Module leader: Dr Kate Blake-Holmes

Module Teacher: Dr Kate Blake-Holmes and colleagues; service users and carers

Credit value: 20 MA credits, Autumn semester

Module Fee: £780

Submission of summative assessed work: 8th January 2020


Credits from this 20-credit module can be put towards a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma the MA Mental Health or MA in Advanced Social Work. The module is open to qualified social workers and other helping professionals. It is also a pre-requisite for the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) training.



The module offers students an opportunity to return to formal study in the arena of mental health, and adopts a critical approach to theoretical and practice models of mental illness. The module is taught over ten days (meeting for one day per week over a ten week period). The weekly teaching format will include lectures, seminars, individual or small group research/library/guided study time, and individual presentations.



  • Study legislation and policy on mental health and be introduced to the duties and powers of mental health professionals.
  • Explore practice skills and knowledge required in working with people affected by mental ill-health.
  • Examine the nature of inter-professional and inter-agency networks and membership in multi-disciplinary teams and relate to the 10 Essential Shared Capabilities as well as professional Codes of Ethics.
  • Research a topic that relates to the student’s practice and critically apply research and theory to chosen case examples.
  • Be provided with an opportunity to give an oral presentation to seminar leaders and colleagues that might be later presented at a professional conference or work event.



At the end of this course students will be:

  1. Familiar with policy and legislation related to mental health in England. PCF 5
  2. Cognisant of theories, models and current debates surrounding the concept of mental illness and various models that aim to understand the onset and treatment of mental ill-health. PCF 5
  3. An intelligent and critical consumer of the research literature and Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) as well as debates about the central tenets of EBP. PCF 6
  4. Knowledgeable about the needs of people of minority populations who seek mental health services. PCF 3
  5. Proficient in understanding and exploring ethical issues in mental health practice. PCF 2
  6. Able to describe what constitutes effective multidisciplinary working and work collaboratively with other professionals and agencies. PCF 8
  7. Experienced in public speaking after preparing a talk and delivering it in seminar.



Teaching will take place on Wednesdays between 9.30-12.30pm, tea and coffee on arrival, venue to be confirmed.

  • 25th September 
  • 2nd October
  • 9th October
  • 16th October
  • 30th October
  • 6th November
  • 13th November
  • 20th November
  • 27th November
  • 4th December

It is understood that private study time (on UEA campus) will be undertaken on Wednesday afternoons.



Formative essay due: 16th October 2019 (1,200 words)

Formative oral presentation: 27th November or 4th December 2019

Summative essay: 8th January 2020 (3,000 words, 100% of module mark)



Davidson, G. et al. (2016). Models of Mental Health. London: Palgrave. ISBN: 978-1-137- 36590-3.

Glasby, J & Tew, J. (2015). Mental Health Policy and Practice (3rd ed). London: Palgrave. ISBN: 978-1-137-02594-4.

Morgan, A. et al. (2016). Values and Ethics in Mental Health. London: Palgrave. ISBN 978-1- 137-38258-0



Please contact your agency Workforce Development Department about the application process. If this is your first CPD module at UEA you will need to register with UEA Admissions . If this is a second or further CPD module you will need to enrol through the Postgraduate Learning and Teaching Hub (ZICER Building): 01603 592071.

For more information about this module, please contact Dr Kate Blake-Holmes. For general questions about the AMHP training please contact Gill Whadcoat, and view the separate webpage.

Please ensure you have approval from your agency before you enrol.

Applications to take this module as a standard module for 2019-20 should be submitted to UEA by 23rd August 2019. For applications to take this module as part of the AMHP programme, please see the separate flyer for the AMHP programme.

Please be aware that teaching, assessment dates and venues, are subject to change. All up to date information will be available via your UEA Evision account once you are enrolled onto the module.