SC5005: Mental Health Social Care


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SC5005: Mental Health Social Care

Module Title Mental Health Social Care
Module Code SC5005
Module Tutor John Chilton
School School of Health and Social Care
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

During this module the student will build on learning about themselves as student practitioners and their relation to service user needs and aspirations to consider wider issues of Mental Health  and its impact within Social Care.

This will include understanding the dynamics of Social Care organisations and services. Students will become familiar with the multiple internal interactions between roles throughout the organisational structure and with key stakeholders. Placement examples will be used to root theoretical learning into Mental Health practice.

Students will also become aware of the wider influences on Mental health provision in support of Social Care and their multiple forms including; law, policy, demography, political ideology. The theme of partnership working will also be prominent in this and students will be challenged to think critically about this and other Mental Health  in Social Care issues. 

Indicative Syllabus

This module will cover the following:

  • The purpose of Mental health Social Care in relation to  the human expereience
  • interventions and approaches for effective  mental health care;
  • the developing culture of the inclusion of service users and carers in developing and improving mental health services;
  • the independent and interrelating influence of gender, age, race, culture, beliefs, sexual orientation, social class and ability in mental health;
  • current mental health law, including the Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Capacity Act 2005, restriction of liberty  , impending amendments to the legislation and the implications of the inclusion of service users and carers;
    • The factors that influence Mental Health Social Care including
    • Assessment of Social Care needs
    • Enablement and re-enablement
    • Promotion of self-care  and health
    • Prevention agenda
    • Self-management of care
    • Positive  risk taking


  • Government policy for mental health and how this affects the application of legislation and local polices;
  • Global Mental Health influences on Social Care
  • Broader sociological concepts and how they relate to Mental health and Social Care
  • Different types of service within Mental health providing  support for  the Social Care sector
  • risk assessment and management in the context of an culturally sensitive approach to mental health work. 
  • Partnership working and its varied definitions

Strengths and challenges of partnership working within and between Mental Health services and organisations 


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to:


  1. Identify differing theories/models that explain the nature and causes of mental health problems
  2. Assess and Evaluate mental health needs  of   people and their families
  3. Access and  make referral to mental health services in support of client care
  4. Discuss the influences and emergent  mental health services  that  support Social Care,  including safeguarding issues  and deprivation of liberty
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 48
Independent Learning Hours: 252
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2500 words
002: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2500 words
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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