SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B723337
Module Leader Val Howatson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Completion of progression point 2

Summary of Content

This module incorporates theory and practice over one trimester to facilitate students' development of professional skills for nursing practice. The module is comprised of one practice learning experience of 400 hours. This module is designed to complement the previous mental health field specific module on psychological interventions in mental health and consolidate previous skills, knowledge and experience. The impetus within this module is on the management of complex care issues in mental health nursing with particular relevance to direct patient care and multidisciplinary team working, including risk management. In addition, exploring the challenges in managing the transition to registered nurse practice.


Complexities of mental health and wellbeing Psychopharmacology and medication management Risk assessment/management Evaluation of outcomes in practice Critical reflection Clinical supervision Role modelling best practice Accountability and autonomy Leadership and management in practice Clinical judgement and decision making: using observations to inform decisions Digital health and concepts of health literacy NMC Competencies All Domains listed in the Scottish OAR for entry to the register. Essential skills clusters are mapped to the NMC Domain competencies within the OAR D1 1, 1.1, 2, 4.1, 6, 7, 8.1, 9 D2 1, 1.1, 3, 4, 4.1, 5, 6, 6.1, 8 D3 1, 1.1, 1.2, 3, 3.1, 4, 4.1, 6, 6.1, 7, 8.1 D4 1, 2, 3 ,4.1, 5.1, 6, 6.1, 7

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Critically review and use appropriate interpersonal and communication skills to facilitate safe and effective person centred care.2. Critically examine the principles of risk assessment of clients with challenging and/or offending behaviours3. Justify how empowerment and partnership approaches can be used with clients with complex and challenging behaviours4. Contribute meaningfully to service evaluation and development which promotes and enhances patient safety5. Critically appraise the value of reflective practice and its potential impact on the quality of care delivered6. Be effective in the development of interprofessional practice by participating in the use of quality improvement tools and techniques 7. Evaluate the use of an evidence based approach to demonstrate consolidation of safe and effective person centred care.8. Gain an understanding and development of personal and professional leadership skills within the area of safeguarding all who are vulnerable9. Demonstrate engagement with Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR) to demonstrate personal and professional development

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered using blended learning approaches, including simulation, to improve the student experience. Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. Lecturers, service partners, users, carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience. Students will be supported and supervised in practice by a qualified mentor in the Practice Learning Experience (PLE). Students will be allocated a PLE and a qualified mentor with whom they will work at least 40% of the time to develop professional skills in practice. The PLE will be in the form of one twelve week block. Formative assessment will replicate OSCE and allow students to practice Formative assessment of practice using Practice Grading Criteria Assessment of numeracy skills will be incorporated in the formative assessment.

Indicative Reading

Amering, M. & Schmolke, M. 2009, Recovery in mental health: Reshaping scientific and clinical responsibilities . John Wiley & Sons. Oxford (e-copy available) Cooper, M., O'Hara, M., Schmid, P.F. & Bohart, A.C. (eds), 2013, The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy & Counselling, 2 nd edn . Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke Gamble, C & Brennan, G (eds) 2009, Working with Serious Mental Illness: A manual for clinical practice, 2 nd edition, Elsevier: London Grant, A, Mills, J., Mulhearn 2010, Cognitive Behavioural Interventions for Mental Health Practitioners: SAGE: London Morris, G. & Morris, J., 2010, The dementia care workbook , McGrawHill: Berkshire Papworth, M., Marrinan, Martin, B., 2013, Low Intensity Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: A practitioners Guide, SAGE: London. Rodgers, A. & Pilgrim, D., 2014, A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness , 5 th edn , Open University Press: Berkshire Scottish Government, 2012, Mental Health Strategy for Scotland: 2012-2015 Available from: <http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0039/00398762.pdf> Tolan, J. 2012, Skills in Person-centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2 nd edn , Sage: London Westbrook, D.E, Kennerty, H., Kirk, J., 2011, An Introduction to cognitive behaviour therapy: skills and applications. 2 nd edition, SAGE: London (e-copy available) Williams, C., 2003, Overcoming Anxiety: A five areas approach , Arnold: London. Velleman, R., 2011, Counselling for Alcohol Problems, 3 rd edn , Sage: London URL's <http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/media/606133/thematrix-final.pdf> <http://www.livinglifetothefull.com> <http://www.mwcscot.org.uk/> <https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance> <http://www.scottishrecovery.net/> <http://www.sign.ac.uk/> Useful Journals Issues in Mental Health Nursing , Taylor and Francis Journal ,London British Journal of Psychiatry , The Royal College of Psychiatrists Journal of Mental Health , Taylor and Francis Journal ,London Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , Blackwell Science Ltd Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services , SLACK Incorporated British Journal of Mental Health Nursing. Mental Health Practice , Royal College of Nursing

Transferrable Skills

Communication (verbal and non-verbal) Understanding of holistic person-centred care Assessment and decision making skills Independent and team working skills Simulated practice skills Literature searching and integration Reflection Enhance patient safety and recognise risk Digital and health literacy skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 138.00
Placement 400.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 100.00 40% OSCE Pass mark is 70% prior to normalisation
Placement 01 n/a 0.00 35% Scottish Ongoing Achievement Record12 weeks of Practice Learning Experience