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Diploma in Mental Health

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

Diploma in Mental Health

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

MED-PD-MH

UCAS Code

JACS Code

A300 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

For current general University entry requirements for this pathway go to:
http://www.qub.ac.uk/ado

Subject specific requirements for this pathway are:

(a) Applicants must possess a recognised medical qualification (i.e. a primary medical degree) and hold full or limited registration with the General Medical Council, London or the Irish Medical Council, Dublin.

(b) Applicants must spend a minimum of 4 consecutive months full-time (or its equivalent) in a clinical psychiatry post recognised for General or Higher Professional Training. This 4 month period must overlap with the academic year of the course of lectures attended. Retrospective recognition will be given for any part of this that occurs before the actual academic year and the period of the lecture programme, subject to sign off by their supervising Consultant.

For further Information Refer to:
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
Postgraduate and Professional Development
Whitla Medical Building
97 Lisburn Road
Belfast BT9 7BL
www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 2615
Email: pgoffice.smdb@qub.ac.uk

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Part Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Medicine (2002)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor A Corvin

Trinity College Dublin

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

Awards, Credits and Programme of Learning Outcomes

Examinations
The following regulations should be read in conjunction with the University’s General Regulations.

1. The Examinations for both modules will be held in January and May or June of each year. The Examination for each module carries 50% of the total marks for the course and the final mark will be an aggregate of those for the written and clinical examinations. However, a minimum mark of 50% is required in the Theory (SCM8003) module and 50% in the in the Clinical Practice (SCM8004) module. The overall pass mark for the programme will be 50%. Students must pass both modules and compensation between modules is not permitted. Students are not required to resit the module which they have passed.

2. The Theory (SCM8003) module will be assessed by a written examination consisting of 100 multiple choice questions. Standard setting will be used to determine the pass mark, which will then be adjusted to a 50% pass mark.

3. The Clinical Practice (SCM8004) module will be assessed by an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). The details of this will be provided in the course Study Guide. Standard setting will be used to determine the pass mark for each station in the OSCE and each candidate’s marks will be adjusted to an overall 50% pass mark.

4. The Diploma will be awarded with Commendation to candidates who pass both modules at the first attempt and achieve an average of 60% across both modules.

5. The Diploma may be awarded with Distinction to candidates who pass both modules at the first attempt and achieve an average of 70% across both modules. To be eligible for Distinction candidates must achieve a minimum mark of 65% in the Theory module and 75% in the Clinical Module.

6. Candidates who fail a module are permitted to repeat that module on one occasion only. If a student fails the Clinical Practice (SCM8004) module, they must, prior to repeating the examination, present two new written ‘Long Cases’. These can be cases seen within the context of their current clinical job or cases that they see by arrangement with a Department of Psychiatry within their current or previous Trust/Hospital.

7. A candidate who fails a module on two occasions or a resit examination may not be permitted to progress and will normally be required to withdraw. All decisions On progress will be made by the Board of Examiners

8. Students must complete both modules.

9. Students are expected to attend 100% of lectures but must attend at least 75%. Reasonable allowance will be made for dates when On-Call’ or unavailable due to enforced, unavoidable hospital arrangements outside the student’s control. Students are expected to attend regular journal clubs and clinical case conferences in their base hospital and to provide evidence of this.

Students with protected characteristics

None

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

To provide students with knowledge of the principles underlying modern psychiatric theory and practice, the skills to apply this knowledge in clinical practice and the appropriate attitudes necessary to respond in an empathic manner to psychological distress.

The programme will better equip students to manage patients with Psychiatric illness in Primary Care or general medical settings and will act as a basis for further development for those who wish to specialise in Psychiatry.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Understand the importance of the development of a therapeutic relationship.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills are gained during the period of clinical attachment and this is guided by the Consultant and Hospital Tutor.

Methods of Assessment

These are assessed in the Consultant’s Report form.

Know how to use library and internet facilities to acquire information relevant to specific clinical problems.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills are gained during the period of clinical attachment and this is guided by the Consultant and Hospital Tutor.

Methods of Assessment

These are assessed in the Consultant’s Report form.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Be able to integrate knowledge from a variety of sources and apply this to a complex practical situation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills are acquired in all parts of the programme.

Methods of Assessment

This is assessed principally by the written Long-Cases.

Function as a member of a multidisciplinary team and develop the ability to maintain good working relationships with colleagues.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills are acquired in all parts of the programme.

