Affective and Organic Disorders: Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice (Level 5)

Module summary

Module code: NURS1453
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Health Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): John Crowley / Jane Matonhodze



This course will provide the student with opportunities to:

Explore and reflect upon the role and influence of the mental health nurse in the provision of collaborative care.
Develop deeper knowledge and understanding of theoretical frameworks and competing models of affective and organic disorders.
Develop skills in the provision of specific therapeutic and clinical interventions related to affective and organic disorders.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the causes of affective and organic disorders and the ability to identify and analyse symptoms.
2. Utilise clinical and research evidence in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating therapeutic care and risk for individuals experiencing affective and organic disorders.
3. Recognise and reflect on the roles, influence and responsibilities of the mental health nurse in the context of working in partnership across family, organisational, ethical, legal and professional boundaries.
4. Recognise and evaluate person-centred recovery oriented nursing interventions in the biological, psychological and social domains and apply these to the care of people with organic and affective disorders.

Indicative content

Developing attitudes, including:
Valuing the individual and respecting autonomy;
Cultural competency;
Supervision mindfulness;
Respect for inter-professional/multi-agency and Third Sector communication;
Personal responsibility to improve quality of care and report concerns;
Appreciation of the potential for personal growth and recovery.

Knowledge :
Developing knowledge, including:
Understanding of policy and clinical guidelines, locally and nationally;
Application of Mental Health legislation, definitions of mental disorder and guiding principles;
Understanding of diagnostic classifications;
Understanding of genetic determinants of health;
Knowledge of associated brain dysfunction with resulting disturbances in cognition, mood, perception and/behavior;
Theoretical frameworks and evidence in practice concerning care management and therapeutic interventions;
Medication management;
Using appropriate measurements for nutritional and fluid status and requirements;
Adherence to infection prevention and control;
Measuring and monitoring clinical and social outcomes;
Understanding impact on family, friends, community, employment and hobbies End of Life care inclusive of spiritual and cultural considerations;
Principles of clinical decision-making involving risk;
Models of service delivery including national, local and personalised support structures for client and family.

Developing skills, including,
Therapeutic communication and relationship building to engage and support people in distress;
Collaboration and partnership with clients, family, teams and Third Sector agencies to promote access and choice in personalised care;
Assertiveness and advocacy skills;
Critical choice and application of contemporary, evidence-based assessment and recording measures;
Ability to exploit the opportunities for supervision and professional development;
Application of specific contemporary therapeutic interventions .

Teaching and learning activity

Keynote lectures and skills sessions will be delivered to students across both undergraduate and postgraduate mental health nursing programmes.
Enquiry based learning/ problem based learning;
Small group discussions;
Skills sessions;
Blog on line;
Socratic approaches;
Interactive role play;
Using film clips and studio work;
Skills sessions;
Experiential learning;
Action Learning;
Self-directed study;
The VLE (Moodle) will be used as a platform for on-line activities, guided and independent reading to facilitate the development of evidence based knowledge.
Learning in Practice will involve the student in applying their knowledge and skills to the care of individuals, families and carers across secondary, primary and community care settings, to include health visiting, learning disability settings and specialist settings.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)

Contact Hours:
lectures 20 hours
seminars 10 hours
practical sessions 10 hours
tutorials 20 hours
Private Study 120 hours
Assignments: course work and other forms of assessment:
coursework 120 hours
laboratory work


Case Study - 100%
3000 words.
Case study of an individual from the students own practice with an organic or affective disorder which will include detailed formulation of biological, psychological and social needs, assessment of risk, an appropriate plan to meet these needs and an evaluation of the outcome.

Practice Assessment - Pass/Fail
Practice Assessment Document (PAD) ' semester 4

Students must pass all elements of assessment to pass the course.