Psychosocial assessment and recovery orientated care


Psychosocial assessment and recovery orientated care

This module is for healthcare practitioners and forms part of the MSc Healthcare Practice (Psychosocial Interventions) course. It gives students the opportunity to reflect on and further develop their engagement and recovery skills, and will train students to use a variety of assessment tools to carry out collaborative and recovery orientated care.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically appraise the evidence and inherent contradictions in the values and principles of recovery orientated care.
  2. Critically analyse the concept of collaborative relationships and demonstrate the skills of adaption and transformational knowledge required to apply this to practice.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse and evaluate the ethical contradictions in recovery orientated practice, and the ability to both work autonomously and with other disciplines to formulate solutions.
  4. Critically explore and develop collaborative and empowering relationships with people with a severe mental illness, through both reflective practice and the ability to both transform and apply knowledge and psychosocial skills.
  5. Critically discuss implications of psychosocial models of mental health for developing appropriate methods and approaches to assessment.
  6. Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of appropriate evidence-based assessment tools in effective and collaborative care.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to analyse and evaluate complex psychosocial needs through the use of effective psychosocial assessment tools and approaches.
  8. Critically appraise complex practice situations and demonstrate reflexivity and autonomy in clinical practice.


Who is the module for? Students must be working with people with a severe mental illness and people with complex needs.

Module code: HP7072Y

Entry criteria:

Applicants will be required to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration.
  • Hold an Honours degree 2(ii) or above from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. An Honours degree equivalent to a 2(ii) or above from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland will be accepted. Advice on equivalence of overseas awards will be obtained from the National Recognition and Information Centre for the UK (NARIC).
  • Normally have a minimum of one year’s post-qualifying practice experience. Module specific practice related requirements and additional entry criteria will apply to some modules and these will be indicated in the module outlines.

Non-standard applicants

Applications will be considered from non-standard applicants who can demonstrate the following certificated learning:

  • a DipHE from a UK or Republic of Ireland university or equivalent qualification from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland

and one of the following completed within the last five years:

  • successful completion of a standalone module at level M OR
  • a minimum of 30 credits from standalone modules at level 6, at or above grade B (60%).

Proficiency in English language

Evidence of English language testing will be required from all applicants for whom English is not their first language and who have not previously undertaken studies in English. The required level of proficiency will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (or equivalent) of 6.5, with no section achieving less than 6.0. Evidence of proficiency must be dated within the last two years. Applicants who have taken the examination more than twice in one year will not be considered.

International applicants

All international applicants must satisfy the requirements of the UK Border Agency in relation to St George’s responsibilities as a Highly Trusted Sponsor for students (Tier 4).

Advanced practice route

Applicants for this route will be required to meet all the following additional requirements:

  • a minimum of two years full-time experience (or the equivalent in part-time hours) in health or social care employment
  • be employed in a senior role
  • demonstrate they are working in a practice setting which enables the achievement of the specialist compulsory module outcomes relating to the Advanced Practice competencies (Great Britain, Department of Health, 2010).

Number of credits and level of study: 30 credits at level 7. The course is also offered as an undergraduate (level 6) award.

Assessment: Essay

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 10 days

Module dates:*

  • 6, 13, 20, 27 September 2017, 4, 11, 18, 25 October 2017, 1, 8 November 2017

*Dates may change

Fee: £1600

Programme: This module is part of Healthcare Practice PgCert/PgDip/MSc