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e-course

Mental health


  • Released: 04/2014
  • Reviewed: 01/2020
  • Study time: 40h:0m
  • Start date: 20/07/2020

The overall aim of this course is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to support people with mental illness that you encounter in your practice. Following an introduction to mental health we will concentrate on: depression, anxiety disorders and insomnia, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, older people and dementia and children and adolescents. We will conclude by looking at supporting people with mental illness across all care settings. By engaging fully and actively with the content you will feel more confident in providing advice to people with mental illness and be ready to deliver a high quality service.

Please note: This programme now runs for 12 weeks.

Learning objectives

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • describe more about what is meant by the terms 'mental health problem' or 'mental illness'
  • describe the presentation and management of at least five mental illnesses
  • list the main classes of medicines used in the management of five mental illnesses and how and when they are used
  • describe the non-pharmacological approaches in the management of five mental illnesses
  • access the relevant National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance and resources
  • identify approaches to improve your consultation skills with people with mental illness using a person-centred approach
  • explain the key role the pharmacy team has in supporting people with mental illness to make decisions about their medicines and optimise their outcomes
  • describe the challenges in supporting people with mental illness in different care settings and across care interfaces.

How to use this programme

Our e-courses are run online. The programme runs in Canvas™ and you will be registered by CPPE and informed of your login details. This e-course is tutor supported. This means that you work through the course at a defined pace and are aided throughout by an experienced CPPE tutor. Each week you will be given reading and activities to complete and you will be able to network with other participants on the course. There is a menu on the left hand side of the page to navigate through each area and you can access each unit and its content separately.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees

Please watch the video before accessing the programme.