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Physical Assessment Skills for Mental Health Professionals Module

Learn about the course below
Code
MHR 3607
Start
Autumn 2017
Spring 2018
See the Overview tab for dates
Duration
Seven days
Plus one day for OSCE
Attendance
Part-time
Fees
See the Fees and Funding tab
Course leader
Herbert Mwebe

Enhance your knowledge and ability to assess and manage physical illness in mental health clients through our short course designed for a wide range of practitioners including social workers, occupational therapists and registered nurses.

Why study the Physical Assessment Skills for Mental Health Professionals Module at Middlesex University?

At Middlesex we understand the needs and challenges for mental health practitioners working with clients in a wide range of settings. That's why we have developed this course to be beneficial for professionals from multiple backgrounds including nursing, counselling, volunteering and the independent sector.

Designed to enable you to maintain your employment while studying, this short course is divided over five full study days covering anatomy, physiology and theory in the mornings, followed by practical clinical skills in the afternoons. Taught by experienced practitioners and specialists at our state-of-the-art London campus and delivered through a series of lectures and workshops, this course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to screen, identify, assess and manage physical illness including referral to more appropriate services when necessary.

By the end of this course you will be able to fully assess the needs of a patient, including planning, implementing and evaluating the care they receive. You will also develop crucial clinical skills in physical assessment that can be applied in a diverse range of mental healthcare settings. Armed with these valuable skills you will not only be more effective in your practice but increase your employment prospects and obtain 15 credits at Level 6 that can be put towards further study.

Dates

IntakeDateTime
Autumn Term 2016Tuesday 3 November
Tuesday 12 November
Tuesday 17 November
Tuesday 24 November
Tuesday 1 December
Tuesday 8 December
Tuesday 15 December 
9:30am - 4:30pm
Spring Term 2017Tuesday 4 April 
Tuesday 11 April
Tuesday 18 April
Tuesday 25 April
Wednesday 3 May
Wednesday 10 May
Tuesday 16 May
Tuesday 30 May 
9:30am - 4:30pm

What will you study on the Physical Assessment Skills for Mental Health Professionals Module?

This short course is devised to enable you to maintain your professional employment while studying by attending weekly study days at our London campus. Delivered over five full days you will focus on anatomy, physiology and theory in the mornings before moving onto practical clinical skills in the afternoons, usually with a clinical specialist.

Through a series of lectures and workshops you will explore the following topics:

  • Review of the literature on mental health and physical illness.
  • Homeostasis and how this links to body systems.
  • Assessing physical side effects of medication.
  • Principles of physical assessment, including respiratory system and diseases (i.e. COPD); endocrine system and diseases (i.e. diabetes); cardiovascular system and diseases (i.e. CHD).
  • Anatomy and physiology, including the endocrine system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system.
  • Skills session on cardiovascular assessment (BP, pulse, pulse ox, blood gases).
  • Care planning for coronary vascular and respiratory problems.
  • Skills session on respiration assessment (respirations, finger clubbing, peak flow).
  • Skills session on urinalysis and blood glucose monitoring.
  • Care Planning for diabetes in mental health settings.
  • By the end of this course you will have the skills to assess a client's condition and the knowledge to apply appropriate clinical interventions (i.e. screening tools) and care planning.

Assessment

You will be assessed via an OSCE (70%) and online exam (30%) via Unihub, our student portal.

To be eligible for this module, you must provide evidence of an ability to study at Level 6.

If you are studying this programme and your fees are being paid for by an NHS Trust under contract with the University, then please download an application form by following the link from our CPD health webpage.

If you are studying this programme and your fees are not being paid for by an NHS Trust under contract with the University (for example, you are funding your own studies), then please complete the Middlesex University application from our postgraduate applications webpage.

There are several funding options available:

  • receiving course fees via CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • paying your own fees
  • sponsorship by your employer (but not under a CPPD contract).

For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

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