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Postgraduate Course: Assessment and Management of Need, Care and Risk in relation to the MHO role (SCWR11019)

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SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe provisions of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 demonstrate an awareness of the need for greater equality, fairness and choice and a more holistic approach to service delivery in the mental health field. As such the Act significantly extends the rights and protections to such individuals through a body of overarching principles, which are legally binding upon those, including MHOs, charged with functions under the Act and must underpin all associated interventions. The Act gives the Mental Health Officer a crucial and greatly enhanced role which demonstrates the positive recognition of MHO skills, knowledge and expertise in managing the often complex social consequences of mental disorder and in sharing authority to take compulsory measures alongside medical colleagues. This unit will address the nature and function of the Mental Health Officer role, consider the roles and responsibilities of a range of other professionals and the particular issues and challenges related to care and assessment of needs in relation to compulsion. There will be an emphasis on the Recovery approach throughout. In addition to the teaching/learning component there will be a Practice component within the mental health field with an emphasis on Mental Health Officer experience.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Make a comprehensive assessment of need and to manage planned and unplanned risk within the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and policy frameworks, in collaboration with other disciplines and organisations.
  2. Critically apply the principles of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 to the actions and decisions which the MHO would make in practice, including aspects of compulsion.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of respective roles , responsibilities, accountabilities and inter-relationships in the context of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and in managing professional tensions, dilemmas and conflicts
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of issues relating to equality, diversity and social work values.
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Course organiserMrs Vicky Soutar
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Course secretaryMr Dave Nicol
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