Our next full SCAN course has been postponed due to uncertainties raised by COVID-19. All going according to plan we should be holding a full 5 day SCAN course in the autumn of 2020, and if so the dates will be posted here

SCAN (Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry Version 2.1) is a set of instruments and manuals aimed at assessing, measuring and classifying psychopathology and behaviour associated with the major psychiatric disorders in adult life. It can be used for clinical, research and training purposes and was developed within the framework of the World Health Organization.

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Oct 05, 2020 09:00 AM to
Oct 09, 2021 02:00 PM


George Davies Centre

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Tentatively a one week full SCAN course in the Autumn of 2020 - not necessarily on the October dates shown - this will be updated when the dates are confirmed



Leicester is a World Health Organisation designated SCAN Training and Reference Centre.  The Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, currently runs the SCAN course over four and a half days, twice a year. 
You can find out more about Professor Terry Brugha who is the Lead for the Leicester SCAN programme on his webpage.


SCAN training involves a short period of intensive training at an approved centre as an introduction to the use of the schedule.  Special emphasis is placed on familiarisation with and continuous use of the glossary which standardizes the definitions of psychopathology explored by SCAN and ensures inter-rater reliability, which is essential in research projects.  On completion of the course, participants need to practice until they are confident to use the schedule in practical research.  It is important to continue with reliability exercises, both inter and intra centre.

SCAN is a large package but it is recommended that before the course participants familiarise themselves with the glossary and secondly read through PSE 10 and learn the section headings.

Aims and Objectives

1. To learn the principles of standardised rating

  • adhering to a semi-structured interview
  • making accepted operationalised rating of symptoms
  • learning the importance of underlying concepts summarised in the glossary
  • to improve interviewing techniques

2. Gaining familiarity with the structure and procedure of SCAN, so as to achieve competence in its use.  In particular to learn the following details:

  • use of different rating scales with different sections
  • delineating the time periods to be studied
  • learning the order of the sections and using the instrument effectively
  • familiarisation with various rating formats

3. Learning the contents of SCAN, i.e. PSE10, IG list and clinical history schedule and being aware of the scope and purpose of SCAN

4. Familiarisation with computer assigned diagnosis and in particular iShell, to assist in the generation of clinical information

Who should attend?

The course is suitable for mental health professionals especially those who intend to use the SCAN instrument for research. It does also give professionals in-depth knowledge of the psychopathology seen in adult psychiatric disorders and the expertise to identify them.

Fees, Registration and Payment

Please note that places can only be confirmed once payment has been received. Until this time spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The fee for the course is £500. For employees/trainees in the University of Leicester and East Midlands the cost is £250. All other East Midlands employees £350

There is also a concession for applicants from developing countries which will be considered on a case by case basis.

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Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given for cancellations made at least 8 weeks in advance of the start of the course.

A 50% refund will be given for cancellations made at least 6 weeks in advance of the start of the course.

Refunds will not be given for cancellations less that 6 weeks in advance of the course unless a substitute attendee is arranged by the original delegate.

For further details or payment queries, please e-mail Debra Bugler dkb5@le.ac.uk (Tel 0116 252 3211)

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