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NPMH3006 Complex Care (Mental Health)

Module Overview

This module is designed for year 3 BN single field mental health students and year 3 and 4 BN Dual field Mental Health/Adult and Mental Health/Child students. The Final year students are expected to submit a summative assignment for the module at Level 6. This is a 2500 word essay. The module enables the students to reflect upon decision making in clinical practice in line with NMC competencies. The module comprises taught sessions, clinical skills sessions that relate to decision making, as well as module leader facilitated time that supports level 6 writing. In addition, there is a guided study workbook and a list of suggested additional resources.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the interpersonal, clinical reasoning, diagnostic and decision making skills required for the assessment, planning and delivery of care for a person with complex mental health care needs
  • Articulate an in depth knowledge of the aetiology, treatment and care needs of people with a range of mental health conditions requiring complex care in different settings
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base relating to the psychological, sociological and complex therapeutic interventions that can be used to improve the wellbeing of people with complex mental health problems
  • Demonstrate the communication skills required to care for people with mental health problems and their families in complex, changing and sensitive health care situations
  • Critically consider the legal and ethical issues related to care management and end of life decision making, in the people with mental health conditions with complex healthcare needs
  • Critically examine the policy, principles and risk management issues informing the delivery of complex/critical and technologically based patient care, including safeguarding vulnerable people with mental health healthcare needs


Broad content themes are as follows: 1. Defining complex needs 2. Decision–making and management of risk 3. Clinical Management of complexity in mental health care 4. The multi-disciplinary team

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures Small group clinical skills seminars Self-directed study Directed study Technology Enhanced Learning (Blackboard)

Independent Study147
Total study time187

Resources & Reading list

Lynch J and Trenowth S (2008). Contemporary Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 

Standing M (2014). Clinical Judgement and Decision Making for Nursing Students. 

Crouch, S., Chapelhow C., Crouch, M. (2008). Medicines Management a Nursing Perspective. 

Grant A (2010). Cognitive behavioural interventions for mental health practitioners. 

Higgs, J, Jones M (2008). Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions. 

Puri B and Treasaden I (2008). Emergencies in Psychiatry. 

Safford MM (2015). The Complexity of Complex Patients. Journal of General Internal Medicine. ,30(12) , pp. 1724-1725.

Department of Health (2008). Code of Practice: Mental Health Act 1983. 

Walker. S., Carpenter.D and Middlewick.Y. (2015). Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Mental Health. 

Carson D and Bain A (2008). Professional Risk and Working with People: Decision-making in Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice. 

French P, Smith J, Shiers D, Reed M and Rayne M (2010). Promoting Recovery in Early Psychosis: A Practice Manual. 

Cutliffe J and Stevenson C (2008). Care of the Suicidal Person. 

Thompson C and Dowding D (2002). Clinical Decision Making and Judgement in Nursing. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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