Mental health

Faculty of Health Sciences

Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner: Specialist Adult Mental Health

Continuing Professional Development

Start in September, March

Qualification Part time
Graduate Certificate / PGCert 1 year

About the course 

The Mental Health Wellbeing Practitioner role has been developed as part of the Department of Health’s NHS Long Term Plan. This is a new role in which Mental Health Wellbeing Practitioners themselves will be trained in generic care planning competencies and some specific wellbeing-focused psychologically-informed interventions.

Our programme in Hull has been developed to meet the service needs of providers within the Yorkshire and Humber Local Education and Training Board (YHLETB) catchment and also the North East of England. 

The programme runs over one year. The students will complete three 20 credit modules which include Engagement and assessment with people with severe mental health problems, Care Planning in Partnership, Wellbeing-focused, Psychologically-informed Interventions for Severe Mental Health Problems.

Assessment information

You will be assessed on your practical demonstration of competencies, with a mixture of both skills-based and academic assessments.

Academic assessments are taken at either undergraduate or postgraduate level, depending on your prior academic attainment.

This programme utilises a range of assessment methods including written essay and case studies, recorded role-play and the recording of a live clinical session. The assessment of competency is supported by a practice portfolio.

Attendance requirements

This course is delivered online.

Over the 3 components of 45 days, 30 days are delivered as theoretical learning and skills practice and 15 days as directed practice-based learning.


Where you'll study

Study online

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What you'll study 

Engagement and assessment with people with severe mental health problems

This module introduces Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioners to severe mental health problems and teaches how to engage and form collaborative alliances with service users, carers, and families. It teaches how to assess, manage risk, and arrive at a collaborative, simple formulation which can guide the planning of care. It will highlight the value of successful engagement as an end in its own right.

Care Planning in Partnership

This module enables Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioners to mobilise resources in collaboration with service users, carers, and families – including information, resources within the multi-disciplinary team and beyond in the wider community. It also enables Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitoners to make effective use of clinical supervision and to look after their own wellbeing.

Wellbeing-focused Psychologically-informed Interventions for Severe Mental Health Problems

This module enables Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioners to deliver wellbeing-focused psychologically-informed interventions that support connectedness, hope, identity, meaning and empowerment (CHIME). Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitoners will learn to set collaborative goals with people with severe mental health problems and to deliver seven interventions according to an intervention manual. The interventions will be applied with appropriate flexibility within the context of a positive collaborative working relationship, whilst maintaining fidelity to the interventions. It will also embed the routine use of patient-reported outcome measures to support collaborative evaluation of progress.


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Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Clinical placements give our students the skills, experience and support to become confident and compassionate health practitioners.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from ‘bite-size’ taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees are funded by Health Education England for those individuals who have successfully been recruited into a trainee Mental health Wellbeing Practitioner role within their local NHS service.

Entry requirements 

The curriculum is designed so that it can be available at both undergraduate (level 6) and postgraduate certificate level (level 7). Entrants do not need to possess previous clinical or professional expertise in mental health but should have demonstrable interpersonal skills and values consistent with providing hopeful, person-centred care. They should show a commitment to working with people with complex mental health needs. They should hold evidence of academic credit or equivalence allowing entry to either:

  • Level 6:

    The Level 6 Graduate Certificate is accessible to suitable applicants who have not previously been awarded a Degree. Entry requirements for the Level 6 include evidence of previous study at Level 5. For guidance on Level 5 awards please see: What qualification levels mean: England, Wales and Northern Ireland

  • Level 7 programme:

    A degree at 2:2 or above in any relevant subject, or equivalent, should be considered the minimum requirement for entry to the Level 7 programme.

Please note that recruitment onto this programme is via a joint University and NHS service process via in service vacancies.

How to apply

Please note that access to this programme is following the successful recruitment to a Trainee Mental health Wellbeing Practitioner Role within the local NHS service. Vacancies will typically be advertised on NHS Jobs. Successful applicants will then be contacted by the University to complete the enrolment process.