the knowledge you need to make an application to be an Approved Clinician.

 

Year Two: Optional 12 months of 'Bolt-On' support.

Learners who are awarded the Postgraduate Certificate are eligible for a further 12 months of support the aim of which is to aid them to gain AC approval within that time period. Each learner will be offered a University Mentor (UM) who will encourage them to self assess their progress and to identify and plan professional development opportunities as required to evidence the necessary AC competencies. The UMs attached to the programme are experienced ACs from a range of professional backgrounds and located across England. Learners will take personal responsibility for arranging meetings with their UM at times that are mutually convenient to them. Tripartite meetings between learner, UM and work-based mentor are also encouraged.

During this second year learners will be invited to attend additional CPD events and workshops (dates to follow) where speakers will include experienced and recently approved ACs; lawyers; medics and tribunal members.

Learners will also have the opportunity to engage in the highly recommended Simulated Tribunal Training where their skills in giving oral evidence and in Tribunal report writing will be honed.

This additional Bolt-On support is available to learners to access for as long as they need it up to a maximum of 12 months. There are no University coursework requirements in this period with the focus on portfolio development.

 

Please view our September 2023 study dates via the link below which are listed on page 4.

PG Cert - September 2023 Study Dates and Information

 

 

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year Distance Learning

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

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Entry Requirements 2024/25

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

Fees and Funding 2024/25 Entry

Full UK Fee: TBC

Full EU Fee: TBC

Full International Fee: TBC



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ADDITIONAL COSTS

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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 contract with your academic supervisor. This should also be approved by a workplace mentor. Through the process of preparing this learning contract 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 a series of half day sessions 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. CPD activities may 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 sessions 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. You will complete a statutory report of the type that would be submitted by an Approved Clinician 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 the portfolio that is to be submitted as part of the Approved Clinician approval process, should you decide to seek such approval.

More information

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 contract with your academic supervisor. This should also be approved by a workplace mentor. Through the process of preparing this learning contract 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 a series of half day sessions 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. CPD activities may 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 sessions 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).

More information

LW7001 -

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

On this module you will undertake a work based project. You will complete a statutory report of the type that would be submitted by an Approved Clinician 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 the 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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To start your application, simply select the month you would like to start your course.

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