Psychosis and Anxiety: Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice (Level 5)

Module summary

Module code: NURS1452
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Health Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Julia Telfer



• Promote reflection and develop an enhanced awareness of the role of the mental health nurse in the provision of care for people with psychosis and anxiety;
• Promote a deep understanding of the multi-factorial causative factors of psychosis and anxiety and the analysis of recognised symptoms;
• Develop therapeutic skills and proficiencies required in the provision of person centred recovery oriented nursing care for people with psychosis and anxiety

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a deeper understanding of the values, attitudes, practice, and social context of mental health nursing.
2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the causes of psychosis and anxiety, and the ability to identify and analyse signs, symptoms and quality of life.
3. Recognise and apply the legal, ethical and policy frameworks to the practice of mental health nursing.
4. Demonstrate the ability to recognise the appropriate nursing interventions in the biological, psychological and social domains, and apply these accurately to the recovery-oriented care of clients with psychosis and anxiety.

Indicative content


Developing attitudes including:
Insight into own values, attitudes and beliefs;
Personal and professional responsibility;
Ethical mindfulness and awareness of consent and capacity;
Appreciation of equality, fair access, diversity and culture;
Awareness of stigma and recognition of the need for social inclusion and empowerment.


Development knowledge including:
Understanding of contemporary models and frameworks for mental health provision;
Understanding of the Care Programme Approach and multidisciplinary roles;
Knowledge of causative factors of psychosis and anxiety and recognised symptoms;
Appreciation of holistic approaches and person-centred care ;
Knowledge of Mental Health legislation, ethics, rights, roles and responsibilities;
Awareness of role of Third Sector agencies.


Developing skills including:
Therapeutic Interpersonal skills for individuals with psychosis and anxiety;
Assessment and care planning skills, including the use of assessment tools, assessment of risk; and the evidence base for interventions;
Specific assessment skills for suicide and self harm;
Analytical skills and the application of contemporary interventions, namely Psychosocial Interventions and recovery approaches;
Comprehensive medication management, using a collaborative and educative approach ;
Enhanced physical health and well being for people with psychosis and anxiety;
Maintaining and identifying effective measures to promote infection control in all environments;
Collaborative assessment and monitoring of the person's nutritional status and fluid needs;
Presentation skills.

Teaching and learning activity

Interactive role play
Using film clips and studio work
Skills sessions
Self directed study
Web based activities
Skills lab sessions


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Individual Presentation of a client case study, for an individual with psychosis or anxiety.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Group discussions, Role play.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1,2,3,4.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 100%.
Pass Mark: 40%.
Word Length: 20 minute individual presentation.
Outline Details: Presentation of a service user assessment and care plan using a recognised tool demonstrating the use of short and long term evidence based interventions including medication management, and an evaluation of care which involves including the involvement of all interested parties.