Content and Modules
What will I study?
Policy and good practice guidelines, e.g., DOH, NICE.
Principles of psychopharmacology.
Issues related to polypharmacy.
Good practice in assessment and care planning: identifying the role of medication within holistic mental wellbeing.
Risk assessment and management including : the use of assessment scales, managing side effects, medication in crisis intervention, relapse prevention.
Professional, ethical and legal issues, e.g. non-concordance, capacity and informed consent.
Health promotion and psychoeducation. Prevention and management of co morbid physical health problems.
Evidence based interventions: Concordance Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Supporting service user and carer empowerment, self management strategies and facilitating the Expert Patient.
Service users narratives and experience in relation to medication.
Medication management issues in specific settings, e.g. inpatient, community; the needs of children and young people and the older person.
How will I be assessed?
The summative assessment is in two parts:
A 2000 word assessment report for a service user you have worked with which identifies their needs specifically in relation to medication management (weighting, 50%)
A 2000 word proposal of care which focuses on addressing one of the needs which you have identified. The area of focus may be negotiated with the module leader but possible examples may be:
- Safety and risk management issues.
- Physical health/ health promotion.
- Giving information and exploring/ addressing beliefs about taking medication.
- Developing independence and self management skills. (weighting, 50%)
If you are already registered on a diploma or degree programme it is advisable to inform your course leader that you will be undertaking this module. This will enable your course leader to undertake the vital task of tracking your academic journey.