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Module NMA-3202:
Critical Practice in MH (B)

Module Facts

Run by School of Health Sciences

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Jenny Byast

Overall aims and purpose

This module will provide students with opportunities to critique and evaluate mental health practice in the context of contemporary policy and provision. The module focuses on negotiating complex tensions in working collaboratively across organisational boundaries. The module aims to provide experienced student nurses with an understanding of mental health nursing which will underpin their practice as they prepare for registration across a range of settings. The module will link the student’s practice to theoretical and research based interventions and management.

Course content

• Mental health services in relation to society • Analysis of local and national mental health policies • Incorporating user voice into practice • Supporting peer support • Promoting recovery beyond crisis • Recovery networks and colleges • Supporting capability and resilience across the lifespan • Working across a mixed economy of care • Evaluating care • Maintaining safety and risk enablement • Ethics and risk enablement across the lifespan • Co-production of care • Challenging professional asymmetry • Responding to mental health crisis • Team and multi-professional working • Prioritising workload and collaboration • Approaches to management of mental health • Dementia care mapping and service evaluation • Managing changing services • Managing therapeutic milieu • Psychopharmacology • Supporting best practice in shared decision making • Professional and interdisciplinary boundaries in practice across complex settings • Responding appropriately to poor practice • Safeguarding vulnerable groups across the lifespan • Wicked problems and waves of consequence • Development of mental health nursing services • Decarceration • Public health and healthy communities

Assessment Criteria


Competence - achievement of all generic and field practice learning outcomes at progression point three.

The percentage mark awarded for this module will be derived from the theoretical assessment submitted for module NMH 3205/3206 Evaluating Practice.

Learning outcomes

  1. Critically evaluate mental health nursing in different contexts, with cognisance of culture, diversity, groups and the individual across the lifespan.

  2. Critically analyse appropriate models/frameworks of health and wellbeing in the context of mental health nursing practice.

  3. Critique and evaluate appropriate theories of communication within the practice of mental health nursing for effective working relationships.

  4. Implement and evaluate the knowledge and skills required for safe, compassionate & effective mental health nursing practice.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Extended Essay Mark 100
Portfolio R o A 0

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study 100

DUE to CV 19 all lectures, seminar and panopto will be online this year


Transferable skills

  • 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
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • 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