Run by School of Health Sciences
40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Seren Roberts
Overall aims and purpose
In this module the student will consolidate learning and experiences accrued during previous modules and practice placements. The student will use knowledge knowledge of informed and evidence-based mental health practice in order to critically evaluate the quality of care by independently pursuing a relevant topic of interest pertaining to service user care within mental health nursing. The student will be expected to examine the factors which influences the quality and standards of service user care and the ways in which service improvement can be attained.
• Critiquing and reviewing evidence underpinning mental health practice in order to complete the extended essay within the guidelines given. • Developing skills in critical appraisal of the literature relevant to mental health nursing. • Developing advanced skills in literature searching and the use of a wide range of resources. • Ethics and research governance • Multi-disciplinary team working • Local and national safety and quality policies and legislation. • Legislation and health and social care strategies/frameworks relevant to mental health practice. • Risk assessment, management and guidance. • NICE guidelines • Audit, PDSA, user stories • NMC guidelines • Independent enquiry, supervision and self direction.
Understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module, with an ability to apply what is learnt in healthcare practice. Students will be required to achieve a minimum of D- grade in the assignment to in order to pass the theory component of the module.
Good understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module, with an ability to apply what is learnt in healthcare practice. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade C- in the Grading Criteria.
Excellent understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module, with an ability to apply what is learnt in healthcare practice. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade A- in the Grading Criteria.
Analyse the importance of respect for individuals and how the dignity of the patient/ client/service user is maintained throughout the process of healthcare delivery.
Critically analyse relevant literature, research, policy documents, legislation and other relevant information such as patient/client/service user stories and demonstrate their application to the management of care in mental health practice.
Critically analyse current National patient safety and quality policy agendas and demonstrate their relevance and application to the management and implementation of care in mental health practice.
Demonstrate the application of quality improvement strategies to mental health practice.
Critically analyse the evidence base utilised during decision making and when delivering care in mental health practice
Demonstrate the ability to take a reflective and reflexive approach to patient/client/service user care in mental health practice and evaluate the knowledge and skills required for safe, compassionate and effective nursing practice.
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This assessment accounts for Critical Practice in MH (NMS 3201/02) and Becoming an Effective Practitioner (NMS 3203/04).
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Contact Time – e.g. in classroom, or fieldwork 50 hours Private Study – reading time, preparing and taking assessments 350 hours
Lectures 10 hours Seminar/Tutorial 40 hours
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Resource implications for students
Library access Computer access Blackboard account
Bach, S. Ellis, P. (2011) Leadership, Management and Team Working in Nursing. Learning Matters Exeter.
Dimond,B.(2011) Legal Aspects of Nursing. Pearson. Harlow.
Ellis, P. (2010) Evidenced-Based Practice in Nursing. Learning Matters. Exeter.
Flick,U.(2011) Introducing Research Methodology. Sage. London.
Goodman, B. and Clemow, R. (2010) Nursing and Collaborative practice 2nd Edition, Learning Matters. Exeter.
Hutchfield,K.(2010) Information Skills for Nursing Students. Learning Matters. Exeter.
Lester, H. and Glasby, J. (2010) Mental health Policy and Practice. Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke
Marquis, B.L. and Huston, C.J. (2009) Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing, 7th edition. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia.
Parahoo K (2006) Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues. Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke.
Polit, D.F. and Beck, C.T. (2012) Nursing research – Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice 9th Edition, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia,
Price,B. and Harrington,A.(2010) Critical Thinking and Writing for Nursing Students. Exeter. Learning Matters.
Standing, M. (2011) Clinical Judgement and decision making for Nursing Students. Exeter Learning Matters.
Walliman, N. (2009) Your Undergraduate Dissertation in Health and Social Care. Sage. London,
Barker P, (2010) Mental Health Ethics: The Human Context. Taylor and Francis. Hoboken.
Dimond B., (2008) Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. Hoboken
Edwards, SD. (2009) Nursing Ethics: A Principled Approach. 2nd Edition. Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke.
Pattison S, (2010) Emerging Values in Health Care: The Challenges for Professionals. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. London
Sloan G, (2006) Clinical Supervision in Mental Health Nursing. John Wiley and Sons. Hoboken.