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Risk Assessment and Management

Module code MHR 4605
Level 7
Credits 30
Start date June to September
FeesSee Fees and funding below
Module leader Ruairi Mulhern


This module has been designed to increase your skills and knowledge in the practise of identifying, assessing and reducing risks to patients. You'll 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).

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.


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'll 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're 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.

Fees and funding

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

Per credit: £60
30 credits: £1,800

*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.

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).

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