Our CPD Framework

Our programmes are designed and implemented in collaboration with service colleagues, supporting the development of a workforce that is not only fit for the here and now, but will be able to lead and innovate into the future.

Welcome to Continuing Professional Development at Bournemouth University, where you can build your own academic award by undertaking bite-sized chunks of study over time to develop ‘the skills and confidence to work effectively in an increasingly complex working environment’ (Department of Health 2012 p15). Our CPD Framework has been developed with a ‘pick and mix’ approach and is open to all health and social care professions with units emphasising work based learning along with academic study.

Bournemouth University has long history of delivering CPD (continuing professional development) to the health and social care sector. Our large portfolio of workforce development and CPD opportunities reflects current workforce transformation across the sector and is constantly updated to ensure that it meets the needs of our stakeholder organisations and students.

Our programmes are designed and implemented in collaboration with service colleagues, supporting the development of a workforce that is not only fit for the here and now, but will be able to lead and innovate into the future.

We understand that fitting study in and around your busy working life can be a challenge, so we have a number of flexible courses that allow you to study bite-sized units at your convenience, while working towards a final qualification, such as a Master’s award. You may wish to try one unit at a time or more, or enrol on a full programme – the choice is yours. We also run bespoke provision tailored to your specific personal and organisation needs, which can be requested upon demand from the CPD team.

We take pride in our approach which facilitates flexible partnerships with employers, and meets the needs and requirements of candidates, workforce development managers and agencies. Delivering tangible and measurable results in our courses is rooted in all that we do!

Although there are a large number of units within the CPD Framework, should you wish to take a unit(s) from another Post registration/Post Qualifying award at degree (level 6) or Masters (level 7) levels it/they can be transferred into your CPD award. Whichever units you take you should be able to relate the theory to your practice area, and for this reason you must be in practice at least 20 hours a week. Some units may be more health service focused, whereas others may have social work/social care emphasis, and there are leadership and management units to suit all professions. Some units also lead to recognition by professional regulators and professional bodies.

The Nation Centre of Post-Qualifying Social Work at Bournemouth University is the leading provider of specialist CPD awards in AMHP and BIA qualifications, covering 25% and 30% of local authorities in England respectively.

For More information and CPD enquiries please visit our Online Course Information: https://www.applycpd.com/bu

If you would like to speak to one of our team about which course might be best for you please call our support team by phone: +44 (0) 1202 964765 or email hss-cpdadmin@bournemouth.ac.uk

Our Pathways:

CPD is essential in developing and maintaining a competent workforce which is equipped with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of constantly changing professional and service delivery environments.

The National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice offers a highly flexible approach to delivering CPD opportunities, which allows individuals and employing organisations to tailor pathways to meet workforce development needs. This includes a generic pathway (MA Advanced Practice) and a specialist Leadership route (MA Leading
and Developing Services).

Our MA Advanced Practice is a framework, which can be populated with units of study from a portfolio of options across the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. A key feature of the framework is the opportunity for the creation of bespoke units, which can be developed around internal training programmes and other learning opportunities. Alternatively, new units can be created to meet contemporary requirements such as the introduction of new policy and legislation. These bespoke units would fit into the CPD framework as Evidencing Professional Learning (EPL) modules, illustrated in the diagram below and can be included a total of three times within a pathway. A further option for the use of these three EPL opportunities is explained in the section entitled Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which enables you to gain Masters level credit from units of study previously undertaken, including Specialist Post-Qualifying Social Work awards.

Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Mental Health Practice – Meeting the professional standards and requirements for the role of Approved Mental
Health Professional (Mental Health Act 1983 amended 2007) and DH requirements for the role of Best Interests Assessor (Mental Capacity Act 2005)

MA Advanced Mental Health Practice- Meeting the professional standards and requirements for the role of Approved Mental Health Professional (Mental Health Act 1983 amended 2007) and DH requirements for the role of Best Interests Assessor (Mental Capacity Act 2005) Safeguarding

Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It requires people and organisations to work together to prevent and stop the risks and experience of abuse or neglect. The promotion of well-being is key to safeguarding holding the person at the centre, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. This person centred approach means recognising that adults sometimes have complex interpersonal relationships and may be ambivalent, unclear or unrealistic about their personal circumstances (DH 2017).

Best Interest Assessors

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 was amended to provide safeguards for people who lack capacity specifically to consent to treatment or care in either a hospital or a registered care home and where, in their own best interests, the care that is deemed necessary for their health and wellbeing can only be provided in circumstances that amount to a deprivation of liberty. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) provides a legal framework for the assessment and management of these complex situations. Preparation to become a Best Interest Assessor (BIA) is delivered via two units which explore relevant legislative frameworks, together with the accompanying principles and processes:

  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 in Practice
  • Professional Use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Other units considering Safeguarding include:

  • Risk Assessment and decision making in Practice
  • Safeguarding Adults at risk of Abuse and Neglect
  • The Care Act (2014) and Professional Practice

Social Work Practice Education

When social work students are on their placement, practice educators take responsibility for the social work student’s learning and assessment and makes the recommendation regarding the student’s competence to the practice assessment panels and the examination boards.  Being heavily involved in the student’s practice education, means that they are being supported to learn not only from the practice educator and professionals they are working with, but also, people with lived experience of social work.

