UPDATE: 08.09.23 – Now taking First Come First Serve applications.
To apply please email cpd.admin@swast.nhs.uk – include full name; role; base station; what you are applying for e.g. UWE Supporting and Managing those at risk of Suicide, if you are bank staff and mobile number* we can’t accept your application without this.
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*This module is open to staff from across SWAST, however please be mindful that delivery of this module may be face-to-face, so some travel may be required. Please contact UWE directly if you have any queries about this.*

Prior to applying or expressing an interest in a module place please ensure you have checked that you meet the entry requirements and that you have checked the application deadline. 

This 20 credit Supporting and Managing Those at Risk of Suicide module, available at level 6 (UZZRXT-20-3) or level 7 (UZZRUS-20-M), will explore prevalence and changing trends of self-harm and suicide, from local, national and global perspectives, whilst examining ethical and legal considerations.

You will analyse contemporary suicide prevention strategies and initiatives, including literature on risk and suicide and the lessons learnt from inquiries.

After successfully completing the module, you will be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of implementing evidence based risk assessments, risk and crisis management plans, in collaboration with service users and carers and colleagues from inter-professional and interagency organisations.

You will recognise perspectives of service users, families, carers and colleagues in supporting mental wellbeing and the principles and practice of recovery, recognising how personal, professional, service user and carer dynamics can impact on partnership working.

Entry requirements

This module is for you if you work in a health or social care setting.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards:

BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice, BSc(Hons) Professional Development, BSc (Hons) Professional Studies; MSc Specialist Practice, MSc Professional Development, MSc Advanced Practice.



The course syllabus typically covers:

Suicide awareness

  • Demographics and epidemiology of suicide, suicidal behaviour
  • Groups at risk of suicide
  • Suicide and suicidal behaviour across the lifespan.
  • Suicide prevention key concepts
  • Factors contributing to suicide

Theories related to suicide

  • Biological models
  • Psychological models
  • Social/cultural models

Supporting people experiencing suicidal thoughts

  • Suicide risk assessment skills
  • Characteristics of suicidal thought and behaviour
  • Crisis intervention: hospital, voluntary (Samaritans/listeners),
  • Principles of engagement and intervention.
  • Maximising therapeutic outcome.
  • Engaging with a person who has attempted to complete suicide

Suicide bereavement support (postvention)

Learning and Teaching

Lectures, seminars, group work, problem solving exercises, critical review of research and policy, utilisation of prior knowledge, critical reflection and challenge from peers.

Independent work will include pre reading and preparation for assessment.

Study time

A maximum of 48 contact hours will be face to face learning with a lecturer, class room discussion on topics, and smaller group work with fellow students.


Assessment will be a 15 minute case-based presentation with a 1,000 word action plan.

In the case-based presentation, you will explore one of the following in relation to your case study:

  • Ethical issues
  • Risk taking
  • Risk assessment
  • Psycho social aspects
  • Stress and distress

The presentation will include 10 minutes for the presentation and five minutes for questions.

The 1,000 word action plan will examine how your own practice will be enhanced and developed when supporting suicidal individuals in the future.

Level M indicates that you wish to study at Masters level, and Levels 1-3 indicate that you wish to study at Degree (Undergraduate) level.

  • UZZRXT-20-3
  • UZZRUS-20-M

Attendance days for the course

Module Time Date Venue
09:00 – 16:30 04/10/2023 Campus
27/11/2023 Assessment dates students only attend one of these.
09:00 – 16:30 13/05/2024 Campus
08/07/2024 Assessment dates students only attend one of these.






**Dates, format & timings correct at time of publishing (June 2023). Cohort capacity is managed by UWE, so it is not possible to guarantee run until successfully enrolled. Most up to date information on dates can either be found here or will be available the UWE Dashboard (if you are a successfully enrolled applicant).**

Please fill in the funding application form below and click submit.

Deadline for applications: Monday 10th July 2023 at 9am. 

You will be contacted up to 2 weeks after this to let you know if you have been successful as the CPD scoring process

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The protected characteristics monitoring form is separate to the main application form; completion is optional & anonymous. We ask for information on your ‘protected characteristics’ in order to help us monitor our performance on equality.

If you have already completed this form since April 2024 & nothing has changed, there is no need to complete again.

For further information about the module, please click here. If you have any queries specifically regarding the module, please contact UWE Admissions Office by email on HAS.CPD@uwe.ac.uk or call 0117 328 1158.

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The deadline for applications has now passed. Please do not apply for funding via the UWE website, as your funding application will be rejected. Occasionally spaces open up closer to the date, if this happens we will offer these places on a first come first come basis via SWAST CPD and CPD mailing lists. Or contact us to enquire.