Mental Health Nursing Practice 2


This module further prepares mental health nursing students for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council(NMC) through development of competence in the practice environment.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with the relevant preparation and practice experience to enable them to develop the skills and professional behaviours required to meet the second progression point criteria of the NMC Standards for pre-registration nursing education.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate the ability to practice safely with a decreasing level of supervision.

2.  Demonstrate the ability to work in a person centred recovery focused way assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care.

3.  Demonstrate values based nursing practice congruent with the 10 essential shared capabilities (10 ESCs) for mental health nursing.

4.  Demonstrate the ability to identify own learning needs and strengths through reflective practice, developing and implementing plans to meet needs/build on strengths through a variety of learning

5.  Demonstrate an understanding of mental health legislation, its principles and purpose, and practical application including consideration of patients rights.

Indicative Content

1 Safe practice

Identifying deterioration in physical or mental health. Indications for antipsychotic , antidepressant, and mood stabilising medication. Medication used in the treatment of dementia, anxiety and drug dependence, common side effects of psychotropic medication; drug interactions; anaphylaxis; malignant neuroleptic syndrome.

2 Person centred recovery focussed care

Personalised care: assess, plan, implement and evaluate in collaboration with patient; joint goal setting with patient; inspire hope; risk assessment and positive risk taking; promoting physical health; evidence based individual and group psychosocial interventions; advance statements; assessment and maintenance of nutritional status; maintaining dignity; discharge planning and multidisciplinary practice.

3 Values based nursing

Support the development of independence: inspiring hope; promoting dignity; involving patients in decision making; self administration of medication.

4 Legal and ethical issues

Use of assessment and treatment sections of the Mental Health Act; tribunal system; compulsory treatment orders; independent advocacy; advance statements; administration of medication; consent; administration of medications in emergency situations without consent; protection of vulnerable adults; child protection legislation; the Medicines Act exemptions; patient group directions. Raising concerns about care.

5 Reflective practitioner

Models of reflection; supervision; group supervision; peer to peer supervision.

6 Clinical skills

Personal safety. Injection techniques, medication administration. Nurses role in ECT including recovery from anaesthesia; wound care, infection control and asceptic technique; basic life support; moving and handling. Removal of staples and sutures, catheterisation. Supplementary nutrition; SBAR

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The formal teaching component of the module takes place in the classroom and skills suite. The majority of learning, however, takes place in the practice learning environment in which the student learns through a mentoring relationship with qualified staff.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 38
Unsupervised Practical Activity 20
Assessment 40
Independent 78

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.