Module details for Understanding Interventions


Understanding Interventions


The aim of this Module is to explore interventions which are used in health care, provide students with a good working knowledge of the key strategies for responding to service-user and societal needs, and the understanding they need to recognize and work with different interventions in a range of contexts. This module provides knowledge of what interventions are used in health and mental health settings and services. It focuses on decision-making and the application of medical, pharmacological, psychological and behavioural interventions.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Conceptualise and debate challenges to health and well-being and how interventions used are influenced internationally, nationally, locally and individually

2.  Discuss models for understanding health, wellbeing and illness and the origins of the range of interventions commonly used in mental health nursing.

3.  Discuss the evidence base underpinning approaches to interventions addressing a range of commonly occurring problems.

4.  Appraise the role, function and philosophies of mental health nursing.

5.  Communicate, during helping conversation, the function, process and potential benefits of a range of interventions.

Indicative Content

1 Challenges to health and well-being:

The responsibility of the state and the individual. High risk and vulnerable groups including responses to critical, chronic, and enduring mental health problems.

2 Models of working:

Health promotion , health education, screening and treatment. The role of primary, secondary and tertiary services. Competing philosophical positions - recovery and cure, biological, psychological and social accounts of mental distress. Pluralism as a way of addressing competing positions.

3 Examining the evidence base - interventions for common problems:

Identifying, locating and evaluating evidence for interventions for mental health problems, self-harm and suicide, anxiety, depression , psychosis, influencing lifestyle choice, recognising deterioration.

4 Role function and philosophy of mental health nursing:

Self-help, self-management and specialist approaches. Collaboration , partnership , involvement and person centred care , power, custodialism, restrictive practice and detention.

5 Deployment of interventions:

The practice of common intervention methods, including psychological therapies (e.g. CBT, MI, Psychotherapy), including effective communication to service users, collaboration, and choice within person-centred nursing.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Practical Activity 14
Assessment 40
Independent 132
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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