CPD Promoting the Physical Wellbeing of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions

Level 6 (undergraduate), 20 credits

Start dates

To be confirmed

Course length

One semester

Course cost

Not available: TBC


City campus

Faculty of Health:

0151 231 5829


Course aim

The course will allow professionals from a Mental Health nursing background to review their skills and knowledge in terms of the physical health of mental health service users. The module aims to build on the experience Mental Health nurses offer their clients by enhancing their appreciation of the physical skills related to care. In addition, evaluating the health promotion needs and critically discussing the range of potential physical interventions required for people with mental health conditions.

Course content

This course enables and facilitates nurses to enhance parity of esteem by giving equal attention to the physical health of people with mental health problems as is given to the general population.

The subjects taught will be closely linked to common physical health conditions that people can have with mental health problems. This will ensure the programme delivered is pertinent and relevant to current practice.

Some examples within the programme are:

  • Clinical assessment and recognition of a deteriorating patient
  • Cardiovascular: A/P, assessment and treatment e.g. MI, stroke, hyper/hypotension, obesity
  • Health promotion
  • Respiratory: A/P, assessment and treatment e.g. disease and prevalence in mental health. COPD, asthma, management of breathlessness
  • Tissue viability: A/P, Wound healing process, wound assessment, dressing selection, aseptic no touch method
  • Endocrine: A/P, type 1 and 2 diabetes, hypo/hyperglycaemia

Teaching and learning

The course will be delivered by a variety of methods. All the sessions are taught by experienced nurses who have had many years caring for acute and chronically unwell patients in the capacity of nurse clinicians, specialists and managers and will have areas of clinical interest/expertise, cardiac, renal, mental health etc.

The methods of delivery will be by:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Practicals
  • Simulation
  • Tutorials

This is to ensure that sessions are stimulating, interesting, relate theory to practice and develop confidence in managing service users with physical needs requiring nursing interventions.

All sessions will be based on the most pertinent and latest evidence.

This course will be delivered every other week for one full study day at LJMU.

Entry requirements

The criteria for admission to the module require that candidates are currently working within an NHS Trust. Ideally candidates will have a minimum of a diploma (level 5).


You will be assessed via a presentation (worth 20%) and an essay (worth 80%).

CPD award

This CPD is stand-alone and is not within a wider award framework.

Further information

Information is available in our CPD for healthcare professionals brochure.

For further information please contact:

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829
E: Health@ljmu.ac.uk

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

Further guidance on programme changes.

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