Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice

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Who should attend this course?

This module is aimed at trainees studying MRC psychiatric exams, mental health practitioners, clinicians with a special interest, GPs and GP registrars. 

Course content

This module is designed to provide a critical overview of evidence-based psychiatric diagnostic tools and treatment interventions including self-help orientated approaches applicable to support the psychiatric care of mental health service users. Students will develop critical analytical skills necessary in working within different therapeutic frameworks with people experiencing mental health problems.

 The content will include:

  • Diagnostic Theory and Classification
  • Neurological and Cognitive Examination
  • Physical Examination and Laboratory Investigations in Psychiatry
  • How to conduct a good psychiatric interview/ Examinations
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Basic psychology/ Socio-Psychopathology 

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  • Learn: The Foundation skills in psychiatric practice course is designed to provide a critical overview of evidence-based psychiatric diagnostic tools and treatment interventions including self-help orientated approaches applicable to support the psychiatric care of mental health service users.
  • Credit/level: Successful completion of this course awards 30 credits at level 7

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Course fees

Credit level for this course: Postgraduate level 7 (30 credits)
This course is priced as a classroom based course. 

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Contract funding for NHS staff

The University is contracted by the NHS to provide post-registration education/CPD and training for its health professionals. If you are an NHS employee contact the senior manager responsible for post-registration education/CPD in your Trust to check if the course you wish to attend can be supported by the Trust's contract with our University.

Teaching methods

Where is the module taught and by whom?

This module is taught at the University of Hertfordshire College Lane Campus, Hatfield. This module will be taught by Jackie Knight.

Computer Equipment Requirement

Delivery of the module incorporates blended learning which aims to combine e-learning activities with campus based learning. You need to have access to a suitable personal computer and a good reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended). Most modern PCs or Macs (less than 3 years old) should be suitable. If you have any queries or need any additional support with IT skills, the School employs an e-learning technologist who will be pleased to help and advise you Students should have registration with a relevant UK professional body; Two years full time (or equivalent) experience within a relevant field; employment in, or access to, an appropriate area of psychiatric practice whilst enrolled on the programme.