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Medication Management in Mental Health Practice

Course Details

Course/Module Code





22-23 Non-Accredited 20 credits



22-23 Accredited 20 credits



Course Dates

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Course Dates

Course Information : CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS 29/03/23 If the closing date has passed please contact us for availability. PLEASE NOTE: once your application status is showing as registered, it will take up to 5 working days for your login details for MyUWE to be issued by email. Please only contact us if you have not received after this time. Submission date: 14th June 2023 Module will be taught all Face to Face - Room TBC



Attendance days for the course

Wednesday - 12 April 2023GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:30 - 16:00
Wednesday - 19 April 2023GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday - 26 April 2023GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday - 03 May 2023GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday - 10 May 2023GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday - 17 May 2023GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday - 24 May 2023GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday - 31 May 2023GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00




A 4,000 word critical incident analysis of a user's medication management.



Careers/further study

This level 6 (undergraduate level) module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care
  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Award



The module syllabus typically includes:


Pharmacology including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics; Anatomy and physiology as applied to prescribing practice; Basic principles of drugs to be prescribed absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion including adverse drug reactions (ADR), interactions and reactions, including illicit medication.

Legal and Ethical Issues

Mental Health Act (1983); Legal basis, liability and indemnity; Legal implications of advice to self-medicate including the use of complementary therapy and over the counter (OTC) medicines; Safe keeping of prescription pads, action if lost, writing prescriptions and record keeping.

Users, carers, concordance, education and information

Working with users and carers; attitudes towards medication; interaction with other treatments, e.g. psychotherapy educational approaches, media and information; factors affecting concordance, including  cognitive understanding, memory, attention and motivation; access to support; involvement of and with carers.

Assessment and Risk Management

Use of assessment scales in serious mental illness; symptomology; use of medication in crises;  side  effects; self-monitoring; use of side effects assessment scales; relapse prevention and management.


The concept of the self: thoughts, feelings and behaviour; the social self; use of supervision and reflection as a process of development of self-awareness.

Course Director

Anthony Lacny


The 20 credit Medication Management in Mental Health Practice module will be taught using a mixture of approaches which include; problem-centred learning, seminars, lectures, discussions and case analysis, self directed learning, learning in practice.

On successful completion of this level 6 (undergraduate level) module, you will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • develop critical awareness of working with user and carer perspectives about the use of medication
  • demonstrate detailed knowledge of basic clinical psychopharmacology
  • evaluate critically legal and ethical issues that underpin the principles and practice of medication management
  • assess for complex symptomology and the inter-relationship of medication with users' lifestyles
  • critically analyse and implement evidence-based approaches to promoting concordance with medication in complex cases
  • critically appraise and apply risk management strategies to medication management, including the assessment and management of side effects
  • evaluate the practice of educational information to users and carers to ensure informed consent and safe practice
  • demonstrate enhanced awareness of the intentional use of the self in practice with users, carers and other workers

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20 credit level 6 module

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