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Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

Approaches to Long Term Conditions for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners
University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development


Course overview

This level 7 award enables experienced psychological wellbeing practitioners (PWPs) to deliver NICE recommended treatments for people presenting to IAPT services with long-term physical conditions such as diabetes, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, and cancer with accompanying low mood and/or anxiety.

Where you study

This award is delivered at the Centre for Professional and Executive Development, Darlington Campus.


Course details

What you study

  • Chronic disease management; incidence and prevalence of physical health problems across different cultures, ethnicities, and social classes
  • Common mental health problems in the context of long-term physical health conditions
  • Service models to provide integrated physical and psychological healthcare
  • NICE-recommended low-intensity interventions for specified conditions
  • Understanding long-term conditions - diabetes (type 1 and type 2), respiratory conditions (COPD), cardiac conditions, chronic fatigue and cancer with a positive prognosis
  • Assessment and shared understanding
  • How beliefs about illness and treatment influence coping behaviours
  • Adapting low-intensity interventions
  • Low-intensity interventions delivered using a group approach

How you learn

A range of strategies are used to support learning in the classroom including short lectures, presentations, roleplays and other activities. You are encouraged to share experiences and learning with other students, deliver presentations and facilitate group work. Scenario-based seminars develop your decision making and problem solving skills.

The e-learning environment is used extensively both before and between the face-to-face study days.

How you are assessed

The assessment will be through

  • A written exam to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and course of specified long-term conditions and their management.
  • An audio/video recording of a clinical session
  • A 2,000 word case report


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must be employed as a psychological wellbeing practitioner within an IAPT registered provider service. You must also have had at least one year post-qualification experience following completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Assessment and Intervention Skills for Psychological Wellbeing Practice or equivalent.



Career opportunities

This award enables psychological wellbeing practitioners to develop both a greater understanding of the issues involved in long-term conditions and the skills necessary to deliver evidence based treatments for these conditions.



2020 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:

  • Length: 5 study days over six months
  • Credits: 20, Level: Master’s
  • Enrolment date: March and September

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