Likely Optional Units
Consolidating Professional Practice
The overall aim of this unit is to provide a systematic and critical exploration of areas of practice that relate to the consolidation of practice beyond the first year of an NQSW. It explores issues or criticality, empirical evidence, use of knowledge related to specific areas of practice, including critical awareness of current issues and new evidence based practice research. It aims to enable recognition of the contribution, and begin to make use of, research informed practice and will focus upon utilising critical thinking and evidence based decision making to understand forms of harm and their impact on people, and the implications for practice, drawing on concepts of strength, resilience, vulnerability, risk and resistance, and their application to practice.
The areas identified are linked to TCSW Professional Capabilities Framework level descriptor -Social Worker.
Assessed and Supported Year in Employment
This Masters level unit will address issues of professional practice for Social Workers at the beginning of their career, aligned with the PCF/ASYE level capabilities.
The unit will provide underpinning knowledge and learning to be delivered alongside employer ASYE programmes and will contribute to students understanding and achievement of PCF/ASYE level descriptors and continuing requirements of professional registration.
Assessment and Intervention- Skills for Practice
The overall aim of this unit is to provide a systematic and critical exploration of areas of practice that relate to the assessment and intervention in working with children, adults, families and communities. The focus is upon skill development underpinned by theoretical knowledge and application within and across a range of contexts and service user groups. The unit will focus upon models of assessment and intervention and focus upon defined skill areas relating to defined areas of practice. It aims to enable recognition of the contribution, and begin to make use of, research informed practice and will focus upon utilising critical thinking and evidence based decision making to understand assessment and intervention across a range of service settings in addition to focusing upon forms of harm and their impact on people, and the implications for practice, drawing on concepts of strength, resilience, vulnerability, risk and resistance, and their application to practice. It considers assessment and intervention within an inter professional and intra organisational context and considers how practice and organisational cultures can shape and impact upon practice.
The areas identified are linked to TCSW Professional Capabilities Framework level descriptor -Social Worker and Experienced Social Worker
Contemporary Policy and Legislation
The unit is designed to provide a critical overview of contemporary policy and legislation in one or more of the following areas: Childrens Services; Adults Services;
Mental Health Services; Integrated Services; Mental Capacity; Family Justice.
It will include critical evaluation and analysis of the impact of contemporary policy and legislation on service users, carers and professionals. The unit teaching and learning materials and the unit assessment will be linked to the students area of practice or leadership and their professional development in the context of the TCSW capabilities framework.
Best Interests Assessor
The aim of this unit is to provide the necessary legislative frameworks and accompanying principles required for practitioners to undertake the statutory role of Best Interest Assessor (BIA). The BIA is responsible for deciding whether a person is deprived of their liberty as defined by Article 5 of the ECtHRs, whether it is in their best interests and for how long an authorisation should last. In order for practitioners to be qualified as BIAs their respective Supervisory bodies will need to be satisfied that they are able to undertake assessments at the standard set in the Mental Capacity (Deprivation of Liberty: Standard Authorisations, Assessments and Ordinary Residence) Regulations 2008. Similarly, practitioners will need to demonstrate the six areas of capability as defined by the College of Social Work (TCSW).
The Professional Educator (Stage 1)
This unit aims to prepare post-qualified social workers to act a Practice Educators, for pre-qualifying social work students. This unit will develop and extend students abilities in managing the learning and assessment of pre-qualifying social work students. This will include the understanding of skills and knowledge required to develop the learning of others and to supervise, support and assess learners in line with the Professional Capabilities Framework and PEPS 2013
The Professional Educator (Stage 2)
This module will develop and extend students abilities in managing the learning and progression of qualifying students and NQSWs. This will include the understanding and extension of the skills and knowledge required to develop the learning of others and to supervise, support and assess such learners in line with the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework and the PEPS (2012).
Developing Effective Supervision and Mentoring
The aim of this unit is to critically explore and understand the core knowledge and skills required for effective supervision and mentoring of social work practice, that enhance the evidence based decision-making skills and critical analysis of the practitioner and thus promotes safe and positive outcomes for service users. The unit will explore and understand the purpose of professional supervision as a process of change for supervisors, supervisees and service users, critically considering the functions and processes of supervision and the role of the supervisor in assisting supervisees and teams in developing their practice and professional judgement. The unit will also consider the role of supervision, and the effective supervisor, in the management of performance within the workplace. The areas identified are linked to TCSW Professional Capabilities Framework level descriptor Experienced Social Worker.
Continuing Professional Development in Social Work
The overall aim of this unit is to provide a systematic and critical exploration of areas of professional identity and professional development as a social worker at all levels within TCSW PCF level descriptors. The unit will aim to support the development of professional identity in relation to knowledge of social work as a profession, identification of skills and knowledge relating to the social work role with critical analysis of the development of individual social workers within this.
The areas identified are linked to TCSW Professional Capabilities Framework level descriptors for all qualified social workers.
Leadership and Management
The overall aim of this unit is to provide a systematic and critical exploration of the knowledge base and skills associated with leadership and management within a range of practice based settings. The unit will explore theoretical concepts relating to management, leadership, organisational change, public sector governance and the management and leadership of others. The unit will provide opportunity to develop skills in the application of these concepts to law, policy, workplace cultures and work based practice with a view to achieving quality standards in organisational and individual performance management within the public sector. Issues relating to individual and organisational accountability within partnership arrangements will be considered. Taught through a series of master classes the module is flexible to meet the emerging and different needs of leaders and managers in a range of settings. There will be a focus on the application of these concepts and associated skills in practice, for some this may relate to supporting others with a focus on staff supervision and in continuing professional development, for others this could relate to managing higher levels of risk and understanding strategic contexts.
The areas identified are linked to TCSW Professional Capabilities Framework level descriptor Experienced Social Worker, Advanced Social Work Practitioner and Principal Social Worker.
Working with the Court of Protection
The aim of this unit is to support health and social care professionals in their dealings with the Court of Protection.
Since the Supreme Court judgement in 2014, known as the Cheshire West case, there has been a significant increase in the use of the Court of Protection to authorise the care and treatment of those who lack decision making capacity. In particular there has been a need for professionals.
to seek authorisation from the court for so called deprivations of liberty in the community. This has resulted in predominantly adult social workers having to either prepare reports for and present evidence in the courts. This is not a role that this set of workers have previously undertaken.
Therefore, this unit is designed to support workers in this new role.
The unit will cover the necessary knowledge and skills required to work with the Court of Protection. This will include practical court room skills and report writing i.e. COP10 form. The unit will also identify the thresholds for involvement by the Court including identifying a community deprivation of liberty. As such, the relevant legislative frameworks and contemporary case law will be explored including the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Human Rights Act 1998.
Safeguarding Adults within Clinical Practice
The aim of this unit is to provide a systematic and critical exploration of clinical roles across health and social care settings within safeguarding adults. This will be from the perspective of safeguarding alerters within the process and is designed to support practitioners within these contexts to meet their clinical responsibilities. The unit will support practitioners to demonstrate their professional capability and competency within safeguarding adults under the appropriate health and social care frameworks.
This unit will focus on the roles and responsibilities of health and social care professionals within their clinical practice as it relates to safeguarding adults. It explores current policy and legislative frameworks and identifies the thresholds for interventions. There will be a focus on clinical decision making and links made to respective professional competency and capability frameworks. The unit will explore the particular issue of unwise decisions and self-neglect. Links to the research evidence will take place in order to support clinical decision making.