BNurs Adult Nursing / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Mental Health and Mental Ill Health in Children and Young People

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS23102
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit is part of a menu of options (Discovery Units) available to all students on this programme. It is important to note that the overall B.Nurs (2019) programme design ensures that students have the opportunity to meet the proficiencies aligned to the learning outcomes for this unit elsewhere in the programme. Therefore students who choose other available options will not miss out on the opportunity to achieve the programme learning outcomes that align to this unit. The intended learning outcomes for this unit have been developed to align directly to a number of NMC (2018) standards of proficiency in order to support student’s choice to further develop these proficiencies.  

This discovery unit enables students from any field to explore the promotion of children and young people’s mental health, and the assessment and care of children and young people with mental health conditions.

Through a variety of teaching and learning methods, it will provide students with appropriate knowledge and skills to work in clinical and public health environments that focus on children and young people’s mental health, or to care for children and young people with mental health conditions in mainstream children’s services.

 

Aims

This unit aims to:
  • Introduce students to the issues surrounding mental health and mental ill-health in children and young people
  • Provide students with sufficient knowledge and skills to be able to work in clinical and public health environments focussing on children and young people’s mental health or to care for children and young people with mental health conditions in mainstream children’s services
 

Learning outcomes

Each learning outcome is linked to the NMC (2018) Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses. These outcomes are also met within the core part of the programme.

Teaching and learning methods

This unit is part of a menu of options (Discovery Units) available to all students on this programme. It is important to note that the overall B.Nurs (2019) programme design ensures that students have the opportunity to meet the proficiencies aligned to the learning outcomes for this unit elsewhere in the programme. Therefore students who choose other available options will not miss out on the opportunity to achieve the programme learning outcomes that align to this unit. The intended learning outcomes for this unit have been developed to align directly to a number of NMC (2018) standards of proficiency in order to support student’s choice to further develop these proficiencies.  
 
The aims and learning outcomes for this unit focus on the following central themes:
 
a) Key concepts in children and young people’s mental health
b) The policy context for organisation and delivery of children and young people’s mental health services
c) Understanding the assessment, diagnosis and treatment options in common mental health conditions in children and young people
d) Risk and risk management in children and young people’s mental health
 
The teaching and learning methods used include lectures, tutorials and practical workshops based on patient centred scenarios developed in collaboration with clinical colleagues. The patient centred case scenarios guide students to develop insight into the experiences of the patient, carers, and professional teams involved in the scenario. 
 
Assessment 
The formative assessment involves small mixed field group presentations that are based on the assessment and planning of care for a specific condition (chosen from a pre-determined list) in children and young people’s mental health. Students will be offered verbal tutor and peer feedback using a structured template. 
 
The summative assessment involves the student writing, under examination conditions, an evidence based care plan for a child or young person with a mental health condition. Students will be able to choose one case from three case scenarios that are given in advance.   
 
The assessments test the students understanding of evidence based care for common mental health conditions in children and young people.  
 

Knowledge and understanding

  • Discriminate between key concepts such as mental health, mental wellbeing, emotional welling, mental health problems and mental ill-health/illness (2.1; 2.5)
  • Describe the key mental health conditions/disorders that bring children and young people into contact with mental health or mainstream child health services (3.3; 4,4; 4.10)
  • Appreciate the socio-political and economic factors that influence the mental health of children and young people and the provision of services for this group (2.3; 2.7)
 

Intellectual skills

  • Critically evaluate the impact that the stigma surrounding mental health can have on children and young people (1.4; 1.14)
  • Critically evaluate the range of mental health treatments and interventions available to children and young people and the evidence base for each (1.8; 3.3; 4.4; 4.14)
  • Critically explore the role of the nurse in supporting and promoting children and young people’s mental health (1.8; 2.4; 2.5; 2.10)
 

Practical skills

  • Demonstrate the particular skills needed to assess children and young people for potential mental health problems and accurately process this information to formulate a person centred, evidence based plan of care (1.11; 1.12; 4.4; 6.5)
  • Demonstrate emergent skills in assessing an individual’s capacity to make decisions about their own care or to give/withhold consent
  • Act confidently and competently in dealing with psychiatric emergencies in children and young people (3.8; 4.4; 4.10; 4.12)
  • Appreciate the importance of interdisciplinary working in children and young people’s mental health (1.18; 3.14; 4.17; 5.4; 7.1)
 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Communicate effectively with children and young people, their parents, carers and families, and the wide range of professionals working with children and young people  (1.11; 4.3; 2.10)
  • Actively support children and young people, their parents, carers and families to self-manage their conditions where appropriate (1.13; 2.9)
  • Facilitate co-production of care in children and young people’s mental health (3.4; 3.13; 4.2; 7.8)

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 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 undergraduate 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

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 10
Lectures 10
Practical classes & workshops 20
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 60

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Steven Pryjmachuk Unit coordinator

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