BNurs Mental Health Nursing / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Year 2 Clinical Placement 3

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS23142
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit is the sixth placement for clinical practice learning, and takes place during the extended semester of year two. The placement is six weeks in duration, and provides an opportunity for students to define their personal clinical learning in the UK in Greater Manchester, or UK, or a non-UK setting. The unit therefore provides a selection of placement experiences to choose from in a local, national or international structured health system. The unit has a taught first week, where students are encouraged to compare and contrast concepts of health economies, the underpinning structure of international health systems and policies, and nursing practices. Learning outcomes are defined by the unit, and the student. The record of clinical placement practice learning includes spokes and an agreed setting. The placement is assessed by pass/fail in practice and recorded in PARE online.


This unit aims to:
  • Provide appropriate field-related clinical and simulated opportunities for students to take the lead in managing and achieving their personal learning in a specific placement.

Learning outcomes

Each learning outcome is linked to the NMC (2018) Standards of proficiency for registered nurses.

Teaching and learning methods

Pre-placement teaching over several months and in the pre-week to placement supports the self assessment of valid (content and construct) and reliable (coherent and improved) current knowledge, and feeds this forward to critically challenge the students’ planned acquisition of verifiable new skills and understanding for placement learning opportunities. Students plan and manage their own placement where possible, if this is an international placement the student is expected to comply with all international procedures as required by the UoM IPO and the MoU arranged with that partner School of Nursing. The outcomes will be defined by HE and health policy in the host country, so teaching and assessment is institution level, and programme based, ILOs are exchanged with host clinical Teaching staff to facilitate engagement and discussion. Students will then optimise their achievement of outcomes.
Online or hard copy PARE Practice Assessment Document will be used by students to take the lead in setting their personal aims and then manage the expected learning outcomes in conjunction with the clinical supervision in the host organisation; supervision and assessment supports and records the students’ progress in the placement learning opportunity, evaluating their ILOs and their leadership and management qualities.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the factors that may lead to inequalities in health outcomes; applying the aims and principles of health promotion, protection and improvement in the prevention of ill-health when faced with evidence of epidemiology, demography, genomics and the wider determinants of health in specific global locations (Platforms 2.1; 2.2; 2.3)#
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of human development from conception to death and considering care  plans; using knowledge of body systems and homeostasis physical and behavioural sciences when undertaking assessment of needs, including knowledge of when and how to refer people safely to other professionals or services for clinical intervention or support (Platforms 3.1; 3.2; 3.14)
  • Demonstrate the ability and confidence to respond proactively and promptly to signs of deterioration or distress in mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural health, and base sound clinical decisions on this including first aid procedures and basic life support (Platforms 4.10; 4.12)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacology, the safe and effective administration and optimisation of medicines, including the effect of medicines and their management, considering the generation of  prescriptions and the risks of unlicensed or OTC medication use (Platforms 4.13; 4.14; 4.15)
  • Understand and apply the principles of partnership, collaboration and interagency working across all relevant sectors locally and globally, considering health legislation, current health and social care policies and influences on policy development and change – using the principles of health economics and resource allocation in organisations and other agencies (Platforms 7.1; 7.2; 7.3; 7.4)

Intellectual skills

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to act as a role model for others in providing person-centred, evidence based nursing care to meet people’s needs related to mobility, oral, skin and wound care and skin integrity by evaluating hygiene, nutrition, hydration and elimination, and particularly anxiety, confusion, discomfort and pain (Platform 4.6; 4.7; 4.8)
  • Understand the principles of effective leadership, management, group and organisational dynamics and culture, applied to team working and decision making using knowledge of human factors, environmental factors and strength based approaches to analyse team effectiveness (Platform 5.1;5.2)
  • Exhibit leadership potential by acting confidently with other members of the care team, understanding the roles, responsibilities and scope of practice of all members of the nursing and interdisciplinary team, and to make use of contributions of others involved in providing care (Platforms 5.4; 5.6)
  • Effectively and responsibly use a range of digital technologies to access, input, share and apply information and data in a for teams and between agencies where appropriate; considering he mechanisms that can influence organisational change, health and public policy (Platform 5.11; 5.12)
  • Identify the implications of current health policy and future policy changes for nursing and other professions, considering the impact of policy changes on delivery and coordination of care (Platform 7.4)

Practical skills

  • Effectively assess a person’s capacity to make decisions about their own care and to give or withhold consent to interventions; applying the principles and process for making reasonable adjustments and best interest decisions where people do not have capacity within the local policy of care (Platforms 3.6; 3.7)
  • Undertake routine investigations, interpret and share findings appropriately; interpret results and escalate to others for action when required (Platforms 3.9; 3.10)
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake risk assessments in a range of settings using contemporary assessment and improvement tools; identifying the need to make improvements and proactively respond to potential hazards that may affect people’s safety (Platform 6.5; 6.6)
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply an understanding of the differences between risk aversion and risk management and how to avoid compromising quality of care and health outcomes (Platform 6.10)
  • Acknowledge the need to accept and manage uncertainty and demonstrate an understanding of strategies that develop resilience in self and others (Platform 6.11)

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Understand and act in accordance with The Code: Professional standards of practice and behavior for nurses and midwives (2015) (Platform 1.1)
  • Understand and be able to challenge discriminatory behaviour, basing decisions regarding care and interventions on person centred and sensitive regard for people’s needs and preferences recognising and addressing any personal and external factors that may unduly influence decisions including values, beliefs, diverse cultural backgrounds and language requirements (Platforms 1.4; 1.9; 1.14)
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically in applying evidence and drawing on experience to make informed decisions in routine, complex and challenging situations (Platforms 1.8; 1.10)
  • Demonstrate the skills and abilities required to develop, manage and maintain appropriate relationships with people, their families, carers and colleagues (Platform 1.13)
  • Demonstrate the ability to keep complete, clear, accurate and timely records, and communicate effectively using skills and strategies colleagues and people at all stages of life and with health challenges  (Platforms 1.11; 1.16)
  • Act as an ambassador, upholding the reputation of the nursing profession and promoting public confidence in nursing, health and care services (Platform 1.19)

Assessment methods

Pass / Fail in the Practice Assessment Document (PAD)

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
Practical classes & workshops 40
Placement hours
Placement 280
Independent study hours
Independent study 280

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Laura Mackintosh Unit coordinator

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