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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR2075
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: SMITH A Ms (HSC)
Number of credits: 60 Number of ECTS credits: 30
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
Portfolio of Practice Evidence: Part A and Part B
Guidance on the content of the Portfolio is given within the portfolio introductory pages. The details of submission dates and content for Part A and Part B at each submission are also provided. The guidance for the written component of Part B is also explained on the final page of the portfolio document. If you have any questions regarding these expectations, please ask a member of the module team. Do not leave completion of the portfolio to the final placement or last weeks in practice. It is to be used to assess your ongoing development in practice.
Module Overview
Module Aims
To acquire a foundation for understanding the principles of contemporary mental health care within health and social care settings and to observe, understand and learn to practise, under supervision, essential nursing skills. Practise will be undertaken in a variety of care settings, with a diverse group of patients and clients, including children, young people and families, with a range of different nursing care requirements.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module the student should be able to:

Professional practice skills
These will link to the essential nursing skills that the student has the opportunity to learn within a given practice environment. These may include: undertaking vital signs, essential hygiene skills, communication skills, infection control, managing self in areas of professional behaviour in a range of practice settings for the nursing care of children, young people, those with learning disability or mental health needs or adults in general hospital or community settings.

Values and attitudes
1. show motivation, commitment and a willingness to learn
2. accept the need to follow direction and to co-operate with others in all aspects of nursing care delivery
3. be punctual at all times on duty, courteous and considerate toward others
4. present with a desire to achieve learning outcomes and to work well with staff members, patients and clients

Knowledge and understanding
By experiencing situations where care is delivered to patients and clients, during the practice module the student will learn the fundamental principles and skills of nursing care for children, young people and adults, as provided by registered nurses. Initially, this will be done by observing how others provide care and questioning, later practicing under direct supervision and receiving feedback from mentors. Learning through interaction with others within the practice environment and being supported in learning by a range of multi professional team members.

Key skills
1. demonstrate self motivation
2. develop the skills to work as part of a health care team member
3. practice verbal and listening skills
4. have an awareness of own body language
5. write clearly, accurately and using professional terminology and language
6. retrieve and handle information

Module Content
The student will provide evidence through work with patients and clients how they achieved their learning outcomes (see assessment of practice portfolio documentation). They will also practice a range of essential nursing skills. Working alongside their mentor, in a supernumerary status, they will learn how a registered nurse provides care and coordinates the provision of holistic care. Through this work the student will demonstrate (through conversation and question and feedback) their understanding of the patient’s circumstances from a psycho-social and emotional perspective as well as a bio-physiological perspective. The practice should enable the student to build up a portfolio of evidence in support of achieving the proficiency statements.

Linking Theory to Practice
As advised within all taught sessions, you need to consider the theory learned and apply this to the practice you experience. Regularly discuss with your mentor your understanding of how the theory applies to practice to ensure you are making these links.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals

Egan G 2002 The skilled helper: A problem management to helping 7th edn. Brooks Cole Publishing Company, London

Heron J 2001 Helping the client: A creative practical guide 5th edn. SAGE Publications, London

Kirby S, Hart D, Cross D and Mitchell G (eds) 2004 Mental Health Nursing: Competencies for Practice. Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke

Norman I, Ryrie I (2004) The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing: a textbook of principles. Open University Press, Buckingham

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2008) The Code. NMC, London.

Department of Health (2006) From values to action: the chief nursing officer’s review of mental health nursing DH

Videbeck S, Acott K (2009) Mental health nursing 1st UK edition Lippincott Williams & Wilkins London


This is reading that will inform the content you should endeavour to read some of the following:

Burnard, P and Gill, P (2008) Culture, Communication and Nursing: A Multicultural Guide Pearson

Barker, P (ed) (2008) Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The Craft of Caring Hodder Arnold

Boulton G, (2005) Reflective practice writing and professional development 2nd edn Sage Publications London

Griffith R, Tengnah C, (2008) Law and professional issues in nursing. Common Foundation Programme meeting the NMC Outcomes. Learning Matters Ltd. Exeter

Peck J, & Coyle M, (2005) Write it Right. A Handbook for Students Palgrave Macmillain Basingstoke

Richardson R, (2008) Clinical skills for student nurses Theory Practice and Reflection Based on NMC Essential Skills Clusters Deer Park Productions Exeter

Sully P, and Dallas J, (2005) Essential communication skills for nursing practice Elsevier Mosby


Journal titles

Mental Health Practice
Professional Nurse

Last Updated

28TH JULY 2010