MH0403 - Foundations of Mental Health Nursing

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the basis of mental health nursing with a focus on knowing and developing yourself, as a person and a professional. You will explore concepts of beliefs and values, morals and ethics and spirituality. You will develop your ability to reflect and appreciate the importance of self as a mental health nurse. Topics will also include; personhood, person – centred care, relationship centred care,spirituality, self awareness, communication and collaboration and working in teams.
In this module you will be introduced to the professional skills and knowledge which are common to the competence and/or proficiency you will be expected to achieve at this stage.
Integral to the module you will be introduced to key themes which explore and examine issues around becoming a safe, effective and efficient healthcare professional, and the ability to prioritise people, practice effectively, preserve safety and promote professionalism; Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Conduct (2015).

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, workshops, skill rehearsal, independent and group learning. Some of the module content is delivered via a ‘flipped classroom’ learning approach, which is a mix of e-lectures, seminars and practical’s. ‘Flipped classroom’ means you will have access to online e-learning packages before and after the seminars and practical’s.

The lectures will cover theories and concepts that will enable you to address a series of guided exercises and will be electronic, therefore you can access them as many times as you want. The lectures will cover theories and concepts which will be further explored and applied in the following seminars and practical sessions. There will be directed study between sessions, supported by a range of electronic resources which will further further support your learning and development. There will also be self directed time which can be used how you feel best but should include some reflective time.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported on this module from the module team; the module teams consist of people with a mental health/carers, mental health nursing academics and practitioners.Support and guidance will be given through clear directed learning activities, small group seminars, coaching sessions and simulated activities. All support will be in line with any Disabled Student Services Report (DSSR) recommendations. Your personal tutor and the module team will offer further support required and can be contacted via telephone, email, or in person – contact details are available via the elp on the programme and module sites.
The electronic media (e.g. elp/twitter) will support your learning including opportunity for group learning, peer support and discussions with a wider audience on contemporary practice issues.

You will have access to 24/7 generic IT support and specific support from the programme team with any specific IT issues related to the e-lecture packages. You will also have access to the full range of student administration and support services offered by Northumbria University which includes library and learning support outlined fully in the programme handbook.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will understand and explore fundamental concepts and principles in relation to professional beliefs, values, morals and ethics, whilst appreciating the need to respect diversity and individual preferences.
2. You will identify the knowledge and skills required to act in a reflective manner appreciating the importence of self-awareness while working within professional boundaries.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will consider and develop fundamental nursing skills to act in an honest way with integrity applying the principles of The NMC Code (2015).
4. You will demonstrate your ability to practice in a person and relationship centred way. This will incorporate communication and collaboration skills working as part of a team, and as an individual with a degree of autonomy.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will develop your abilities to work independently and collaboratively, identifying your own learning needs and the developmental needs of others to successfully deliver your role as a mental health nurse.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Formative assessment will explore learning related to The foundations of Mental Health Nursing’ verbal feedback will be given from the module team and peers throughout the module during classroom teaching, seminars, practical’s and simulation sessions. You will also be able to engage in group discussion within the timetabled group tutorial and further online tutorials will be provided within the module. There will also be the opportunity to appraise published material with peers as part of a Journal Club (MLO’s 1, 2, 4, 5).

Summative assessment:
The summative assessment for this module is a 2,000 word essay.
Choose a service user from your placement who you engaged with. Using a reflective model, explore how you established and developed your relationship with the person. Consider both your personal and professional attributes that contributed to this process (MLO’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

You will receive written feedback following your summative assessment, which will indicate the mark awarded for the module and areas for future development.





Module abstract

This is an exciting and innovative module which utilises a wide range of teaching and learning strategies. Research rich learning relevant to practice is enabled through face to face and technology enhanced learning in the classroom and the practice learning setting.
During the module you explore key influences on mental health covering a wide range of topics and contexts; you will have the opportunity to consider and reflect upon your own values, beliefs, morals and ethics in relation to mental health and the challenges they can present for those that experience mental illness. You will be encouraged to critically examine and reflect upon your own practice and that of others. People are the main focus of this module; not illness or labels; therefore the key principles of personhood and relationship centred care, holism and recovery underpin much of the teaching on the module.
ents will gain for future employment and career paths that are open to them.

Course info

UCAS Code B740

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time (45 weeks and 4 days per year)

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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