Methods of Assessment

This is assessed principally by the written Long-Cases and Consultant Report Form

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major classification systems in Psychiatry.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching of theory is partly through a series of lectures and partly through small group discussions in the journal clubs and case conferences at local hospital level.
Students are expected to use library and internet facilities in their local hospitals and to carry out private study to expand on the information given in the lecture programme.
Understanding of the knowledge learnt is consolidated in the clinical attachments.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of knowledge is largely through an end of course multiple choice examination
There is an OSCE examination to test clinical skills and the understanding of knowledge gained.

Describe the prevalence and clinical presentation of common psychiatric conditions.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching of theory is partly through a series of lectures and partly through small group discussions in the journal clubs and case conferences at local hospital level.

Students are expected to use library and internet facilities in their local hospitals and to carry out private study to expand on the information given in the lecture programme.

Understanding of the knowledge learnt is consolidated in the clinical attachments.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of knowledge is largely through an end of course multiple choice examination

There is an OSCE examination to test clinical skills and the understanding of knowledge gained.

Discuss the biological, psychological and socio-cultural factors which may predispose to, precipitate or maintain psychiatric illness.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching of theory is partly through a series of lectures and partly through small group discussions in the journal clubs and case conferences at local hospital level.

Students are expected to use library and internet facilities in their local hospitals and to carry out private study to expand on the information given in the lecture programme.

Understanding of the knowledge learnt is consolidated in the clinical attachments.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of knowledge is largely through an end of course multiple choice examination

There is an OSCE examination to test clinical skills and the understanding of knowledge gained.

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the common physical, psychological and social methods of treatment including the indications for their use, the underlying theory of their action and any unwanted effects.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching of theory is partly through a series of lectures and partly through small group discussions in the journal clubs and case conferences at local hospital level.

Students are expected to use library and internet facilities in their local hospitals and to carry out private study to expand on the information given in the lecture programme.

Understanding of the knowledge learnt is consolidated in the clinical attachments.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of knowledge is largely through an end of course multiple choice examination

There is an OSCE examination to test clinical skills and the understanding of knowledge gained.

Describe the range of services available for the mentally ill and the roles of the professionals involved in the delivery of these services.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching of theory is partly through a series of lectures and partly through small group discussions in the journal clubs and case conferences at local hospital level.

Students are expected to use library and internet facilities in their local hospitals and to carry out private study to expand on the information given in the lecture programme.

Understanding of the knowledge learnt is consolidated in the clinical attachments.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of knowledge is largely through an end of course multiple choice examination

There is an OSCE examination to test clinical skills and the understanding of knowledge gained.

Describe the doctor’s duties and the patient’s rights under the Mental Health Order (N.I.).

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching of theory is partly through a series of lectures and partly through small group discussions in the journal clubs and case conferences at local hospital level.

Students are expected to use library and internet facilities in their local hospitals and to carry out private study to expand on the information given in the lecture programme.

Understanding of the knowledge learnt is consolidated in the clinical attachments.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of knowledge is largely through an end of course multiple choice examination

There is an OSCE examination to test clinical skills and the understanding of knowledge gained.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Describe the signs and symptoms of psychiatric illness.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific skills are gained during the period of clinical attachment and this is guided by the Consultant and Hospital Tutor. This is supplemented by discussion with lecturers in the formal teaching sessions.

The Log-Book ensures that students experience a variety of cases during their clinical placements, including types of cases not usually part of their team’s work.

Methods of Assessment

These skills are assessed in the OSCE clinical examination.

The written Long Cases allow assessment of the student's ability to describe a clinical case and discuss the details of this with reference to diagnosis, aetiology and management, thus assessing important skills that cannot be assessed in an OSCE.

Discuss the assessment and management of psychiatric emergencies which occur in a psychiatric or general medical setting.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific skills are gained during the period of clinical attachment and this is guided by the Consultant and Hospital Tutor. This is supplemented by discussion with lecturers in the formal teaching sessions.

The Log-Book ensures that students experience a variety of cases during their clinical placements, including types of cases not usually part of their team’s work.

Methods of Assessment

These skills are assessed in the OSCE clinical examination

The written Long Cases allow assessment of the student's ability to describe a clinical case and discuss the details of this with reference to diagnosis, aetiology and management, thus assessing important skills that cannot be assessed in an OSCE.

Take a full psychiatric history, assess the mental state and write a case assessment.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific skills are gained during the period of clinical attachment and this is guided by the Consultant and Hospital Tutor. This is supplemented by discussion with lecturers in the formal teaching sessions.

