MH0612 - Mental Health Nursing Within Health and Social Care Systems

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will be offered opportunities to learn about the context, systems in which mental health nurses work and about the governance of those systems. You will learn about:

• How mental health services are designed and commissioned
• Evidence Base, quality and assurance processes
• The Legal framework
• Risks and Opportunities
• Navigating Services
• Becoming an improvement leader in mental Health services
• Building Resilience
• Managing Complexity in Mental Health

Topics you will cover include:
• The role and responsibility of the Mental health Nurse working in systems
• Therapeutic use of risk and risk management
• Complex case management
• Becoming a resilient practitioner
• Systems and models for practice
• Improvement knowledge and skills
• Participation, collaboration and partnerships
You will explore the background to the services that you work within, how they work together and good practice in supporting service users to access and navigate different services. You will look at how we measure and assure good quality and how you, as a newly registered practioner can use your knowledge and skills to work within systems to improve outcomes for service users. You will gain insight into the skills involved in case management and risk management by simulation.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through e-lectures, workshops, seminars, skill rehearsal, independent and group learning. The lectures will cover theories and concepts that will enable you to tackle a series of guided exercises and will be electronic, therefore you can access them as many times as you want.

Your academic enquiry skills will be facilitated through seminar and directed activities, where you will learn about how to access the appropriate research evidence base

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 mental health nurse.

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

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. Understand and utilise fundamental concepts and principles underpinning professional, safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led, person centred, mental health nursing demonstrating fundamental awareness of the contemporary health, social care and public health drivers and nursing skills at least some of which is at the forefront of current thinking
2. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key concepts and principles underpinning person centred, holistic, safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led, person centred, nursing and create ideas for improving the care experience of patients and families.
3. Appraise current research and critically evaluate methods, arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements to inform holistic nursing practice and service improvement ideas

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Demonstrate leadership engagement through critical appraisal of the evidence base and its application to and importance for practice. Whilst, valuing curiosity, collaboration and reflective learning in practice as key to the creation of new nursing knowledge and practice and your professional development

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Clear articulation and demonstration of the value base required for registration: safety, personal dignity, compassionate, person centred, evidence based practice, promotion of individuality, independence, rights, choice and inclusion for people with a mental health.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessments:
You will work in groups considering elements of governance aspects of mental health service design and delivery. You will receive feedback from peers and academic staff.

Summative assessment:
Your summative assessment will consist of a 1500-word report on a simulated case study and a 1500 critically reflective account of your rationale and development





Module abstract

In this module you will learn about how mental health nurses work within health and social care systems. The emphasis is upon preparing students to be practitioners in contemporary systems. Students will be supported at reviewing the evidence base for practice, how policy is designed and enhancing critical thinking skills. Electures allow students to consider complex themes and revisit them during the course of the module. Feedback will be given in an adult to adult coaching style, to prepare students for practice as registrants and workshops will formatively prepare students for the assignment. The assignment will be in the form of a report which will prepare students for the formality of this style of writing which is essential for practice. The module gives students a helicopter view of the contemporary provision of health and social care and its structures in order to prepare them for future employment.

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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