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Advanced Social Work Studies (Mental Health Officer Award) PgCert

Advanced Social Work Studies (Mental Health Officer Award) PgCert

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Social Work Health Studies Occupational Health & Safety

Course type


Course Summary

Programme description

This programme is the postgraduate qualification for qualified social workers wishing to practice as mental health officers (MHOs). It has been designed and delivered in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and twelve local authorities in the East of Scotland.

The programme focuses upon the role of the MHO in relation to relevant Scottish legislation.

Under Section 32(2) of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (the 2003 Act), local authorities have a statutory duty to appoint MHOs to undertake mandatory responsibilities, enshrined in legislation, currently: the 2003 Act; the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000; the Criminal Procedures (Scotland) Act 1995

The programme also prepares MHOs to integrate knowledge of other relevant legislation, including: the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007;

Its primary aim is to provide the Advanced Social Work Studies - PgCert Mental Health Officer Award in partnership with the East of Scotland MHO Award Partnership.

It comprises four taught courses and two periods of assessed MHO practice.


MHOs have additional specific duties under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and responsibilities under the Adult Care and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 in relation to adults who may be at risk of harm as a result of learning disability, acquired brain injury, dementia and autistic spectrum disorders. This unit will address the necessary skills and knowledge required for the MHO role in relation to this legislation. It will also explore the nature of incapacity in the context of multi-disciplinary assessment, care and treatment of individuals and in relation to their families and carers. The practice component will assess the student?s ability to appropriately apply the legislation, critically reflect upon the practice dilemmas and inter-professional tensions and also to consider the issues of using professional authority, autonomy and accountability in this area of practice within the MHO role.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, or a recognised qualification in social work and at least two years' relevant experience in social work practice.