BNurs Mental Health Nursing / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Nurse as a Leader, Manager and Coordinator of Care

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS31362
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 6
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit runs in semester 2 and aims to equip the student with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to support their transition into the role of a newly qualified staff nurse. Through a series of focused lectures, workshops and directed study students will develop an understanding of the theory of leadership and management and how this can be applied to practice. The assessment is a reflection on your experience of leadership and management in practice and includes a personal development plan.


This unit aims to:
  • Equip the student with the underpinning knowledge and skills to enable them to fulfil their role in leading and managing evidence based best practice nursing care and to implement communication skills and approaches for working effectively as part of the interdisciplinary team
  • Reflect on and review participant’s own role and development as leader, considering resilience, self-direction, self-awareness to recognise decision making interventions in health and social care settings
  • Develop awareness of team working and communication within the context of multi-dimensional teams to manage risk and improve patient care quality

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are linked to the NMC 7 platforms for Standards of Proficiency (2018).

Teaching and learning methods

Unit content will be delivered using traditional lectures, seminars and workshops interspersed with on-line interactive computer-based resources. The focus on team work and the leadership and management of teams requires working together in groups to develop skills in communication, collaboration, and presentation of arguments. There will also be the opportunity to use self and peer assessment skills to identify areas for development. The inter-professional workshop explores problem solving with peers from other Divisions and schools using a work based scenario.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the principles of effective leadership, management, group and organisational dynamics and culture and apply these to team working and decision making. (1.1, 1.2)
  • Demonstrate effective person and team management by active listening, and selecting appropriate strategies for positive outcomes of interaction (1.5, 4.2)
  • Demonstrate the skills and abilities required to develop, manage and maintain appropriate relationships with people, their families and carers and colleagues (1.10, 1.11)
  • Consider evidence based best practice approaches for supporting people in families, teams and with understanding of those who require alternative communication techniques (1.5, 1.8, 1.13, 2.1, 2.5, 5.8, 6.9, 7.13)
  • Understand the principles and application of health economics and their relevance to resource allocation in health and social care organisations and other agencies, considering the impact of health policy on the changes and delivery and co-ordination of care (1.8,7.3, 7.4, 7.12)
  • Demonstrate effective supervision, teaching and performance appraisal through use of clear communication and individual encouragement (4.1, 5.6, 5.7, 5.8, 5.10)
  • Provide and promote non-discriminatory person centred and sensitive understanding at all times(1.4, 1.14)

Intellectual skills

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles, responsibilities and scope of practice of all members of the nursing and interdisciplinary team and how to make best use of the contributions of others involved in providing care (1.9,1.18, 5.2, 5.4, 6.12, 7.1)
  • Understand and apply the principles of processes for performance management and how these apply to the nursing team (5.3, 5.12)
  • Demonstrate the ability to monitor and evaluate the quality of care delivered by others in the team, and lay carers (5.7, 6.4, 6.7)
  • Understand the mechanisms that can be used to influence organisational change and public policy, demonstrating the development of political awareness and skills (1.2, 5.12, 7.2)
  • Contribute to supervision and team reflection activities to promote improvements in practice and service; (5.9) by challenging and providing constructive feedback on care delivered and where necessary support them to identify and agree individual learning needs (5.1, 5.9, 5.10)
  • Exhibit leadership potential by demonstrating an ability to guide, support and motivate individuals and interact confidently with other members of the MDT (1.18, 5.6, 6.11)

Practical skills

  • Effectively and responsibly use a range of digital technologies to access, input, share and apply information and data within teams and between agencies (5.1)
  • Understand the principles and processes involved in planning and facilitating the safe discharge and transition of people between caseloads, setting and services (7.10)
  • Safely and effectively lead and manage the nursing care of a group of people demonstrating appropriate prioritisation, delegation and assignment of care responsibilities to others involved in providing care (5.5, 7.5)
  • Facilitate equitable access to healthcare for people who are vulnerable or have a disability, demonstrating the ability to advocate on their behalf and make reasonable adjustments to care when required (1.12, 1.4, 7.9)
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and manage risks and take proactive measures to improve the quality of care and services as needed (1.2, 1.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5, 6.8, 6.10, 7.11)
  • Indicate the impact of identifying, reporting and critically reflecting on near misses, critical incidents, major incidents and serious adverse events to influence future practice (1.3, 6.3, 6.6, 6.8)

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Enhanced IT skills and use of other technologies. (5.11)
  • Skills in communicating with a diverse range of people
  • Enhanced skills in team working through participation in action learning sets. (5.2)
  • Enhanced skills in facilitation to develop a range of skills and attributes in a team to promote patient safety and person centred care. (6.7)

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 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
Lectures 4
Practical classes & workshops 17
Tutorials 14
Independent study hours
Independent study 220

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Lucie Moore Unit coordinator

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