Mental Health Care in the Community

Course summary

This course is suitable for healthcare professionals who have an interest in developing an enhanced understanding of mental health care in the community.

The course will focus on issues directly relevant to mental health in primary care clinical practice. This course will use a bio-psychosocial framework to enable students to develop knowledge and skills in evidence-based interventions, mental health diagnosis, assessment and screening, pharmacological and psychological treatment interventions (including cognitive-behavioural approaches), collaborative case management and community engagement.

Learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate critical understanding and awareness regarding the prevalence and presentation of mental health problems within primary care
  • Critically analyse relevant government health policy underpinning the provision of effective primary mental health care
  • Identify and critically consider the benefits arising from collaborative case management within primary mental health care
  • Evaluate a range of empirically supported interventions in mental health within primary care and determine which ones are appropriate
  • Critique appropriate measures around effective risk management in relation to vulnerable mental health populations
  • Critically consider social and cultural aspects of mental health care


10/20 credits

The 10 credit pathway does not require the student to have access to patients or electronic clinical systems for data collection and as such provides an opportunity and is therefore suitable for overseas students.

The 20 credit pathway is only available to students who have current NHS registration.

Method of teaching

The formal taught component will be delivered over 3 full days using a combination of lectures and workshops and utilising clinical case scenario as a base for understanding evidence based practice. A pre course reading list will be provided to guide self-directed learning. 

Academics involved in delivery

 Professor Rich Withnall and other specialists in the field

Stand alone module

This module can also be taken as a standalone course if required. To apply, please contact Amy Partleton, Programme Administrator, 0121 414 2677,

Towards MSc/PGDip/PGCert

This is an optional module for students undertaking the Clinical Primary and Community Care  MSc/PGDip/PGCert programmes which can also be taken as a standalone course if required.

Entry Requirements

A relevant first degree or an equivalent professional qualification.

Course Details

27th February – 1st March 2017
3 day block of training

Is this course accredited?

10 credit
Closed Case Study    100%

20 credit
Open Case Study     70%
Clinical Audit assignment     30%


Accredited course fees: £500 (10 credits) or £600 (20 credits).
Course is available as individual CPD days at a cost of £150 per day.
For information on fees please contact the Programme Administrator.
This 3 day module can be taken without the assessment if required (but no credits will be awarded). 

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How to apply
For more information please contact Amy Partleton
Tel: 0121 414 2677