Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Community Care for the Mentally Ill

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Mental Health

DESCRIPTION The study-unit considers both the local mental health services available within the community and those being developed/evaluated with the rest of the world. This should enable students to look to the future and have views and opinions about what community care can offer the mentally ill person. The content includes theories of community, different models of community care including case management, CPA, outreach, assertive outreach, CMHTs; different types of services, including walk in centres, patient directed care, outpatients, day centres, diagnosis of specific groups, gender and aged related services; public opinion, stigma and support, patient rights; multi-agency working, multi-disciplinary working, roles and responsibilities; Legal issues; clinical dimensions, skills and autonomy of community practitioners; different expectations of clinical practice, ethical consideration; patient compliance with treatment, re-admission, discharge, interface between in-patient and community teams; working with carers and families.

Study-Unit Aims:

To provide the student with information about community provision of mental health services, the roles and responsibilities of community based mental health nurses and contrast the expectations and risk factors associated with this form of care provision.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Identify the specific needs of people with mental health problems living within the community;
- Utilize theory in formulating both medical and nursing diagnosis for patients and their families;
- Appreciate the legal framework in which mental health care has to function.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Participate in the supportive activities and preventative interventions necessary for community care of the mentally ill person;
- Spend time alongside other health care professionals working with the mentally ill (e.g. social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, GPs).

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Jack R. (1998) Residential versus community care: the role of institutions in welfare provisions. Macmillan. London.
- Brooker, C & Repper, J (2001) Serious Mental Health Problems in the Community: Policy, practice and research. Balliere Tindall. London.
- Repper, J & Perkins, R (2003) Social Inclusion and Recovery: a model for mental health practice. Bailliere Tindall. London.
- Ryan, P & Morgan, S (2004) Assertive Outreach: A strengths approach to policy and practice. Churchill Livingstone. Edinburgh.



Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Pierre Galea
Paulann Grech

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