Inter-professional Approaches to Alcohol and Substance Misuse


Inter-professional Approaches to Alcohol and Substance Misuse

The aim of this module is to promote knowledge and skills related to substance misuse to inform and develop practice.

It is ideal for Registered Nurses; Social Workers; Counsellors; Health Visitors; Substance Misuse Workers, and individuals working in other disciplines allied to Nursing who want to enhance their career.

NP3D028 Lower Glyntaff 13 Half study days TBC

 Students will learn:

  • Key theoretical concepts surrounding addiction. 
  • Professional legal ethical challenges and issues in practice. Contemporary policy issues.
  • Assessment strategies and the application of specific assessment tools.
  • Concepts of dependence.
  • Brief Interventions. Motivational Interviewing.
  • Dual Diagnosis. Effects of substance misuse on individuals suffering from serious mental illness 
  • Pregnancy and substance misuse
  • Treatment approaches including harm minimization and relapse prevention strategies.
  • Detoxification treatment approaches
  • Role of the multidisciplinary team and interagency working. 
  • Risk management. Blood-borne viruses. 
  • WG Policy directives. 


Mark James: Senior Lecturer

Steve Hamer: Associate Lecturer

Mark Anthony: Hourly Paid Lecturer

You will learn through a combination of lectures; seminar presentation, tutorials, casework/small group-work, experiential learning exercises; group debate. 

You will need to be a registered nurse or equivalent to apply for this course.


  • Keeping a reflective journal. This will be a personal document and it will be the student’s choice whether to submit/use it to inform developmental discussions.


  • Tutor assessed student contribution to a one hour group debate on a topical substance misuse issue – 20% of the theoretical credits.
  • A 3000-word level 6 assignment encompassing the theoretical learning outcomes – 80% of the theoretical credits.
  • Completion of the practice learning outcomes with supporting evidence up to the prescribed level.  

Each student will be allocated a Personal Tutor and Academic Supervisor for the module.

You will also have access to Student Advice and associated support services.

All campus-based and remote learning resources will be offered.

Interested in Applying?

   Contact for enquiries and applications: Mark James