Module details for Working with Complex Mental Health Needs


Working with Complex Mental Health Needs


The aim of this module is to provide the student with the skills to assess and support mental health and wellbeing, when the person has additional comorbidities and/or complex care needs.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Assess and evaluate the emerging symptoms of mental health problems cross the lifespan, and use this information to guide activities, interventions, risk assessments and care plans.

2.  Demonstrate the ability to accurately process all information in a thorough assessment (including risk) for a person with complex care needs.

3.  Be able to assess, monitor, provide interventions for, and critically evaluate the care of people with complex physical and mental health care needs

4.  Demonstrate and apply an understanding of what is important to people and how to use this knowledge to ensure their needs for safety, dignity, privacy, comport and sleep can be met, acting as a role model for others in providing evidence-based person-centred care.

5.  Understand the need to work in partnership with people who have complex care needs (and their family / carers), for shared decision making.

Indicative Content

1 Complex care needs in practice:

The challenges of providing safe, effective and person-centred nursing care for people who have co-morbidities and complex care needs. Evaluating the complexities of providing mental, cognitive, behavioural and physical care services across a wide range of integrated care settings.

2 Care planning and monitoring:

Understand how to monitor and critically evaluate the quality of people's experience of complex care. Understanding the difference between risk management and risk aversion.

3 Individuals, Families and Carers:

understand the principles and processes involved in supporting people and families with a range of care needs to maintain optimal independence and avoid unnecessary interventions and disruptions to their lives.

4 Decision-making, health legislation, end of life, and capacity:

Demonstrate foundation knowledge of health legislation, including mental capacity, and policies that underpin the care delivery in complex mental health needs. Identifying and assess the needs of people and families for care at the end of life, working in partnership with people, families and carers to continuously monitor, evaluate and reassess the effectiveness of all agreed nursing care plans and care, sharing decision-making and re-adjusting agreed goals, documenting progress and decisions made.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 6
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 30
Assessment 40
Independent 124
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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