Module code: NUR3289

Module Overview

To critically discuss the concepts, principles and values of empowerment and recovery and the application to contemporary mental health practice.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

TOBUTT Clive (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 12

Lecture Hours: 18

Practical/Performance Hours: 3

Module Availability

Semester 2

Module content

Principles and values of recovery

Principles and values of empowerment

Sociology of mental illness

Power and consumerism

Mental health policy in England

Physical Health Assessment

Working with families and carers

Working with those hard to reach

Psychosocial interventions

Multi-Agency Working/Integrated Working

Motivational Interviewing II

Recovery: Problem Drug Users

Service users

Young people and carers

Creative therapies

In-Hospital resuscitation update

Medicines management (pharmacology

Assessment pattern

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

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge that they are gaining and the importance of relating this to the application of knowledge and practice.  

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Mental Health Nurses have a responsibility for developing mental health practice which works towards implementing the values and principles of empowerment and recovery. Using recovery literature critically discuss how the values of recovery are developed and integrated into professional practice. Discuss in 2,000 words.


Formative assessment

  • A plan/idea for the assignment will be submitted to the module tutor for review and feedback.

  • Further guidance about the formative submission will be provided during the module.


Oral and written feedback are given for both formative and summative assessments

Module aims

  • To critically discuss the concepts, principles and values of empowerment and recovery and the application to contemporary mental health practice.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Identify and define the principles and values of empowerment and recovery in mental health care, acknowledging the possibility of new concepts within existing frameworks.
2 Cultivate and develop a deep understanding of the concepts of ‘empowerment' and ‘recovery’ using sociological, political, mental health service and economic frameworks as a contextual framework.
3 Identify, evaluate and critically appraise engagement skills that can create empowering and recovery-based interventions for individuals and their families/carers when working in non–crisis situations.
4 Identify and show a systematic understanding of the conceptual challenges of inter disciplinary working in contemporary mental health practice and relate these to the principles and values of empowerment and recovery
5 Evaluate practice experiences, whilst analysing own capabilities, appraising own capabilities and relate these experiences to the principles and values of empowerment and recovery

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Lecturers, seminars, large and small group work, role play.

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) 2 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 2020/1 academic year.