SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B726116
Module Leader Ben Parkinson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The module will focus on complex care and interventions in mental health nursing. It will explore how complex care needs, manifest within diverse populations and across the life span. It will include the theory and practice of caring for people living with complex mental health and physical health co-morbidity. It will involve working collaboratively with people to help manage risk and reduce mental health difficulties. It will help students understand the impact of complexity within health care, develop competence using bio-psychosocial case formulations, and learn about evidence-based complex interventions. This module will help prepare students for practice within modern mental health settings and provide a foundation for lifelong learning and professional practice. Student will also undertake a practice learning experience. Theoretical concepts will be applied to practice to develop knowledge and understanding. Within this module students will undertake 234 of hours of practice as part of the total 2300 hours required for the programme which is stipulated in the NMC Standards for pre-registration nursing programmes.


-360b7 Complex care and intervention in mental health nursing b7 Multi-morbidity b7 Complex interventions b7 Evidence-based psychosocial interventions (e.g. CBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness) b7 Trauma-informed practice b7 Routine outcome monitoring b7 Therapeutic relationships b7 Working with diverse populations and across the life span b7 Collaborative working b7 Clinical supervision b7 Implementing psychosocial interventions within health care setting b7 Using research evidence to inform clinical practice b7 Future Nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC 2018) b7 Practice Assessment Document b7 NMC Platforms and Proficiencies b7 NMC Annexes A & B: Skills and Procedures b7 EU Legislation: Directive 2005/36/EC (Adult Field only) Mandatory skills -360b7 Numeracy b7 Fire safety b7 Participation in immediate life support NMC Proficiencies 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.15 1.18 2.2, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 2.10 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11, 3.12, 3.13, 3.16 4.2, 4.4, 4.8, 4.9, 4.10, 4.13, 4.14, 4.15, 4.17 5.4, 5.7 6.7 7.1, 7.3, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.11

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-1. Critically discuss the impact of trauma/adversity on health and how this can contribute to complex care needs across the lifespan and in diverse populations.2. Assess complex mental health care needs and formulate a case conceptualisation to guide practice for diverse populations.3. Critically evaluate the role and implementation of evidence-based psychosocial interventions in mental health practice.4. Work collaboratively and in partnership with others to reduce the negative consequences of complex care needs.5. Critically analyse research evidence to optimise care and treatment for people living with complex care needs within the context of mental health nursing.6. With reference to the Participation in Care Framework, demonstrate safe, effective and person-centred practice at the INDEPENDENT level of performance.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module is focused on developing student competence with complex care needs and intervention within a mental health context. The module learning outcomes, learning/teaching activities, and assessment strategy are constructively aligned to encourage student engagement and deep learning. The learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. Each week will include an organised set of pre-class learning/teaching activities, which typically include reading materials, videos, audio/visual presentations (e.g. narrated PowerPoints), self-directed learning, experiential activities, and independent learning. Lecturers, service partners, users, carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience using case-based scenarios. Students will be supported in practice by a supervisor and a practice assessor in the Practice Learning Experience (PLE) to develop their professional skills in practice. The level of supervision provided to the student will reflect their own individual learning needs.

Indicative Reading

BURTON, M., PAVORD, E. & WILLIAMS, B., 2014. An introduction to child and adolescent mental health. Los Angeles: Sage. CHAMBERS, M., 2017. Psychiatric and mental health nursing: the craft of caring. 3rd ed. Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis. CLIFTON, A., HEMINGWAY, S., FELTON, A, STACEY, G., (eds) 2017. Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing: An Essential Guide for Nursing and Healthcare Students . London: Wiley Blackwell . CORRY, M., CLARKE, M., WHILE, A.E., LALOR, J. & CORRY, M., 2013. Developing complex interventions for nursing: a critical review of key guidelines . Journal of Clinical Nursing , 22 (17-18), pp. 2366-2386. DOI 10.1111/jocn.12173. JOHNSTONE, L. & BOYLE, M., 2018. The Power Threat Meaning Framework: An Alternative Nondiagnostic Conceptual System . Journal of Humanistic Psychology. DOI 10.1177/0022167818793289. KENNERLY, H., KIRK, J., & WESTBROOK, D., 2017. An introduction to cognitive behaviour therapy: skills & applications. 3 rd Edition. Los Angeles: Sage Publications. MUTSATSA, S., 2017. Medicines management in mental health nursing. London: Sage. NORMAN, I.J. & RYRIE, I., 2018. The art and science of mental health nursing, principles and practice. Open University Press, McGraw-Hill Education. WALKER, S., 2015. Psychosocial interventions in mental health nursing. London: Learning Matters.

Transferrable Skills

Development, or enhancement, of -360 Confidence, integrity, creativity, and responsibility Independent learning skills Theory and practice integration and problem-solving Critical thinking and decision making skills Conceptualisation skills Study, IT and time management skills Communication and teamworking Presentation skills Reflection and self-awareness Research skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Placement 234.00
Seminars (FT) 28.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 140.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% 3000 word essay
Placement 01 n/a 0.00 40% Practice learning experience