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Fundamentals of Community Mental Health Practice (NR3196)

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The National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH) supported the strategic development of this all - Wales ‘Fundamentals of Community Mental Health Practice’ module in order to address specific community mental health service development and individual professional practice development needs. Thus, the module is designed for professionals practising (or aspiring to practice) in community mental health. The module was developed by representatives across Wales from all Higher Education Institutions providing post-registration education for community mental health nurses, NHS local health boards, and NLIAH.

This module is available to allied health professionals, social workers and nurses and provides students with the opportunity to examine and develop the core values, knowledge and skills associated with the provision of safe, effective and collaborative mental health care in the community. By the end of the module students will have knowledge of the formal and informal resources available to people living with mental health problems in the community, and will recognise the importance of promoting partnerships with service users in meeting needs. Students will be supported to develop their capabilities in assessment, care provision and coordination and decision-making, with due regard to the available evidence, and will have knowledge of relevant policy and law related to community mental health practice.

The development and delivery of the module is underpinned by contemporary health and social policy and law pertaining to community mental health practice across the lifespan (National Assembly for Wales 2001, Welsh Assembly Government 2005, 2011, 2012).

How the module will be delivered

The module is part-time. Normally 12 study days will be delivered, one day a week, over a 14 week period.
A variety of directed and self-directed learning and teaching methods will be used. These will include problem-based learning, lectures, discussion groups and seminars, journal clubs and tutorials.

Students will also learn in practice settings under the supervision of an identified mentor. The mentor will practise in community mental health and meet the professional standards of the relevant professional body and, where such systems exist, will be recorded on a professional mentor database.

Skills that will be practiced and developed

Students will develop practitioner skills supporting effective, values-led, community mental health care and academic skills commensurate with the level at which the module is offered.

The ten essential shared capabilities underpin the student's critical development of collaborative, interprofessional recovery-focused community mental health practice (Department of Health 2004).

How the module will be assessed

Each student will be required to complete an integrated essay of 5000 words which demonstrates the meeting of the module’s theoretical learning outcomes. The assignment will be assessed using the CQFW level 6 Marking Criteria for Integrated Assignments.

Each student will complete a practice-based portfolio verified by their identified mentor as demonstrating the meeting of the module’s practice learning outcomes. The mentor will be asked to verify that actions demonstrating at least one of the outcomes being met involved direct observation of the student’s practice.

Admission criteria for the module include:

• Professional qualification and evidence of current professional body registration [e.g NMC; HPC]
• Stakeholder verification of Criminal Record Bureau [CRB] status
• Access to a minimum of 10 practice hours per week within a relevant community mental health setting
• Availability of a mentor [verified as meeting the standards of relevant professional body] within the identified community mental health setting

Module leader:

Dr Ben Hannigan

Dr Ben Hannigan
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2091 7726Extension: 7726

Course Dates 2015:

Start date Mon 12 Jan 2015 (study skills S/D). Day 2: Friday 16 Jan 2015.
10 subsequent Fridays (23, 30 Jan; 6, 13, 20, 27 Feb; 6, 13, 20 27 March 2015 are proposed).