Mental health: Learning outcomes

Last updated: Wednesday, April 07, 2021

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:
  • Outline the considerations when advising on the choice of a medicine for a patient with a mental health condition.
  • Describe strategies for swapping and stopping antidepressants and antipsychotics.
  • Discuss the significant side effects associated with antidepressants and antipsychotics.
  • Talk to patients with a mental health condition about their medicines and answer their questions.

You can download a PDF of the whole tutorial (without interactive elements such as the Learning Exercises) and a one-page summary of key points

You should allow 90 minutes to complete this tutorial, including the Learning Exercises.


This tutorial is aimed at hospital pre-registration pharmacists, and will help you achieve GPhC performance standards such as these:
  • A1.6  Make decisions which demonstrate clear and logical thought
  • A3 Manage problems
  • B1.4  Elicit all relevant information by the use of appropriate questions
  • C2.1 Provide considered and correct answers to queries, founded on research-based evidence

If you are a foundation pharmacist, this tutorial may help you meet competencies from the RPS framework including:
  • 1.4  Selection of the medicine (medicine-medicine, medicine-patient, medicine-disease interactions)
  • 1.7  Monitoring medicine therapy
  • 3.2  Knowledge (drug interactions)
  • 3.3  Analysing information
  • 3.4  Providing information

Continuing professional development

Finally, here are some CPD activities you could consider:

★  Find out if you have a local community mental health team and arrange to shadow the different members. 
★  Establish how clozapine is supplied by your Trust. Who is responsible for the supply in pharmacy? How are patients' blood test results reviewed? What happens out-of-hours? Read the relevant procedures and know where to find them.
★  Arrange to accompany a specialist mental health pharmacist on their inpatient rounds and at a multidisciplinary team meeting.