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The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative seeks to deliver on the Government's commitment to provide improved access to psychological therapies for people who require the help of mental health services. It also responds to service users' requests for more personalised services based around their individual needs. It aims to develop low intensity practitioners in evidence-based psychological therapy services to work with people with common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. In addition it aims to provide improvements in health, well-being and in maintaining people or returning people to employment and community participation. The course is designed to equip you with the core skills and competencies in order to undertake this role effectively.
This programme will be of interest to graduates or equivalent with some relevant work experience, who are keen to develop a career as a mental health practitioner.
Students on the course will be employed by a Primary Care Trust.
This programme has been informed by national policy requirements to establish a new type of practitioner within the mental health workforce in primary care. Low intensity workers will assess and support patients with common mental health problems (principally anxiety and depression) in the self-management of their recovery. Ideally students will be employed as low intensity workers within a Primary Care Trust and will be released to attend one day per week at LSBU for the duration of the course.
LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:
Guest lecturers include:
This programme replaces the Graduate Workers in Mental Health and Primary Care programme that the Faculty has run for a number of years. The revised course has been developed to meet the requirements for the preparation of IAPT low intensity workers.
If you are interested in studying at LSBU, please refer to our Standard Entry Requirements
Applicants for this course must also meet the following additional entry requirements.
This programme will be of interest to graduates with some relevant work experience who are keen to develop a career and a recognised qualification as a mental health practitioner. Students on the course will be employed by a Primary Care Trust.
Application methods for undergraduate part-time and postgraduate study vary depending on the course you are applying for. When applying use the LSBU codes listed below.
Applications for this course can be made through the LSBU CPPD prospectus: www.lsbu.ac.uk/hsccpd
Further information on how to apply:
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The course is assessed by a combination of practical standardised role play assessments involving therapeutic interventions, reflective practice-based written assignments and the successful completion of practice learning outcomes in the workplace.
If you have a specific question about the course please use our "ask a question" form to send off your enquiry to staff within the Faculty who will get back to you with the answer as soon as possible.
Last Updated on - Mon 8th April 2013 at 17:03:28
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