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PA50200: Mental health

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Medicines Optimisation Tool (CW 70% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Case Based Discussion (CW 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Reflection (CW 10% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To update underpinning pharmacology, physiology and pharmaceutical knowledge for the prescribing and care of people with the most common mental health problems. Professional, legal and ethical aspects associated with prescribing and medicines management issues in this population group will also be discussed.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Describe and analyse the role of the healthcare professional / pharmacist in prescribing, administration and monitoring of medication for patients with mental health problems (knowledge and understanding).
2. Explain the disease and patient monitoring factors in this therapeutic area (knowledge and understanding, professional practical skill).
3. Critically evaluate the evidence base for the management of mental health problems (intellectual skill).
4. Reflect on their own practice in supporting patients with these conditions and identify areas for continuous improvement (personal transferable skill).


* Planning & organisation (Taught / Facilitated)
* Handling information (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Written and verbal communication (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Working with others (Taught / Facilitated)
* Scientific & practical skills (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Improving learning & performance (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Problem solving (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed).


* An introduction to good mental health (public health role, HoN, NSF etc)
* Legislation and ethics in mental health prescribing
* Anxiety and insomnia
* Depression
* Psychosis and schizophrenia
* Bipolar disorders and mania
* The dementias
* Substance misuse.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA50200 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.