ND4305: Assessment and Case Formulation in Mental Health Practice

ND4305: Assessment and Case Formulation in Mental Health Practice

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Assessment and Case Formulation in Mental Health Practice
Module Code ND4305
Module Tutor
School School of Health and Social Care
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module aims to introdue the student to evidenced based healthcare and how it supports clinical practice, designed to consider theory behind some of the essential skills required in practice to be a safe and effective practitioner within the scope a first year mental health student nurse.

Indicative Syllabus

Models of Nursing and contemporary practice – Theory and practice, including the nursing process

Evidenced based care in practice: Considering the evidence that supports practice

Case formulation and treatment planning

Emergency procedures (Emergency First Aid)

Person- centered assessment across the life span

Risk assessment in mental health practice

Classification of mental illness

Reflective practice principles in mental health practice

Care of the person with complex mental needs

Wellbeing principles and concepts within secondary and primary health care

Clinical Supervision principles and action

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:


1. Describe the purpose of Models of Nursing to assess, plan and evaluate the care of a patient within the scope of your practice, and effectively deliver hand over of your patient


2. Respond appropriately when faced with an emergency situation and/or a deteriorating patient and communicate effectively the MDT


3. Discuss why it is important to assess and promote good nutritional and fluid intake and advocate behavioral change influencing good health and wellbeing beyond discharge


4. Describe the principles of risk assessment and case formulation and the underpinning evidence which supports the process of care


5. Demonstrate understanding and appropriate respond to the complex needs of individuals across their lifespan of care


6. Explain the principles of needs assessment and case formulation in partnership with service users and others

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 2300
Independent Learning Hours: 2300
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 20% Assignment: Individual: Peer review of OSCE
002: 80% Oral Exam: 30 minutes
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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