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


Course overview

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.

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.


Course details

How you learn

Learning is supported through the virtual learning environment where a mixture of synchronous and 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 when there is no scheduled learning planned. Asynchronous learning activities will include a range of media platforms, wikis and blogs to create a virtual workspace for discussion and interactive and collaborative work but the specific online lectures distance will be released as per the timetable to ensure all students follow the topics at the same time.

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 or other AHP working in an emergency, unscheduled or out of hospital area where patients may present to them with mental health issues needing signposted 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 filed in their own area of practice.



2021/22 entry

Fee for applicants:

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

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