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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR2063
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: KNIVETT D Mr (HSC)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern
Summative Assessment (method of assessment):

1) Essay 2000 words 70%

Drawing on recovery literature and focusing on examples from your most recent placement:

To what extent did care address individuals’ whole life experience, their adjustment to ‘illness’ (or diagnosis), their current circumstances and the possibilities of a fulfilling future?
To what extent was the focus on symptoms and symptom management?
Do you feel there was an appropriate balance between these two approaches?
How could clients’ experience have been improved?

2) Unseen Pharmacology Exam 30%

Module Overview
Module Aims
This module builds on the learning achieved in the previous module to deepen the student’s understanding of the skills related to care coordination and empowerment and aid a broader understanding of the policy, ideology and social contexts of mental health care. The module will develop skills and knowledge in engagement, assessment, intervention and evalution in collaboration with service users and carers across a range of settings: students will understand and be able to begin implementing recovery principles in an effective and compassionate way
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

1. discuss the relationships between society/social divisions and mental health care provision
2. explore meanings of ‘recovery’ in mental health
3. explain mental health law and related legislation on Equal Opportunities, Disability and Human Rights and the legal principles involved in consent, restraint and protection of vulnerable people
4. explain ways in which the care coordination of different client groups and age groups may be collaboratively managed
5. outline historical influences on the development of mental health care to the present day
6. explore the ideological, ethical, policy and economic contexts of mental health policy
7. discuss the apparent paradigm shift from paternalism towards client
autonomy and self determinism and gaps between written ideologies
and ideological practices
8. explore how client safety and choice can be reconciled in relation to
physical care needs e.g hygiene and infection control: nutrition and fluid
monitoring, drug side effects
9. discuss the importance of engaging with families and carers as partners
in care
10. explore the impact of social and environmental factors on effective communication
11. discuss the relationship between mental health promotion and empowerment
12. explore the inter-relationship between mental health and alcohol and/or drug use
13. explore the meaning of crises in mental health care

1. recognise the potential of assessment and assessment instruments to support engagement with clients.
2. identify and rehearse skills that can enhance empowerment and ‘recovery’ in crisis and non-crisis situations
3. identify the skills entailed in the multi-agency coordination of mental health care.
4. explore and experience skills in facilitation of groups/teams.
5. identify the implications for one’s own practice of the socio-political and economic contexts of care.
6. critique available evidence that supports mental health practice.
7. explore skills in engaging with families
8. identify and rehearse skills that may be used to enhance communication with people with cognitive and/or sensory impairments
9. enhance therapeutic interventions through understanding specific
approaches, including CBT and motivational interviewing

1. retrieve, critique and utilise information from a variety of sources.
2. utilise numeracy skills in drug dosage and calculations.
3. make links between critical thinking and self-awareness.
4. demonstrate political acuity in discussion.
Module Content
User involvement, empowerment and recovery
Social critiques of mental health care; class, race, gender, age
Professional power and consumerism
Crisis theory
Mental health research and user involvement/perspectives
Skills rehearsal in facilitation, groupwork, empowerment and recovery
Therapeutic skills and approaches (CBT, DBT, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Rogerian)
Psychosocial interventions for people with severe and enduring mental health problems
Working with ‘hard to engage’ clients
Medication management and concordance
Mental health policy e.g community care, primary care, public health
Mental health service configuration and development
Partnership and multi-agency working
Care co-ordination and the Care Programme Approach
Physical care skills revision workshop
Methods of Teaching/Learning
This module replaces two previous modules that straddled the end of the second and beginning of the second year of the programme. It is envisaged that methods of delivery will change little other than the retention and further development of skills workshops. Rehearsal of a range of facilitation styles and therapeutic approaches in a classroom environment will boost familiarity and confidence in order to support learning in the [parallel] practice module.

Selected Texts/Journals

Barker, P and Buchanan-Barker, P (2004) The Tidal Model Routledge: London

Department of Health (2008) Code of Practice: Mental Health Act 1983

Nash, M (2010) Physical Health and Wellbeing In Mental Health Nursing Open University Press

Repper, J, Perkins, R (2007) Social Inclusion and Recovery Butterworth-Heinemann: London

Watkins, P (2007) Recovery: A Guide for Mental Health Practitioners

Department of Health (2008) New Horizons


Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (Blackwell Publishing)
Mental Health Practice (RCN Publishing Company)


Barker, P (ed) 2009 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The Craft Of Caring Hodder Arnold: London

Chadwick,P (2006) Person-Based Cognitive Therapy for Distressing Psychosis Wiley-

Donnelly, E, Williams, B, Parkinson, T (2009) Understanding and Helping People In Crisis Reflect Press

Egan G 2007 The Skilled helper: a problem-management and opportunity-development approach. (8th ed.) Brooks/Cole: Pacific Grove

Heron J 2001 Helping the client: a creative practical guide. (5th ed.) Sage, London

Hoff, LA, Hallissey, BJ and Hoff, M (2009) People In Crisis: Clinical and Diversity Perspectives Routledge

Newell R Gournay K (eds) 2009 Mental health nursing: an evidence based approach. Churchill Livingstone: London

O’Connell, B 2005 Solution-Focused Therapy (2nded) Sage, London

O’Hanlon W 2006 Change 101: A Practical Guide to Creating Change in Life or Therapy Norton: New York

Ryan T (editor) 2004 Managing crisis and risk in mental health nursing. 2nd ed. Nelson Thornes, London

Videbeck S.L, K Acott (ed) (2009) Mental Health Nursing Walters Kluwer Health/Lippincot Williams and Wilkins: London


CSIP/NIMHE 2006 10 High Impact Changes For Mental Health Services London

Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health 2006 Crisis Resolution And Home Treatment: A Practical Guide SCMH, London

Department of Health 2006 From values to action: The chief nursing officer’s review of mental health nursing. London

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28TH JULY 2010