NICE e-learning Course on Anxiety Disorders

 In Clinical Guidelines, Developing your Team, NICE guidelines

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has launched an e-learning course on Anxiety disorders which forms part of the implementation strategy for NICE guidance. It provides one hour of interactive CPD.

Other topics are also available from the NICE website in a series of online learning.

Developed by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE), the tool supports the implementation of NICE quality standard 53, Anxiety disorders. Interactive activities will help the user identify and manage generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder.

Many anxiety disorders are not recognised or diagnosed in primary care. This can be due to the difficulties of differentiating anxiety disorders from other physical and mental health disorders and presentation of non-specific symptoms.

Evidence-based psychological therapies are generally recommended by NICE as first line treatments in preference to drug therapy and this tool uses case studies and interactive activities to summarise the options available for five anxiety disorders.

This tool supports some of the quality standard’s key recommendations, including improving the recognition and assessment of a wide range of anxiety disorders, evidence-based psychological interventions and choosing appropriate drug treatment.

Other topics available in the NICE e-learning series are:

  • Neutropenic sepsis
  • Lower limb peripheral arterial disease
  • Acute kidney injury
  • IV fluids

The e-learning course is free to use but requires online registration. A certificate of completion is available. You can access the course from the NICE website:


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