NCFE and Tyneside Mind work together to develop new mental health qualification

Case Study Wednesday 14 December 2016

National awarding organisation NCFE and mental health charity Tyneside Mind have worked collaboratively to develop the Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health. The new qualification, available for learners aged 16 and above, is designed to increase learners’ knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing.

NCFE is committed to designing fit-for-purpose qualifications and encourages stakeholders to be involved in the development. As part of this, NCFE regularly organises qualification development and scoping activities, inviting relevant employers and stakeholders to participate. This enables NCFE’s development team to ensure new qualifications meet the needs of the sector, by gaining a greater insight into the knowledge that employers value from their staff.

In this instance, Tyneside Mind, a charity that delivers mental health services across Tyneside and Northumberland, contributed to the development of the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health.

Emily Pearson, Training Consultant at Tyneside Mind, attended an NCFE scoping day and provided a letter to support the regulation of the qualification. As a key participant of the group with in-depth knowledge, Emily’s involvement was extremely valuable and helped to ensure that everything included in the qualification was relevant and up-to-date.

Emily commented: “When NCFE invited me to advise on the development of this qualification, I was happy to do so to ensure it contained everything that employees need to know to be equipped to work in the mental health field. The result was a very comprehensive qualification, made up of interesting content that will help individuals to understand mental health in a lot more detail.”

The Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health is designed to allow the learner to develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing, supporting progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector.

Christine Paxton, Head of Product Development at NCFE, said: “We enjoyed collaborating with Tyneside Mind. It is important for us to develop qualifications that will directly benefit employers, learners and the health and social care sector, as we recognise the increased demand for social care staff in England.

“We encourage employers to make use of this approach of developing qualifications, as it supports learners’ progression into employment. We’ve recently launched the ACORN online community, which is open to a wide network of employers and stakeholders and actively encourages members to share qualification ideas.”

If you’re interested in working with NCFE to develop qualifications in your sector, please visit the ACORN online community or email [email protected].