- Be nominated by their employing local authority, be supported by their employing local authority and be provided with appropriate learning opportunities.
- Hold a professional social work qualification recognised by SSSC.
- Normally have a minimum of two years post-qualifying experience.
Months of entry
The PgCert is only available to qualified social workers currently employed by local authorities.
It prepares experienced and qualified social workers, registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to undertake the statutory role of Mental Health Officer (MHO).
In undertaking the role of MHO, candidates are able to contribute positively to care and treatment of those experiencing mental disorder by ensuring an approach that recognises the impact of social as well as medical circumstances on their lives.
The purpose is to train social workers for the role of MHO.
This is as defined in Section 32 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, and as qualified by the direction of the Scottish Ministers (Requirements for appointment as Mental Health Officers) Direction (January 2009).
In 2007, the SSSC published a new set of standards and practice competencies for MHO training. This stated that the certificate must be:
- provided by a university, within a programme provider partnership
- delivered at SCQF Level 11, which equates with Masters level
- be approved by the SSSC as a specialist course.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Enquiries
- +44 (0)141 444 8600