This Masters in Mental Health and Social Inclusion is a European Commission ERASMUS Lifelong Learning funded Programme which is being led by the University of Hertfordshire and partners in Italy, Portugal and Poland with key input from experts by experience

It has developed a successful and innovative online international Masters programme for all who are involved in mental health services, including leaders and potential leaders in the field of Mental Health that can be accessed by anyone, anywhere in the world who has Internet access

Background & Purpose

Mental ill health is a major concern for European governments,  their citizens, and mental health agencies, due to its high prevalence and the high personal and public costs of the social exclusion of people with the lived experience of mental illness.

Recovery in its new meaning of enabling people to live well with the illness and beyond it, is becoming the European preferred policy.

This project set out to develop this new Masters as a co-produced course with universities across Europe, with local mental health agencies, and experts by experience. We have now piloted the modules a first time round and on the basis of the feedback from all those involved, including the students, we have developed the programme even further.
The programme particularly focuses on the key issues of how recovery can be understood from the basis of research, and key organisations and publications in the field, and how these can then be applied within mental health systems  at practice and policy levels in order to take the aims  of recovery forward at these different levels, and for all involved, including service users and carers.

We have developed a particular focus on leadership in the Masters that is aimed at enabling innovation to be more facilitated in mental health agencies than is currently the case, with the idea of leadership not just being in terms of management, but also  in terms of development of innovative practice and policy with the inclusion of experts by experience at those different levels.

A very welcome outcome of this project has been the involvement of experts by experience not only in the development and review of the programme, but in terms of participation on the Masters. There is a high proportion of experts by experience who have successfully undertaken the modules and achieved awards, with a variety of positive outcomes for them and the programme.

Teaching and learning online in the English language coupled with both online and face to face tutorials follows the Lifelong Learning Strategy of Education and Training 2010 and in the ET 2020 frameworks, as well as the Bologna agreement on harmonisation of higher education.

Key modules of the programme include recovery partnership and collaboration in care, research and the application of skills learned on the course to policy development and everyday practice.

This innovative programme which received a Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in International Developments in 2014 has established a new European model for future higher education programmes in this field, as well as a template for recovery and social inclusion oriented leadership.


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