SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MML523401
Module Leader n/a
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Social Work
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Candidates will have a professional social work qualification recognised by SSSC, and at least 2 years post-registration experience. Candidates require to have passed the practice component of Mental Health Officer Role in the Primary Context before progressing to this module.

Summary of Content

This is the second module of the Post Graduate Certificate Mental Health Social Work (MHO) Award. The first module is delivered by Strathclyde University in Semester A, which has a focus on the Mental Health Officer (MHO) Role in the Primary Context. Module 2 covers the impact on the MHO role of legislation such as the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and the Criminal Procedures (Scotland) Act 1995. This includes key areas of knowledge and skills required of the MHO: mental wellbeing and mental disorder; powers and duties under 'secondary' legislation; collaborative working; and assessment and management of need, care and risk.


Mental wellbeing and mental disorder " Promoting and sustaining mental health and wellbeing with and for people with incapacity; " Policy and provision including partnership with local health authorities and with service users and carers; " Mental disorder and incapacity e.g. dementia, acquired brain injury, and learning disability; " Diagnosis, prognosis and differing perspectives and models; " Range of care, support and treatment including the concept of recovery, the promotion of individual rights and advocacy; " Management and rehabilitation; " Incapacity of children and young people. Powers and Duties: The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and other relevant legislation. " Scope, background and context; " Principles; " Codes of practice; " Key roles and responsibilities (agencies and practitioners), " Agencies (health and local authority) " MHO duties " Sheriff Court; " Key rights and duties, " e.g. advocacy and duty to inquire " Provisions " Power of attorney " Funds and accounts " Medical treatment " Intervention and guardianship orders; " The scope of formal and informal arrangements, duties and rights; " Statutory reports; " Supervising welfare proxies. " The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 [ASPA]: General provisions and potential MHO involvement. " Crossing the Acts, " for people with mental disorder in need of care and treatment, protection of adult welfare and finances, and adults at risk of harm; " Mentally disordered people in relation to the Criminal Procedures (Scotland) Act 1995 and 2003 Act amendments. " Policy and national context; " Care pathway and Multi agency public protection arrangements [Mappa]; " Powers and provisions: " Assessment and Treatment Orders; " Compulsion orders [CO]; " Compulsion order with restriction orders [CORO] " Appeals; " Supervision of CORO; " Statutory assessments and reports. Collaborative working " Roles and contributions of individuals with whom an MHO will normally work in relation to: a) the core AWIA role: e.g. approved medical practitioners, general practitioners, community learning disability nurses; b) the core role in criminal proceedings: e.g. forensic psychiatrists, approved medical practitioners, community forensic nurses; c) crossing legislation for people with mental disorder (2003/2000/2007 Acts); " Functions and contribution of organisations usually involved in the work of the MHO: e.g. Sheriff Court, Office of the Public Guardian [OPG], Mental Welfare Commission [MWC]; " Key agencies and practitioners involved in collaborative processes of making applications, obtaining orders and warrants; " Engagement within local authority e.g. community care, and partnership agencies, e.g. Community Learning Disability Teams [CLDT], Community Older Persons Teams [COPT], specialist services, interpreters, etc Assessment and management of need, care and risk " Assessment of incapacity, harm to adults at risk, and those who may fall into the criminal justice system; " Differing perspectives and frameworks contributing to holistic assessment of need; " Assessment of need, risk of harm from others, to health, welfare, property, to others, community care assessments; obtaining specialist assessment; " Care planning, adult protection plans; " Perspectives and frameworks that impinge on assessment and increase or reduce levels of risk: relevant MWC deficiency in care inquiries; " Widely used risk assessment and risk management tools: to include new Joint Improvement Team [JIT] risk assessment formats and adult protection plans and including multi-disciplinary approaches to risk assessment and management; " Risk in relation to conditions for compulsion under the 2000 Act: Welfare and finances, s10 (risk to personal welfare); " The range of assessments required for and by the Court under 1995, 2000, and 2007 Acts.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to: -1. Apply extensive critical knowledge and understanding of mental wellbeing and mental disorders and the range of care, support and treatments to the potential outcomes for vulnerable people at risk of being subject to the powers of the specific legislation;2. Apply critical integrated knowledge to MHO practice in carrying out the MHO role in the contexts of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, The Criminal Procedures (Scot) Act 1995, The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland ) Act 2007; 3. Apply lawful interpretations of capacity and incapacity in relation to powers under the legislation;4. Apply extensive critical knowledge and understanding of mental disorder in relation to offending behaviour, in work with mentally disordered people in the criminal justice system;5. Consult about assessment of risk with the person, their family and other professionals, and address the rights of that individual and others involved in complex statutory processes.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The approach to teaching and learning is integrative, reflecting the complexity of the MHO role in practice and the interconnectedness of the 4 Learning Foci as set out in the SE/SSSC approved Standards Framework for this Specialist Post Qualifying Social Work Award. The constructive alignment of direct learning/specialist inputs (including service users and carers) supported by directed learning by individuals and groups, independent learning where candidates take responsibility for choosing from focused activities, resources and opportunities to develop their understanding through guided examples and within practice learning opportunities and practice learning focused on the Standards to be competently demonstrated within each module. This mixing or blending of teaching and learning strategies may be distinguished into several dimensions which will be interdependent within the whole.

