Why study with us?

The University of Cumbria is a recognised provider of initial and post-qualifying training in social work, nursing and the allied health professions. It has well-established programmes in psychosocial therapeutic interventions, and a growing provision of courses in forensic mental health. Academic team members hold professional qualifications within the fields of mental health, forensic, learning disability, health, health and social care management, within the disciplines of Social Work, Nursing and Psychology.

Programme outcomes include;

  • Knowledge and understanding of standards of professional competency.
  • A comprehensive and critically reflective understanding and application of the concepts, values, theories and knowledge base underpinning the student’s specialist area of mental health practice in order to promote effective engagement with service users and carers, utilising participative approaches, anti-oppressive practice and the principles of social inclusion.
  • The continual development of the student’s own and others’ practice through systematic critical reflection and self-evaluation.  
  • A comprehensive and critical understanding and application of the statutory roles of AMHP and BIA within the legal, policy and values framework of mental health.
  • Rigorous adherence to professional values, principles, codes of conduct and ethics, their critical ability to practice ethically and to manage the implications of ethical dilemmas.
  • Critical evaluation of research and the advancement of scholarship in mental health theory and practice.  
Resources and facilities

The award involves an experiential learning component with independent and supervised study in the student’s own workplace. AMHP training programmes are based on a minimum of 600 hours of learning, which includes a (150 hours) taught element, direct mental health practice, private study, supervision and portfolio production. The PgD element requires students to undertake a minimum of 450 hours practice component or placement in a supervised mental health setting, including: minimum 20 hours practice supervision, minimum 70 hours shadowing an experienced AMHP, minimum 70 hours self-evaluation portfolio, minimum 15 hours observational visits.