Module code: HCR3010

Module Overview

Over the course of this module, students will have an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of mental health and mental illness, and of specific issues that present at different stages across the Lifespan. Key concepts within mental health will be explored, as well as different approaches to treatments, and there will be a particular emphasis on integrating learning within the student’s own area of practice.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

DRUMMOND Corinne (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

Lecture Hours: 36

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

  • The health professional's role in promoting mental health

  • Ways to enhance communication with service users and carers

  • Therapies used to treat mental health disorders

  • Mental health assessment

  • Ethical and legal issues in mental health care

  • Perinatal mental health

  • Disorders of children and adolescents

  • Disorders of the elderly

  • Mood disorders

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Psychosomatic disorders

  • Dissociative disorders

  • Personality disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Substance misuse

  • Sleep disorders

Sexual disorders

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of contemporaneous issues facing mental health and how innovative practice may be implemented to transform mental health and emotional wellbeing. 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Submission of a 10-12 minute audio/visual digital recording made by the student. Within the recording the student will reflect upon a scenario from their practice area and explore concepts of mental health and emotional wellbeing.

  • The recording will be supported by a 750 word analysis which explores and evaluates the underpinning evidence base of one intervention that you discuss in your video recording.

 This will test all three of the learning outcomes.

Formative assessment

·         Presentation of their summative assessment plan


Students will receive feedback through a variety of methods, these include:

·         Verbal – during seminar sessions, or tutorials

·         Written – formative feedback on assignment plan

·         Email – where requested by student 

·         E discussion forum’s via Surreylearn 

Module aims

  • Explore opportunities to promote & maintain good mental health when working with their client group and understand the range of mental health issues affecting clients in their practice area; identifying and evaluating interventions & services to support clients in practice.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Explore opportunities to promote & maintain good mental health when working with their client group KCPT
2 Identify & explore concepts of mental health issues KC
3 Evaluate interventions & services to support those experiencing mental health issues. KCPT

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: '

  • Facilitate in-depth discussion regarding the current healthcare agenda and its impact on mental health.

  • Assist in the evaluation of contemporary practice in health care, specifically in relation to mental health.

  • Enable an assessment of the role of the nurse or midwife when providing mental health care across the lifespan.

  • Develop innovative approaches to mental health care which utilises evidence, creates challenge and develops a progressive culture within the healthcare setting.


The learning and teaching methods include:


Student presentation, lectures, seminars, workshops, discussions, case studies and virtual learning approaches, seminars from expert speakers

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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Other information

This module is core and will require students to pass every unit of assessment

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 2025/6 academic year.