In this module you will learn more about values based recovery focused approaches when working with people with a range of mental health care needs. You will consider the principles of engagement in mental health care, in depth assessment skills, and the importance of relationships in encouraging people’s active participation in their recovery.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Articulate the principles, purposes and different types of assessment in mental health nursing to arrive at a collaborative definition of the person’s main mental health difficulties.
- Explain the communication and interpersonal skills required to engage people in a therapeutic alliance.
- Recognise patterns of symptoms consistent with diagnostic categories of mental disorder.
- Apply a recovery-orientated values-based approach to mental health care which encourages people’s active participation in every aspect of care and intervention.
Explanatory models of mental distress (i.e. biopsychosocial model)
Classification of mental disorder
Recovery in mental health care
The therapeutic relationship in assessment
Assessment in mental health care (i.e. information gathering)
Social and policy context of mental health care
Providing culturally safe care in mental health contexts
Law and ethics in mental health nursing (i.e. Mental Health Act)
Goal setting for intervention identification
Commonly occurring mental health problems, i.e. anxiety disorders and depression
Serious mental health problems, i.e. psychotic disorders
Organic mental health problems, i.e. dementias
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based low-intensity interventions
Medicines management: Assessing medicine use
Clinical Skills sessions:
Taking a structured history
Physical assessment skills
Venepuncture and cannulation
Mental Health Assessment
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The module is taught using a variety of learning and teaching approaches which may include:
Guided independent study
Role play exercises
|Guided independent study||140.5|
|Practical classes and workshops||11|
|Total study time||187.5|
Resources & Reading list
Jarvis C (2012). Physical examination & health assessment. Philadelphia / London: Saunders.
Wycraft N (2015). Assessment and Care Planning in Mental Health Nursing. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Nash M (2014). Physical Health and Well-being in Mental Health Nursing: Clinical Skills for Practice. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Norman I & Ryrie I (2018). The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Williamson T & Daw R (2013). Law, Values and Practice in Mental Health Nursing. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Interviewing people is an essential skill for all mental health nurses that takes time and practice to develop. The formative assessment gives you an opportunity to rehearse a clinical assessment and receive oral feedback. There will be an examination to test the development of your knowledge of assessment and planning.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Class discussions
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: External