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Antipsychotics Essentials

Duration One day via online distance learning
Session Leader Herbert Mwebe


This one-day training which explores the basics of how Antipsychotic medications work, is designed for a wide range of health and social care professionals who experience client contact in any capacity.

This training benefits all health professionals (registered nurses, social workers, psychologists, student nurses, nurse prescribers, nursing associates, and health care support workers) involved in providing care for people with mental illness taking antipsychotic medication.

Course content

This study day aims to develop your knowledge and skills in providing safe care and clinical management of mental health service users taking antipsychotic medications. Particularly for staff who experience client contact and who are looking to enhance their practice, specifically those with a limited knowledge of how medications used in the treatment and management of psychosis, schizophrenia work (including clinical benefits and side effects).

By the end of the session, you should be able to:

  • Describe neuronal physiology, neurotransmission, and relevance to symptomatology of psychosis
  • Discuss biochemical theories posted in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia
  • Discuss pharmacotherapeutics of antipsychotic drugs and relevance in the treatment and management of psychosis
  • Outline indications for use of Antipsychotics
  • Outline and discuss side effects and management
  • Discuss best practice regarding medication and physical health management

Learning and teaching

This course is taught via synchronous online delivery using a web-based learning and teaching platform (e.g. MS teams, Kaltura new row, Adobe Connect, Zoom).

The content on the day will be delivered via a mixture of PowerPoint presentation, small group exercise and discussions, group feedback and recap/quiz.

How to apply

To apply for this course or for more information, please email our NHS study days team.

Fees and funding

There are several funding options available:

  • Receiving course fees via CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • Paying your own fees. This course is £120
  • Sponsorship by your employer (but not under a CPPD contract).

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

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