Our Practice Educator Course

The course consists of two units;

  • Enabling Work Based Learning (EWBL – Unit 1) and
  • Supervising a Learner in Practice (SLP – Unit 2).

By the end of the first unit, successful candidates will have developed the skills and confidence to contribute to the learning and assessment of a range of work-based learners and take full responsibility for the learning and assessment of a first placement social work student (or equivalent).

By the end of the second unit, successful candidates will have fully developed the skills, knowledge and confidence to take a leading role in supporting and assessing workplace learning including the assessment of qualifying and / or post-qualified professional learners at all levels and stages of study.

What to expect from the course

Each unit offers live workshops (please see link to Wozzad for the available dates) which provide an opportunity for learners to come together either in person or via a virtual classroom to gain information, share ideas and discuss their experiences. They introduce and encourage critical debate about key themes related to enabling work-based learning and supervising a learner in practice and will support you to explore the work that you have carried out independently.

There is also an expectation to complete self-managed learning. You will be provided with a package of reading and reflective exercises that have been designed to help you critically explore your practice-based experiences and develop a deeper understanding of links between practice and theory. Successful candidates will have free access to the BU library, including its online resources.

Each unit requires the successful candidate to meet the BASW Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) as well as submit a focused assignment which meets the intended learning outcomes of each unit. This will be discussed within the workshops as well as access to guidance on the expectations and how to complete the assessment.

Eligibility Criteria

BASW has set the eligibility criteria for enrolment onto practice education courses: these are:

“ i. Practitioners must have practised for at least two years following qualification and should demonstrate ability to practice at PCF Experienced Social Work level.

ii. During this minimum two-year period, practitioners interested in qualifying as a practice educator should demonstrate their interest and commitment to practice education through activities such as supporting students and other new staff.

iii. Candidates for a PE qualification will participate in a selection process for acceptance on a course” (BASW Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work, 2019, p.13  For more information please follow link to https://www.basw.co.uk/system/files/resources/peps-for-social-work.pdf).”

Applying for the course

Students whose fees are to be paid by their employer should follow their employers application procedures prior to applying online. Anyone who is paying their own fees should apply through Wozzad the online booking system.

Links to Wozzad:

Enabling Work Based Learning

Supervising a Learner in Practice

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Safeguarding

Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It requires people and organisations to work together to prevent and stop the risks and experience of abuse or neglect. The promotion of well-being is key to safeguarding holding the person at the centre, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. This person centred approach means recognising that adults sometimes have complex interpersonal relationships and may be ambivalent, unclear or unrealistic about their personal circumstances (DH 2017).

Best Interest Assessors

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 was amended to provide safeguards for people who lack capacity specifically to consent to treatment or care in either a hospital or a registered care home and where, in their own best interests, the care that is deemed necessary for their health and wellbeing can only be provided in circumstances that amount to a deprivation of liberty. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) provides a legal framework for the assessment and management of these complex situations. Preparation to become a Best Interest Assessor (BIA) is delivered via two units which explore relevant legislative frameworks, together with the accompanying principles and processes:

  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 in Practice
  • Professional Use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Other units considering Safeguarding include:

  • Risk Assessment and decision making in Practice
  • Safeguarding Adults at risk of Abuse and Neglect
  • The Care Act (2014) and Professional Practice

(Separate tab under safeguarding – )

Best Interest Assessors (BIA)

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 was amended to provide safeguards for people who lack capacity specifically to consent to treatment or care in either a hospital or a registered care home and where, in their own best interests, the care that is deemed necessary for their health and wellbeing can only be provided in circumstances that amount to a deprivation of liberty. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) provides a legal framework for the assessment and management of these complex situations.

A best interests assessment is a process to consider authorisation of deprivation of liberty for individuals who do not have mental capacity to make decisions about their own care. Statutory organisations need to ensure that they have a group of staff members who are qualified to undertake the statutory role of Best Interest Assessor (BIA).

Bournemouth University has been approved by the Department of Health to provide this programme. During this unit, you will be able to develop your existing professional knowledge and skills within new legislative and ethical frameworks in order to carry out this statutory safeguarding role.

Preparation to become a Best Interest Assessor (BIA) is delivered via two units which explore relevant legislative frameworks, together with the accompanying principles and processes:

  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 in Practice (previously known as “Best Interest Assessors”)
  • Professional Use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 was amended to provide safeguards for people who lack capacity specifically to consent to treatment or care in either a hospital or a registered care home and where, in their own best interests, the care that is deemed necessary for their health and wellbeing can only be provided in circumstances that amount to a deprivation of liberty. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) provides a legal framework for the assessment and management of these complex situations.

A best interests assessment is a process to consider authorisation of deprivation of liberty for individuals who do not have mental capacity to make decisions about their own care. Statutory organisations need to ensure that they have a group of staff members who are qualified to undertake the statutory role of Best Interest Assessor (BIA).

Bournemouth University has been approved by the Department of Health to provide this programme. During this unit, you will be able to develop your existing professional knowledge and skills within new legislative and ethical frameworks in order to carry out this statutory safeguarding role.

Preparation to become a Best Interest Assessor (BIA) is delivered via two units which explore relevant legislative frameworks, together with the accompanying principles and processes:

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 in Practice (previously known as “Best Interest Assessors”)
Professional Use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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