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NPMH2030 Engagement and Assessment in Mental Health Recovery

Module Overview

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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply a recovery-orientated values-based approach to mental health care which encourages people’s active participation in every aspect of care and intervention.
  • Explain the communication and interpersonal skills required to engage people in a therapeutic alliance.
  • 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.
  • Recognise patterns of symptoms consistent with diagnostic categories of mental disorder.


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) Physical health assessment skills in mental health care 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 Lectures Seminars Role play exercises

Guided independent study140.5
Practical classes and workshops11
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Norman I & Ryrie I (2018). The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing. 

Jarvis C (2012). Physical examination & health assessment . 

Wycraft N (2015). Assessment and Care Planning in Mental Health Nursing. 

Williamson T & Daw R (2013). Law, Values and Practice in Mental Health Nursing . 

Nash M (2014). Physical Health and Well-being in Mental Health Nursing: Clinical Skills for Practice. 


Assessment Strategy

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.


Class discussions


MethodPercentage contribution
Open Book Exam 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Open Book Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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