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CAMH Understanding Common Presenting Problems - Level 6 - AC6730
Dates: TBC

**This module has been delivered for the 19/20 academic year. Dates and applications will be available for the 20/21 delivery at the end of June 2020. Please check back soon.**

This module is commissioned by Health Education England as part of its continuing workforce development (CWD) portfolio. If you are interested in participating, please complete the application form and gain authorisation from your Line Manager and your Trust Training Coordinator.

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place.

In order to assist you in completing your application we have attached guidance notes. Please refer to these while completing your application.

As part of your application you will need to upload a copy of your completed study leave approval form. If you do not attach your approval form to your application or it is incomplete this will delay your application and may impact you being offered a place on the module. Instructions on how to do this are in the guidance notes.





If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

National and International statistics identify that the prevalence of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) disorders is approximately 12.5%.  Developing a multi-agency strategy for child and adolescent mental health skills development across all children’s agencies is one of the central aims of all historical and contemporary children’s policy frameworks including “Every Child Matters”, the National Service Framework (NSF) for Adult Mental Health and for Children (more recently the Children and Young Peoples Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP- IAPT) and currently the publication of Future in Mind (2015) and Five Year Forward (2016) continue this direction of travel.  This module aims to provide practitioners with a critical understanding of the common emotional, behavioural and mental health issues experienced by children, young people and their families. The module may consolidate current knowledge and introduce new learning and create a discourse between theory, practice and government policy that inform service provision. The following themes will inform the content of the module:

  • Attachment difficulties Developmental Disorders in Children and Young People
  • Anxiety Disorders in Children and Young People Trauma in Children and Young People
  • Low self-esteem and depression
  • Substance misuse
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders in Children and Young People

You will use a critical, developmental and systemic approach to understand the factors that contribute to mental health difficulties in children and young people. This will allow you to accurately identify and critically explore common presentations within the CAMH specialism from a range of differing theoretical perspectives.

Course Information

Award Type 20 Credit, Level 6

Mode of Study
Part Time

Coach Lane Campus

Start Dates: TBC

Health, Sport and Social Care

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.  

The course consists of ten study days, five of which are university-based and five which are allocated as directed study days. This allows for the opportunity as adult learners to take responsibility for you own learning needs and identify specific areas of development that you may wish to pursue.

You will learn through a mix of lectures, seminars and directed learning activities. Throughout the CPD course a range of multi media and information technology strategies will be used. The use of the E-learning portal will be central to the delivery of the course content.

Assessment will be via a summative assessment consisting of a 3,000 word assignment aligned to the topic and themes of common presentations within CAMH.

You will also submit a formative clinical learning log. This log will be informed by the module learning outcomes and will provide a record of the learning process in practice.

This module is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.  

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

As well as enhancing your CV, this course will enable you to use the intellectual and theoretical skills gained to develop your practice in the area of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH). The course is also recognised as a desired requirement for obtaining employment in CAMH services.

This course would suit healthcare professionals working in the areas of Child and Adolescent Mental Health with an interest in developing their knowledge and practice in this area. It would also be of benefit to people who are working in non-CAMH settings but who come into contact with children and young people in their practice e.g. Paediatric Nurses and School Nurses.

Previous evidence of level 5 study

1. Critically analyse the factors that influence health and wellbeing and contribute to mental health difficulties in children, young people and families.

2. Identify and critically explore core and common presentations within the specialism of CAMH.

3. Formulate and critically understand core and common presentations from a range of differing theoretical positions/perspectives.

4. Hold critical discussions with their peers during workshops and in their written summative assessment.

5. Develop the characteristics of a Northumbria student as they work collaboratively with children / families within a range of emotional/behavioural issues.


If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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