PgCert Improving Access to Psychological Therapies in Primary Care

Study mode

Part-time (1 year)

Start date(s)

September 2018

Tuition fees 18/19
Home (part-time, per year): £5,000

Contact details

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090


Education, Health and Community (Health)

0151 231 5829

health@ljmu.ac.uk


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About this course

Meet NICE guidelines for supporting those with depression and anxiety disorders on LJMU's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies in Primary Care course.

  • Study to meet National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for supporting people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders
  • Follow a curriculum which combines theoretical learning and practical experience and is strongly influenced by student feedback
  • Enjoy exceptional levels of learner support
  • Benefit from excellent training facilities and strong links with local service providers

This course helps Primary Care Trusts to implement National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. It trains Low Intensity workers to assess and support patients in the self-management of their recovery. 

With common mental health problems accounting for a third of all primary care consultations in the UK, this training not only reduces the impact on 

 

individuals, families and communities but also on key resources.

The programme is built around the bio-psychosocial model of mental health and wellbeing and will provide you with the knowledge and skills to: work within primary care settings and deliver a range of low intensity, evidence-based interventions. These include: cognitive behavioural interventions; collaborative case management; social interventions (including employment and occupational) and structured pharmacological support.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Employability

Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2016) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

The engagement, assessment, decision-making and evaluation skills acquired on the programme, will allow you to work as a Mental Health Practitioner in a primary health setting. Past graduates have also gone on to work in psychological wellbeing, clinical psychology and high intensity therapy. There is also the option to undertake further study in this area.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Evidence Based Low Intensity Treatments for Common Mental Health Disorders

This module demonstrates experience and competence in the selection and delivery of treatment of a range of presenting problems. It uses evidence-based low intensity interventions across a range of problems including depression and two or more anxiety disorders.

Engagement and Assessment of Patients with Common Mental Health Problems

This module will equip you with a good understanding of the incidence, prevalence and presentation of common mental health problems and evidenced-based treatment choices.

Values, Diversity and Context

This module will equip you with an understanding of the complexity of people’s health, social and occupational needs and the services which can support them in recovery. It will develop your decision making abilities and enable you use supervision and to recognise when and where it is appropriate to seek further advice, a step up or a signposted service.  It aims to:

  • develop the necessary knowledge, attitude and competencies to function at all time from an inclusive values base which promotes recovery and recognises and respects diversity
  • demonstrate an understanding and awareness of power issues in professional/patient relationships and to take steps in clinical practice to reduce any potential for negative impact these might have
  • respond respectfully and sensitively to all aspects of diversity, to demonstrate commitment to equal opportunities and encourage people's active participation in every aspect of their care and treatment

Working within an Employment, Social and Healthcare Context

This module aims to demonstrate the use of clinical management, liaison and decision making skills as a safe and effective Case Manager operating in a stepped-care, high volume environment. It helps you to:

  • develop in-depth knowledge and competence in utilising supervision to aid clinical decision-making, recognising one's own limitations
  • understand the complexity of people's health, social and occupational needs and services to support them to recover

Teaching

An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

There is one day a week timetabled study supported by an equal amount of self-guided study.

Teaching methods

The course uses different methods of learning, including lectures from LJMU staff, past students and visiting experts as well as seminars, case discussion groups, experiential learning session, reflective practice, formative skills assessment, practice-based learning, guided reading and independent study.

Throughout the programme you will be supported by: the Programme Leader, a Personal Tutor who will monitor your progress, module and route leaders for academic support, a Practice-based Supervisor to facilitate and support learning opportunities in clinical practice and the programme team who will provide administrative guidance.

Applied learning

During your studies, you will be employed in a primary care setting on a full-time basis. In addition, you will be able to implement the skills you have acquired in practice on an ongoing basis.

You will gain a better understanding of the concepts of mental health, mental illness and various diagnostic tools.

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You will learn to help patients manage their emotional distress and disturbance, understanding their perspective and their attitude to treatment.

You will discover the importance of building and maintaining good patient relationships, managing the emotional content of interactions, effectively communicating treatment choices and dealing with needs sensitively. 

You will use standard symptom assessment tools, maintain effective records, recognise typical symptom patterns, identify any risks that patients pose and work with other agencies to get the best possible outcome for your patients.

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Assessment

How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

To pass each module you need to demonstrate that you have achieved all of its learning outcomes. Assessment methods include written critical reflection, assignments, exams, clinical simulations, presentations, practice skill assessments and the completion of workplace clinical documentation. To authenticate the full-time placement, you will submit a practice skills assessment document for approval by your Supervisor.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Situated in the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design, deliver and evaluate a dynamic suite of postgraduate programmes. In addition to specialist facilities, you will find high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres, the Avril Robarts Library which is open 24/7 during semesters plus a large café, IT facilities and social spaces.


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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • to be employed as a psychological wellbeing practitioner trainee within a primary care setting

plus

  • an honours degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent in a health or social care-related subject from a recognised institution
or
  • an approved and relevant postgraduate qualification (minimum Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent - 120 credits at Masters Level)
or
  • evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience, which the University accepts as qualifying the candidate for entry


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Additional information:

  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • All students are required to undertake a joint academic and service interview beforehand

If you have any specific queries, please contact health@ljmu.ac.uk

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

External applications are made through NHS jobs direct in response to recruitment drives. The selection and recruitment process is jointly undertaken by both service and LJMU IAPT teaching team.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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