Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatric Therapeutics by Distance Learning

The programme is supported by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP)
  • Written, taught and assessed largely by specialist mental health pharmacists but open to any healthcare professional with a suitable first degree and experience
  • The qualification is often a requirement for specialist clinical mental health posts in the NHS
  • No time needed away from employment 

  • An appropriate Degree from a UK university (e.g. Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing) or an equivalent qualification as agreed by the Programme Director.  
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification by taking an IELTS test. The minimum requirement is 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each section. . Find out more about our English language requirements

Duration of programme: 12 months (distance learning)

Start date: January

Distance learning available: Yes. All course material will be delivered electronically.

Deadline for application: Friday 16th December 2016

Please note you will be required to send in certified copies of your ID and qualification certificates by 16th December 2016 at the latest.

Fees 2016/7 entry:

UK/EU students - £3,000
International students - £3,000

Fees 2017/8 entry:

UK/EU students - £3,300
International students - £3,300

Bursaries are awarded to members of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) according to the need and merit on application to the Treasurer of the CMHP.

Six modules, two of which are introductory with the following four covering the major therapeutic areas of psychiatry:
  • An Introduction to Psychiatry
  • Underlying Principles
  • Schizophrenia
  • The Affective Disorders
  • Anxiety and Sleep Disorders
  • The Dementias and Related Disorders. 
The following learning methods will be used:
  • Study of authored text material, directed reading and self assessed exercises                     
  • Formative exercises and assignments                   
  • Additional reading    
  • Application within professional practice  

Assessment is by assignments and multi-response question papers, plus a final examination.

Please note from 2015 all course material will be delivered electronically.

This programme is the first stage for pharmacists in becoming a specialist mental health pharmacist.

It is also under taken by mental health nurses to increase their knowledge base especially those practicing or intending to practice as non-medical prescribers.

General practitioners and psychiatrists as well as graduates working in the pharmaceutical industry have also been past students.
The programme is supported by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP)

Course Director

Dr Ian Maidment has a broad pharmacy background having spent periods in the pharmaceutical industry, the acute sector and community pharmacy. However, the majority of his career (20 years) has been within the mental health sector mainly as a clinical pharmacist. He has also been chief pharmacist in two NHS Mental Health Trusts and led medication management education in an NHS Trust. He was awarded his PhD on medication error in dementia in 2013 and has a masters in research methods. He is a past chair of the UKPPG (UK Psychiatric Pharmacy Group) - predecessor organisation of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy, has advised the Department of Health and lectured widely on aspects of Mental Health Pharmacy. He has published approximately 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Teaching staff

Hannah Macfarlane has worked in general hospital, community pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry and prison pharmacy posts but has been a specialist mental health role since 2006.  Hannah achieved distinction in the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy and was awarded the Helen Tennant award for best overall student performance.  She is a credentialled member of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy and teaches regularly on behalf of the College.  Hannah is a member of the College Council and has been a clinical tutor on the Psychiatric Pharmacy courses since 2011.


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