Clinical Practice Students

Promoting the Physical Wellbeing of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions

Promoting the Physical Wellbeing of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions

Level 6, 20 credits

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 structure

The course will be delivered by a variety of methods:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • practical
  • simulation
  • tutorials

All the sessions are taught by experienced nurses who have many years caring for acute and chronically unwell patients in the capacity of nurse clinicians, specialists and managers and have areas of clinical interest/expertise such as cardiac, renal and mental health.

This ensures 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 run over one semester, approximately 14 weeks, and will be delivered every other week for one full study day, all at LJMU site.

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.

Areas the programme covers includes:

  • clinical assessment
  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes
  • blood pressure
  • obesity
  • ECGs
  • COPD
  • smoking cessation
  • wound care
  • alcohol

Assessment is in two parts: case study worth 80%, presentation worth 20%.

Entry requirements

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

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development module can be studied within the MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice (Clinical) award framework or as a single CPD.

Study dates

Commences January 2017

How to apply

If your CPD course is funded by NHS North West, please apply through the CPD apply system. You can contact your Trust Training Lead for further advice on this process.

If you are funding the course yourself, please apply using the postgraduate online application form.

Further information

Further information is available in our CPD for healthcare professionals brochure.

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Education, Health and Community
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829

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