Mental Health Officer (PgCert)

Robert Gordon University


PgCert Mental Health Officer Award.

As a Mental Health Officer (MHO) you will assess individuals experiencing mental disorder who may need compulsory measures of care and treatment. The role carries considerable autonomy and responsibility as well as the opportunity to positively impact on lives and make a positive contribution to society.

This important and complex role involves working alongside medical and legal professionals in order to safeguard the health, safety, wellbeing and rights of people. This course ensures that you are trained and assessed to the highest of standards, through strong partnerships with a range of key stakeholders.

Local authorities are centrally involved in the course design, delivery and management in order to ensure that their responsibilities under legislation are addressed and the training course remains fit-for-purpose.

Entry Requirements

The course is specifically designed for social work practitioners with at least 2 years post-qualifying experience who are nominated by their local authority employers to train as Mental Health Officers. You will remain in employment throughout the course.

Start Date



Postgraduate Certificate

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

1 year


School of Applied Social Studies

SCQF Level



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