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1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of key skills used to assess people with mental health problems.

This paper revolves around the key theme of mental health issues within the field of nursing, where you have to discuss some key factors based on the given situation including Alzheimer’s disease, legal aspects, mental capacity, concordance and adherence, age and physical health issues, etc. Moreover, you are required to focus on the following key concepts that are highlighted throughout the paper.

  • The essential factors used to analyse people with mental health issues.
  • The concept of mental illness with respect to health and wellbeing.
  • The major principles of ethical and legal phases of mental health nursing.
  • Basic knowledge of collaborative working in planning and implementing care.



On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of key skills used to assess people with mental health problems.

2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the concept of mental illness in relation to health and wellbeing.

3. Describe the principles of ethical and legal aspects of mental health nursing.

4. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of collaborative working in planning and implementing care.

5. To demonstrate the ability to adhere, concisely, to the requirements contained within the assessment brief.


The learning and teaching strategy for the module is grounded in the University’s Teaching and Learning Strategy and is compliant with QAA guidelines. Learning will be designed in such a way to provide opportunities for deep learning activities, by developing critical thinking, problem solving skills, creativity and innovation.

Students will be encouraged to view learning as a social activity which will foster sharing, interaction, comparisons and reflection on their knowledge and experience, by utilising the knowledge and experience of stakeholders’ service users and carers as and where appropriate. Approaches to learning will include tutor led initiatives such as lectures, small group work, tutorials etc. Tutor directed initiatives such as Enquiry Based Learning workbooks with discussions and assessments that utilise VLE. Student Directed initiatives will encourage independent learning and practice learning opportunities will develop key career developing opportunities. Feedback will be key in the development of learning from tutors, students, stakeholders and service users and carers.

Formative Assessment

Within this module a range of formal and informal assessment procedures will be employed during the learning process to support you in achieving the learning outcomes and to improve your performance in the summative assessment. This will include completion and submission of a workbook relating to NMC Guidelines and Safe Administration of Medication and an online learning activity addressing long-term conditions.


A 3000 word assignment based on the following scenario: Dementia case study PUP 1182 You are working on an in-patient ward for older adults. A 73 year old widowed lady called Barbara is admitted for assessment following concerns from her relatives that she is becoming more forgetful and is not fully attending to all her daily care needs. Barbara lives alone. However, she is starting to wander around the streets throughout the day and night and frequently becomes lost. The police have been contacted on several occasions to find her and take her to a place of safety. Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease around 6 months ago. She has been prescribed medication to aid her memory function. However, as she has become more forgetful in recent times, some doses are being missed. Barbara has been admitted as an informal patient but clearly states that she does not need to be in hospital. However, her relatives are concerned that she is not functioning well and that a full assessment is necessary. In relation to learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4, describe and discuss what you would need to consider in relation to Barbara’s mental health care needs. Points to consider:

• Introduction – set the scene for the assignment.

• Discuss and define Alzheimer’s disease.

• Discuss and define principles of assessment & Risk Assessment.

• Apply principles to the scenario.

• From the given scenario, demonstrate understanding of potential areas of concern eg, legal aspects, mental capacity, concordance and adherence, age and physical health issues, any other underlying factors that may affect health and wellbeing. Remember NICE Guidelines, Department of Health Directives.

• Choose 1 area that you have identified. Define Problem Statement.

• Set Goal Statements and Interventions. Use SMART.

• Conclusion. Accurate use of Harvard Referencing

Summative Assessment

The summative assessment for this module will be: A scenario based assignment that demonstrates knowledge of individualised assessment and care planning. 3000 notional words; This must meet Learning Outcome nos 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; 100% of the overall module mark. In order to pass the module the mark must be 40% or above.

Within your assessment brief there is guidance on the recommended amount of words in which you can effectively address the module learning outcomes. The recommended word count is designed to balance the academic work across your programme, enabling you to effectively meet deadlines and demonstrate achievement in the appropriate academic level i.e. level 4, 5, and 6. This word count is set to enable you to demonstrate graduate abilities in constructing, evaluating, critically analysing or in the analysis of topics to produce evidence supported arguments and applying relevant theories, concept and/ or ideas within a topic area. You may disadvantage yourself by not using the full word count as you will be unable to provide sufficient depth of knowledge or understanding consistent with the level of study and/or insufficiently address the module learning outcomes. Therefore, failure to reach the recommended word count may result in a reduced mark, as you may have failed to discuss and evaluate all relevant points. If you exceed the recommended word count, your mark may be reduced as you are not demonstrating appropriate cognitive skills i.e. synthesis, critical appraisal or analysis consistent with the learning outcomes, work maybe descriptive in a nature, or you have included irrelevant content which does not contribute to the topic. This could also result in the learning outcome not being met, resulting in a fail grade being awarded.

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