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Understanding Medicines in Schizophrenia Distance Learning Workbook

The accredited distance learning course you need to be up to date with current medicines and treatments used for Schizophrenia.


About This Course

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  • Course Information
  • Accreditation
  • Pricing

Course Information

This accredited course is available as an interactive self-study distance learning workbook. On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe what schizophrenia is
  • Understand the types, symptoms and causes of schizophrenia
  • Understand the treatment aims for schizophrenia
  • Describe the types of medicines used to control psychotic symptoms- 1st and 2nd generation antipsychotics
  • Describe the common side effects of anti-psychotics and medicines used to treat the side effects
  • Understand treatment with clozapine –its use, side effects, issues with missed doses, red flag side effects
  • Understand medicines used to treat the side effects

All courses include engaging activities, exercises and case studies.

A great resource for Nurses to use as part of their revalidation.

Course Content

  • What is schizophrenia?
  • Types of schizophrenia
  • Causes and symptoms
  • Aims of treatment
  • Medicines used to control psychotic symptoms
    • 1st and 2nd generation anti-psychotics- doses and side effects
    • Clozapine- treatment, missed doses, side effects, red flag side effects
  • Medicines used to control psychotic symptoms
  • Medicines used to treat the side effects of anti-psychotics
    • Procyclidine, hyoscine, metformin, senna, bisoprolol
  • Medicines to aid sleep
  • Administering PRN medicines

This course is:

  • Accredited by CPD
  • Developed by qualified Pharmacist trainers
  • Compliant with CQC requirements
  • Evidenced by a certificate of successful completion
Remember to check out our free downloadable resources.


Distance Learning Workbook

£20 per workbook We offer the following discounted prices: £17.50 per workbook for orders of 10 workbook packs or more. £15 per workbook for orders of 100 workbook packs or more.   *Prices excluding postage. No VAT charged.


How long do the courses take?

Most of our face to face courses are half day (3-hour) sessions with a qualified Pharmacist trainer at your venue. Some supplementary courses, such as buccal midazolam & epilepsy or Epipen & adrenaline auto-injector administration, are 2-hour sessions. Our Foundation e-learning courses take between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Competency Assessments and Refresher courses take approximately 1 hour and Bite-size courses take approximately 30 minutes. Our distance learning workbooks can be completed in your own time and at your own pace.

Are OPUS courses accredited?

Yes! All of our courses and services are accredited by CPD, and we are a Skills for Care Endorsed Training Provider.

Where do courses take place?

Face to face sessions are held at your venue, providing extra convenience for your staff. We have Pharmacist trainers across the UK so no region is too remote or too far!
E-learning courses are completed online and can be used on any internet-enabled device, including Macs, PCs and iPads. Distance Learning Workbooks are posted promptly to an address of your choosing. Larger order can be couriered to you or sent recorded delivery.

How many people can attend a Face to Face course?

Our face to face courses are for small groups of up to 16 learners. Manager’s courses are undertaken in smaller groups of up to 10 delegates.

When do I get my certificate?

For e-learning courses- straight away! Once you’ve successfully completed the end of course assessment, you will be able to print off your certificate immediately.
For our face to face courses, the trainer will mark your assessments and all successful delegates will receive their certificate via email following the training, usually within 7 days. With distance learning, simply pop your completed assessment in the post or scan it in and email it to us for marking and your certificate will be emailed to you for you to print off and keep.

How long does my certificate last for?

For most courses, certificates have a recommended refresher of 2 years. Skills for Care guidance recommends that training be updated at least annually and OPUS offers online competency assessments which can be used a year after your training for this purpose and refresher courses which can be completed when your certificate expires.

How do I get set up for E-learning?

Simply purchase through our shop! Once we’ve received your details, you will receive an email with login details from our support team. Follow the instructions and you’re ready to go!
If you are purchasing more than one licence for an organisation, you may want to assign someone from your organisation to issue passwords to your staff and to print certificates. This person will be termed as a group "manager/instructor”. Provide the instructor’s name and email during checkout and they will receive all login details they need by email.

How many E-learning licences do I need and how long do they last?

Each individual learner needs their own licence. Licences last 1 year from the date they are allocated to a user (NOT from the date of purchase) so if you have staff you will need to train in the future, you can purchase a bundle of licences to take advantage of our discounted rates and allocate them to staff as and when they are needed.

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