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MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Nursing)

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Physical Health Promotion and Well-being in People with Psychosis

Unit code NURS63130
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No


People with serious mental health problems such as psychosis and dementia often experience poor physical health compared to other members of the general population. Mental health professionals have an important role to play in reducing health inequalities for this client group. In this course unit, students will explore the literature regarding factors which effect morbidity, mortality and life expectancy in people with psychosis and dementia. The will develop skills in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in order to improve physical health in service users.


  • Equip students with an in-depth critical understanding of factors affecting the physical health of people with psychosis and dementia.
  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills in assessing and recognising common physical health problems in people with psychosis and dementia.
  • Provide students with a comprehensive critical understanding of how to deliver effective health education. 
  • Provide students with a critical awareness of when to seek supervision and refer on to other professionals to ensure interventions are safe and effective and tailored to the service user’s needs.

Teaching and learning methods

The unit will adopt a blended approach to learning and teaching which will involve a combination of directed and managed independent learning. Key factual information about health concepts and factors affecting the health of people with psychosis will be introduced via e-learning. This will be supplemented by workshop discussions/small group work based on issues presented through clinical vignettes.
Students will also develop their clinical observation skills via simulation exercises conducted in the clinical skills
Supportive materials will be available on Blackboard and these will include: handouts, presentations, lecture notes, links to key journal papers, key policy documents and reputable web sites.
Assessment support: Feedback will be provided by unit lead and deputy lead up until 2-3 weeks prior to the
submission date.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically review and appraise the quality of research evidence regarding medical comorbidity in people with psychosis and dementia.
  • Have an in-depth critical awareness of the effects of medical comorbidity on mental and physical health.
  • Develop a comprehensive critical understanding of the main risk factors for poor physical health and increased risk of mortality in this client group including the prescription of antipsychotic medication.
  • Recognise and understand the key signs and symptoms of common physical health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and toxic confusional states.

Intellectual skills

  • Comprehensively Critically examine the physical health care needs of people with psychosis and dementia.
  • Explore opportunities for preventative health interventions at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
  • Have a detailed critical awareness of key parameters of health screening and when intervention or care planning are needed to address health concerns.
  • Critically analyse and appreciate the role of primary and secondary services in meeting the physical health care needs of people with psychosis and dementia.

Practical skills

  • Provide evidenced based lifestyle advice regarding recommendations for dietary intake and physical activity levels to optimise good physical health.
  • Competently undertake a range of clinical observations/ health screening in order to identify early signs of poor physical health.
  • Effectively liaise with members of the primary health care team in order to ensure health concerns identified are thoroughly investigated and appropriately managed.
  • Support people with psychosis and dementia in the management of long term conditions.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Communicate effectively in teams including being able to present information about physical health.
  • Interpret the results of clinical observations and critical analyse their implications for future care planning.
  • Have a critical understanding of research and its implications for clinical practice.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

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Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Timothy Bradshaw Unit coordinator

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