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Friday, 09 September 2016

Addiction and substance misuse module open for applications at RGU

Written by The Editorial Team

A unique health module at Robert Gordon University (RGU) is now open for applications for those who wish to advance their professional knowledge and skills in the field of addiction and substance misuse.

Developed by a diverse group of health and social care professionals, the postgraduate module is suitable for registered nurses, midwives, health and social care professionals and other individuals who work with communities or with people with addiction and substance misuse issues, their families and/or carers.

Titled: ‘Addiction and Substance Misuse in a Range of Contexts,’ the course starts at RGU’s Garthdee campus on Tuesday, September 27 and will be delivered through two study days at RGU as well as via an online module which includes a virtual classroom and discussion forums for students.

Scott Macpherson, a lecturer at RGU's School of Nursing and Midwifery, leads the module. He said: “There is an increasing need for qualified and capable health and social care professionals to engage with those who struggle with addiction or substance misuse issues.

“The module has been developed using the skills and experiences of a large number of health professionals including nurses, social workers, third sector staff, academics as well as service users and people who are currently in recovery.

“This makes the course unique as it draws together best practice from across the health and social care sectors along with lived experience and raises awareness of the human impact addiction can have on people.

“Whilst it’s important that people can evidence that they’ll cope with Masters level study we don’t have any formal qualifications required to study the module. This allows for people with lived experience of addictions or with little or no formal qualifications to apply.”

Through the course students will study:

  • Contemporary perspectives, policy, legislation and care, support and treatment models relating to addiction and substance misuse
  • Cultures and practices that impact on the experiences and outcomes of people with addiction or substance misuse issues and their families and/or carers
  • The evidence-base and applicability of a range of assessment methods and interventions
  • The efficacy of strategies for addressing professional, ethical and legal challenges
  • Innovative inter-professional or interagency approaches and application to practice

On successful completion of the course, the credits can be used within the Professional Studies Framework to gain academic award or towards an MSc in Advancing Nursing Practice.

For more information, email Scott Macpherson.