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Course Outline

AccreditedStudy day
Electronic Pack
Study day at venue
Case study submission
CPD hours2006
Credits20 level 4

This sixteen week module aims to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills in the recognition and signposting of people with mental health issues. It is designed for Primary Health Care Assistants and other members of the frontline primary care team to gain knowledge and have an understanding of mental health, its impact and how best to support people with mental health difficulties.

Mental health is a component of 33% of presentations to GP’s and the most prominent cited reason for ‘fit notes’. In addition, people with long-term conditions are two to three times more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population. It is therefore crucial that all front line staff have a basic understanding of mental health, its impact and how to best support people with mental health difficulties.

Suitable For

Primary health care assistants or members of the wider health care team working in an area where they have contact with a practice population. As part of the assessment involves writing an essay, it is important that students have a good ability to write clearly in English. You can test yourself using the assessments in our Resources section.


Teesside University UCCE Mental Health Awareness in Primary Care 20 credits Level 4


Study day

Content Includes

  • Terminology used in mental health
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Mental illness
  • Mental health and stigma
  • Risk factors for mental illness
  • Ethical healthcare
  • Presentation of mental health difficulties
  • Diagnosis of mental health disorders including:
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder
    • Post traumatic stress disorder
    • Psychosis
  • Recognising issues
  • Responding empathically
  • Active listening
  • Understanding treatment option
  • Signposting and promoting help

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Students on the university accredited module will submit a 3000 word written portfolio comprising of four 750 word essays.

There is no assessment on the study day version of this course.

For more details about how the assessment works for University accredited courses, please see our FAQs section here.

This was a really informative and frank course which covered a difficult subject in a sensitive but honest way. Alison was extremely engaging and interesting to listen to. Definitely worth attending.

Student, Crow Trees