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Improving physical health needs in serious mental illness

Duration One day (6 hours online session)
Session LeaderHerbert Mwebe
Date Contact NHS study day Team for more information


This one-day training aims to address the physical health needs of people with mental illness by increasing your awareness to consider these needs opportunistically and to deliver physical health checks to this patient group. It will be of interest to staff from primary care-based practitioners, mental health and social care professionals working in inpatient and community settings.

Course content

This workshop provides participants with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in conducting physical health assessments and monitoring in service users with serious mental illness (SMI).

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

  1. Describe epidemiology related to poor physical health in SMI
  2. Identify the common physical/medical problems in SMI
  3. Examine factors behind poor physical health needs in SMI
  4. Describe the process/activities of conducting physical health assessment in SMI
  5. Outline the mandatory physical health checks/monitoring conducted in the SMI population (6\12 monthly checks)
  6. Develop and understand your role in physical health monitoring

Learning and teaching

Study mode: Synchronous online delivery via virtual classroom using one of the following web-based learning and teaching platforms (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 discussion, group feedback and recap/quiz.

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 £110
  • Sponsorship by your employer.

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

How to apply

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

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