Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introduction to Field Specific Nursing (Mental Health)
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Short Presentation Mental Health  ​​Short documentary film/presentation/ vlog/podcast​ 20 Minutes  25%
Semester Assessment Written Essay Mental Health  Written essay. ​​​​ 3000 Words  75%
Supplementary Assessment Written Essay Mental Health  Written essay.​​​​Students must pass each element at 40% and retake failed elements of the module assessment.​ 3000 Words  75%
Supplementary Assessment Short Presentation Mental Health  ​​Short documentary film/presentation/ vlog/podcast​. ​​​​Students must pass each element at 40% and retake failed elements of the module assessment.​ 20 Minutes  25%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

illustrate how key moral and ethical principles underpin professional practice and mental health nursing

appraise key local and national policies underpinning mental health healthcare

explain basic human physical and psychological development across the adult lifespan

examine the ageing process and key theories underpinning ageing as a lived experience

explain the structure and function of adult health care service design and delivery

create a person centred plan of care to holistically manage symptoms arising from a common condition.

Brief description

​​​We will introduce the key skills associated with caring for mental health service users across the lifespan and meeting both physical and emotional needs. Specific common conditions will be explored, underlying pathophysiology, disease processes and symptom management. Understanding care policy informing practice and legal, moral, ethical principles underpinning care planning and delivery. The ageing process will be examined as well as societal and cultural concepts associated with ageing.


​​Key concepts, theories and evidence including:
​Human physical and psychological development across adulthood
​Exploring professional practice
​Introduction to local, national and international policy
​Introduction to mental health services supporting health and wellbeing in both an urban and rural setting
​Exploring holistic patient centred care
​Applying principles of law and ethics
​Reflective practice
​Ageing as a ‘lived experience’ and societal/cultural concept
​Understanding and adapting to normal degenerative processes
​Common conditions associated with the field of practice
​Symptom management
In addition, the module will also focus on further supporting students for clinical practice placements, focusing on:
​clinical skill development/maintenance
​maintenance of All Wales passports (e.g. Manual Handling/Violence and Aggression) – updating when required
​clinical learning requirements
​practice supervision
​clinical assessments
​PAD use/evidencing work-based achievements

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience ​​This module will help students further understand the importance of delivering person centred care by developing knowledge of wider factors relating to healthcare, which may require adaptable approaches.  Cultural and societal norms differ, requiring students to examine their role in caring for patients across a wide age span.  Moral and ethical principles may also contribute to practice provision, and students will be encouraged to explore legal dilemmas which have implications for practice.
Co-ordinating with others Having had exposure to teamworking in the clinical areas, students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own role within a team setting and consider this within a clinical team and also within their own learning groups.  Students will be introduced to the concept of care delivery locations and will be challenged to identify the requirements of team working and coordination within different settings, (e.g. urban/rural).  In addition, students will begin to learn how policy decisions
Creative Problem Solving During this module, students will be introduced to the concept of field specific nursing, specifically exploring issues regarding nursing adults.  Students will continually be challenged to think about and discuss their approaches to varying clinical situations, especially when responding to patients diagnosed with a range of illnesses and diseases across the lifespan, from early adulthood into older age.  Students will enhance their problem-solving skills by considering the issues involved
Critical and analytical thinking Students will continue to be exposed to the concept of evidence-based practice, which will further develop understanding of how evidence and research influences clinical practice within the field of adult nursing.  Through lectures, seminars and practicals, students will begin to appreciate the depth of knowledge and analytical abilities required of an adult field nurse in order to deliver high quality, safe care.  Students will continue to be supported to appraise evidence/research and health
Digital capability This module will require the students to continue to use/and learn how to:  ​use blackboard/pebble-pad  ​access lectures remotely and participate accordingly  ​know how to search electronic databases   ​use the library’s electronic catalogue  ​submit work electronically  ​use a multimedia platform to deliver a presentation
Professional communication Students will be required to further develop their communication skills within this module, as they will be expected to continue to actively participate in discussions and debates.  Students will demonstrate their oral and written communication skills by participating in relevant learning activities throughout the module.  Exploring different platforms of communication will be facilitated by allowing students to present information utilising different multimedia and emerging IT methods.
Real world sense Both theory and practice are equally weighted within nursing curricula, meaning that it is important that classroom subjects are applicable within the practicable nature of the clinical environment, thus giving the taught component a real-world sense. All taught subjects will therefore relate back to clinical practice.In addition year 2, students can bring their clinical learning back to the classroom, and through discussion of experiences and observations,students can further enable development
Reflection Reflection will continue to be promoted within this module, and students will be encouraged to actively participate within their clinical supervision groups; students will though be encouraged to take control on their reflective groups and guide reflective discussions autonomously.  Through peer learning, students will begin to embed the practice and accept is a tool to facilitate self-awareness and clinical learning
Subject Specific Skills ​​Students will further develop their knowledge and skills in:  ​professional nursing practice in relation to field specific nursing  ​understanding how care/health policies influence practice  ​identifying how societal and cultural concepts influences health understanding the care delivery processes in different settings (urban/rural) ​identifying how healthcare law and ethics present as moral ethical dilemmas within healthcare  the delivery of person-centred holistic care, safe practice


This module is at CQFW Level 5