Indicative Reading

Adams R, Dominelli L and Payne M (2002) Social Work - Themes, Issues and Critical Debates Palgrave, Basingstoke Golightly M (2006) Social Work and Mental Health Learning Matters, Exeter Hothersall, S; Maas-Lowit, M; Golightley, M (2008) Social Work and Mental Health in Scotland Learning Matters, Exeter. Kerr, D (1997) Down's Syndrome and Dementia BASW/Venture Press MacIntyre, G (2008) Learning Disability and Social Inclusion Dunedin Academic Press Mantell A & Scragg T. (2008) Safeguarding Adults in Social Work Learning Matters, Exeter Marshall, M and Tibbs, M (2001) Social Work and People with Dementia Abingdon, Oxon Martin, J (2008) Safeguarding Adults Russell House, Lyme Regis McManus, J.J. and Thomson, L (2005) Mental Health and Scots Law in Practice W.Green, Edinburgh O'Hagan K (1996) Competence in Social Work Practice - A Practical Guide for Professionals Jessica Kingsley, London Parker J and Bradley G (2003) Social Work Practice - Assessment, Planning, Intervention and Review Learning Matters, Exeter. Patrick H (2006) Mental Health, Incapacity and the Law in Scotland Ottel Edinburgh Payne M (1997) Modern Social Work Theory Macmillan, Basingstoke Pritchard C (2006) Mental Health Social Work - Evidence-Based Practice Semple D, Smyth R, Burns J, Darjee R & McIntosh A (2005) Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry Thompson N (2000) Understanding Social Work - Preparing for Practice Palgrave, Basingstoke Ulas M and Connor A (1999) Mental Health and Social Work Learning Matters, Exeter Ward, A (2003) Adult Incapacity W.Green, Edinburgh Wright, P; Stern, J; Phelan, M (2000) Core Psychiatry Elsevier Saunders

Transferrable Skills

" Write clearly, correctly and concisely for a range of contexts (including report writing) and for different audiences " Co-ordinate and take leading roles in tasks " Develop a critical understanding of need, care and risk in the context of the specific role. " Develop a critical integration of research, practice evidence and understanding of legal and policy issues in practice " Develop an understanding of the complexity of the specialist role and tensions including dilemmas arising from collaborative practice (roles and organisations) " Maximise focus on the needs and rights of those who use services within the parameters of the powers " Understand the duties of professional, ethical practice " Use strategies for achieving realistic solutions to a range of problem types " Research and manage a wide range of relevant information " Undertake a risk assessment " Collaborate in learning and sharing information " Negotiate in a professional context " Reflect on, and record, own work and skills " Take an ethical approach in actions

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 30.00
Independent Learning (PT) 75.00
Lectures (PT) 75.00
Practicals (PT) 100.00
Tutorials (PT) 10.00
Assessment (PT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 n/a 50.00 50% Critical Analysis of own practice 3000 words
Coursework 1 n/a 25.00 50% Case Scenario Analysis 2000 words
Coursework 2 n/a 25.00 50% Practice Assessment report and commentary 1000 words