Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Mental Health Care Worker
Course Length: 4-12 weeks average course length
Awarding Body: TQUK E-Certificates upon achievement
Course Level: Level 2
Funding (Subject to availability): Funded
Learning Method(s): Online learning materials with online assessment
This course will equip you with a detailed understanding of mental health and mental health issues, the principles of the mental health care worker, approaches to care and management and the duty of care in adult health and social care, and change and support in relation to mental health.
This qualification is aimed at anyone looking to develop their understanding of mental health and the role of the mental health care worker. This qualification covers the skills and knowledge needed to understand approaches to care and management in mental health, the duty of care, and the principles a mental health care worker is required to have.
This course is split into five manageable units:
Unit 1: Mental Health and Mental Health Issues
Section 1: The concept of mental health
Section 2: Common types of mental health problems and illnesses
Section 3: The legislation and guidance that applies to those with mental health problems.
Unit 1 summary: In this unit, you will learn about an outline of mental health, including the concept as a whole, including physical and mental well-being, the common types of mental health problems and illnesses, including anxiety and depression, and the legislation and guidance that applies to those with mental health problems, including the Mental Capacity Act and the Care Act.
Unit 2: Principles of the Mental Health Care Worker
Section 1: The different roles and responsibilities for working in mental health
Section 2: How continuous professional development improves own practice
Section 3: How own well-being improves practice
Section 4: The Mental Capacity Act 2005 when Working in Mental Health Care
Unit 2 summary: In this unit, you will learn about the roles and responsibilities of the care worker, including those in relation to standards and practices, records and legislation and duty of care. They will also learn more about the importance of personal development plans and SWOT analysis in continuous professional development, using feedback, and reducing stress, as well as using the Mental Capacity Act and codes of practice when working in care.
Unit 3: Approaches to Care and Management in Mental Health
Section 1: The key features of the care planning process
Section 2: Aspects of good practice in the care planning process.
Unit 3 summary: In this unit, you will learn about features of the care planning process, including local standards of care, the stepped approach to care, and key interpersonal skills. They will also learn about aspects of good practice including risk assessments, mental health assessments, and the role of key agency professionals in relation to the care process.
Unit 4: Understand Duty of Care in Adult Health and Social Care
Section 1: What is meant by "duty of care"
Section 2: Dilemmas and conflicts relating to duty of care
Section 3: How to recognise and report unsafe practices
Section 4: The impact of own actions on individuals and others
Section 5: The importance of consent in health and social care practice.
Unit 4 summary: In this unit, you will learn about the duty of care and how it influences health and social care practice, including whistleblowing policy and legislation. They will also learn about what must happen when a dilemma occurs in relation to the duty of care, recognising and reporting unsafe practices such as staff shortages and unsafe equipment, examining workplace culture and abuse, and what is considered valid consent.
Unit 5: Understanding Change and Support in Relation to Mental Health
Section 1: How mental health change occurs
Section 2: The role of others in the individual's mental health change
Section 3: The treatment options available to manage mental health problems
Section 4: How to access information to support understanding of mental health issues.
Unit 5 summary: In this unit, you will learn about different factors that can cause mental health change to occur, and key areas in which individuals benefit from support. They will also learn how others can support the individual to recover, including unpaid carers, advocates and interpreters, and they will learn about the types of medication and therapy available to manage mental health problems and other resources that are available to support good practice.
The benefits of this course include:
- Gain a nationally recognised qualification
- Establish a long-standing career pathway within the health and social care sector
- This course is delivered via distance learning, allowing you to choose when and where you study
- Study will enhance both your personal skills and professional development
- Personal tutors are assigned to you to ensure you have the support needed to succeed.