Managing depression in primary care


  • Overview
  • Pre-test
  • Introduction
  • Role of pharmacy
  • What can cause depression?
  • Spotting the signs and symptoms
  • Summary of the NICE guideline
  • Non-pharmacological treatments
  • Identifying undiagnosed mental health problems
  • Supporting patients with a diagnosis
  • Counselling sessions
  • How can you support a ‘choice and recover’ agenda?
  • Living with depression
  • Post-test
  • Action & Evaluation


This CPD module looks at the Management of Depression in Primary Care. It will consider the causes of depression and the different ways pharmacists can help manage it through medication.

Record your learning from this module and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end


To provide an update on managing depression in primary care.


After completing this module you should be able to:

  • Describe the causes, signs and symptoms of depression
  • Discuss the pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments used to manage the disease
  • Give patients appropriate lifestyle advice.

Contributing authors: 

  • Maria Bell, programme director, Clinical & Health Services Pharmacy MSc and CPPE regional manager for Yorkshire & Humber and North East
  • Daniel Hurley, specialist mental health pharmacist at Leeds & York Partnership Foundation Trust.

How to use this module

You can test your existing understanding of this topic by completing the initial pre-test. Then work through the module before taking the post-test to see if your knowledge has improved.

Record your learning and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end of this module, which will then be stored in your personal learning log. You must be registered on the website to do this.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a statutory requirement for pharmacists. Completion of this module will contribute to the nine pieces of CPD that must be recorded a year, as stipulated by the GPhC.


Working in association with the RPS Faculty

These CPD modules are an important part of advancing your professional development, providing you with essential knowledge and skills.
They can be considered alongside other activities for inclusion in your RPS Faculty portfolio. The RPS Faculty is a professional recognition programme for all pharmacists in all sectors at all stages of their career and involves assessment of a practice-based portfolio that recognises your professional development. This allows you to demonstrate to others your level of attainment and stage of advanced practice. It also helps you identify what you need to know at different stages of your career. Start your Faculty journey by accessing the portfolio and tools at


Click here to download a PDF of the module as it appeared in print. You can still use your online learning log to record your learning outcomes and impact on your practice.


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