Essentials of Mental Health Assessment – a multi-professional approach
This CPD module is from our MSc Advancing Practice course.
This module is designed to enable practitioners at the forefront of healthcare to develop essential knowledge and skills for an interprofessional approach to the assessment and care of individuals experiencing mental health issues, whether in isolation or alongside physical health problems. You will develop your knowledge of mental health conditions, mental health non-emergency and emergency assessment, care approaches, legislation and national policies.
Students who have completed a previous degree or Masters studies are eligible to apply.
This module will be of interest to nurses, allied health professionals, social workers or managers working in primary and secondary care or the voluntary sector.
Those who may have responsibility for setting up or running a service or who have a case load of patients with long term conditions, inclusive of those with chronic disease and multiple morbidity, can also benefit from this in-depth module.
English Language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency (minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 577/233/90)
A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University for students who are self-funding.
Completion of the module provides the opportunity to attain the Learning Outcomes:
- Critically review a range of mental health issues which present alongside physical conditions, or independently, and develop an understanding of theories which underpin person centred care.
- Demonstrate critical knowledge and skills to fulfil the process of a mental health assessment, clinical judgement and decision making, including in an emergency.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of therapeutic approaches that support people experiencing mental health issues and facilitate personal outcomes of care.
- Critically reflect on policy, legislation, professional roles, and models of interprofessional care which enhance services and actively involves the person, their families, carers and wider partners.
Structure and content
You will explore:
- Different professional roles
- Service development
- Mental health issues and approaches to care
- Interpreting and influencing the political agenda
- Inter-professional learning and working
On a practical level, you will be taught how to recognise, assess and care for individuals with mental health issues within everyday practice, as well as formulate a collaborative plan of care with the appropriate professionals and services.
Delivery and assessment
This module is taught entirely online using a wide range of web-based resources, such as films, blogs, research studies, guidelines and policies, online tutorials and discussion forums offering a flexible approach to teaching and learning.
The module is assessed by students carrying out a case study related to their practice and the topic.
All modules can be linked to specific professional capability/competency frameworks within your practice area. You are encouraged to view your participation within the Masters of Advancing Practice programme as a means of supporting your professional development plans (PDP) and career progression.