Essentials of Mental Health Assessment – a multi-professional approach

Develop the interprofessional knowledge and skills you need to assess and care for individuals experiencing mental health issues.

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Key facts

  • Module codeADPP015
  • Start date 22 Jan 2024
  • Application deadline8 Jan 2024
  • Duration11 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF 20
  • SCQF level Level 11
  • Fees Home: £844, International: £1975
  • Mode of study part time
  • Delivery online


This module is designed to enable practitioners at the forefront of healthcare to develop essential knowledge and skills for an interprofessional approach to the assessment and care of individuals experiencing mental health issues, whether in isolation or alongside physical health problems. You will develop your knowledge of mental health conditions, mental health non-emergency and emergency assessment, care approaches, legislation and national policies.

Flexible learning

This short course forms part of the MSc Advancing Practice. You can study other stand-alone continuing professional development (CPD) short courses from this degree:

If you’re interested in studying more than one module from this course, please email our Admissions team at to discuss your course of study.

Entrance requirements

Current professional registration with NMC, HCPC, GPC or SSSC is required for entry to this module. Applicants are required to have a degree qualification.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-skill.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 61 overall with 56 in each sub-skill.
  • IBT TOEFL 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking.

See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.


Completion of the module provides the opportunity to attain the Learning Outcomes:

  • Critically review a range of mental health issues which present alongside physical conditions, or independently, and develop an understanding of theories which underpin person centred care.
  • Demonstrate critical knowledge and skills to fulfil the process of a mental health assessment, clinical judgement and decision making, including in an emergency.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of therapeutic approaches that support people experiencing mental health issues and facilitate personal outcomes of care.
  • Critically reflect on policy, legislation, professional roles, and models of interprofessional care which enhance services and actively involves the person, their families, carers and wider partners.

Structure and content

You will explore:

  • Different professional roles
  • Service development
  • Mental health issues and approaches to care
  • Interpreting and influencing the political agenda
  • Inter-professional learning and working

On a practical level, you will be taught how to recognise, assess and care for individuals with mental health issues within everyday practice, as well as formulate a collaborative plan of care with the appropriate professionals and services.

Delivery and assessment

This module is taught entirely online using a wide range of web-based resources, such as films, blogs, research studies, guidelines and policies, online tutorials and discussion forums offering a flexible approach to teaching and learning.

The module is assessed by students carrying out a case study related to their practice and the topic.

Module coordinator

Mr Brian Gould and Ms Margaret Conlon


All modules can be linked to specific professional capability/competency frameworks within your practice area. You are encouraged to view your participation within the Masters of Advancing Practice programme as a means of supporting your professional development plans (PDP) and career progression.

What next?

Contact us

If you have any questions about entry requirements for our continuing professional development and short courses, contact our Admissions team.

For all other questions, please use our enquiry form.