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Staffordshire University - Faculty of Health
MScProfessional Development in Psychiatry
The Award
This three year programme which will
commence in the autumn of 2011
has both taught and distancelearning elements and is designed to assist the professional working in psychiatry to develop leadership,educational and applied research skills. Throughout, the course will take cognisance of the current ‘state of the art’ knowledge in leadership, education and applied research and the students will be able to apply thisknowledge to their own specialist area in psychiatry.This award recognises that leadership, education and applied research are all essential in the drive tocontinuously improve the quality of mental health services and that they are key components in safeguardinghigh standards of care so that clinical excellence can flourish. The
Professional Development in Psychiatry
award embraces an approach to
clinical leadership
which takes as axiomatic that every clinician is involvedat some level in exercising leadership and that every one can improve their leadership skills. The award takesthe view that leadership can be taught as a practical skill and that leadership by observing and learning fromeffective leaders and leadership ‘by doing’ are effective and pragmatic ways to develop ones leadershippotential. In keeping with this view the award is underpinned by the basic actions of effective leaders; definingwhat needs to be done; planning and briefing; controlling and evaluating performance; motivating andorganising; and setting an example. The philosophy of this award is that effective leadership involvesachieving the task through building motivated teams and rewarding and encouraging individual effort.A second part of the philosophy of this award is that in order to continuously progress towards excellence inpsychiatry
is a crucial factor. Public and patients alike expect high standards of clinical practice interms of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and aftercare. In order to meet this expectation the mental healthworkforce is engaged in the process of continual lifelong learning. This award will enable and facilitate thestudent to maximise their own learning whilst at the same time encouraging and facilitating the learningpotential of their peers, colleagues, patients and carers.A third part of this award is the importance of understanding and effectively
applying research
. The award isunderpinned by the idea that effective research governance is key to ensuring that mental health and socialcare is based on sound evidence. This award takes the position that whilst not all clinicians in psychiatry willbe ‘research active’ they will be required to read, understand and apply research to their practice in a way thatmakes best use of the limited clinical resources available, and in a way that recognizes and takes account of societal values and the patient and carers preferences.Finally this award recognizes that care is now delivered in multi-disciplinary teams that may include a widerange of professionals and stakeholders. Each of these disciplines has its own professional language and(often implicit) set of values and priorities, so clinicians undertaking this award will further develop their abilityto communicate across disciplinary and agency boundaries.
Features of this award include
Its clear focus on leadership, education and applied research in psychiatry
the ability to select from both ‘traditional’ and distance learning modules
being able to vary the pace of study to suit ones own personal circumstances
studying alongside students from other health service disciplines
individualised personal tutor support
Award Structure
The award is usually studied on a part time basis over three years (with the option of Post GraduateCertificate or Diploma), although there is the opportunity to spread your study over a maximum of five.Years. Students will study:
Professional Development in Psychiatry - Award Structure
Leadership, Quality Innovation and Change
Award Core 15 M credits -
SHM58100-MApproaches to Teaching and Learning in Healthcare
Award Core 15 M credits
HEM58205-7Critical Appraisal Skills and Research Awareness
Award Core 15 M credits
Distance Learning
Professional Leadership Development, Self and Others
Pathway Core 15 M credits
PGCert: Total 60 credits
Ethics and Mental Health Legislation
Option (a) 15 M credits
HEM58153-MEvidence Based Medicine
Option (b) 15 M credits
HEM58213-7Research Methods and Methodologies
Award Core 15 M credits
HEM58176-7 TaughtHEM58186-7
Distance Learning
Governance and the Policy Process
Award Core 30 M credits Distance Learning
PGDip: 120 Credits total
Dissertation or Project Based Change
60 M credits Award Core
Dissertation SHM58131-M Taught or HEM58185 –M
Distance Learning
Project Based Change HEM58188-M
MSc: 180 Credits total
Award: MSc Professional Developments in Psychiatry
How will I study?
Both traditional ‘taught’ 15 credit modules and 15 credit distance learning modules run over a 13 week periodwith content, tasks and activities split over those 13 weeks. On the distance learning modules you can studyat your own pace and will have thirteen weeks to divide your study time per module studied. For modules of 30 credit and 60 credits these figures are adjusted in terms of expected study hours to take into account thehigher number of credits being studied.
Selection and Access
Selection is on the basis that applicants will normally:
Possess an honours degree of a UK University, or any other equivalent qualification.
If an applicant does not have an honours degree he/she may still be admitted if he/she hassignificant appropriate experience and can provide evidence of ability to undertake the coursesuccessfully and benefit from it. Applicants not possessing an honours degree will be expected toprovide evidence of their ability to study at master’s level. A professional portfolio indicatingachievements is a useful tool for this purpose.
Be expected to have regular contact with patients/clients in need of psychiatric treatment/care. 
Be employed within the healthcare or welfare sector.
Those whose first language is not English need to demonstrate a minimum of:
A minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administeredby the British Council in most countries
A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer based test. [TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of WrittenEnglish)
Cambridge Proficiency Grade C
Course Fees: £25.00 per credit*.
* Please note: The above cost is indicative and is subject to confirmation.
Course Enquiries
Derek Beeston -Award Leader T: 01785 353742Faculty of Health, Staffordshire UniversityE:d.beeston@staffs.ac.ukBlackheath Lane, Stafford, ST18 0AD
Further information and application forms are available from:
Lifelong Learning TeamT: 01785 353766Faculty of Health, Staffordshire UniversityE:healthyoptions@staffs.ac.ukBlackheath Lane, Stafford, ST18 0ADThe Faculty reserves the right to cancel any module/course/programme or to alter venues, times or cost.Final confirmation will be given at enrolment

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