Working With Substance Misuse (Professional Practice)

Attendance:
Distance Learning
Starting:
September 2017, September 2017
Campus:
Online Learning
Fees:
£656 per module for UK/EU Distance Learning 2017 entry (view all fees)

This pathway is closed for 2018, however you can still apply for individual modules listed under course in depth. 

Drug and alcohol use is a contemporary issue with rapidly emerging drug choices and increasingly complicated health and social consequences. By enhancing your existing knowledge, this module will support you in developing a confident and analytical approach to working with people experiencing drug and alcohol issues.

This module is aligned to the Professional Practice Programme and an e-learning approach is designed to enhance your skills within your current occupation by supporting your personal and professional development. 

What's covered in the course?

The first module introduces you to the diverse nature of substance use supporting your development of critical appraisal of current theory and practice in substance use and misuse from a UK context. You will be supported to explore and contrast current UK drug and alcohol legal frameworks using a global perspective. You will examine holistic treatment strategies and approaches across a spectrum of health and social settings critically appraising the evidence base. You will consider how to maximise collaborative working practices to support the delivery of drug and alcohol treatment services.

The second module focuses on ‘Dual Diagnosis’ from a substance misuse and mental health perspective. You will be supported to develop and enhance your understanding of the complex inter-relationships between substance use and mental health presentations. You will consider how you can formulate interventions for common presentations, including critical evaluations of different treatment approaches in this population.

The third module enables you to focus on the distinctive needs of different groups who use drugs or alcohol. You will be encouraged to examine service barriers and consider how adapting approaches can enable engagement and enhance improved accessibility of services. You will be supported to develop your ability to convey complex information to professional and public audiences.

Why Choose Us?

  • The substance misuse pathway will inspire you to challenge and develop your professional practice.
  • Our assessments have been developed to be immediately beneficial for your practice and career.
  • The teaching team have a range and depth of experience and passion in working with people who have substance use issues.
  • This pathway builds on the success of the substance misuse module and reflects the growing issue of substance use across health, educational, social and community settings.
  • This is the first substance misuse speciality pathway to be offered at Birmingham City University as a flexible e-learning program accessible to health, educational and social care professionals.

Similar courses 

  • Acute Adult Mental Health Pathway
  • Community Mental Health Pathway
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Pathway
  • Forensic Mental Health Pathway
  • Holistic Health in Later Life

This course is open to International students

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Sep 2017 DL 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 DL TBC £656 per module

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

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 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 Working with Substance Misuse 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. 

Portfolio Guidance

Top tips for building your portfolio.
  • Start early and keep adding to your work.
  •  Use a variety of approaches – reflection, case studies, posters related to your area of study.
  •  Include work that highlights your achievements and meets the learning objectives.
  • Think about how you are presenting your work within your portfolio- is it easy to access?
  • Think about how you present each piece and the impact this has on the reader.
  • Get someone else to critique your work before you submit, this can often highlight any writing or presentation issues.
  • Your portfolio is a reflection of you and your work, no two will be the same.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Level 6

How it works

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

 
Introduction to Substance Use
20 credits
 
Working with Dual Diagnosis
20 credits
 
Working with Diverse Substance Misuse Populations
20 credits
Using Research Evidence 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.
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
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

Level 7

 
Introduction to Substance Use
20 credits
 
Working with Dual Diagnosis
20 credits
 
Working with Diverse Substance Misuse Populations
20 credits
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.

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.

Optional Module
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
Research Dissertation
60 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.

Level 6

Pathway Level
Level 6 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Introduction to Substance Use (LBR6570)
Working with Dual Diagnosis (LBR6567)
Working with Diverse Substance Misuse Populations (LBR6564)
Exit Awards
Grad Cert/BSc Professional Practice (Substance Misuse)

Level 6 - Year 2 (BSc (Hons only)
Using Research Evidence in Practice (LBR6553)
Negotiated Study (LBR6547)
Optional Module
BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Substance Misuse)

Level 7

Pathway Level
Level 7 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Introduction to Substance Use (LBR7520)
Working with Dual Diagnosis (LBR7517)
Working with Diverse Substance Misuse Populations (LBR7514)
Exit Awards
PG Cert Professional Practice (Substance Misuse)

Level 7 - Year 2
Research: Methods of Enquiry (LBR7339)
Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health (LBR7399)
Optional Module
PG Dip Professional Practice (Substance Misuse)

Level 7 - Year 3
Research Dissertation
MSc Professional Practice (Substance Misuse)
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Further study

If wish to ‘top-up’ to a degree and gain an award in substance misuse this pathway is for you.

If you wish to study for a BSc (Hons) you would be able to take a further three modules in the following academic year – part time.  Students with a BSc may alternatively begin further modules at level seven to begin a Master’s level qualification. 

Course dates

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

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Example of classroom activities 

The pathway offers the opportunity to reflect critically on your practice, and to deepen your specialist clinical knowledge. Case studies, simulation, classroom debate and online forums will be used throughout the pathway. 

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.

Kim Moore

Senior Lecturer

Kim Moore is a qualified mental health nurse who has over 30 years of clinical experience in mental health acute care, community settings and substance misuse services. She has worked in a variety of roles as a clinician, manager and nurse consultant. She is passionate about developing skills in working with substance use and improving the voice of nurses in their professional roles.

Enquiries

For all course enquiries please contact the Working with Substance Misuse Pathway Leader Kim Moore on:

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