Module code: NUR3290

Module Overview

This module will provide mental health nursing students with the ability to develop interpersonal engagement and assessment skills and strategies with service users in the mental health care setting.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

SMITH Alison (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: B700

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion and progression of first year modules

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Health and wellbeing

Mental health conditions and diagnoses

Mental health and illness across the life span

Psychosocial interventions- including solution focussed, family therapy, motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour therapy

Perinatal mental health

Post-Traumatic Responses

Psychodynamic approaches

Rogerian /Humanistic approaches

Self-harming behaviour


Personality Disorder

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework WRITTEN ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate ;

Development and understanding of key assessment and clinical engagement skills in the mental health care setting through the use of written analysis and reflection on their rehearsal interaction and assimilation of this experience with their clinical experience.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • One written essay of 2,000 words

Formative assessment

The students are required to undertake a rehearsal/role-play of an assessment and engagement scenario in groups of three with one student acting in the role of observer.

The scenario is provided for the students, there is a choice of four scenarios.

Each student receives verbal feedback on the role-play- this in turn informs the essay plan.

Each student is provided with written feedback via a check list on his or her interaction and role play.

A staff member from the module team gives students feedback on their subsequent essay plans.



Feedback is given to students via brief meetings with a tutor who has responsibility for responding to the essay plan from each allocated student.

Module aims

  • To deepen self-awareness and the ability to use the self therapeutically, in order to begin delivering effective, evidence-based care to people experiencing specific mental health difficulties

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Identify and implement therapeutic interventions with people experiencing a range of mental health problems, drawing upon evidence to support care whilst recognising and adapting own resources KCP
2 Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the theories and concepts of therapeutic engagement, conflict resolution and crisis management KCP
3 Judge the reliability, validity and significance of Clinical Supervision in effective healthcare practice KT
4 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of how ethical principles, judgments and values affect the provision of care for people experiencing mental health problems KCP
5  Analyse and appraise the experiences and personal meaning of mental health problems for individuals, carers, professionals and the wider society KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enhance student understanding of the process of engagement and psychological assessment of service users presenting with a mental health problem, through personal enactment and feedback from peers and tutors.


The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Role rehearsal

  • Tutor feedback

  • Lectures delivered by clinicians currently in practcie

Lectures from University teachers

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse - Mental Health) PGDip(NURSES PRE-REG SEPT) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.