Mental Health Across the Lifespan

Key information

Start date: 10 January 2023

Attendance dates:

January 2023: 10, 18, 25, 30
February 2023: 13, 22


Distance learning / Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:

  • Level
    7 (postgraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module aims

This module aims to:

  • Explore opportunities to promote and maintain good mental health when working with your client group 
  • Enable you to understand the range of mental health issues affecting clients in your practice area; identifying and evaluating interventions and services to support clients in practice.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Explore opportunities to promote and maintain good mental health when working with your client group
  • Identify and explore concepts of mental health issues
  • Evaluate interventions and services to support those experiencing mental health issues.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • The health professional's role in promoting mental health
  • Ways to enhance communication with service users and carers
  • Therapies used to treat mental health disorders
  • Mental health assessment
  • Ethical and legal issues in mental health care
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Disorders of children and adolescents
  • Disorders of the elderly
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Psychosomatic disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance misuse
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sexual disorders.

Learning and teaching methods

For the 2022/23 curriculum, our CPD modules will be delivered using hybrid learning. This means that depending on the subject and content of learning and teaching, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face to face and online delivery, as this has worked really well for our practice-based colleagues. A couple of modules will be delivered solely online, however for most modules face to face contact time and attendance at the university will be required.

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Student presentations
  • Lectures
  • seminars
  • Workshops
  • Discussions
  • case studies
  • E-learning
  • Seminars from expert speakers.



A summative assessment comprising of:

  • Submission of a 10-12 minute audio/visual digital recording. Within the recording you will reflect upon a scenario from your practice area and explore concepts of mental health and emotional well-being.
  • The recording will be supported by a 1,000 word analysis which explores and evaluates the underpinning evidence base of one intervention that you discuss in your video recording.

Course leader

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Corinne Drummond

Teaching Fellow/Co-lead for Non Medical Prescribing

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 7
  • Professional registration as a healthcare professional:
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Working in health and social care.

Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form. 

Please note: 

  1. Applications typically close four weeks before the start of the module or earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.
  2. It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.
  3. If you are registered on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course then you will need to complete an application form for each CPD module you wish to apply for.

Send your completed application to

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to module content) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the module. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a module with us. Read more.