Mental Health Matters


The Course Aim

To update participants in safe effective prescribing and monitoring for people with anxiety and depression.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Diagnosis and monitoring requirements for people being treated for anxiety and depression
  • Pharmacology of medications commonly used to treat anxiety and depression
  • Significant drug interactions to consider when prescribing for people taking antidepressants
  • Common side effects of antidepressants
  • Pharmacological management of anxiety and depression using current NICE guidelines
  • 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 depression, anxiety and treatments. There will be an overview of the pharmacology of antidepressants 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 submit cases for discussion prior to the course.


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.