Public Mental Health - Level 7 - 7MH503

About this module

Public mental health and wellbeing is a complex area of policy. This module has been developed in response to the ever increasing importance being paid to the role of public mental health within health and social care delivery.  The role of practitioners working in mental health services is to fully engage with this developing agenda.  The module will provide you with an increased ability to critique aspects of the competing discourses available, such as offered by the sociological, medical, and psychological models.  Focusing on the social determinants of health and the environment in which communities live will strengthen the assets and capabilities of these communities.

The module provides the practitioner with opportunities to shape service delivery including key strategies and interventions that seek to strengthen mental health and resilience for both the individual and via social/community engagement.

You will cover:

  • The 'macro' political context of PMH
  • Discourse of mental health and wellbeing
  • Suicide prevention
  • Talking therapies
  • Provision of care for older persons
  • Physical health determinants
  • Substance misuse 
  • Health inequalities
  • Stigma, social inclusion and exclusion
  • Community engagement
  • Economics of mental health and employment
  • Social and cultural determinants, LGBT
  • Race, ethnicity and mental health BME
  • Environmental influences
  • Recovery model
  • Social prescribing. 

Learning Beyond Registration

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is a vital part of developing competent, capable health service practitioners prepared to deliver a dynamic, flexible, quality, client-focused service. If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands then you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

Find out more about LBR at Find out more at www.derby.ac.uk/lbr.

Continuing Professional Development

CPD is a core element of every health and social care professional's development journey. We have CPD modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (levels 6 and 7), which have all been tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and managers working within the health and social care sectors. We have modules to suit nurses, occupational therapists, hand therapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, and those working within complementary therapies.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health and Social Care Professionals

Course code:7MH503

Module level: Level 7

Module credits: 20 credits

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module you will be able to:

  1. Develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of key initiatives in relation to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities informed by academic practice or area of professional practice.
  2. Critically appraise the significance of physical, social and psychological determinants in relation to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities informed by their own advanced scholarship.
  3. Understand the specificity of public mental health as a distinct discipline.
  4. Apply originality in the application of knowledge in examining the role of the practitioner in supporting people in their wellbeing.

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992
E: lbr@derby.ac.uk

Or visit www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703
E: hsc@derby.ac.uk