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Physical Assessment Skills for Mental Health Professionals Module

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MHR 3607
October 2018
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Seven days
Plus one day for OSCE
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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.


All days will run from 9.00am - 4.00pm

  • Tuesday 16 October
  • Tuesday 23 October
  • Tuesday 30 October
  • Tuesday 6 November
  • Tuesday 13 November
  • Tuesday 20 November
  • Tuesday 27 November
  • Monday 10 December - exam date

*subject to change

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 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
  • Homeostasis and how this links to body systems
  • 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, Peakflow, Urinalysis)
  • Weight gain, metabolic syndrome and mental illness


You will be assessed via an OSCE (70%) and MCQ exam (30%).

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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