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Risk Assessment & Management in Mental Health Across the Lifespan CPPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

Within this module you will develop a greater knowledge and depth of understanding of risk assessment and management in mental health enabling you to apply sound ethical leadership and clinical judgement. A wider socio-economic, cultural and political perspective will be considered when identifying the origins of ‘risk’ and a strong emphasis will be placed on a person & family centred approach for the promotion of high quality, compassionate, effective and ethical practice.

The challenges that certain risk presents to professional leadership will be examined and analysed, such as suicide and self-harm risk; forensic risk; substance misuse and dual diagnosis; violence and aggression. Additionally, you will explore issues promoting the identification and application of safeguarding and protection of vulnerable children, young people and adults at risk of abuse.



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0



In this module you will critically examine the evidence base surrounding risk assessment that identifies predictability; systemic approaches; vulnerability for the child, adult and older adult; dangerous and suicidal behaviours; person centred interventions. A significant emphasis within this module will focus on:

  • positive risk management
  • collaboration with the service user and others involved in care
  • the importance of recognising and building on the service user’s strengths
  • the organisation’s role in risk management alongside the individual practitioner’s

An overall aim of this module is support the student developing a deep understanding of ‘clinical judgement’ in regard to risk.