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Cognitive & Behavioural Strategies for Enabling Mental & Physical Health - HEA00067M

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: GSL503
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

The impact of living with a long term condition is being increasingly recognised in the Transforming Community Services programme (Department of Health 2011). There is a developing emphasis on helping people with long term conditions (LTC) such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes and cancer to manage the psychological and practical consequences of their illness. Long term conditions include both physical and psychological factors, which can actually lead to mental illness such as stress, depression
and anxiety.

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the key skills used in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), including screening, assessment, initial formulation and strategies used for a range of differing physical and psychological presentations. These will be related to working with people experiencing LTCs. The purpose is to enable students to develop a systematic understanding of how an individual experiences living with a long term condition and gain a comprehensive understanding of the role of CBT in enabling people with LTCs to be as independent as possible and in control of their lives (up to and including the end of life). Students will be encouraged to work with individuals to apply and critically evaluate the impact of CBT upon this population based upon analysis of their own practice and critical appraisal of the evidence base.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the impact of living with a long term condition, including factors, which impact upon the individual's ability to manage this, including social, environmental, physical and psychological factors.
  2. Appraise and interpret the literature underpinning screening, assessment and formulation in CBT for people with long term conditions.
  3. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of suitability factors for using a CBT approach to support cognitive and behavioural change relating to long term conditions, including contra-indications for treatment, the role of pharmacological interventions, substance misuse and co-morbidity.
  4. Assess risk factors associated with psychological factors in long term conditions and integrate risk management within treatment plans, taking account of suicide risk and generating practical strategies for managing suicidality in the absence of complete data.
  5. Demonstrate proficient application of the CBT model of assessment for patients with common psychological and physical health problems, taking into account clinical manifestations, co-morbidity, past history, present life situation, course and outcome in determining suitability for CBT, being able to give a clear rationale for all clinical decision making.
  6. Sensitively adapt CBT according to individual circumstances and ensure equitable access for people from diverse cultures and with different values, through effective use of the therapeutic relationship.
  7. Critically evaluate their own performance, with reference to literature and create an action plan for further skills development


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100
Objective Structured Clinical Examination - HS Dpt
Screening OSCE
N/A 0

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100
Objective Structured Clinical Examination - HS Dpt
Screening OSCE
N/A 0

Module feedback

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

Indicative reading

  • Beck, J. (2011). Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond. 2nd edn. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Cullum, N., Ciliska, D., Haynes, R.B. and Marks, S. (2008). Evidence-based Nursing: An Introduction. London: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Department of Health (2011). Delivering better mental health outcomes for people of all ages. London: HMSO.
  • Greenhalgh, T. (2010). How to read a paper. The basics of evidence based medicine. 4th edn. London: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Furze, G., Donnison, J. and Lewin, R.J.P. (2008). The Clinician's Guide to Chronic Disease Management for Long-term Conditions: A Cognitive-behavioural approach. M&K Update Ltd.
  • Kuyken, W., Padesky, C.A. and Dudley, R. (2008). The Science and Practice of Case Conceptualization. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 36(6), 757-768.
  • NHS Yorkshire and The Humber (2010). Prevention and Lifestyle Behaviour Change: A Competence Framework NHS Yorkshire and The Humber.
  • Roth, A.D. and Pilling, S. (2007). The competences required to deliver effective cognitive and behavioural therapy for people with depression and with anxiety disorders. London: Department of Health.
  • Westbrook, D., Kennerley, H. and Kirk, J. (2011). An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Applications. 2nd edn. London: Sage.

Other specific texts will be recommended by lecturers in relation to specific sessions.

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