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Mental health and wellbeing in primary care - online workshops A and B

  • Released: 06/2020
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 2h:30m

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to book onto this event if you have previously attended the Mental health and wellbeing in primary care study day.

This two part online workshop is only for pharmacy professionals completing one of the following learning pathways: Clinical pharmacists in general practice education, Medicines optimisation in care homes or Primary care pharmacy education pathways. You are only permitted to book and attend this online workshop if you are participating in one of these learning pathways.

This event will be delivered as two linked workshops one week apart so when you book the first event and it will automatically book you onto the second event at the same time the following week. The workshop involves team based learning which is why it's important for the same groups to do both workshops. We are using team based learning and there will be group work to complete between the two workshops.

The workshops are linked with participants working in the same small groups throughout the two sessions. It is therefore important that you attend both workshops.

If you are unable to attend both dates I would ask that you cancel both workshop dates and rebook a later pair as failure to attend one date will mean you will be marked as a non attender and therefore will not have completed the required learning.

The online workshop focuses on common mental health conditions seen in primary care. It will enable you to support patients with a mental health condition to optimise their medicines. It will combine principles of team-based learning (TBL) to facilitate networking and discussion whilst consolidating the underpinning knowledge about antidepressants, benzodiazepines and z-hypnotics. Teams will work through simple and more complex case studies to apply knowledge and share best practice.

This programme has been developed by University of East Anglia (UEA) who own the intellectual property and copyright.The online workshop will be delivered by Higher Education Institutes and specialist mental health pharmacists.



This programme is not openly available, please see the details above.

Learning objectives

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

  • explain how mental health conditions can impact on patients and their carers and the key priorities for maintaining good mental health
  • outline drug and non-drug management for depression
  • apply national guidelines, referral criteria and evidence-informed decision-making on depression to patient care in general practice
  • develop a plan to improve safety and quality for benzodiazepine and z-drugs prescribing in general practice
  • identify strategies for supporting patients to reduce or stop benzodiazepines and z-drugs.

How to use this programme

Our e-workshops are run online using Zoom video conferencing. When you book onto an e-workshop you will automatically be registered onto the Zoom meeting and will receive emails from the meeting organiser about how to join.

Please note: You will need to be connected to the internet for the duration of the e-workshop.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians