Enhanced Practice in Acute Mental Health Care

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The Course

This course aims to support the development of the required capabilities to work in the area of acute mental health care. The programme uses a range of teaching and learning strategies to enable students to critically interrelate their learning with practice. We believe that there is a parallel process between learning and recovery-based clinical activity. Both emphasise the importance of active participation, deconstruction of hierarchies, and the value of mutuality.

All mental health modules at the University of Lincoln are informed by the Ten Essential Shared Capabilities Framework. This framework provides the basic building blocks for the education, training, and continuing development of all mental health workers. They are designed to be applicable to all people connected with delivering mental health either in a practice or support role and regardless of setting. They are the foundation on which good mental health practice is set. This course will emphasise the value of building collaborative relationships with service users, carers, and colleagues as a vehicle for delivering effective interventions.

2020 teaching dates will be held every Friday (apart from Good Friday) from April 24 to 17 July, inclusive.

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How You Study

This course will typically include the following:

- Promoting recovery orientated care

- Delivering evidence based interventions

- Understanding the processes and constraints within acute care

- The ability to reflect upon and change one’s own and others’ practice.

Students will be expected to independently develop, synthesise, and apply their clinical skills and knowledge to the context of their own professional practice.

The course will be delivered using blended-learning methods; with the core content delivery being workshops and discussion based seminar groups. Seminars will be supplemented by extensive directed learning designed to enable students' to further their knowledge and understanding of acute care and contemporary practice.

Workshops will focus on the development of the practical and collaborative inter-professional skills required for innovative working and the integration of acute care services. Students' will also be expected to further their own studies and contextualise their learning to their own service area through independently preparing for taught sessions and assessments with self-directed learning. Students will be directed to online evidence-based resources made available to students via the Blackboard site, in order to facilitate opportunities for remote learning.

How You Are Assessed

In order to successful complete this course and receive 30 academic credit points at level 7, students are required to submit and pass a summative assignment that relates learning to everyday acute mental health care practice. Students should discuss how they have enhanced patient outcomes in mental health care. This should include demonstration of the five learning outcomes.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Fees and Scholarships

Funding may be available via Health Education England for this course.  Please speak to your employing organisation further before making an application. If you are funding the course yourself please contact cpd@lincoln.ac.uk for details of the fee and how to pay.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages.