Mental Capacity and Mental Disorder 2017-18This course also available for 2016-17 entry
About the course
This specialist skills and post registration development short course provides an introduction to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Mental Health Act 1983. It focuses on the context in which these Acts are applied and how they relate to a wider safeguarding agenda.
This course offers the opportunity to:
• Critically examine the concepts of mental capacity and mental disorder within the context of the current policy and legislative framework relating to this field of practice.
• Explore models of capacity and mental disorder from both a medical model and alternative perspectives. • Develop a critical understanding of the Mental Health Act 1983 and The Mental Capacity Act 2005.
• Develop the competences required to relate your learning to your own practice.
This course is designed to complement the [Best Interest Assessor (BIA)|00006969] short course and provides the necessary pre-requisite knowledge for those who are not Advanced Mental Health Practitioner (AMHP) trained.
12 weeks part-time, comprising of a 4 weeks teaching
15 Master's level credits
• Possess a (any subject) degree or an equivalent qualification.
• Be a health or social care practitioner.
• Have relevant experience within a health or social care setting.
If you do not possess a degree but have relevant experience, you may be required to undertake preparatory work to demonstrate your ability to study at postgraduate level.
If you are not registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and if your first language or language of instruction is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum score of 6.5 in writing and no other element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
This short course will assist you to meet the specialist skills and post-registration development requirements stipulated by your employer/professional regulator.
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through a series of lectures and independent study, which will be supported by the University's virtual learning environment.
Assessment will include submission of a case study.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.
Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
∗permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
How much will it cost me?
Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2017/18 fees and finance.
You may be eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Detailed guidance on such funding arrangements is available in their funding guide. For further information please contact the SSPRD Admissions Team.
The University of Huddersfield operates an attendance monitoring system. Further details can be found in the Attendance Monitoring Policy.
How to apply
We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time online application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.
Please note, the closing date is 31 July 2017.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.
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