Master in Primary Care Mental Health - 2nd Edition
NOVA University Lisbon (UNL) is a public university with internationally recognized research and teaching in a large range of areas (Economics and Management, Law, Medicine, Public Health, Tropical Medicine, Sciences and Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities, Statistics and Information Management, Technological Biology and Chemistry). The university has over 18.000 students, more than 4.000 of whom in Masters and PhD Programs.
NOVA Medical School, has a strong commitment to primary care mental health, standing among the top centers in the country both in mental health and family medicine teaching and research.
The Department of Mental Health develops teaching, research and clinical activities, based on a general hospital in the western part of Lisbon, responsible for a catchment’s area of 450,000 inhabitants.
The Department, leaded by Professor Miguel Xavier, has an extensive experience on research in the areas of psychiatric epidemiology and mental health policy and services, including the integration of mental health care in primary care settings, and conducted most of the key studies on psychiatric epidemiology and mental health services research in the country (e.g. the national mental health survey and several European studies on the effectiveness of policy and services). The Department has extensively collaborated with the Portuguese government concerning the development of the Portuguese mental health legislation, policies and plans, as well as with the WHO, European Union and other international organizations. The faculty includes, among other visiting associate members, Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro, a world leading reference on primary care mental health, an authority in mental health advocacy and the Medical Director of the Waltham Forest Community & Family Health Services (London, UK).
The Department of Family Medicine is a nationally recognized leader in education and research. Its faculty includes some of the most influential professionals in the organization and implementation of Family Medicine in Portugal. The Department is led by Professor Isabel Santos, one of the leaders of the first and unique 12 months in-service training program in the country, which trained 3750 GP´s, who also was one of the authors of the first Competency Training Booklet for the three year Vocational Training Program, and Scientific Committee Chair of the European WONCA 2014 Conference held in Portugal. The Department also benefits from the expertise of Professor Luis Pisco, the leader of one the most important reforms of primary care in Portugal. Members of the Department are also involved in the development of Family Medicine out borders, particularly in Portuguese spoken countries, Angola, São Tome e Principe, Cabo Verde and Brazil. The department also has International faculty members who are experts in primary care mental health and psychiatry and who have contacts with a number of international colleges and faculties including NGO’s.
The Department’s main areas of interest in research include: care processes, governance, health care professionals and organization, outcomes, and quality improvement with International Faculty members having specialist expertise in service re-design, collaborative care and primary care mental health transformation.
SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES
Mental health is an integral part of health and health and social services provision, but has received inadequate attention by policy makers and also by society in general. Mental disorders impose an enormous disease burden and an increasing obstacle to development in countries around the world.
Studies estimate that at least 10% of the world’s population is affected and that 20% of children and adolescents suffer from some form of mental disorders. In fact, mental disorders accounts for 30% of non-fatal disease burden worldwide and 10% of overall disease burden, including death and disability. Many people with mental health conditions can be successfully managed in primary care and community settings as long as staff has appropriate skills and training. This Masters Degree program is designed to overcome some of these challenges that prevent people from receiving evidence based practice in primary and community care and support the realization of universal health coverage.
The overall goal of this International Master’s degree program is to train the primary care and community workforce in mental health. This will improve and promote mental health skills in primary care, provide participants with knowledge and skills in mental health promotion and prevention, support earlier recognition and diagnosis and management of common mental disorders in primary care, support personal recovery in mental health, provide practitioners with enhanced skills to enable them to better manage mental health comorbidity and complexity in a primary care settings and also provide participants with opportunities to develop their skills in research methodology, project management and service re-design.
The aims of the Master’s degree program are:
• To improve clinical skills in mental health in the primary care setting;
• To understand values based practice and the ethical health care;
• To promote and support mental health advocacy;
• To support skill mix within the primary care setting;
• To enable participants to better integrate mental health into primary care;
• To support holistic primary care practice;
• To use and implement appropriate primary care mental health guidelines;
• To improve the mental health skills of the primary care work force;
• To recognize that primary care is often the first point of contact for many patients with mental health problems, and for their families;
• To recognize the central role of a stepped care model to deliver the best outcomes by recognizing the limitations of primary care and the specialist role of secondary care in supporting integrated care;
• To improve access to evidence based mental health in primary and community care;
• To improve knowledge and skill in carrying out research, audits and service route design.
STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM
The program will be delivered in English during three one-week long residential sessions supported by on-going work-based clinical exposure using a personal caseload, an e-learning portfolio and access to International Faculty Members and Tutors. Each student will be allocated a personal tutor and mentor during the course of the program.
The course will be delivered using lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars, essays, core reading materials, core assessment of knowledge, competency and skills acquisition in the field of primary care mental health and a reflective log. The first residential session will take place on 5-9 February 2018, the second on 21-25 May 2018 and the third on 19-23 November 2018. Between the residential sessions, students are required to participate in e-learning teaching activities, and to complete homework assignments related for each of the modules that will be posted on the web.
The successful attendance of the 3 modules in the first year of the degree, with 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), will award a Diploma from the NOVA University Lisbon.
Successful candidates are then able to progress to the Master’s degree with the award of a further 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).
The dates of the residential sessions are:
• 5-9 February 2018
• 21-25 May 2018
• 19-23 November 2018
Structure/Curriculum and Credits
Assessment and intervention in common mental health problems
Management of common mental health problems in primary care
Mental health across the life course
Basic elements of research methodology and statistics
Dissertation or work project or professional work placement
- Course Directors
Professor Miguel Xavier is Full Professor of Psychiatry and the current President of the Scientific Board at NMS|FCM-UNL. He holds a position of Senior Consultant at the Hospital São Francisco Xavier, in Lisbon, with a long track-record of collaboration with Primary Care. He has been involved in collaboration with WHO, namely for the areas of mental health services evaluation and implementation of policies. Besides his
academic work, he is a member of the National Program for Mental Health, a task-force from the General Directorate of Health, responsible for implementing the National Mental Health Plan in Portugal.
Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro MBE is Visiting Professor to the NMS|FCM-UNL. Professor Ivbijaro’s publications include Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care: A Global Perspective (2008) and The Companion to Primary Care Mental Health (2012). Professor Ivbijaro is a practicing family doctor and a specialist in primary care integration and population mental health whose contribution to the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom was recognised by the Queen in 2012. He is an International Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the World Organization of Family Doctors (Wonca). He is Chair of the World Dignity Project designed to fight mental health stigma.
- NOVA Medical School Faculty
- Professor Miguel Xavier
- Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro
- Professor JM Caldas de Almeida
- Professor Isabel Santos
- Professor Henk Parmentier
- Professor Lucja Kolkiewicz
- Professor M. Gonçalves Pereira
- Professor Bruno Heleno
- Professor Bernardo Corrêa
- Professor José Mendes Nunes
- Professor Luis Pisco
- Professor Miguel Talina
- Professor Teresa Ventura
- Dr. Daniel Pinto
- Dr. David Rodrigues
- Dr. Georgina Maia
- Dr. Nuno Basílio
- International Faculty
Professor Sir David Goldberg, Emeritus Professor Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.
Dr. Ben Wright, East London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.
Professor Todd Edwards, University of San Diego, USA.
Professor Michelle B Riba, Department of Psychiatry, University, University of Michigan, USA.
Professor Allan Tasman, Schwab Endowed Chair in Social, Community and Family Psychiatry, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Professor Tawfik A M Khoja, Family Doctor, Saudi Arabia Professor Igor Svab, Department of Family Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Professor Sandra Fortes, University of Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil.
Professor Norman H Rasmussen, Department of Family Medicine and Psychology, Mayo Clinic & Mayo College of Medicine, USA.
Professor Christos Lionis, School of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece
Professor Steve Iliffe, University College, London.
1st year: 60 ECTS
2nd year: 60 ECTS
Dates for Residential Sessions (1st year)
05-09 February 2018, 21-25 May 2018 & 19-23 November 2018.
• Holders of a Bachelor degree or legally equivalent qualification in the field of Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, Social Sciences;
• Currently working in a clinical or social care setting;
• Knowledge of English is mandatory.
Prescribing rights will be based on the national legislation underpinning the individual participants professional code of conduct.
2nd Stage: 29 November 2017
1st Stage: 31 October 2017
Please find more information in the Notice of Application.
Please find more information in the Notice of Application.
The Course will run with a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 35 students.
The ECTS credits obtained in the Masters Programme may be credited to the NMS|FCM-UNL Ph.D. Programme and other recognized University programmes, when applicable.
Information and Application
NOVA Medical School
Faculdade de Ciências Médicas -UNL
Divisão Académica (secção de Pós-Graduação)
Campo Mártires da Pátria, 130 · 1169-056 Lisboa - Portugal
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