Mental health assessment in urgent, emergency and acute care (degree and masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit module can be studied at degree or masters level and aims to increase your knowledge and skills engaging with individuals experiencing mental health problems in an urgent, emergency or acute care setting. You will build upon your knowledge of evidence based mental health care, legislation, and national policies, in conjunction with developing the core skills to fulfil the process of assessment and risk assessment essential for safe management of person-centred multi-disciplinary care across the life span.

The module is delivered by an expert team and has input from a range of speakers, including from clinical practitioners from local trusts, as well as the regular teaching staff who run sessions and workshops on this module ensuring it is relevant and engaging. Most importantly those with ‘lived experience’ of mental health issues are part of the module delivery team and provide insights into ‘what helps’ when experiencing the distress of a psychological crisis.

Module code

UEC603 / APP731*

Credits

20

FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree 

Level 7 - masters degree

Location

Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

*This module was previously known as MCH526 at masters level 

UEC603 course details (degree level)

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

  • demonstrate knowledge, understanding and awareness of concepts of mental health and mental illness, diagnostic category systems in mental health and a range of social, medical and psychological explanatory models.
  • apply teamwork and collaborative practice to effectively communicate patients’ needs within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • demonstrate knowledge, understanding and awareness of mental health assessment, risk management principles and tools to promote and support the provision of safe, effective and appropriate urgent and/or emergency mental health care.
  • competently demonstrate the core skills required to engage, gather information, and build a therapeutic alliance with an individual experiencing mental health problems.
  • critically evaluate the development and current practice of risk assessment in mental health.
  • critically analyse and competently apply contemporary mental health legislation and national policies to mental health problems in urgent and emergency care.

Assessment

You'll be assessed making an initial assessment of a patient’s mental health and risk of harm and handing over to a colleague. You will also be required to complete coursework in the form of practice based learning activity.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

APP731 course details (masters level)

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

  • critically analyse the range of evidence that informs mental health and mental illness including biopsychosocial, medical and psychological explanatory models.
  • apply teamwork and collaborative practice to effectively communicate patients’ needs within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • identify and develop work-based quality indicators for patients requiring mental health services.
  • demonstrate critical awareness of ethical principles; including the diversity of service user experience and collaborative involvement in compassionate care delivery.
  • provide an advanced critical analysis of and competently apply contemporary mental health legislation and national policies to mental health problems in urgent and emergency care.

Assessment

There are three parts to the assessment of this module:

1. a video recorded assessment.

2. a written reflection.

3. practice based learning activity.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

The module dates are 29 and 30 January, 26 and 27 February, 26 and 27 March, 30 April, 1, 23 and 24 May 2019.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

What programmes can these modules count towards?

The degree-level module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module for the following programmes:

The masters-level module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways.

For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

Student insight

The variety of speakers kept it interesting and it was apparent that they were experts in their field, as they were all very passionate.

Student insight

"I really enjoyed the complete openness and honesty that the module seemed to bring out in people. Difficult subjects were covered, discussed and mulled over and it was refreshing to see such open discussion within a group of people who might, given the subject matter, be predisposed to being unwilling to share experiences. I really enjoyed and have recommended the module to others."

BSc (Hons) Urgent and Emergency Care student, 2014 cohort

Module Leader - Sue Linsley

"Mental health assessment is about engendering hope in seemingly hopeless situations, it is engaging those at their lowest ebb in a meaningful, warm, compassionate, collaborative conversation and exploring their needs and fears with human kindness and decency to establish a way forward. This module aims to enhance knowledge and confidence to empathically engage with those experiencing mental health crises; promote understanding of mental ill health and what this means, as well as develop recovery focused, collaborative, evidence based assessment of the issues and distress encountered (including risk)." 

Find out more about Sue Linsley's teaching and research interests


Entry requirements

Students wishing to undertake this module as part of a professional development pathway must be:

  • on a professional register (i.e. NMC, HCPC).
  • practicing within urgent or emergency care to have the practice experience required to achieve the learning outcomes.
  • to study the module at masters level you must also have previously studied to graduate level.

Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Medical students looking to intercalate

Medical students who are looking to intercalate should also contact the PDU for information on the specific entry requirements for our intercalated programme.

Funding and fees

Funding

These modules are commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and you may, therefore, be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

To apply please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Fees

For those who are self-funding, please see our Professional Development Module Fees page.