College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

Communicable Diseases: Risk Assessment and Interventions for Substance Misusers - Level 7

Why choose this course?

This course aims to develop health and social care practitioners knowledge and understanding, in relation to communicable diseases (HIV, Hepatitis B and C and Tuberculosis), within the context of substance misuse. Following completion of the module, it is anticipated that practitioners will be able to review their services and make recommendations for enhancement.

It will focus on:

  • Scientific basis of HIV, Hepatitis B and C and Tuberculosis, transmission categories and treatment
  • Drug treatment and HIV, Hep C reduction in drug users and drug using sex workers 
  • Pre-post test counselling for HIV and Hep C and TB 
  • Drug use and sexual health
  • Club drugs, novel compounds and unsafe sex 
  • Crack use, prostitution, safe sex and communicable diseases
  • Evidence-based interventions to reduce the risk of contracting and transmitting communicable diseases in the drug using population
  • Harm reduction interventions and theories of behaviour change
  • Interactive strategies (e.g. drama) to improve communication skills, especially with regards to discussing safe sex with clients
  • Multiagency working

Our students have told us "This course has been enlightening, I've introduced harm reduction interventions in my service" (Mental Health nurse working in secure setting).

This course is also available at Level 6: Advanced Communicable Diseases (HBV, HCV, HIV, TB), Substance Misuse and Health Behaviour Intervention Policies

Entry requirements

Evidence of study at Level 6 (Degree Level).

How will I be assessed?

The assessment for this course is:

  • Case Study 100%

How to apply

Choose your preferred start date and location from the options below and click on the 'Apply online' link. We recommend your application is submitted to the University at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

After your application is accepted and you have been offered a place on the course, you will be sent information about how to enrol. You must complete enrolment before your course starts.

Start date Location Important dates Course leader Application link
19 September 2017

Brentford site

Study days (9:30 am - 12:30 pm):

  • 19, 26 September 2017
  • 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 October 2017
  • 7, 14, 21, 28 November 2017
  • 5, 12  December 2017


  • 9 January 2018
Raffaella Milani Apply online

What next?

This can be taken as a standalone module or the credits can be used towards one of our new and exciting courses:

  • PgCert/PgDip/MSc Professional Practice (badged awards available e.g. Substance Misuse, Complex Mental Health Needs)
  • MSc Advanced Practice (Substance Misuse)

Find out more about professional development courses with the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare.