The focus of the module is to develop the student's casework skills to offer recovery orientated care. It aims to develop mental health practitioners with advanced knowledge, skills and competencies to work collaboratively and effectively with service users who have a serious mental health problem, using evidence-based interventions.
The psychosocial interventions and approaches covered in the module are recognised and mandated by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2013) for Schizophrenia and they are also increasingly being demanded by service user organisations (RETHINK).
As with the other modules in the pathway it is academically and competency focused, with pathway delivery focused on the integration of knowledge and skills into practice. This is achieved through both the teaching methods and the requirement that students work with two service users with a severe mental illness. Clinical skills are assessed through a taped session using modified criteria from the cognitive therapy checklist and all students are required to attend regular supervision throughout the module.
The module 'Assessment of need and recovery' must be undertaken before studying this module.
The module is also available as an undergraduate (level 6) award.
Who is this module for?
Registered healthcare practitioners normally with one year's post-qualifying practice experience.
Applicants will be required to meet all of the following criteria:
Applications will be considered from non-standard applicants who can demonstrate the following certificated learning:
and one of the following completed within the last five years:
Proficiency in English language
Evidence of English language testing will be required from all applicants for whom English is not their first language and who have not previously undertaken studies in English. The required level of proficiency will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (or equivalent) of 6.5, with no section achieving less than 6.0. Evidence of proficiency must be dated within the last two years. Applicants who have taken the examination more than twice in one year will not be considered.
All international applicants must satisfy the requirements of the UK Border Agency in relation to St George's responsibilities as a Highly Trusted Sponsor for students (Tier 4).
Advanced practice route
Applicants for this route will be required to meet all the following additional requirements:
Reflective essay and practice-based assessment
Course length: 10 Teaching Days