The Log-Book ensures that students experience a variety of cases during their clinical placements, including types of cases not usually part of their team’s work.

Methods of Assessment

These skills are assessed in the OSCE clinical examination.

The written Long Cases allow assessment of the student's ability to describe a clinical case and discuss the details of this with reference to diagnosis, aetiology and management, thus assessing important skills that cannot be assessed in an OSCE.

Present a Psychiatric case in an organized and coherent way.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific skills are gained during the period of clinical attachment and this is guided by the Consultant and Hospital Tutor. This is supplemented by discussion with lecturers in the formal teaching sessions.

The Log-Book ensures that students experience a variety of cases during their clinical placements, including types of cases not usually part of their team’s work.

Methods of Assessment

These skills are assessed in the OSCE clinical examination.

The written Long Cases allow assessment of the student's ability to describe a clinical case and discuss the details of this with reference to diagnosis, aetiology and management, thus assessing important skills that cannot be assessed in an OSCE.

Assess a patient’s potential risk to themselves and others (Risk Assessment).

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific skills are gained during the period of clinical attachment and this is guided by the Consultant and Hospital Tutor. This is supplemented by discussion with lecturers in the formal teaching sessions.

The Log-Book ensures that students experience a variety of cases during their clinical placements, including types of cases not usually part of their team’s work.

Methods of Assessment

These skills are assessed in the OSCE clinical examination.

The written Long Cases allow assessment of the student's ability to describe a clinical case and discuss the details of this with reference to diagnosis, aetiology and management, thus assessing important skills that cannot be assessed in an OSCE.

Utilise and empathic interviewing style suitable for disturbed and distressed patients.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific skills are gained during the period of clinical attachment and this is guided by the Consultant and Hospital Tutor. This is supplemented by discussion with lecturers in the formal teaching sessions.

The Log-Book ensures that students experience a variety of cases during their clinical placements, including types of cases not usually part of their team’s work.

Methods of Assessment

These skills are assessed in the OSCE clinical examination.

The written Long Cases allow assessment of the student's ability to describe a clinical case and discuss the details of this with reference to diagnosis, aetiology and management, thus assessing important skills that cannot be assessed in an OSCE.

Explain to patients the nature of their illness, its management and prognosis.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific skills are gained during the period of clinical attachment and this is guided by the Consultant and Hospital Tutor. This is supplemented by discussion with lecturers in the formal teaching sessions.

The Log-Book ensures that students experience a variety of cases during their clinical placements, including types of cases not usually part of their team’s work.

Methods of Assessment

These skills are assessed in the OSCE clinical examination.

The written Long Cases allow assessment of the student's ability to describe a clinical case and discuss the details of this with reference to diagnosis, aetiology and management, thus assessing important skills that cannot be assessed in an OSCE.

Assess family relationships and their impact on psychiatrically ill patients.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific skills are gained during the period of clinical attachment and this is guided by the Consultant and Hospital Tutor. This is supplemented by discussion with lecturers in the formal teaching sessions.

The Log-Book ensures that students experience a variety of cases during their clinical placements, including types of cases not usually part of their team���s work.

Methods of Assessment

These skills are assessed in the OSCE clinical examination.

The written Long Cases allow assessment of the student's ability to describe a clinical case and discuss the details of this with reference to diagnosis, aetiology and management, thus assessing important skills that cannot be assessed in an OSCE.

Discuss with relatives the nature of the illness, its management and prognosis.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific skills are gained during the period of clinical attachment and this is guided by the Consultant and Hospital Tutor. This is supplemented by discussion with lecturers in the formal teaching sessions.

The Log-Book ensures that students experience a variety of cases during their clinical placements, including types of cases not usually part of their team’s work.

Methods of Assessment

These skills are assessed in the OSCE clinical examination.

The written Long Cases allow assessment of the student's ability to describe a clinical case and discuss the details of this with reference to diagnosis, aetiology and management, thus assessing important skills that cannot be assessed in an OSCE.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

On successful completion of this course, learners should have knowledge and understanding of:

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills are acquired in all parts of the programme

Methods of Assessment

This is assessed principally by the written Long-Cases.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Diploma in Mental Health-Theory

SCM8003

7

60

12 weeks

N

YES

0%

0%

100%

Clinical Practice-Dip Ment Hlth

SCM8004

7

60

12 weeks

N

YES

0%

100%

0%

Notes

Students must take two compulsory courses (120 Units).