It comprises mainly lectures, student led tutorial/presentations and clinical rotation which constitutes four weeks of rigorous hands-on clinical work. During this period the students interact with patients having different mental illnesses as they learn psychiatric clerkship which include history taking, physical and mental status examination and management. The students also get an opportunity to conduct observed interviews with patients as well as making case presentations for critiquing and feedback.
Other courses taught outside the department where we offer technical support include Mental Health Nursing and Gender, Ethics and Legal issues in Nursing for nursing students, Child Mental Health for paediatric postgraduate students, as well as teaching Internal Medicine postgraduates. We also support both undergraduate and postgraduate students in conducting mental health related research.
We offer clinical services to patients with a wide range of mental disorders such as Schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders, Depressive and Bipolar disorders, Alcohol and other substance use disorders, Epilepsy, Anxiety disorders and Childhood psychiatric disorders such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), among others. All these services are offered through Mbale Regional Referral Hospital psychiatry department on an outpatient, inpatient and community outreach basis on specific designated days. This department has an inpatient unit with a bed capacity of thirty two and receives about 480 in patients annually and 700 outpatients monthly. It consists of a number of staffs ranging from psychiatric clinical officers, psychiatric nurses, counsellors, social workers and several support staffs.
We also run clinics for special groups of people such as children and adolescents as well as people with epilepsy and substance use problems. Through our dedicated psychologists, we are able to offer counselling services and other psychological therapies to people with psychosocial challenges.