Advanced Practice (Intellectual Disability and Mental Health)

Are you a qualified health and social care professional looking to take the next step in your career? Our Advanced Practice course will give you the theoretical and practical skills needed to develop in your chosen profession.


Examining the most recent evidenced-based research you will obtain knowledge concerning the complexities of assessing capacity and living with long-term conditions.  You will also develop an understanding of up-to-date policy, law, and clinical practice.

What you'll study

Adults with Incapacity: Enhancing Professional Practice 
This education provides Health Care Professionals with the knowledge, skills and values to independently, safely and effectively assess the capacity of patients to consent to treatment and interventions and issue Section 47 Certificates under Part 5 of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000. The Amended Adults with Incapacity legislation allows for Health Care Professionals, dentists, optometrists and registered nurses and others (at the discretion of Scottish Ministers) to independently assess the capacity of patients to consent to treatment and interventions.


Management of Psychosocial Issues in long term conditions 

This module will provide Health Care Professionals with an understanding of the psychological and psychosocial consequences living with a long-term condition on individuals, their family and those who support them.  It will explore current theory and research underpinning current practice in the management of psychosocial factors in people affected by a long-term condition and addresses the role of multidisciplinary team in promoting self-management to ensure a better quality of life for the service user and those who support them.  Key areas of current long-term condition strategies and policies will be addressed in addition to the principles of self-care, care management, compassionate care, and anticipatory care.  

How you'll study

The course is online and can be studied at a time and place that suits you. It is delivered by lecturers experienced in the field of Adults with Incapacity and psychosocial and psychological therapies. We’ll keep in close contact with you and you will always be able to contact members of the module team for guidance and support throughout your studies. You will have the opportunity to share and discuss your experience and learning with other students from a range of professional backgrounds and geographical locations.

Studying one-module per trimester as a part-time student, you can choose to complete three modules and graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate or continue your studies (perhaps building upon credit achieved elsewhere) to complete a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc. An MSc would further develop your leadership and decision-making skills, placing you in a strong position for advancing your career. With part-time study you can achieve an MSc in three years.

For further information please contact Dr Maria Truesdale, Lecturer in Learning Disability at M.Truesdale@napier.ac.uk


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