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Dual Diagnosis - Working with People with Co-Morbid Substance Misuse and Mental Health Needs - Level 7 - AC7019

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About this course

This course is part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form and gain authorisation from an appropriate decision maker within the NHS before sending it back to us.

Please note this module offers a variety of intake dates. Submit your application for the default month, which appears on the book now page, and indicate your preferred intake in the personal statement section from the date(s) listed in the orange box on this page. Your programme support team will be in touch to confirm your actual start date in due course. For further queries, please contact us by emailing

Policies published by the Department of Health (2014; 2016) reinforce the importance of people with mental health issues having access to services and treatment appropriate to meet their needs.

The care of people with co-morbid substance misuse and mental health issues (dual diagnosis) is complex (Nice, 2011:2016). Studying this module will equip you with knowledge that will increase your ability to work with people with dual diagnosis.

You will examine policies and guidance including that of NICE which inform the assessment and treatment of people with dual diagnosis. You will explore the effects of legal and illicit substances and their impact upon mental health and analyse interventions to address mental health and substance misuse issues. Furthermore, you will examine contributory factors linked with increased morbidity and premature mortality, such as poor physical health, to learn about health promotion and interventions to improve health. You will also learn about the importance of values based practice when working with people with dual diagnosis, the influence on the therapeutic alliance and its impact upon the recovery process.

Learn from the Best

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.

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.

Teaching and Assessment

You will learn in both the academic and workplace settings. During lectures and seminars you will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and debate topics in the subject area. You will also be able to access and use supplementary learning materials through the e-learning portal.

You will be assessed through a 3500 word essay that will discuss a case study relating to your practice in the work environment. This will enable you to appraise the evidence that informs practice and demonstrate the broad range of knowledge and skills required when dealing with service users with dual diagnosis. It will also demonstrate your ability to be able to reflect upon, and analyse your decision making in, determining and managing risk.

To prepare for this task you will do a summative assessment that will take the form of a presentation of your outline essay plan to your tutor and peers at which you will receive feedback from both tutors and peers. This feedback will be used to inform planning and writing of your essay and will enable your tutor to assess your level of knowledge and understanding gained from course materials.

Learning Environment

This course 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.


Research-rich Learning

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).


Your Future

Ensure you are up-to-date with the latest developments in research and practice to support working with people with co-morbid substance misuse and mental health needs.

Course info

Award Type 20 Credit, Level 7

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Workshops, Reflective Practice, Seminars and Directed Study

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start March 2018

This module would suit practitioners (e.g. Nurses, Medical Practitioners and Physiotherapists) who are actively involved with mental health and substance misuse services.

This course 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.

Applicants should be a qualified nurse or healthcare practitioner.

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