MH0509 - Assessment in Mental Health Nursing

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will allow you to learn about the nature of assessment in mental health nursing exploring the principles and differing approaches and their applications to specific conditions/circumstances. You will learn how to work with service users to develop therapeutic relationships and illicit necessary information in relation to assessment, by using a range of approaches such as interviewing, rating scales, personal narratives and formulation.
Topics include:
• The use of narratives and stories of self in relation to assessment
• Assessment of features of psychosis
• Competing agendas involved in assessment
These assessments will assist you to develop a broad ranging perspective of the person within the context of their personal, social and environmental domains. You will appreciate and apply concepts associated with recovery that will enable you to develop effective approaches to develop collaborative work with the person.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, workshops, skill rehearsal, independent and group learning. This will help with your ability to understand and recognise appropriate assessment within mental health nursing. You will work on these theories and concepts during workshops, group tasks and clinical sessions utilising high fidelity and actor simulation – linking theories and concepts to real life situations in mental health practice. This will draw upon your previous study skills and assist in further development.

You will benefit from feed forward feedback; where your assessment becomes part of your learning. Peer, self and tutor assessments will enable you to understand what you do well and what you need to develop to become a successful mental health nurse.

You will be assessed using formative individual and group tasks that important in helping you to assimilate your knowledge and will help you to successfully work towards your summative assessment. The feedback that you receive will also increase your learning and understanding.

You will continue to explore your Professional Personal Development File, to enable you to keep a record of what you have learned, the evidence for this and for practice and is a space for you to reflect on your learning and development as a nurse.

Coaching principles will be utilised to enable you to learn together and will cover topics that second year undergraduate students will need to ensure a successful year in academic and practice skills.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by mental health lecturers via seminars and tutorials. You will be guided through exercises and practical sessions and will be provided with feedback by the module team. You will also support each other, via peer support, by engaging in discussions/debates to enhance your learning. Additionally relevant materials, including the electronic reading list and aids will be available on the e-learning portal to enhance and reinforce your learning. The Technology Enhanced Learning approaches available will contribute towards your support as you will be able to continually access IT support, Ask4Help and wider learning resources.

You will be supported on this module from the module team; the module teams consist of 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. You will be expected to critically consider differing approaches to nursing assessment in mental health practice and apply these to a range of different care contexts.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. You will develop your skills in a range of assessment practices that are applicable in differing clinical placements. Contemporary nursing practice requires nurses who can utilise a range of effective assessment strategies to illicit necessary information and determine the most appropriate care fr the individuals. These skills require critical thinking, decision making and problem solving.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
3. You will develop and reinforce the characteristics of a Northumbria Graduate and professional nurse (as highlighted by the NMC) as you consider the values and ethical practice that underpins mental health nursing assessment. This will include working collaboratively with other disciplines, individuals within services and their significant others.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessments include:
• Enquiry based activity
• Observed practice rehearsal
• Peer, self and academic assessment (MLO’s 1, 3)

Your summative assessment will consist of a 2 hour unseen exam paper based upon a scenario situation.

Here you will have the opportunity to demonstrate specific nursing knowledge in relation to assessment within mental health nursing.
This final assessment will bring together your new knowledge, skills and attributes gained during the module (MLO’s 1, 2, 3).





Module abstract

This module links and follows on from previous mental health modules. Assessment of mental health is an integral and essential component of the Registered Mental Health Nurses’ skill set. This module offers a synthesis of theory and practice which will allow students to put theories, frameworks and models into practice. This develops competence and experience to develop in the safe environment of the University, but also allows the student to take these new skills out into practice placements to develop further with a confidence.
A placement will be provided for you and will be appropriate to your learning at this stage.

The assessments on this module will provide feedback to enable you to improve learning and understanding. The assessments are designed for you to engage with the assessment process and consolidate what you know at this stage.

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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