Taught course

Primary Care Mental Health Practice

University of Central Lancashire · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

All students on this programme must be in a position to work with clients in a primary care mental health social care setting and must produce written support from their employers to do this. Students must have evidence of recent level 3 study from a recognised institute of higher education. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed. Informal enquiries are welcomed and will normally be followed by an initial advisory interview.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme has been developed in response to a growing need for effective low intensity interventions in primary mental health care and is underpinned by a philosophy of person-centred care. It aims to promote the development and enhancement of primary mental health care by providing an advanced level learning environment. Through the programme you will develop a critical and reflexive approach to working and learning grounded in evidence-based practice. The programme aims to equip primary health care workers with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to work directly with clients by offering low intensity psychological therapies and to work as part of the wider primary care practice team.
Most mental health problems are managed in primary care. Improving access to services which can effectively treat people experiencing common mental health problems will have a major impact on the health and well being of the population. Primary care is now the cornerstone of the NHS and needs to be able to meet the growing demands placed upon it. By offering practitioners the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in low intensity interventions and guided self help for common mental health problems this course hopes to support a work force that can effectively meet the changing needs in primary mental healthcare.
Students will critically examine the history and development of primary care services and the impact that this has had on the developing culture of services and the roles and responsibilities of individuals in contemporary primary care mental health practice. You will also be introduced to concepts of mental health philosophies, models and frameworks for safe and competent mental health care. Collaborative skills in engagement, patientcentred interviewing, problem formulation, goal setting, clinical implementation and routine measurement, the promotion of medication concordance, co-ordination and referral will provide the focus of the course.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation40 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Post-registration Recruitment
+44 (0) 1772 893 836