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Continuing professional education

Mental health and psychosocial care pathway

The mental health and psychosocial care pathway aims to enable practitioners to develop personal, intellectual and practical skills and knowledge in assessment and therapeutic intervention in contemporary mental health work. Students will build on their past knowledge and experience acquired from working in a mental health care area in order to enhance their ability to undertake proficient, values-based and evidence-based mental health care. Completion of the pathway includes two mandatory modules for a total of 50 credits: research and the dissertation. Students must complete 40 credits in the form of mental health modules. The remaining 30 credits may be taken from any of our Professional Practice provision.

Professional accreditation

No professional accreditation.

Subject areas

The subject areas covered in this pathway are wide and cater for persons intending to work in the fields of hospital as well as community care. The pathway will be suitable for practitioners working in the fields of acute care, dementia work, assertive outreach, crisis intervention, A&E liaison, primary care, access and recovery services.

The subject areas covered will include:

  • Applied biological sciences
  • Applied psychology
  • Applied sociology
  • Education
  • Healthcare ethics
  • Healthcare law
  • Professional studies
  • Research
  • Service user and citizenship studies

Career opportunities

It is envisaged that this pathway will support mental health nurses to progress in clinical practice into roles such as a senior staff nurse, charge nurse, mentor and practice educator in community and hospital settings.


  • Research - 20 credits
  • Any other level three modules - 30 credits
  • Dissertation (mental health focus) - 30 credits

Typical entry requirements

  • Relevant registration with NMC
  • Completion of Diploma - 120 credits level 2
  • Normally six months post qualifying experience
  • Currently working in a mental health area


For an information pack, including application form please contact the CPE admissions team on or 01273 644016.

For an informal discussion contact the Pathway Leader:

Sharon de Goeas