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NPMH2031 Managing Acute Changes in Health Status (Mental Health field)

Module Overview

In this module you will build on your previous learning so that you can prioritise and respond to the changing levels of support that people require when their health status changes. You will develop your ability to manage and evaluate care across healthcare settings to promote, restore and stabilise health status.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Discuss the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake a prioritised assessment of people who are experiencing an acute change in health status
  • Explain how clinical judgement and decision making skills are important aspects of managing nursing care
  • Justify nursing responses to acute changes in health status using evidence based interventions
  • Identify, prioritise and respond to risk factors that may lead to deterioration in health status


Content for ALL Fields: Clinical judgement & decision making Responding to mental and emotional distress including agitation, aggression and challenging behaviour Responding to self-harm and or suicidal ideation Recognising and responding to acute deterioration in physical health status (e.g. sepsis) Breaking significant news Sudden and / or traumatic death Ethical and legal issues in acute care: DNACPR, DOLS Managing risks to vulnerable groups with acute health care needs (e.g. Learning Disability) Human Factors: Safety culture, Debriefing Medicines Management: Safe medicine use. (e.g. drug interactions / reactions including anaphylaxis; recreational drugs; using technology to improve medicines safety; forms of prescribing including PGD) MENTAL HEALTH Field Specific Content: Mental health and the law Care planning Admission and discharge planning Admission of a person in acute distress Managing risk of self-harm and suicide Managing risk of violence and aggression Engagement and observation of people at risk Psychopharmacology Psychotropic medication in practice The person experiencing psychosis The person with a personality disorder The person with an eating disorder Managing mental health crisis Pharmacology of commonly encountered drugs Skills: Responding to physiological deterioration Therapeutic Communication skills Airway skills and supporting the at risk patient BLS yr 2 update ECG

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module is taught using a variety of learning and teaching approaches which may include: Lectures Seminars Directed study activities Self-directed Study Technology enhanced learning

Independent Study135.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

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

Healy D (2016). Psychiatric Drugs Explained. 


Assessment Strategy

The assessment will test your ability to assess a person's care needs, relate signs and symptoms, identify risk of deterioration and articulate a plan of care.




MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (1.5 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (1.5 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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