“Mental Health Matters”

Non-Medical Prescribing Update Training

Up to 35 delegates


The Course Aim

To update participants in safe effective prescribing and monitoring for people needing psychotropic medications for mental health matters.


Learning outcomes

 By the end of the session participants will have an increased understanding of:

  • Pharmacology of commonly used psychotropic medications
  • Pharmacological management of mental illness using current NICE guidelines
  • Monitoring requirements for psychotropic medications
  • Significant drug interactions to consider when prescribing for people taking psychotropic medications
  • Common side effects of psychotropic medications
  • Impacts of commonly prescribed physical health medications on mental health


Course content

This update will utilise lectures and small group work to enhance participants understanding of mental health illnesses and treatments. There will be an overview of the pharmacology of psychotropic drugs including national guidance.  The course will be adapted on the day to the requirements of the participants. Case-studies will be used to consolidate learning and applicants are invited to bring along cases for discussion.



Karen Bartlett is a pharmacist non-medical prescriber working in Kent and Medway Partnership Trust. She worked from 1988 to 2004 in the pharmaceutical industry managing international clinical trial programs. Since qualifying as a pharmacist in 2009 she as worked in acute and mental health hospitals. In her current role she prescribes in a crisis team and runs a medication clinic in a community team. She is the trust lead for Non-Medical Prescribing and is passionate about supporting nurses and pharmacists to achieve their potential as prescribers.