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Mental Health Emergency and Unscheduled Care Practice University Certificate in Professional Development

This module is aimed at health care professionals who do not normally work with people who have a mental health issue but present to them in an emergency or unscheduled care practice setting.


12 weeks



Course overview

It will develop your understanding of mental health and illness to enable you to support the management of those people in the emergency or unscheduled care setting.

You explore attitudes to mental health and illness to take a more considered approach to decision making in the working environment, and enhance your own awareness around the need for good mental health and leadership skills around managing those people who present with mental health issues.

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Course details

How you learn

Learning is supported through the virtual learning environment where asynchronous learning activities will be present. The learning will be scheduled flexibly over a period of eight weeks, normally introducing a new topic every other week with activities and directed learning such as specific scenarios. Asynchronous learning activities will include a range of media platforms including blogs to create a virtual workspace for discussion and interactive and collaborative work. Specific online lectures are recorded and released as per the timetable.

How you are assessed

Summative assessment will be flexible and you can choose to write a 2,500 word assignment or opt to do a five minute online presentation (using an appropriate media) to analyse the care delivered to a person with a challenging clinical presentation you would normally find in your working environment such as a person under the influence of substances, self-harm or responding to voice.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Any registered paramedic, nurse, or other AHP working in an emergency, unscheduled or out of hospital area where patients may present to them with mental health issues needing signposting and/or referral or immediate support.



Career opportunities

Successful completion of this module would suit a wide range of AHPs who work with patients who present with mental health issues to enable them to develop skills in the management and referral of such patients, and may support their development of a specialist pathway in their own area of practice.


Online learning

Online learning allows you to get a university-level qualification from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You'll have access to all of the world-class teaching and support that Teesside University has to offer, but all of your lectures, tutorials and assessments will take place online.

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2022/23 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 12 weeks
  • Online
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 20

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