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Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law (PGDip)

PgDip|Postgraduate Taught

Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law

Entry year
2023
Entry requirements
2.2
Duration
1 year (Part Time)
Places available
30 (Part Time)

The Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law provides the required training for social workers to undertake the role of Approved Social Worker under the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 and the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016. This is a statutory role and applications must have the support of a Health and Social Care Trust. The PG Diploma provides the qualification for practising as an Approved Social Worker (ASW).

Contributors to the taught element of the ASW Programme are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and professions including service users and carers; ASWs and other social work staff, psychiatrists, psychologists and nursing staff; representatives from the courts, Review Tribunal; Regulation Quality Improvement Authority; legal advisers and researchers.

Please note that this course is not eligible for a Tier 4 visa.

Closing date for applications: Monday 31st July 2023 at 4 pm. Late applications may be considered.

Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law highlights

The programme responds to the needs of its students with updated, current and evidence-based information which will enhance their PG educational experience through vibrant and interactive learning.

Industry Links

  • On this programme there will be restricted access to relevant data by employers, the NISCC, Dept of Health, HSC Boards and any successor bodies.
  • For social workers, the programmes reflect the Department of Health policy in relation to social work and social care training and development, including links with the Northern Ireland Professional in Practice Partnership’s professional requirements and awards in the specialist and leadership categories. It meets all nine of the professional requirements in the ‘Specialist’ category.

Career Development

  • Professional Development For multi-disciplinary applicants the programme offers relevant CPD opportunities as well as recognised qualifications accredited by the University which will augment their professional development and enhance the development of further opportunities in their chosen field of practice.

Student Experience

  • The Programme Director has developed and nurtured their subject proficiency via their own practice, teaching and research in relation to their specialist area and they impart this trilateral expertise to the students via teaching on this programme.
"This course qualifies you to act as an Approved Social Worker (ASW) under mental health and mental capacity law in Northern Ireland. The course involves consideration of the relevant law, codes of practice and complex ethical issues."
Professor Gavin Davidson, Programme Director

Course Structure

The Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law is awarded to students who successfully complete taught modules amounting to 120 CATS points.

Course DetailsCore Modules (40 CATS points each):

Context and Concepts in Mental Health
This module will facilitate Approved Social Workers in training to apply to their practice knowledge and critical understanding of the context and concepts of the field of mental health in order to make informed decisions regarding the care and treatment of people with a mental disorder.
Aims:
To ensure that candidates have a critical understanding of the context within which mental health work is undertaken, including the perspectives of service users and carers.
To enable candidates in fulfilling their statutory role and responsibilities to promote equal opportunities and challenge and confront racism, sectarianism and other forms of discrimination which may disadvantage mental health service users, relatives or carers.
To enhance candidates’ understanding of different models relating to a range of mental disorders.
To encourage candidates to be aware of a range of treatments and interventions based on medical and alternative models in a family social, cultural and ethnic context.
To enable self and others to identify and explore issues, improve and develop and share best practice.
To enable candidates to work effectively within a multidisciplinary service, ensuring best outcomes for service users and their carers.

Law Ethics and Applied Law in Mental Health
This module will facilitate Approved Social Workers in training to acquire the knowledge and critical understanding of the legal and policy framework for practising ethically as an Approved Social Worker in Northern Ireland. The module will also facilitate a critical understanding of codes of practice, standards and policies guiding mental health practice and the ability to use these creatively to safeguard and promote the welfare of service users, their carers and others.
Aims:
To ensure that candidates have a critical understanding of the legal framework governing mental health practice and the ability to use this creatively to safeguard and promote the welfare of service users and carers.
To ensure that candidates have a critical understanding of codes of practice, standards and policies guiding mental health practice and the ability to use these creatively to safeguard and promote the welfare of service users, and support their carers, within the legal framework.
To explore ethical practice within a legal framework.
To reinforce candidates’ confidence in their decision making within multiprofessional practice.

