Identifying, Assessing & Managing Mental Health Issues | AECC University College

Course - Postgraduate

CPD7005 Identifying, Assessing & Managing Mental Health Issues

Standalone Unit

Enhance your understanding of the identification, assessment and management of patients who present with a range of mental health issues.

Clinic setting
Course Title Identifying, Assessing & Managing Mental Health Issues
Qualification Standalone Unit
Study Mode Part-Time, Blended-Learning Unit
Duration 3 Months
Start Date 4-Jun-24, 11-Jun-24, 18-Jun-24, 25-Jun-24, 2-Jul-24, 9-Jul-24
Location Parkwood Campus, Bournemouth


Enhance your understanding of the identification, assessment and management of patients who present with a range of mental health issues. This standalone unit will explore management plans that incorporate effective use of therapeutic interventions to promote mental health and wellbeing in your patient caseload.

This unit is designed to support and empower experienced healthcare professionals whose core profession is not primarily in mental health, in relation to identification, assessment and management of patients who present with a range of mental health issues within their own non-mental health settings, including primary, intermediate, and secondary care areas.

You will learn through a mix of live and recorded lectures, with access to online reading materials and literature through our learning services. You will also engage with the contents taught through guided activities with your peers and staff.

Assessments for this unit will include coursework (100%).

Course Details



In this unit, you will have the opportunity to attend presentations and seminars that will provide the overall theoretical background for practice and how this all relates to the real world of everyday clinical practice. You will participate in group discussions where students explore, share, and apply knowledge to typical clinical situations. In addition, you will be encouraged to share clinical experiences with your student peer group, to gain appreciation of the broad application of principles and practice across a variety of patient groups, through facilitated student-led action learning groups.

You are expected to apply new knowledge and skills from undertaking this unit to your own caseload, to work with professional colleagues in practice, to demonstrate application of your learning and development into your everyday practice, in line with your scope of practice and professional code of conduct.

Why you should study this unit at AECC University College?

Our workforce development provision is designed to be aligned with professional practice, and adopt an approach of integrated learning, teaching, and assessment that is not only developing independent learning, but encouraging students to integrate theory and practice. The approach to learning and teaching within the course emphasizes: the diversity of learners, autonomy of learning, life-long learning, and a dynamic learning experience.

What you will learn on the course

In this unit, you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge on risk factors for common mental health factors in people with long-term physical health conditions and those presenting with acute mental or physical health problems; evaluate a range of interventions and services to support individuals experiencing mental health problems, in order to enhance your clinical practice from a person-centred and holistic care perspective. While developing your communication skills, interaction, and working in partnership with patients, families and carers, as well as collaborative working with other health, social care and voluntary sector professional colleagues.

Course location

Blended delivery model delivered through synchronous and asynchronous methods with additional resources available on VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).

Entry Requirements

Applicants for our Professional Development Units should usually be employed as registered healthcare professionals working in relevant clinical areas.

Ideally you will have a first degree in a health sciences related subject as a minimum or equivalent. If you do not meet this criteria please do contact us and we can discuss your application on a one to one basis. For units that have a work-based element, please ensure that you have your line manager’s support before applying.

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Why choose AECC University College

There are many benefits to studying at AECC University College, from our expertise and history in teaching health sciences, to our state-of-the-art facilities, on-site clinical training, and of course our location on the beautiful Bournemouth coast.

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