Medical update for mental health

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This course will be taking place online
Length and time
Multi days course
Course information
Course start date is passed
This course will be taking place online
Length and time
Multi days course
About the course

This two-day course is designed to address why patients with serious mental illness die on average 15-20 years earlier than the general population. It aims to improve your confidence and skillset in identifying physical complaints in these patients, knowing when and who to call for help, and with what information.

The reasons why mentally ill patients die earlier than the general public are multifactorial - including lifestyle factors, the physical side effects of psychiatric medication, poor engagement with medical services, and reduced likelihood of obtaining gold standard quality of care from medical professionals when presenting with a physical complaint.

The teaching format will combine a series of case studies of patients previously treated by the course organisers, combined with group discussion and short lectures. Course material will be provided that will complement each session.

If you want to book day 1 or day 2 in isolation, please contact The price for a one day course is £229 per day.

Course Programme

This course will cover the following topics:

Day 1

  • Hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia: when should you start treatment in psychiatric patients?
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus: considering specific management approaches in psychiatric patient
  • Weight gain in psychiatric patients: considering specific causes (including the role of psychiatric medication) and non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches to its management
  • Shortness of breath
  • Smoking cessation in psychiatric patients: insight from approaches at the Maudsley Hospital
  • Chest pain
  • Prolonged QTc: when to take action and what to do
  • Cardiac side effects of clozapine: focusing on tachycardia, postural hypotension, and myocarditis.

Day 2

  • Clozapine and neutropaenia: when to act and what to do, special considerations for patients with benign ethnic neutropaenia, and specific discussion around the pros and cons of strategies to increase neutrophil counts
  • Sepsis: identification and management
  • Anaemia
  • Weight loss: investigation thereof, and cancer screening in psychiatric patients
  • Raised creatinine: the role of psychiatric medication and how renal failure may necessitate a change in your prescribing practice
  • Electrolyte disturbance: causes in psychiatric patients, when to worry, and what to do about it
  • Hypo- and hyper-thyroidism in psychiatric patients
  • Deranged liver function tests: the role of psychiatric medication and how hepatic failure may necessitate a change in your prescribing practice
  • Constipation with a particular focus on clozapine-induced gastrointestinal hypomotility
  • Autoimmune encephalitis: how to identify it, and what to do when it is suspected
  • Stroke: identification and management.

Learning objectives
Describe the link between severe mental illness and major physical comorbidities Assess common physical health conditions in patients with chronic mental illness and recommend evidence-based management
Determine when to refer for specialist input and identify appropriate referral pathways Safely and effectively manage risks associated with clozapine

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Target audience
Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – psychiatry, Doctors, GP, GPVTS, ST4-7 – psychiatry
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