Specialist Mental Health Care

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Specialist Mental Health Care
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Module leader:
Julie Teatheredge
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Module description

This module aims to allow students to develop specialist knowledge on certain mental health skills, interventions and an understanding of the therapeutic milieu. The students will be able to understand and comprehend various specialized aspects of the ‘craft of caring’ for people with a serious mental illness. Students will have the opportunity to explore more specific aspects of professional care and it will give the student the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of more complex individualized care, helping to improve the quality of care the patient receives. The module will explore the specialisms of forensics, older people, learning disabilities, carers, child and adolescence mental health care needs, as well as specialist services in community and inpatient. The module will also consider an international perspective. This module will be facilitated through blended learning, with face to face workshops (14 hours) at the start of this module. The learning will then be facilitated through the VLE. The students will be expected to attend these workshops face to face if possible or via video link. The workshops will comprise of seminars, lectures, and workshops. The summative assessment will be a 1200 word magazine article 25% and a 4000 word essay on specialist mental health care 75%.

Outline content

* Child and adolescent mental health * Communication * Perinatal mental health * Perspectives of suicide * Personality disorder * Forensics and secure care * Learning disabilities * Dementia care * Risk management * Inter-professional working * Recovery * Whole persons needs

Key texts/literature

Key Text Barker, P. Ed. 2009 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, The craft of caring. 2nd ed. London. Hodder Arnold Other Cutliff, J., R., and Stevenson, C., 2007. Care of the suicidal person. Philadelphia. Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier. Gamble, C., and Brennan, G., 2006. Working with serious mental health illness: A manual for clinical practice. Edinburgh: Elsevier Saunders 2nd ed. Norman, I. J. and Ryrie, I., 2013. The art and science of mental health nursing: principals and practice. Maidenhead. Open University Press. 3rd Ed. Shazer, S., D., and Dolan, Y., 2007. More than Miracles. New York: The Haworth Press Shepherd G, Boardman J, Slade, M., 2008. Making Recovery a Reality, Sainsbury Centre For Mental Health. [online] Aavailable at http:// www.scmh.org.uk. (Accessed September 2014) Walker, S., 2013. Modern mental health: critical perspectives on psychiatric practice. St Albans: Critical publishing. http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/ http://mentalhealthfoundation.net/ http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/ http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/ http://www.who.int/mental_health/mhgap/en/index.html www.scmh.org.uk www.scie.org.uk www.nice.org.uk www.mentalhealthnurse.co.uk www.wfmh.org International Journal of Mental Health Nursing / International Journal of Mental Health International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice

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Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be expected to be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
Synthesize knowledge on certain mental health specialisms, appraising the evidence base.
Knowledge and Understanding
Critically discuss and evaluate complex interventions in mental health care, with a focus on individualized care and recovery.
Knowledge and Understanding
Compare and contrast the effectiveness of specialist services.
Intellectual, practical, affective and transferable skills
Propose and analyze an innovative initiative which promotes and enhances the recovery process.
Intellectual, practical, affective and transferable skills
Initiate a comprehensive understanding of the concept of inter-professional working in specialized services.

Further details of the delivery of this module, including information on assessment and learning and teaching hours - click on the appropriate link below.

2015/6 - Face-to-Face delivery
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View learning activities
Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Learning activity: Lectures
Hours: 14
Learning outcome(s): 1-5
Detail: The workshops will facilitate seminars, lectures and interactive activities.
Learning activity: Other Teacher Managed Learning
Hours: 24
Learning outcome(s): 1-5
Detail: 20 hours structure learning activities via the VLE, minimum 4 hours tutorial support via face to face, telephone, email, VLE and Skype.
Learning activity: Other Student Managed Learning
Hours: 262
Learning outcome(s): 1-5
Detail: Student to work through the learning package, and engage in discussions and activities on the VLE.
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Assessment details
In order to pass this module, students are required to achieve an overall mark of 40%. In addition, students are required to: (a) achieve the qualifying mark for each element of fine grade assessment as specified below (b) pass any pass/fail elements.
Assessment number: 010
Code: MOD004715
Method: Coursework
Details: A 1200 word magazine article
Learning outcomes: 2-3
Percentage weighting: 25
Fine grade or pass/fail: Fine Grade
Qualifying mark: 30
Assessment number: 011
Code: MOD004715
Method: Coursework
Details: A 4000 word essay using a maximum of two specialties'
Learning outcomes: 1, 4-5
Percentage weighting: 75
Fine grade or pass/fail: Fine Grade
Qualifying mark: 30