It is estimated that one in every six adults in the UK is affected by depression and anxiety and it is predicted that by 2020 depression will be the second most disabling condition in the world.1 Depression can take many different forms with patients suffering a mix of physical, social and psychological problems. Identifying and providing the most suitable treatment for people with these common mental health problems can be a difficult and complex process for healthcare professionals. Many people with long-term health conditions are also affected by depression,2 and it is a significant co-morbidity linked to many detrimental effects to the individual. GPs and practice nurses should work together with mental health services to ensure that patients receive the highest quality advice and access to care and appropriate services and should refer to NICE guidelines for help in diagnosing depression.2,3
This resource, consisting of five assessment questions at intermediate level, tests your knowledge of depression, based on national guidance. Complete the resource, including reading the featured articles and undertaking some or all of the suggested activities, to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your annual portfolio.
On completion of this resource you should have an understanding of:
Practice Nurse featured articles
Prescribing in depression Dr Ed Warren
NICE CG90. Depression in adults: The treatment and management of depression in adults, 2009 https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg90
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Quality Standards for Depression in Adults. 2011.
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN). Non pharmacological management of depression in adults. A national clinical guideline. January 2010
Education for Health Courses
Principles of Managing Long Term Conditions Degree Module
Holistic Care for People Living with Long Term Conditions Diploma Module
CBT: An introduction to the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy
Core Consultation Skills
1. Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Psychiatrists. A joint statement by the RCGP and the RCPsych, 2008 www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfoforall/problems/depression.patientsandantidepressants.aspx
2. NICE CG91. Depression in adults with a chronic physical health problem: Treatment and management https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg91
3. NICE CG90. Depression in adults: The treatment and management of depression in adults, 2009 https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg90