CMHP accreditation for psychiatry pharmacy

psychiatry pharmacy
Aston's psychiatry pharmacy programme accredited by CMHP

5 June 2017

  • Postgraduate psychiatry pharmacy programme gets prestigious approval
  • College of Mental Health Pharmacy leading organisation in field
  • Aston students equipped to improve healthcare of people with mental health problems

The College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) has awarded the postgraduate psychiatry pharmacy programme at Aston University its badge of approval through its accreditation scheme.

Pharmacy professionals with an interest in mental health can be assured that if they enrol on the programme they will follow an accredited course, which provides valuable experience and insight for pursuing a career in psychiatric pharmacy.

Dr Ian Maidment, Programme Director at Aston University said: “At Aston we are really pleased to obtain this ‘stamp of approval’ from such a prestigious organisation as the CMHP; it is a real vote of confidence in our course.

“On average, people experiencing mental illness live at least 10 years less than others. It is therefore essential that we educate pharmacists and other professionals to help improve healthcare for these patients. I am proud that through Aston working with the college we are contributing to this key public health objective.”

The postgraduate psychiatry pharmacy programme offers unique qualifications - certificate, diploma or MSc – and attracts students from around the world.

Nikki Holmes, President of the CMHP, said: “We are delighted to have been able to work with our Aston University colleagues to review and endorse the educational content of the programme. We are proud to accredit these postgraduate mental health pharmacy courses

“From my perspective as an employer, the courses at Aston are invaluable and unique. They provide high-quality, relevant and practical educational opportunities for my staff, to better enable them to undertake their roles as specialist mental health pharmacy professionals in a more informed and able manner for the benefit of the service users they're working with.

“The courses are paced well and give constructive feedback to students to allow incremental improvement throughout. Having relevant experts design, facilitate and mark the course adds robustness and credibility to the resulting qualification, which is of sufficiently high standard to be the qualification of choice to enable application to become a credentialed member of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy.”


Notes to the editor

  • Find out more about the psychiatric programme at Aston here
  • The College of Mental Health Pharmacy is the leading organisation worldwide that represents Mental Health Pharmacy Professionals. It has over 500 members worldwide and its annual international conference, the highlight of the mental health pharmacy year, attracts around 200 delegates. To find out more about the College, visit:
  • Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston University has been always been a force for change. For 50 years the University has been transforming lives through pioneering research, innovative teaching and graduate employability success. Aston is renowned for its opportunity enabler through broad access and inspiring academics, providing education that is applied and has real impact on all areas of society, business and industry.
For more information, contact Susi Turner, Press & PR Officer, on 0121 204 4978 or email


Be first to get the latest news, research and expert comment from Aston by following us on Twitter: @AstonPress