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Risk Assessment and Management

Module code

MHR 3605 (level 6)
MHR 4605 (level 7)

Level 7
Credits 15
Start date June 2022 (1 week intensive)
Fees See Fees and funding below
Mode of delivery Online (via mixture of virtual classroom and blended activity where possible)
Module leader Ruairi Mulhern


This module has been designed to increase your skills and knowledge in the practice of identifying, assessing, and reducing risks to patients. You will ensure and promote high standards of clinical and patient safety in risk assessment and management.

This module is ideal for health care professionals, particularly those working in mental health settings (inpatient wards, community).

This module has been developed to assist mental health practitioners enhance their skills in risk assessment and risk management. You will focus on risk assessment and management related to a variety of service user issues, mental health problems, multi-professional and multi-disciplinary working. It will be underpinned by theoretical evidence from a range of sources including psychiatry, nursing, social work, research evidence and service user experience.

The module will promote the knowledge and practice of preventative strategies and positive risk-taking in the whole risk process and emphasises throughout that the use of physical intervention and confinement remain a last resort.

Contact R.Mulhern@mdx.ac.uk for more information

Course content

During this module, you'll learn to:

  1. Evaluate the contemporary evidence that underpins effective risk assessment and management in the mental health services
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based practice in risk assessment and management
  3. Illustrate how complex, high-risk situations can be managed within a positive risk taking framework
  4. Explore advanced decision-making skills in complex and unpredictable situations
  5. Reflect on your professional and organisational developments in respect of risk.

Teaching and learning

The current COVID-19 situation and ongoing uncertainty and challenges surrounding social distancing rules has impacted on how we deliver learning and teaching. To this end, all our short courses, modules and programmes will be delivered this autumn onwards through a mix of online/virtual and face to face modes where possible.

You will be taught using a variety of learning and teaching methods, including study days; to develop and enhance your knowledge; and lectures, seminars and workshops which are interactive to encourage group discussion and student participation.

Online learning guides such as course materials and directed exercises will also be available as well as additional resources on risk assessment and management and associated practice-based skills.

When not in class, you will be able to apply your new and developed skills and knowledge in your current organisation and further develop and reflect upon the classroom learning in practice.


For your assessment, you will have the opportunity to research an area of risk management you are interested in focusing on a chosen client. You will first submit a 750-word outline of coursework detailing your reasons for choice and the discussion focus. This will be submitted via an active learning set with peer feedback provided. You will then complete a 3,000-word essay of your research and analysis.

Teaching dates

All days will run between 9.30am to 4.00pm for a week (dates TBC) in June 2022. The summative assessment will be due in September 2022.

How to apply

To be eligible for this module, you must provide evidence of an ability to study at Level 7.

Apply for this module through our online application form.

Please note applications to this module will close 10 days before the module start date for all intakes (spring).

Fees and funding

The fees* below refer to the 2020/21 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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