MH0507 - Evidence Based Interventions In Mental Health Nursing

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What will I learn on this module?

The module will provide you with the professional and practitioner knowledge and skills to assist in working therapeutically with service users requiring a period of ongoing short or longterm intervention from planned care mental health services. You will develop skills in the recognition and management of a range of service user presentations and wider knowledge and understanding of the role of service provision within the planned care pathway.

• Contemporary issues in providing acute mental health care
• Role of CRHT and Street Triage
• Recognising and managing acute distress
• Engaging and collaborating in care
• Risk assessment and safety planning
• Legal, professional and ethical frameworks in professional practice
• Supporting people on the self-harm – suicide continuum
• Supporting people with acute psychosis
• Supporting people with drug and alcohol comorbidity
• Supporting people with complex needs
• Supporting people with mood disorders
• Family and Carer involvement
• Report writing for MH Tribunals
• Promoting concordance
• Intervention with Children and Young People
• Safe and effective discharge and transitions from acute mental health care

You will also appraise the evidence base for interventions to support service users who require a period of planed care and appreciate the role of carers in supporting service user recovery, and be able to formulate a plan of care in partnership with service users. You will learn about the range of discourses that influences mental health care, and the professional, ethical and legal frameworks that also influence practice.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars, practical sessions and independent learning. The lectures will cover the theoretical frameworks that will facilitate you to explore the concepts within seminars and practical sessions through groupwork / discussion, case study and direct practice. For independent study a reading list is provided and a range of interactive and learning materials wil be available on the Electronic Learning Portal (ELP). You will also learn by simulated learning to enable you to further empathise with the needs of service users whilst developing essential skills to enable you to support service user recovery. You will also paricpate in a journal club to enable you to develop and engage in critical thinking with peers about key issues in planned care. You will also engage in keynote sessions with mental health practitioners from the planned care pathways for example, practiioners with defined therapeutic skills.

You benefit from feed-forward feedback; where your assessment becomes part of your learning and enables you to understand what you do well and what you need to develop to become a successful mental health nurse. You are formatively assessed to successfully work towards your summative assessment and the feedback that you receive will also increase your learning and understanding.

You continue to explore your Professional Personal Development File, that you develop throughout the programme to keep a record of what you have learned, evidence for your learning and practice. It provides space to reflect on your learning and development as a nurse.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your learning will be supported by mental health lecturers and colleagues via seminars and tutorials. You will be guided through exercises, practical sessions and practice based actor-based simulations with feedback from the module team. Learning will be augmented via the reading lists provided through indepdent study. Students will also support their peers through participation in the discussions/ debates enhancing learning. Additionally relevant materials and aids will be available on the ELP to reinforce your learning. You will engage in preparatory learning through materials that will be available on the ELP to enable you to be prepared to participate in seminar and lectures.

You will be supported on this module from the module team that 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 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.

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. Analyse the legal, professional and ethical frameworks that influence practice within the planned care pathway.
2. Critically evaluate the tensions in providing acute and enduring mental health care, including organic brain disorder from a service user, carer, professional and organisational perspectives.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Construct an individualised assessment to formulate a plan of care to meet the needs of service users.
4. Develop support and recovery plans for service users and their carers who present requiring ongoing care.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Explore dominant discourses and values that underpin cultural practices and interventions within the planned care pathway.

How will I be assessed?

The formative assessment will be in the form of student led presentations on their selected case together with an 800 word review of evidence based interventions to support service user recovery. (MLO’s 1,2,3.,4). Feedback will be provided via turnitin and in tutorials.

The summative assessment will comprise a
2,500 word evidence based case report exploring a service user needs in the planned pathway and the appropriate intervention. This will consist of the following elements:

1. Framework for assessment
2. Assessment of service user needs
3. 5 P formulation of service user needs
4. Intervention plan
5. Legal, professional and ethical aspects influencing care
6. Service user & carer involvement
7. Reflective commentary on key learning. (MLO’s 1,2,3,4,5). Feedback will be provided on Turnitin and on post assessment tutorials.





Module abstract

This module will enable students to explore, appraise and critique contemporary critical theory and empirical research derived from social, political and health perspectives to enable care delivery for the client requiring Mental Health nursing interventions. It will provide learning opportunities to enhance the critical capacities and competence of future registrants in undertaking holistic nursing assessments and care planning. Students will gain knowledge, skills and insights into the nursing values to optimise care standards which assures all clients receive care that respects their dignity, autonomy and personhood. Students will be able to further develop and evaluate their understanding of the knowledge, skills and values necessary to deliver effective evidence based interventions in mental health nursing with consideration being given to clinical governance and management of care; including further opportunities to develop the therapeutic use of self within practice linking to the need for continuous professional development in line with the NMC.

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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