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Complex Presentations in Mental Health Care - HEA00109I

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Ian Hamilton
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
C Summer Term 2018-19 to Summer Vacation 2018-19

Module aims

This module will allow students to critically explore the role of the mental health nurse in supporting people experiencing complex mental health issues including those diagnosed with personality disorder and people who experience substance misuse. The module will focus on exploring the lived experiences of service users and examine how their life stories relate to and underpin the challenges and dilemmas commonly encountered when intervening therapeutically with them.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Show in-depth understanding of issues related to difficulties developing therapeutic relationships with clients experiencing complex care needs including substance and or self-harm.
  2. Explore the attitudes and stigma experienced by individuals who have complex health and social care needs.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship between mental health and substance use.
  4. Apply the principles of a motivational approach when actively engaging clients with complex care needs.
  5. Apply the principles of a person centred assessment and immediate care for individuals presenting with self-harm and thoughts of suicide.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 1500 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 1500 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Department of Health (2011) No health without mental health, a cross government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages. London, HMG.
  • Graham,H.L. et al (2004) Cognitive-Behavioural Integrated Treatment (C-BIT). A Treatment Manual for Substance Misuse in People with Severe Mental Health Problems. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • Hamilton,I. (2014) The 10 most important debates surrounding Dual Diagnosis. Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Volume 7, Issue 3.
  • Karp, D.A. (2001) The burden of sympathy: how families cope with mental illness. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Miller,W.R., Rollnick,S. (2012) Motivational Interviewing 3rd Edition, helping people change. London: The Guildford Press.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (2015) The Code, professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives. London,NMC.
  • Simpson, A. (2006) Can mainstream health services provide a meaningful care for people who self-harm? A critical reflection. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 13(4) 429 -36.

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