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Diagnosing and Coding Anxiety and Depression: A Guide for Mental Health Nurses in Primary Care

Date: 7 December 2023 Time : 13h00 – 16h00 CPD Hours: 3hrs webinar and 3hrs eLearning

Course Overview: This course will equip mental health nurses with focused knowledge and skills to diagnose and code anxiety and depression in primary care, delivered by a consultant psychiatrist in a concise 3-hour format. 


Provide mental health nurses with a concise yet comprehensive understanding of the diagnostic criteria for anxiety and depression within the framework of primary care.


By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the early signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression using established diagnostic criteria.
  2. Utilise and interpret primary screening tools like PHQ-9 and GAD-7 effectively.
  3. Apply relevant ICD-10 codes for anxiety and depression, ensuring accurate and ethical documentation.
  4. Recognize the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in primary care, identifying key referral pathways and follow-up procedures.
  5. Engage in case study discussions, demonstrating a practical understanding of the diagnosis and coding process.
  6. Ask relevant questions and seek clarifications on real-world challenges faced in primary care settings related to diagnosis and coding
Course Content

Primary Care & Mental Health Overview  

  • The Role of Mental Health in Primary Care  
  • Importance of Diagnosis in Primary Care Settings 

Screening and Diagnosis  

  • Recognizing Early Signs of Anxiety and Depression  
  • Utilising and Interpreting Screening Tools: 
  • Brief overview of PHQ-9 and GAD-7 2.3 Understanding DSM-5 and ICD-10 Criteria for Anxiety and Depression  
  • Real-world Case Studies: Interactive analysis and discussion  

Coding and Documentation  

  • Quick Guide to ICD-10 Coding for Anxiety and Depression  
  • Proper Documentation: Best Practices  
  • Ethical Considerations in Recording and Coding  
  • Practical Exercises: Quick coding scenarios with audience participation. 

Collaborative Care & Q&A  

  • Collaborating within the Multidisciplinary Team  
  • Referral Pathways and Follow-up Recommendations  
  • Interactive Q&A: Addressing specific concerns, challenges, and scenarios brought up by the audience 

Who Should Attend:

  • Registered Mental Health Nurses (RMNs): Particularly those working in primary care settings or those transitioning to such roles. This webinar is tailored to their specific needs in diagnosing and coding mental health conditions in a primary care context.
  • Nurse Practitioners: Those in primary care settings who often encounter patients with mental health concerns and wish to improve their diagnostic and coding skills.
  • Primary Care Teams: Including GPs and practice nurses who are looking to deepen their understanding of anxiety and depression, especially in terms of diagnostics and coding.
  • Medical Students: With a focus on psychiatry or primary care, looking to gain additional knowledge and skills in this specialized area.
  • Healthcare Administrators in Primary Care: To understand the diagnostic and coding process better, ensuring efficient patient record system

Lecturer: Dr Balu Pitchiah Consultant Psychiatrist

This is a live webinar delivered via zoom. Please email admin@belmatt.co.uk to confirm which session date and time that you will be attending.

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