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Dual Diagnosis (Working with People who have a Drug/Alcohol & Mental Health Problem) - HEA00047H

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Ian Hamilton
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Spring Term 2019-20
A1 Autumn Term 2019-20 to Spring Term 2019-20
A2 Autumn Term 2019-20 to Spring Term 2019-20
B Spring Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20
C Summer Term 2019-20 to Summer Vacation 2019-20
C1 Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

To explore the emerging evidence base for this client group. Using this and the best available practise to examine how participants can effectively work with this client group. The module will encourage inter-professional learning and collaboration by examining best practice. Also by facilitating an improved understanding of the roles that different professions have with this client group.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss and analyse the concepts of addiction and how this relates to health.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the commonly used illicit drugs and misused prescription drugs.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between mental illness and substance misuse.
  4. Identify the clinical skills used with this client group.
  5. Describe and critique different models of treatment and service delivery.
  6. Identify the implications of a Dual Diagnosis on physical health


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Department of Health (2002). Mental Health Policy Implementation Guide - Dual Diagnosis Good Practice Guide. London: DOH.
  • Graham, H.L. (2004). Cognitive-Behavioural Integrated Treatment (C-BIT). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Hamilton, I. (2000). Dangerous drug interactions. Nursing Times, 96(46), 41.
  • Hamilton, I. (2009). Substance use 1: background, risks and effects of commonly used drugs, and current issues. Nursing Times, 105(26), 16-18.
  • Hamilton, I. (2009). Substance use 2: nursing assessment, management and types of intervention. Nursing Times, 105(27).
  • Menezes, P.R., Johnson, S., Thornicroft, G., et al. (1996). Drug and alcohol problems among individuals with severe mental illness in South London. British Journal of Psychiatry, 168, 612-619.
  • Mueser, K.T., Noordsy, D.L., Drake, R.E. and Fox, L. (2003). Integrated Treatment for Dual Disorders. London: The Guilford Press.
  • National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (2002). Models of care for treatment of adult drug misusers. London: NTA/DOH.
  • Prochaska, J.O. and Diclemente, C.C. (1986). Towards a comprehensive model of change. In W.R. Miller and N. Heather (Eds.). Treating addictive behaviours: Process of change, New York: Plenum, 3-27.
  • Stockley, I.H. (2003). Stockley's Drug Interactions. London: Pharmaceutical Press.
  • Turning Point (2007). Dual Diagnosis Good Practice Handbook. London. [Online]. Available at:

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