History Taking and Clinical Skills in Psychiatry

This page is devoted to online resources around developing skills in clinical practice. Click on the links to be taken to the online resource.

Guide to Psychiatric History Taking by the University of Sheffield

Mental State Examination

The University of Sheffield Video Guide to the Mental State Examination – a series of short videos covering each aspect of the mental state examination

History Taking Online Videos

Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Psychosis – history taking, Imperial School of Medicine

Psychosis – history taking in a guarded patient, Imperial College School of Medicine

Psychosis MATES video – Mental Health Awareness e-Training for Emergency Staff

Delusions and Thought disorder – a short collection of 12 videos, University of Cambridge

Psychosis and Early Intervention Services tutorial – an interactive tutorial covering assessment of the psychotic patient and an introduction to Early Intervention in Psychosis Services, University College London

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Depression (will also cover unipolar depression history taking) – University of Cambridge

Bipolar Mania – University of Cambridge

Bipolar Mania Assessment of the Acutely Unwell Patient – Imperial College School of Medicine

Bipolar – Managing Contraception – University of Cambridge

Example – History Taking in a Patient with Mania – Imperial University

Anxiety Disorders

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – history taking, University of Cambridge

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 2 – history taking, University of Cambridge

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – history taking, University of Cambridge

Example – History Taking in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Imperial College

Social phobia – history taking, University of Cambridge

Panic disorder – history taking, University of Cambridge

Panic disorder – Imperial College School of Medicine

Medically Unexplained Symptoms – University of Cambridge

Stress and related conditions – Imperial College School of Medicine

Substance misuse

Taking an alcohol history – University of Cambridge

Taking a substance misuse history – University of Cambridge

Substance misuse history – Imperial College School of Medicine

Brief intervention for alcohol misuse – University of Cambridge

Example history taking in an elderly patient with depression and alcohol misuse – Imperial College

Assessment of alcohol dependence – Imperial College School of Medicine

Risk assessment and Self-Harm

How to undertake a suicide risk assessment in an inpatient setting

Risk assessment after overdose – University of Cambridge

Risk assessment – self harm – University of Cambridge

Risk assessment – post-overdose – Imperial College School of Medicine

Self-harm MATES video – Mental Health Awareness e-Training for Emergency Staff

Suicide awareness – online training in suicide awareness and immediate management developed by Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust

Assessing someone who is psychotic and dangerous in the community

Old age psychiatry – memory and cognitive assessments

Assessment of memory problems – history taking, University of Cambridge

Cognitive assessment – University of Cambridge

Example – History taking in a patient with Cognitive Impairment – Imperial College

Collateral history taking in the assessment of Dementia – Imperial College School of Medicine

Eating disorders

Anorexia – history taking, University of Cambridge

Anorexia – parent interview, University of Cambridge

Eating disorders – Imperial College School of Medicine

De-escalation Techniques

De-escalation Techniques Page

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