Acute Adult Mental Health (Professional Practice)

Attendance:
Part Time
Starting:
September 2017, January 2018, April 2018
Campus:
Fees:
£656 per module for UK/EU Part Time 2017 entry (view all fees)

The course is designed to take an active and problem based approach to learning. You will study up-to-date evidence relevant to the care of people with serious mental health problems.

Important areas covered are the physical health of people with mental health problems. Another vital area is the need to develop therapeutic approaches to people whose behaviour is challenging. The route also prepares you to develop understanding of research based care.

What's covered in the course?

The physical healthcare part of the pathway will prepare you to pursue excellence in terms of the physical care given to your service users and to apply your learning on the module to the physical care of your service users.

Recent changes to the mental health act caused an increase in the detention of people with challenging behaviour. However, there is some evidence that care staff are unprepared to work with this client group. This pathway focuses on developing caring and therapeutic ways of working with people.

The research evidence in practice part of the pathway is for all healthcare practitioners who want to enhance understanding of evidence based practice to help improve care. This module aims to develop your understanding of the importance of best evidence in practice, and to locate, evaluate, and use best evidence in developing aspects of practice.

Why Choose Us?

  • Closely linked to practice
  • Active teaching and learning approach
  • Courses designed in consultation with practising clinicians
  • Taught by experienced research active mental health  care educators

New £10,280 postgraduate loans

If you are completing the MSc Professional Practice, you may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,280 available for postgraduate study.

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This course is open to International students

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Sep 2017 PT TBC £656 per module
Jan 2018 PT TBC £656 per module
Apr 2018 PT TBC £656 per module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Sep 2017 PT TBC See below

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Course structure 

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award (full or part-time) or as a standalone module, dependent on your individual need and the needs of your organisation. All programmes offer a convenient part-time format to fit around home and work commitments.

Pathway awards in Adult Acute Mental Health can lead to:

  • Module only Professional Practice Level 6
  • Module only Professional Practice Level 7
  • BSc Professional Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Practice 
  • Grad Cert Professional Practice 
  • PG Cert Professional Practice
  • PG Dip Professional Practice
  • MSc Professional Practice

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the pathway or module you are enrolling onto. 

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

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Degree (Level 6)

How it works

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award or as a standalone module. 

Using Research in Practice
20 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Examine the process of devising an answerable question arising from clinical practice. 
  • Implement strategies for accessing and retrieving sources of relevant evidence.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate sources of evidence using appropriate frameworks.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the knowledge and skills required to successfully implement evidence into practice.
Promoting the Physical Health of People with Mental Health Needs
20 credits

This module will enable you to develop an understanding of relevant practice-based theory and research relating to the physical health of people with mental health problems. 

Therapeutic Approaches to Working with People whose Behaviour is Challenging
20 credits

This module is designed to help students to work therapeutically with people identified as being difficult to work with and whose behaviours present challenges to therapeutic working.

Negotiated Study
20 credits

This module allows you the opportunity to:

  • Critically analyse the contemporary literature relating to your chosen topic. 
  • Formulate arguments to demonstrate in depth knowledge relating to your chosen topic 
  • Analyse how this learning has supported or developed knowledge and practice.
Optional Module x 2
20 credits

Choose from a range of modules available:

  • Analysing the High Dependency Care of Children and Young People
  • Care of Patients Receiving a Stem Cell Transplant
  • Development of Multiple Sclerosis Care and Management for Specialist Nurses and Therapists
  • Developing Specialist Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Developing Surgical First Assistance
  • Essential Academic Skills for Study
  • Health Assessment
  • Introduction to Epilepsy Care and Management
  • Introduction to palliative Care and End of Life Care
  • Leading the Implementation of Excellence in Care and Patient Safety
  • Management and Care of the Patient in the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit
  • Managing Intraoperative Surgical Care
  • Minor Injury
  • Profiling Experiential Learning
  • Rediscovering Essentials of Psychological and Emotional Care
  • Systemic Anti-Cancer Drug Therapy (Chemotherapy): Principles, Practice and Care
  • The Impact of Living With and Beyond Cancer
  • The Individualised Care of Multiple Birth Families from Conception to Year 1
  • Therapeutic Approaches to Working with People Whose Behaviour is Challenging

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Research: Methods of Enquiry
20 credits

You will be provided with quantitative and qualitative research methods that will satisfy your learning needs. You will identify a population and sample, consider methods of data collection and analysis, strengthen credibility and apply ethical principles, providing a sound foundation for your final Masters project.

Promoting the Physical Health of People with Mental Health Needs
20 credits

This module will enable you to develop an understanding of relevant practice-based theory and research relating to the physical health of people with mental health problems. 

Therapeutic Approaches to Working with People whose Behaviour is Challenging
20 credits

This module is designed to help students to work therapeutically with people identified as being difficult to work with and whose behaviours present challenges to therapeutic working.

