Adult Acute Mental Health (Professional Practice)

Attendance:
Part Time
Starting:
September 2019, January 2020
Campus:

Take the next step with a course designed together with practising clinicians. You'll take an active and problem based approach to learning, learn from experienced mental healthcare researchers and educators, and 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 pathway is divided into three separate single modules:

  1. Therapeutic Approaches to Working with People whose Behaviour is Challenging 

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.

  1. Using Research in Practice

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.

  1. Promoting the Physical Health of People with Mental Health Needs

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.

Please note that most modules may be studied as discrete learning units so that your specific learning needs can be addressed without the need to study an entire pathway. If, later, you wish to build upon your studies more modules can be accessed that may be combined to form an award e.g. BSc (Hons), MSc. In other terms, the credits gained from one module may be able to be combined with others to be awarded a degree. For further details, please contact the staff as indicated for the pathway.

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 £10,609 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 £10,609 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

This course is open to International students

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Course Accreditations

Post Registration Education Provider of the Year Winner

SNTA winner

UK or EU students

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International Students

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If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF 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 up to a maximum of five per cent.

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. 

Financial sponsorship

If you will be receiving financial sponsorship, to settle the tuition fees for this course please download and complete the financial support form. Once completed please upload it to your applicant portal.

Professional Practice Routes

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

Professional Practice Routes

Degree (Level 6)

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 80 credits):

Year 1 Pathway Award - Exit Award: Grad Cert / BSc Professional Practice (Adult Acute Mental Health)

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

The module is aimed at all health care practitioners and can be studied as a standalone module. The module is designed in line with the University academic plan. This means that the learning on this module is intended to help you to:

  • Pursue excellence in terms of the physical care given to your service users
  • Apply your learning on the module to the physical care of your service users
  • Develop your role in supporting physical care as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Develop your employability in that you will have a clear idea of how this important area of care is relevant to your practice
  • Locate your practice within the debate about the physical health of mental health service users in a national and international context

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

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

The Mental Health Act of 2007 (MHA 2007) included an amendment to compulsory detention criteria. Previous legislation included a ‘treatability test’. This test excluded people who had problems considered unresponsive to psychiatric treatment such as personality disorder. The 2007 act also altered definitions of treatment to include nursing care and psychological interventions. One effect of these changes has been 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 module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Using Research in Practice
20 credits

This module is for all healthcare practitioners if you want to enhance your understanding of evidence based practice to help improve your patient/client/service-user care. The aims of the module are to develop both your understanding of the importance of best evidence in practice, and your ability to locate, evaluate, and use best evidence in developing aspects of practice.

Good reasons to study Evidence-Based Practice: Clinical practice does not remain static but changes frequently. As a healthcare practitioner you must be able to justify and rationalise your practice to ensure quality care is provide and maintained. To ensure best practice is sustained you, as a practitioner, need to understand the concepts of evidence based practice and how to apply these concepts to your area of practice.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Year 2 Pathway Award (BSc Only) – Exit Award: BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Adult Acute Mental Health)

Negotiated Study
20 credits

This module is aimed at healthcare practitioners who wish to negotiate learning of a bespoke topic. Under the guidance of facilitators, you will be able to direct your learning and identify relevant learning opportunities that you feel enable you to learn more about a specific field of study.

The subject area within this module is student led with guidance and facilitation from designated academic and practice support. You will identify an area of study that you would like to critically review and evaluate and which promotes your clinical development. A significant proportion of the module is based around negotiation with academic and clinical facilitators to identify extended areas of study and opportunities that are possible to enhance your progression towards completion of the study.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete at least 40 credits from this list of additional optional modules* for Year 2.

*Any appropriate module (relevant to Pathway / Speciality) from University / Faculty portfolio as agreed with the Pathway Leader.

Optional Module x 2
20 credits

Postgraduate (Level 7)

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 80 credits):

Year 1 Pathway Award – Exit Award: PG Cert Professional Practice (Adult Acute Mental Health)

Research: Methods of Enquiry
20 credits

This module specifically addresses the broader programme aims related to “pursuing excellence” and “practice-led, knowledge applied” through a flexible provision that encourages students to develop their research ideas, enabling those on various Health MSc programmes to satisfy their individual learning needs, whilst contributing to their area of study.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

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

It is aimed predominantly at graduate health care practitioners and can be studied as a stand-alone module. It is designed in line with the University academic plan. This means that the learning on this module is intended to help you to:

  • Pursue excellence in terms of the physical care given to your service users
  • Apply your learning on the module to the physical care of your service users
  • Develop your role in supporting physical care as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Develop your employability in that you will have a clear idea of how this important area of care is relevant to your practice
  • Locate your practice within the debate about the physical health of mental health service users in a national and international context

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

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

The Mental Health Act of 2007 (MHA 2007) included an amendment to compulsory detention criteria. Previous legislation included a ‘treatability test’. This test excluded people who had problems considered unresponsive to psychiatric treatment such as personality disorder. The 2007 act also altered definitions of treatment to include nursing care and psychological interventions. One effect of these changes has been 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 module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Year 2 Pathway Award - Exit Award: PG Dip Professional Practice (Adult Acute Mental Health)

Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health and Healthcare
20 credits

This module explicitly addresses students’ personal and/or professional development with a view to enhancing competence for service improvement in a rapidly changing health and healthcare environment. Through a flexible provision, 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 is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete at least 40 credits from this list of additional optional modules* for Year 2.

*Any appropriate module (relevant to Pathway / Speciality) from University / Faculty portfolio as agreed with the Pathway Leader.

Optional Module x 2
20 credits

MSc

Year 3 Pathway Award – Exit Award: MSc Professional Practice (Adult Acute Mental Health)

Option 1

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete the following CORE module (totalling 60 credits):

Research Dissertation
60 credits

This triple module forms the final bridge between the award of a Postgraduate Diploma and a Health MSc related to a named award. It provides the student with the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen topic in order to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project, a Systematic Review or Project Management. It involves 600 hours of study. The focus is on facilitating the student's independent, critical study in their academic discipline or area of professional practice. It will also serve those who wish to embark on Doctoral studies in the future.

Option 2

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete the following CORE module (totalling 40 credits):

Research Dissertation
40 credits

This double module provides the student with the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen topic in order to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project, a Systematic Review or Project Management. It involves 400 hours of study. The focus is on facilitating the student's independent, critical study in their academic discipline or area of professional practice. It will also serve those who wish to embark on Doctoral studies in the future.

In order to complete this route a student must also successfully complete at least 20 credits from this list of additional optional modules*.

*Any appropriate module (relevant to Pathway / Speciality) from University / Faculty portfolio as agreed with the Pathway Leader.

Optional Module
20 credits

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 (LBR7479)
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)
SNTA winner
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.

Download the 2019/20 course dates

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 cutting-edge facilities.

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.

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 such as acute mental health care and the mental health of older people. He was a ward manager, a Community Psychiatric Nurse and he also worked in primary care within South Birmingham.

Andrew studied for his BSc in Mental Health Nursing and a Masters Degree in Education at BCU before completing his EdD at the University of Birmingham. Andrew is interested in health promotion, the therapeutic relationship and empathy and he is actively involved in health care research within local mental health services. 

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

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