This unit will further develop students' professional knowledge and expertise in the effective coordination and delivery of specialised mental health care. Students will focus on understanding mental health disorders and how to effectively care for a person experiencing mental health issues or illness. Students will also gain a deep understanding of the philosophy and theory underpinning mental health care, its values and the specific skills to maintain therapeutic relationships and assist in person-centred health care that promotes recovery and resilience. The unit includes a critical review of psychology, to support a greater understanding of mental health disorders across the lifespan and cultural awareness when supporting patients' mental health and well-being. The unit will prepare students to provide evidence-based mental health care in a range of health settings.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate a mental health speciality area in client centred-recovery and care;  
  2. Formulate a comprehensive mental health assessment and propose a client-centred treatment plan that minimises risk factors;  
  3. Critically reflect on theoretical knowledge to practice, including evidence-based assessment and interventions that are both pharmacological and non-pharmacological for treating people in a speciality area  
  4. Recommend models of complex client-centred care that enhance physical health and wellbeing; and  
  5. Critically review models of self-care for nurses delivering mental health care.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Models of seflcare (500 words) 10%
Case Study Effective care plan for a person experiencing mental health issues or illness (2000 words) 40%
Report Critical review of a mental health disorder (2500 words) 50%

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