Explore the complexities of assessment strategies and techniques relevant to your specialism. Learn to critically appraise the application of theoretical principles, and enhance your clinical reasoning. You'll be able to adapt your study to suit your own practice and learning needs, incorporating local policies, guidance and directives.
Our short course explores why assessment is essential for effective mental health practice and how to embed values-based assessment into your routine work.
Contemporary policy and guidelines, from the Department of Health to the World Health Organization, suggest that service users and carers should actively participate in the assessment of their needs, in order to inform their inclusion and participation.
You'll will examine and discuss the complexities of a variety of assessment strategies and techniques relevant to your specialism. You’ll critically appraise the practical application of a range of theoretical principles, enabling you to enhance your clinical reasoning.
One of the features of our course is that you’ll be able to adapt the focus of your study to suit both your own practice and learning needs. To do this, with the dedicated support of your personal tutor, you'll develop your assignment by firstly considering the principles of assessment, then developing your ideas about risk assessment before moving onto a case study from your own practice and concluding with how you will apply your new learning. We'll encourage you to use your own local policies, guidance and directives – as well as national ones – to support your study.
Assessment is by a 6,000-word patchwork text. You’ll work on this throughout the course, so there's no essay to write at the end.
You’ll be studying by distance learning, so there aren't any set study dates and you won’t need to come onto our campuses. However, you are expected to set aside at least one day each week for study, and to follow the module structure rigorously. You can do this from anywhere with an internet connection.
Our course is relevant to professionals already working in the field of mental health, or those with a keen interest in contemporary mental health practice.
Take this module as part of our BSc (Hons) Mental Health (Top-up)
The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.
With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.
At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.
Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.
You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.
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