Psych 1

Psych 1 is a two-day residential training course to introduce pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other medicines management professionals to key mental health conditions.

Overview of course

The Psych 1 course introduces mental health, focussing on core clinical issues. Participants will learn about the diagnosis and classification of mental health, and key concepts and terminology. The course also covers national drivers and guidelines in the management of the conditions and options for treatment and management.

Who would benefit from this course

Our Psych 1 course is suitable for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other medicines management staff (eg nurses and non-medical prescribers) who are new to mental health.  It would also be suitable for those who want to learn more about the ways medicines are used, or those returning to practice in mental health after a break.

Course content

The Psych 1 course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Mental Health, including classification, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and the mental state examination
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Dementias
  • Consultation Skills to Improve Medicines Adherence

Practising specialist pharmacists deliver the course through direct teaching and workshop content which is peer reviewed. Each session aims to cover the presentation, diagnosis and treatment of the condition being presented. Participants are sent details of  pre-course preparation associated with the topics, enabling them to prepare and get as much as possible from the sessions themselves.  The programme also includes sessions on consultation skills and background mental health information.

Sessions vary in the amount they concentrate on pharmacology, but this is an inevitable presence.  Most sessions are practical though and aim to give delegates a good introduction to the use of the various agents in practice. 

The course has been running successfully for over 20 years and in our experience both pharmacists and technicians find it extremely valuable.  Feedback from technicians over the years has generally emphasised how accessible the material is made and subsequently how much they learnt.

2017 dates

Programme for March 2017: CMHP-Psych1-201703-programme.pdf

Applications and enquiries

To apply for the November 2017 course, please complete the application form:

Cost, including accommodation and meals: £370 (member); £470 (non-member). Day rates are as detailed on the application form.

To register for the courses and for administrative enquiries, please contact: Wendy

Please note: Applications for Psych events are acknowledged via confirmatory letter and invoice.  If you do not receive this within 5 working days of your application please contact Wendy directly on

For further information about the courses, please contact CMHP Education Lead Hannah Macfarlane:


The views expressed within teaching delivered by any individual during a CMHP event are those of the presenter and not of the CMHP itself. Materials are regularly reviewed for accuracy of content but anyone participating in any educational event hosted by CMHP must take professional responsibility for their own clinical decisions.

Any discussion on off-license or unlicensed medicine use must not be taken as unreserved support for such prescribing. Participants must be aware of the contents of all relevant Summaries of Product Characteristics as well as any relevant local or national guidelines when prescribing or giving prescribing advice.


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