Optional Module x 2
20 credits

Choose from a range of modules available:

  • Analysing the High Dependency Care of Children and Young People
  • Care of Patients Receiving a Stem Cell Transplant
  • Development of Multiple Sclerosis Care and Management for Specialist Nurses and Therapists
  • Developing Specialist Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Developing Surgical First Assistance
  • Essential Academic Development Skills for MSc Level Practice
  • Introduction to Epilepsy Care and Management
  • Introduction to palliative Care and End of Life Care
  • Leading the Implementation of Excellence in Care and Patient Safety
  • Management and Care of the Patient in the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit
  • Managing Intraoperative Surgical Care
  • Minor Injury
  • Profiling Experiential Learning
  • Rediscovering Essentials of Psychological and Emotional Care
  • Systemic Anti-Cancer Drug Therapy (Chemotherapy): Principles, Practice and Care
  • The Impact of Living With and Beyond Cancer
  • The Individualised Care of Multiple Birth Families from Conception to Year 1
  • Therapeutic Approaches to Working with People Whose Behaviour is Challenging
Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health
20 credits

Through a flexible provision, on this module students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership, to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.

This module also focuses on pursuing excellence in leadership and project management principles and encouraging practice-led, applied knowledge for students to lead service improvement and/or policy change effectively and efficiently.

Research Dissertation
20 credits

For those undertaking MSc only. The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Initiate, plan and design an investigation into an academic area of professional practice 
  • Conduct an academic study considering its theoretical underpinning and offer insight into an area of professional practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate findings appropriate to the study undertaken
  • Critically reflect on the processes undertaken as part of the study and offer creative solutions for future studies.

Degree (Level 6)

Pathway Level
Level 6 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Using Research Evidence in Practice (LBR6553)
Promoting the Physical Health of People with Mental Health Needs (LBR6527)
Therapeutic Approaches to Working with People whose Behaviour is Challenging (LBR6526)
Exit Awards
Grad Cert/BSc Professional Practice (Adult Acute Mental Health)

Level 6 - Year 2 (BSc (Hons only)
Negotiated Study (LBR6547)
Optional Module
Optional Module
BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Adult Acute Mental Health)

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Pathway Level
Level 7 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Research: Methods of Enquiry (LBR7339)
Promoting the Physical Health of People with Mental Health Needs (LBR7476)
Therapeutic Approaches to Working with People Whose Behaviour is Challenging (LBR7477)
Exit Awards
PG Cert Professional Practice (Adult Acute Mental Health)

Level 7 - Year 2
Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health (LBR7399)
Optional Module
Optional Module
PG Dip Professional Practice (Adult Acute Mental Health)

Level 7 - Year 3
Research Dissertation
MSc Professional Practice (Adult Acute Mental Health)
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Student Nursing Times Award Winner

Post Registration Education Provider of the Year

Course dates

Please check the course dates to see when your chosen modules are available throughout the year.

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Employability

These modules have been designed in consultation with experienced mental health care staff. The module content is closely related to current clinical practice and will enhance your ability to work with mental health service users therapeutically.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Dr Andrew Walsh

Senior Lecturer

Andrew qualified as a mental health nurse in 1982. Before coming to BCU he worked in a range of mental health care settings.

As well as mental health nursing care, Andrew is interested in health promotion and developments in health care education and research.

Andrew organises the annual Mental Health Nursing Pre-Registration Mental Health Nursing Conference at Birmingham City University's City South Campus.

He is also seconded part time to the Centre for Excellence in teaching and Learning (CELT) at BCU

Marion Johnson

Senior Lecturer

Marion is a senior lecturer in mental health nursing teaching undergraduate students. She has worked in a variety of settings within mental health services, inpatient, community and specialist services. Her particular area of interest is working with diverse communities/groups and the use of the Equality Act (2010).

Cheryl Chessum

Visiting Lecturer/Practitioner

Cheryl started her nursing career with registration as a learning disability nurse, something that has proved invaluable to helping her work with people with a dual diagnosis – mental health and learning difficulties or with families where a member has a learning difficulty.

She then went on to complete Registered Mental Nurse training and decided to specialise for a period in working with older adults. This enabled her to take on a leadership role in day-care services to adults with both organic and functional illnesses in later life. The facilitation/delivery of support for carers was key to this role.

Here began the permanent transition into community nursing with many additional periods of personal and academic development until she began a lecturer/practitioner role at Birmingham City University 14 years ago combining clinical practice with being pathway lead for community mental health nursing.

Course Enquiries

For any enquiries about this course please contact the course leader Andrew Walsh, on:

International Enquiries

If you are an international student please contact the international office for more information on entry requirements:

Professional Navigator

The Professional Practice Programme consists of a selection of modules that can be studied on their own or as part of an award. For help in deciding which modules to study or your outcome award please contact our Professional Navigators on navigator@bcu.ac.uk 

Professional Practice Routes

Have a look at all of our Professional Practice Healthcare routes available

Professional Practice Routes

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295