MH0510 - Understanding Assessment and Interventions when working with complexity in acute MH care

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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 therapaeutically with service users in acute distress and in need of crisis and acute mental health care. 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 acute mental health care pathway. You will also appraise the evidence base for interventions to support service users who present to acute mental health services, appreciate the role of carers in supporting service user recovery, and be able to formulate a plan of care for 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 enable 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 which will provide opportunities to engage in critical thinking about key issues in urgent care. You will also engage in keynote sessions with mental health practitioners from the urgent care pathway such as Street Triage and Crisis Resolution Teams.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by mental health lecturers and colleagues via seminars and tutorials. You will be guided through exercises and practical sessions and will be provided with feedback by the module team. Students will also support each other by engaging in the discussions/ debates to enhance learning. Additionally relevant materials and aids will be available on the Electronic Learning Portal to reinforce your learning. You will engage in preparatory learning through materials that will be available on the Electronic Learning Portal to enable you to be prepared to participate in seminar and lectures.

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 acute mental health care pathway.
2. Evaluate the tensions in providing acute mental health care from service user, carer, professional and organisational perspectives.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Construct an individualised assessment / case formulation to meet the needs of service users who present in acute distress.
4. Develop support and recovery plans for service users and their carers who present in acute distress.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Explore dominant discourses and values that underpin cultural practices and interventions within the acute 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
2,000 word evidence based case report of service user needs in the acute care pathway. 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

What do I do? How do I do it? These are some of the uncertainties expressed by students as they progress through their learning journey and begin to develop competence in their practice. In this module we will make you aware of a range of therapeutic interventions that have been recommended for a range mental health presentations. We will help to develop your understanding of the relationship between assessment, formulation and treatment with the view of providing the right treatment at the right time by the right person. Rather than accepting this premise we will develop and strengthen the lens of critical anlysis and consider the interelationship between theory and practice. The module will provide a overview of approaches that will be applied in practice and may be inform further learning and development post registration aligning with the concept of nursing being life long learning.

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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