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Physical healthcare for people with serious mental illness

This module aims to enhance student?s knowledge and understanding of the common physical health needs experienced by people with serious mental illness (SMI) and to enable students to assess, plan and deliver holistic interventions to improve physical health and wellbeing.

This module offers an overview of the issues and complexities relating to the physical health needs of people with smi and outlines the important role that mental health professionals can provide in supporting individuals to improve their physical health and wellbeing.


Learning outcomes:  

  • Critically appraise the political, legal, ethical and healthcare context and individual factors impacting the physical health of people with S.M.I.
  • Critically reflect upon the physical health needs of individuals with mental health problems.
  • Critically evaluate the role of healthcare practitioners and services in the assessment and identification of physical health needs and demonstrate an ability to undertake a systematic and holistic? assessment of need.
  • Critically discuss and demonstrate?? the range of interventions aimed at reducing the risk of poor physical health and improving physical wellbeing in people with S.M.I.
  • Critically discuss the delivery of effective health promotion to meet the needs of people with S.M.I.

Who is the module for:  

Healthcare practitioners working in an environment which enables them to undertake an assessment of need and to work with people with serious mental illness (SMI). This can be within an inpatient or community setting.

Module code:   HP6062X


Entry criteria:  

Number of credits and level of study:   15 credits at level 6.

Assessment:   Case study

Location:   St George's, University of London

Pattern of Delivery:   Course length: 5 teaching days


Module dates*

  • 5 sessions
  • Thursday 31 May 2018
  • Thursday 7 June 2018
  • Thursday 14 June 2018
  • Thursday 21 June 2018
  • Thursday 28 June 2018

*Dates may change

Fee:   £800

Module leader:  

Physical healthcare for people with serious mental illness