Collaborative Mental Health Care

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Collaborative 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

The module focuses on collaborative working within mental health care drawing on examples of good practice from a global perspective. This module will develop understanding of collaborative working to enable high quality mental health care to be delivered. In order to do this the module will focus on models of collaborative working and exploration of roles and responsibilities in delivering quality care. Collaborative working involves a range of stakeholders and organizations. The inclusion of service users and their families/carers in decision making has been a major shift in care delivery, as has the move from a medical model to a social model. Underpinning this is the emphasis on recovery principles and not symptom management. The development of peer workers in the UK has also led to recognition of how individuals who have experience of mental health problems can contribute to the recovery of others. Emphasis on collaboration to prevent mental health problems is also growing. This includes work place and school based initiatives to enable individuals to develop tools for managing their own mental health. The delivery of the module will be through blended learning. Face to face learning will be supported by campus based lectures and workshops, while distance learning will be via a virtual learning environment. The VLE will utilize discussion boards, E-tivities and guided reading. The module includes the use of action learning sets. Individual tutorial support is available: face to face and/or via email or telephone. The assessment for the module is a presentation and supporting commentary, which demonstrates implementation of a change either for a service or for personal reasons. Students will demonstrate; complex problem solving skills, analysis of the effectiveness of service delivery, ability to act pro-actively and collaboratively with others, identify and manage ethical dilemmas, depth of conceptual understanding by evaluating the service and suggesting alternatives.

Outline content

* Collaborative working: theories and models * Case studies of good practice * Legal and ethical aspects of collaborative working * Service user involvement * Peer workers * Multi-agency working * Multi-disciplinary working * Action learning sets * Problem solving * Management of change * Evidence based practice

Key texts/literature

Key Text (recommended to purchase): None Other: Bailey, D., 2012, Interdisciplinary working in mental health. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan Gopee, N., and Galloway, J., 2014, Leadership & management in healthcare 2nd edition. Los Angeles: Sage publications Ryan, T., and Pritchard, J., 2004. Good practice in adult mental health. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Swanwick, T., and McKimm, J., 2010, ABC of Clinical Leadership. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Journals BMC Health Services research European Psychiatry Harm Reduction Journal International Journal of Mental Health Nursing International Journal of Social Psychiatry Journal of inter-professional care Mental Health Practice Mental Health, Religion & Culture The Patient Journal articles Doughty, C., Hamuera, K., and Scott, A,. "'Having those conversations': the politics of risk in peer support practice." Health Sociology Review 20.2 (2011): 187 Enany, E., Currie, G., and Lockett, A., 2013, A paradox in healthcare service development: Professionalization of service users Social Science & Medicine, Vol.80, pp.24-30 Gillard, S., Edwards, C., Gibson, S., Owen, K., and Wright, C., 2013, Introducing peer worker roles into UK mental health service teams: a qualitative analysis of the organisational benefits and challenges. BMC Health Services Research, Vol.13, p.188-188 Pouchly, C.A., 2012 A narrative review: arguments for a collaborative approach in mental health between traditional healers and clinicians regarding spiritual beliefs. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, Vol.15(1), p.65-85 Mccloughen, A.,Gillies, D., and O'brien, L., 2011, Collaboration between mental health consumers and nurses: shared understandings, dissimilar experiences. International journal of mental health nursing, Vol.20(1), pp.47-55 On line resources World Health Organisation MIND Centre for global mental health World Federation for Mental Health World Health Organisation Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 World Health Organisation Integrating the response to mental disorders and other chronic diseases in healthcare systems

Specialist learning resources

Virtual Learning Environment

Pathways to which this module applies

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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 and critically evaluate theories of collaborative working in the management of contemporary mental health issues.
Knowledge and Understanding
Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of ethical and moral issues impacting on collaborative working
Knowledge and Understanding
Critically analyze and evaluate models of management of change
Intellectual, practical, affective and transferable skills
Creatively demonstrate team and organizational working by implementing a work-based project leading to change either within an organizational context or for personal development
Intellectual, practical, affective and transferable skills
Utilizing action learning, reflect on collaborative working and consider innovative approaches to collaboration and how they could be implemented into mental health care settings

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 - Blended delivery
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View learning activities
Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Learning activity: Lectures
Hours: 14
Learning outcome(s): 1-5
Detail: Combination of lectures and discussion groups
Learning activity: Other Teacher Managed Learning
Hours: 24
Learning outcome(s): 1-5
Detail: On line activities, discussion forums, individual tutorial support
Learning activity: Other Student Managed Learning
Hours: 258
Learning outcome(s): 1-5
Detail: On line activities, discussion forums, blogs, Self-guided study and preparation of assignment
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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: MOD004716
Method: Practical
Details: 20 minute Presentation
Learning outcomes: 1-2, 4
Percentage weighting: 75
Fine grade or pass/fail: Fine Grade
Qualifying mark: 30
Assessment number: 011
Code: MOD004716
Method: Coursework
Details: 1000 word commentary
Learning outcomes: 3, 5
Percentage weighting: 25
Fine grade or pass/fail: Fine Grade
Qualifying mark: 30