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NPMH3007 Advancing Recovery Focused Mental Health Nursing

Module Overview

In this module you will further develop the skills required to be a mental health nurse working with people with complex mental health care needs. You will have an opportunity to explore the challenges that may present and develop skills to help you navigate these using a recovery orientated approach.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically examine 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.
  • Develop and articulate an in-depth knowledge of the aetiology, treatment and care needs of people with a range of mental health care needs.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base relating to the biological, psychological and sociological therapeutic interventions that can be used to promote well-being and recovery of people with mental health care needs.
  • Critically consider the legal and ethical issues relating to individuals with mental health care needs.
  • Critically analyse the potential power issues that exist in professional-service user relationships.


The person who experiences trauma The person with co-existing mental illness and substance misuse problems (dual diagnosis) Early intervention in psychosis Solution-focused approaches Motivational interviewing approaches Nurse's role in the administration of ECT Forensic mental health care Power issues in professional-service user relationship Responding to diversity (i.e. gender, older people, interpreter requirements, learning disability) Caring for yourself

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

Independent Study151.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Clifton A, Hemingway S, Felton A, Stacey G (2018). Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing. 

Evans K, Nizette D, O'brien A, Johnson C (2020). Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing in the UK. 

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


Assessment Strategy

For the assessment you will critically explore the knowledge and skills required by a mental health nurse in caring for people with a variety of needs using a case study of your choice. To help you prepare for the exam you will present your case study to your seminar group.


Presentation (Case study)


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (1.5 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (1.5 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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