Social Work Practice Development in Mental Health
This module will facilitate Approved Social Workers in training to acquire the knowledge and critical understanding of the legal and policy framework for practising ethically as an ASW in Northern Ireland. The module will also facilitate a critical understanding of codes of practice, standards and policies guiding mental health practice and the ability to use these creatively to safeguard and promote the welfare of service users, their carers and others.
Aims:
To enable candidates to demonstrate that they have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to practise as an ASW.
To ensure that candidates can reflect on and critically analyse their practice.
To support candidates in evaluating their own practice against agency, National and Northern Ireland standards and research.
To enable self and others to identify and explore issues, improve and develop and share best practice.
To reinforce the confidence of candidates in promoting their own professional learning.

People teaching you

Professor of Social Care and Programme Director

SSESW
Professor Gavin Davidson is a former social worker within mental health services. His main research interests are in the area of mental health, specifically: the effectiveness of mental health services; the recovery approach; inequalities; trauma; coercion; mental health/mental capacity legislation; and the associations between adverse childhood experiences and mental health.

Teaching Times

In addition to the 37 taught days (normally taught in blocks of 1-5 days), practice days will also be available to enable candidates to gather the necessary evidence of competence.

Career Prospects

Introduction
Continuing professional registration in social work is predicated on continuing professional development.. The Dept. of Health has directed that social workers demonstrate their competence covered in the curriculum of this programme.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Learning and Teaching

Learning opportunities available with this course are outlined below:

Practice Days

In addition to the 37 taught days, practice days will also be available to enable candidates to gather the necessary evidence of competence. Candidates should be able to address many of the core practice and competence requirements in their own work setting. However, where this is not possible, it is envisaged that no more than 35 practice days will be spent outside of that setting. In addition, 4 private study days are allocated to each Module (12 days in total) and 5 days, for meetings with the practice assessor.

Training Profile

You will have an individual training profile and learning agreement around which your full programme, including practice, supervision and private study will be developed.

VLE

Canvas is the University’s VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). You will have a Canvas site for each module which will work a little like a website where you can click on information to download or view it. For each module, the Canvas site will include resources such as: recorded audio/ visual lectures; readings (some of which are downloadable); video links; useful web links; discussion forums; activities. This is also where you will submit your coursework and receive feedback.

Assessment

Assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

A variety of assessment methods will be used including a written assignment, a presentation, a written exam, observations of practice and a practice portfolio.

Facilities

The School is situated across a suite of three buildings in Belfast's Queen's Quarter. We provide student and staff common rooms, computer suites and designated study spaces.
Explore the teaching and social spaces in our School through our 360 Virtual Tour:
https://youtu.be/vB0jafwkgd0

The Graduate School
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ_BwOtjXAE

Resources

You can view a recent course webinar at the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWMLL7oucmI

Modules

The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study. Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

  • Year 1

    Core Modules

Entrance requirements

Graduate
Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Where this is not met, applicants must demonstrate that their experience and qualifications enable them to study at postgraduate level by showing either that they have the Pre-2007 Post-Qualifying Social Work Award or by producing a reflective assignment on their practice in this area (2,000 words).

Applicants must be nominated by their Health and Social Care Trust/employer who will undertake to provide support and appropriate learning opportunities. It will be the responsibility of employers to ensure that applicants have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate social work competence in their work with people who have a mental disorder and/or lack capacity, and their carers.

Closing date for applications: Monday 31st July 2023 at 4 pm

Late applications may be considered.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal prior to the deadline stated on course finder. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

International Students

Our country/region pages include information on entry requirements, tuition fees, scholarships, student profiles, upcoming events and contacts for your country/region. Use the dropdown list below for specific information for your country/region.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Career Prospects

Introduction
Continuing professional registration in social work is predicated on continuing professional development.. The Dept. of Health has directed that social workers demonstrate their competence covered in the curriculum of this programme.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Additional Awards Gained

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Graduate plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Graduate Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £5,573
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £5,573
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £5,573
EU Other 3 £14,067
International £14,067

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2023-24, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

How do I fund my study?

The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

More information on funding options and financial assistance.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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When to Apply

The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume of applications, the university reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.

Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.


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