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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR2070
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: ACOTT K Mr (HSC)
Number of credits: 40 Number of ECTS credits: 20
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
The module will have written assessments at the end of the taught component, to enable a demonstration of learning in relation to the theoretical content of the module. The theoretical learning will also be assessed in its application to practice and in the development of the essential skills within the practice modules.

Students will prepare two pieces of work:

An essay discussing the rationale for a clinical decision the student made in practice (3,000 words worth 80% of module grade).

A record of learning/report/presentation from the 4 week Elective Enquiry (20% of module grade).
Module Overview
Module Aims
This module builds on the development of year two by focusing on the student as a potential leader of practice and future agent of change.
There will be a four week period for students to undertake their own Elective Experience of an aspect of Mental Health Nursing or related practice
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
1. explain policies relating to leadership and management.
2. understand clinical guidelines for best practice in the delivery of mental health care.
3. understand the principles of leadership and effective change management.
4. appreciate the usefulness of a range of facilitation styles.
5. be aware of new and emerging health and social care initiatives.
6. explore the principles of consumerism in mental health care.

Cognitive skills
1. explain the implications of the Human Rights Act (1998) to practice.
2. recognise the importance of Quality Assurance mechanisms including quality guidelines and audit in the delivery of cost effective care.
3. undertake a review of own knowledge base for practice and identify own limitations.
4. analyse critical incidents from practice.

Key skills
1. use of the internet as an information resource in identifying best practice

Module Content
The module will provide application of:

Advocacy, assertiveness, negotiation
Dimensions of facilitator style
Enhancing group work skills
Leadership principles
Practice, ideology and critique of policy
Raising the profile of mental health nursing; ideological and professional developments; the mental health nurse as a leader
Mental health nursing in multi-agency contexts
Supervisory skills
Consumerism/user involvement in mental health
Policy developments, mental health in primary care and public health
Legislative changes pertaining to mental health care
Benchmarks for quality in mental health
Analysis of critical incidents
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals

Department of Health 2001 Making it happen: a guide to delivering mental health promotion.

Langan J 2004 Living with risk: mental health service user involvement in risk assessment and management. The policy press, London


Laurance J 2002 Pure madness: how fear drives the mental health system. Routledge, London

Martin V, Henderson E 2001 Managing in health and social care. Routledge/Open University, London

Mentality 2004 Literature & policy review for the joint inquiry into mental health and wellbeing in later life.

Pilgrim D 2005 Key Concepts in Mental Health. Sage, London


Journal titles

British Journal of Nursing Mental Health Supplement
Mental Health Practice (RCN Publishing Company)
Openmind (MIND publications)

Web sites
Last Updated
28TH JULY 2010