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Adults CPD Module - Independent Learning for Advanced Practice in Mental Health or Social Care

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To log your interest for this CPD module please click on “request a place" by 28th June 2019.

This module is offered as either a 20 credit or 40 credit version. Both modules enable practitioners in social work, health or social care services to examine research evidence and other relevant knowledge and theory, relevant and specific to their practice setting in order to support their advanced, evidenced based practice in challenging, complex decision making when assessing need or providing services more generally. 

Practitioners who follow these modules normally have significant or high levels of responsibility in their services and have a concern with promoting sound, reflective and ethical practice in their field.  The 40 credit version of the module requires a longer assessment:

20 credit module - The assessment task is to write a 3000 word article, as for a journal article, exploring the research and knowledge base of a practice issue, in relation to decision making in mental health or social care.

40 credit module - The assessment task for this module is in two parts The first part is to write a 5000 word article, as for a journal article, exploring the research and knowledge base of a practice issue, in relation to decision making in mental health or social care. 

The second part is a 10 minute presentation, to a panel made up of two of the course team, where the student discusses critically how the examination of research evidence and relevant knowledge has informed and advanced the student’s practice; this is followed by 10 minutes of questions from the panel.

This module can be taken as part of a PGDip or as a stand alone module. Please see the attached document for further details about the modules and awards and how they fit together.

Start Date
Wednesday 16 October 2019
End Date
Monday 27 April 2020
09:30 - 16:30
Learning outcomes

These modules enable practitioners to apply research, knowledge and theory to an issue in their practice which they have identified as involving challenging and complex decision making when assessing need or providing services.   Teaching is delivered through a series of tutorials (either group and/ or individual), to support critical reflection on the chosen issue and enable the student to develop their scholarship and academic writing

Additional information

To complete your registration onto this module you will need to complete and return the University application form attached to the confirmation email. The application form needs to be returned to by the end of July. If you undertook a CPD Module at the University of Brighton last academic year you can complete the ‘Returning Students’ application form. Otherwise please complete the ‘New Students’ full CPD application form.

A learner contract applies to this module. The contract states that you may be asked to repay course fees if you do not complete the module or if you cease employment with the Council within one year of completing the module. You must sign the contract in order to be allocated a place on the module.

Both documents need to be returned to

Your manager/team is required to release you for all taught/tutorial dates + 2 x study days for the 20 credit module and 4 x study days for the 40 credit module.

Target Audience
Assessment Services (BHCC) / Social Workers
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Course pre-requisites
University of Brighton, Room TBC by University, Falmer Campus
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University of Brighton
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