Taught course

Professional Practice in Mental Health Law

Northumbria University · Faculty of Business and Law

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Entry requirements

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

Months of entry

March, September

Course content

This programme has been tailored to provide a systematic academic and work-based means to enable eligible professionals to prepare for the Approved Clinician (AC) role (Mental Health Act 1983) and to produce evidence of competencies. It incorporates a Northumbria University graduate certificate award – the Professional Practice in Mental Health Law certificate. The programme has been designed with reference to the Mental Health Act 1983 Approved Clinician (General) Directions 2008 and the Mental Health Act 2007 New Roles Guidance (NIMHE, October 2008).

This is a work-based learning qualification which enables groups of learners or individuals to undertake a flexible programme of study whilst continuing to work in their chosen profession, tailoring the programme to suit their own professional development needs whilst at the same time gaining accreditation for the skills and expertise acquired in the workplace and through CPD.

The Professional Practice in Law awards are flexible and can be studied over a period of 1 to 2 year. You will undertake:

  • A Learning Contract: this will help you identify your personal development needs and plan a programme of study. For the AC role this Learning Contract can be aligned to the Guidance2 on becoming an AC and can incorporate a summary of your experiences as relevant to that role and will enable you to plan your programme of study to achieve the relevant competencies.
  • Academic Recognition of CPD: enables you to reflect on your own continuing professional development in an area of law applicable to your area of professional practice. In this module you will be able to reflect on your understanding of the role of the AC and reflect on the Professional Development Teaching days undertaken to demonstrate that you have attended training relevant to the role of the AC.
  • A Work-based Project: that will have a real impact on your professional practice or your organisation. For this module you will be expected to produce as a minimum two case reports relating to your involvement in the care of a detained patient. You will be expected to produce a reflective account of how you have put these case reports together.
  • The certificate does not include any taught modules, but enables students to identify learning needs, develop reflection and draw on work-based experience and training. Further details of the award are available on request.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component 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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4453