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Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Mental Health Care Worker

Develop your understanding of the principles of the mental health care worker

The Skills Network


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This course is available via government funding, so at no cost to you. To be eligible for funding, ...

Study method
Distance learning, self-paced
12 weeks
No formal qualification
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  • Tutor is available to students

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This course will equip you with a detailed understanding of mental health and mental health issues, the principles of the mental health care worker, approaches to care and management and the duty of care in adult health and social care, and change and support in relation to mental health.


This course is split into 5 units:

Unit 1: Mental Health and Mental Health Issues

  • Section 1: The concept of mental health
  • Section 2: Common types of mental health problems and illnesses
  • Section 3: The legislation and guidance that applies to those with mental health problems.

Unit 2: Principles of the Mental Health Care Worker

  • Section 1: The different roles and responsibilities for working in mental health
  • Section 2: How continuous professional development improves own practice
  • Section 3: How own well-being improves practice
  • Section 4: The Mental Capacity Act 2005 when Working in Mental Health Care

Unit 3: Approaches to Care and Management in Mental Health

  • Section 1: The key features of the care planning process
  • Section 2: Aspects of good practice in the care planning process.

Unit 4: Understand Duty of Care in Adult Health and Social Care

  • Section 1: What is meant by "duty of care"
  • Section 2: Dilemmas and conflicts relating to duty of care
  • Section 3: How to recognise and report unsafe practices
  • Section 4: The impact of own actions on individuals and others
  • Section 5: The importance of consent in health and social care practice.

Unit 5: Understanding Change and Support in Relation to Mental Health

  • Section 1: How mental health change occurs
  • Section 2: The role of others in the individual's mental health change
  • Section 3: The treatment options available to manage mental health problems
  • Section 4: How to access information to support understanding of mental health issues.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is aimed at anyone looking to develop their understanding of mental health and the role of the mental health care worker. This qualification covers the skills and knowledge needed to understand approaches to care and management in mental health, the duty of care, and the principles a mental health care worker is required to have.


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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.