Physical Assessment Skills for Mental Health Professionals Module

Module code MHR 3607
MHR 4707       
Start dateJanuary/April
Duration Seven days
Attendance Part-time
Fees See Fees and funding below
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. 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.

The course is designed to enable you to maintain your employment while studying as it's spread over seven full study days with content aimed at developing understanding of biosciences as applicable to mental health nursing. Topics also include the anatomy and physiology of common medical/physical conditions in users of mental health service and the expected clinical management interventions informed by current evidence/guidance

The module is delivered through a series of lectures and workshops and the main aim is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to be able to identify, assess and manage common physical conditions in users of mental health services including referral pathways. It is expected that by the end of this course you will be able to assess the needs of a patient, including planning, implementing and evaluating the care they receive. You will 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 across mental health settings to help improve the parity of provision between physical and mental health care.

You will be expected to engage in self-study in addition to the taught hours. Your individual achievement will be assessed through a written exam (38 MCQs and 2 structured case study questions). Successful completion of the module will allow you to obtain 15 credits at Level 6/7 which can be put towards further study.

Course content

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 be taught how to conduct assessments and monitoring of  physical health needs of people suffering with mental illness.

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

  • Review of the literature on mental health and physical illness
  • Examine factors behind increased physical health issues in people with mental illness
  • Develop understanding of psychopharmacological interventions and monitoring of adverse effects
  • Principles of physical assessment, including respiratory system and diseases (i.e. COPD); endocrine system and diseases (i.e. diabetes)
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Vital signs and observations – National Early Warning Score (NEWS 2)
  • Practical skills session on (Blood pressure, Temp, Peak flow, Urinalysis)
  • Weight gain, metabolic syndrome and mental illness


You will be assessed via Multiple Choice Online Exam (38 MCQs and 2 structured case study questions).

Teaching dates

All days run from 9.00am - 4.30pm

Autum-Winter term 2020 - MHR 4707 Spring term 2020 - MHR 3607
Monday 6 January Tuesday 7 April
Monday 13 January Tuesday 14 April
Monday 20 January Tuesday 21 April
Monday 27 January Tuesday 28 April
Monday 3 February Tuesday 5 May
Monday 2 March - exam Tuesday 12 May
  Tuesday 19 May
  Wednesday 27 May - exam

How to apply

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

Apply for this module through our Nursing and Midwifery CPD application form.

Please note applications to this module will close 8 days before the module start date for all intakes (spring).

Fees and funding

The fees* below refer to the 2019/20 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Per credit: £60
15 credits: £900

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.

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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