Professional/Short course Medication Management in Mental Health Practice

Entry year
2023/24
Course code
UZZS36203
Application
University
Level
Professional/Short Course
Department
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Campus
Glenside
Duration
One semester
Delivery
Face-to-face
Course Director
Anthony Lacny

20 credit level 6 module

Page last updated 11 October 2022

Introduction

The 20 credit Medication Management in Mental Health Practice module will be taught using a mixture of approaches which include; problem-centred learning, seminars, lectures, discussions and case analysis, self directed learning, learning in practice.

On successful completion of this level 6 (undergraduate level) module, you will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • develop critical awareness of working with user and carer perspectives about the use of medication
  • demonstrate detailed knowledge of basic clinical psychopharmacology
  • evaluate critically legal and ethical issues that underpin the principles and practice of medication management
  • assess for complex symptomology and the inter-relationship of medication with users' lifestyles
  • critically analyse and implement evidence-based approaches to promoting concordance with medication in complex cases
  • critically appraise and apply risk management strategies to medication management, including the assessment and management of side effects
  • evaluate the practice of educational information to users and carers to ensure informed consent and safe practice
  • demonstrate enhanced awareness of the intentional use of the self in practice with users, carers and other workers

Careers / Further study

This level 6 (undergraduate level) module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care
  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Award

 

Structure

Content

The module syllabus typically includes:

Psychopharmacology

Pharmacology including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics; Anatomy and physiology as applied to prescribing practice; Basic principles of drugs to be prescribed absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion including adverse drug reactions (ADR), interactions and reactions, including illicit medication.

Legal and Ethical Issues

Mental Health Act (1983); Legal basis, liability and indemnity; Legal implications of advice to self-medicate including the use of complementary therapy and over the counter (OTC) medicines; Safe keeping of prescription pads, action if lost, writing prescriptions and record keeping.

Users, carers, concordance, education and information

Working with users and carers; attitudes towards medication; interaction with other treatments, e.g. psychotherapy educational approaches, media and information; factors affecting concordance, including  cognitive understanding, memory, attention and motivation; access to support; involvement of and with carers.

Assessment and Risk Management

Use of assessment scales in serious mental illness; symptomology; use of medication in crises;  side  effects; self-monitoring; use of side effects assessment scales; relapse prevention and management.

Self-Awareness

The concept of the self: thoughts, feelings and behaviour; the social self; use of supervision and reflection as a process of development of self-awareness.

Assessment

A 4,000 word critical incident analysis of a user's medication management.

Features

Study facilities

The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the facilities it provides.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

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Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Dates

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How to apply

How to apply

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Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Extra information

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