Physical Health and Well-Being


This module explores the role of the mental health nurse in the delivery of physical health care and the promotion of well-being. It recognises the growing body of evidence which indicates that people with mental health problems experience poorer health outcomes


The aim of this Module is to equip the student with the knowledge required to provide care for people with a range of physical health problems and to promote well being for all

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Discuss determinants of health

2.  Describe common physical health problems experienced by people using mental health services their care and treatment

3.  Describe approaches promoting physical health and well-being in people with mental health problems

4.  Discuss key areas for intervention

5.  Identify circumstances under which referral to specialist medical or surgical services might be required

6.  Discuss the concepts of long term conditions and self management

Indicative Content

1 Determinants of health

Social, biological, genetic, economic and psychological influences on physical health

2 Common problems, their care and treatment.

Problems related to nutritional status. COPD , asthma, chest infection, delirium. Cardiovascular conditions: stroke, myocardial Infarction, angina, hypertension. Diabetes. Epilepsy. Neurological conditions; Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis. End of life care .

3 Promoting health and well being

Health behaviour change,: trans-theoretical model, health belief model. Mediating factors in behaviour change, for example, social and recovery capital, relapse management. Exercise as a health promotion approach.

4 Lifestyle change: areas for intervention

Smoking, obesity, alcohol management

5 Referral to specialist services

Responding to acute deterioration, recognising limits of knowledge and skills and when to request additional support.

6 Long term conditions and self management

Definition of LTC and self management. Approaches to care and treatment.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Lectures are supported by weekly classroom based tutorials.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 6
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 20
Independent 150

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.