Mental Health and Older People


This module provides the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to support older people experiencing mental health conditions.


This module aims to build upon the learning outcomes from module ME0884A Nursing Older People focusing specifically on mental health.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Discuss and evaluate current policy and evidence along with their implications for mental health nursing.

2.  Describe common mental health conditions associated with older people.

3.  Discuss and apply therapeutic and outcomes focused approaches to practice.

4.  Critically discuss the role of the environment and technology in supporting successful ageing.

5.  Critically discuss ethical aspects of supporting older people experiencing mental health conditions.

Indicative Content

1 Understanding the policy context and evidence base

Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland; Promoting Excellence in Dementia Care; Scotland¿s National Dementia Strategy; The Mental Health Strategy.

2 Understanding mental health conditions and older people

Biomedical; psychological; sociological; gerontological; philosophical and spiritual perspectives; dementia; delirium; depression; anxiety; bipolar; schizophrenia; Alcohol; learning disabilities and dementia; co existing mental health conditions.

3 Therapeutic and outcomes focused approaches

Evidence based solution focused psychological interventions; therapeutic activity; relationship centred care; person centred care; life story approach; assessment; care planning; care management; activity grading; carer involvement; coproduction; re- ablement; risk enablement.

4 Successful ageing: environment, design and technology

Care settings and the care environment; ageing in place and environmental press; dementia friendly design principles; sensory changes in ageing; telehealth; telecare and technology.

5 Ethical and legal considerations

Ethical principles in practice; use of physical intervention and restraint; consent; capacity and decision making; advance statements and promoting the persons best interests; citizenship; human rights; meaningful engagement; supporting transitions in life; protection of vulnerable adults.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module is delivered via lecture and tutorial. Students are encouraged to engage in discussion and debate and to evaluate their own experiences from practice. Directed reading is used to further explore areas of interest and to inform later classroom and online discussion.

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.