Module title: Critical perspectives in mental health {Masters} (Theory 5a Mental Health)

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MHN11102
Module leader: Gavin Cullen
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Transforming Education and Practice


2019/0, Trimester 1, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Gwenne McIntosh
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
There is a blended scenario based approach to this learning and teaching strategy. Interactive on-line activities will link to the face to face tutorials. These set tutorial groups will provide a platform for discussion and debate around decision making and the nursing process (LO 1, 2 & 4) within the context of inclusion and ethical decision making (LO 3). Complex scenarios will be used to explore multi-factorial aspects impacting on mental health from a holistic perspective (LO 3, 4 & 5) while acknowledging the impact of the lived experience of using mental health services. Students will further develop their evaluation and use of research evidence to inform and enhance decisions and direct care (LO 2 & 5). Students will learn associated clinical skills and participate in module related simulated patient scenarios within the Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre.
Feedback will be provided during the face-to-face tutorial groups and online sessions and discussions. Students will be required to be self-directing and take responsibility for their own learning, supported by the module leader.

Formative Assessment:
Mock exam question for peer/group feedback will be completed in week 7.

Summative Assessment:
Portfolio LO 1 -5
A 3 hour invigilated exam will be timetabled in week 14/15.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 36
Online Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 108
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 32
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will focus on mental health nursing, decision making and safety within the context of health policy and practice. You will critically explore policy and legislation that ensures the health, well-being and protection of people who use mental health services along with the ethical and legal frameworks that support nursing decision making.
You will appraise the evidence base for a range of health assessment measures and related interventions that mental health nurses utilise. Traditional and alternative approaches and interventions that support a recovery approach to care will be critically explored using complex multi-factorial clinical scenarios. The impact of mental health distress, trauma and the lived experience of utilising mental health services will be used to critically examine inequalities. You will critically explore the knowledge and skills required to recognise acute illness and deterioration and you will enhance your decision making skills by critically reviewing decision making theories. This will be assisted by associated clinical skills simulation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO 1: Critically explore the policy and practice impacting on clinical decision making within the context of mental health nursing.
LO 2: Appraise current legislation in relation to ensuring the safety and well-being of individuals who use mental health services.
LO 3: Critique ethical principles and frameworks that support nurses to challenge inequalities and promote inclusion.
LO 4: Utilise a problem solving approach to critically assess the range of interventions available to mental health nurses that support recovery and self-management.
LO 5: Interpret and critically reflect on the multifactorial aspects that impact on the mental health of individuals who have complex needs

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MHN09113 Critical Perspectives of Mental Health - Theory 5A