Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Mental Health Care Worker

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.

The Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Mental Health Care Worker 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.

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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.

How is the course delivered?

This course is delivered fully online through a online learning platform.

Support is provided throughout from professionally trained tutors who are available to provide guidance and mark assignments, as well as provide feedback on progress where required.

This course is not suitable for absolute beginners, therefore learners are expected to have existing computer skills to Level 1 standard.

How will I be assessed?

All work is completed and submitted online, with an assessor assigned to mark and feedback on your work upon submission.

This course is fully funded via the Government Adult Education Budget for learners who meet the age, residency and income criteria.

All applicants must be aged 19 and over, and those aged 19-23 are only eligible if they have already achieved a full Level 2 qualification or equivalent. If you are aged 24 and above you do not require any prior academic qualifications.

Applicants must have lived in the EU for the last three years and currently reside in England with a postcode outside of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, and the West Midlands.

All applicants will also be assessed to ensure they meet the required standard of English language skills.

Funding and Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for a FREE Level 2 online learning course, you must meet the below requirements:
You must be aged 19 years or over as at 31/08/21
If you are aged 19-23, you must hold a full Level 2 qualification or above in any subject* (If you are aged 24+ you do not need to have a qualification)
You must have lived in the EU for the last three years
You must reside in England with a postcode outside of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, and the West Midlands.
You must not be on another funded programme i.e. an apprenticeship or another distance learning or online course
You must not have completed this course or a similar course previously
You must not be on another distance learning course with another training provider
Applicants must also meet the low income and unemployment criteria below. You will only be fully-funded if:
You are working but earning less than £18,525 per year or are unemployed and in receipt of benefits, are aged 19 – 23 and have achieved a full Level 2
You are working but earning less than £18,525 per year or are unemployed and in receipt of benefits and are aged 24+

*A full Level 2 achievement is equivalent to 5 or more GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A* to C). 

Level 2 qualifications are:

  • CSE – grade 1
  • GCSE – grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 or grades A*, A, B, C
  • intermediate apprenticeship
  • level 2 award
  • level 2 certificate
  • level 2 diploma
  • level 2 ESOL
  • level 2 essential skills
  • level 2 functional skills
  • level 2 national certificate
  • level 2 national diploma
  • level 2 NVQ
  • music grades 4 and 5
  • O level – grade A, B or C

Please get in touch with us using the enquiry buttons menu in the section below if you are interested in enrolling onto this programme

You can phone us via the details provided on this page or submit the course enquiry form located in the menu in the section below.

Our adult Learning Shops will then book an appointment with a National Carers Service adviser and make arrangements for you to complete an assessment to determine if this course is at an appropriate level for you to study at.*

Learners will attend an induction and assessment session which will be used to check your existing knowledge to ensure this is the most suitable course for you.

We will also need to confirm whether or not you are eligible to pay any course fees, and you may be asked to provide some further information about your current employment and financial status and previous learning.

*For employers or training managers enquiring about this course on behalf of your organisation for staff training purposes, National Careers Service appointments are not a mandatory part of the enrolment process.

Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Mental Health Care Worker
Course Outline: This course will equip you with a detailed understanding of mental health and mental health issues
Qualification: TQUK Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Mental Health Care Worker
LevelLevel 2
LocationDistance Learning – Delivered Online
Duration11 Weeks
Start DateLearners can enrol on these courses throughout the year
AttendanceFlexible attendance throughout the year
PriceSubject to eligibility this course may be fully-funded

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