About the course
Patients with serious mental illness die 15-20 years earlier than members of the general population, and up to 60% that excess mortality is secondary to physical health conditions. The reasons for this are multifactorial, and include 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 compared with other members of the general population.
This two-day course is designed to address these factors, specifically aiming to improve the delegate’s confidence and skill-set in identifying physical complaints in this patient group, knowing when to worry, when to call for help, who to call, and with what information.
This course will cover the following topics:
Hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia: when should you start treatment in psychiatric patients?
Type 2 diabetes mellitus: considering specific management approaches in psychiatric patients
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
Prolonged QTc: when to worry and what to do about it
Cardiac side effects of clozapine: focussing on tachycardia, postural hypotension, and myocarditis
Clozapine and neutropaenia: when to worry, 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The price for a one day course is £229 per day.
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What you will learn from taking this course:
- 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
Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – psychiatry, Doctors, GP, GPVTS, ST4-7 – psychiatry
Lunch & refreshments provided
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The fusion of Education and the Health Service is extremely exciting and now indeed essential; I am thrilled that St Mary’s is at the forefront of this. I am truly invigorated to disseminate many nuggets of wisdom and tangible strategies gained yesterday to my entire school community.
The knowledge and skills help children in many areas e.g. friendships, learning, attitude, dealing with problems at home and school. Skills will stay with them as they progress helping them to be reflective and emotionally resilient.