Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Psychiatric Nursing in Community Settings

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Mental Health

DESCRIPTION This unit constitutes the theoretical component of the two community psychiatric nursing elements of the course and describes the roles, functions and responsibilities of the nursing members of the psychiatric outreach team. It places psychiatric nursing in context with both multidisciplinary care planning and new clinical approaches to the psychiatric recovery model. Topics include: Roles, functions and responsibilities of community psychiatric nurses (CPN); Clinical activities associated with CPN interventions, The meaning of community, Social inclusion and exclusion, Models of care associated with community mental health provision, Care Planning, Relationships – within the MDT and between patients and carers within a community setting, Stigma for those with a mental health problem, The process of recovery (1&2), Patient inclusion and exclusion criteria, Developments within the Maltese mental Health Services and the impacts on community facilities, Community Outreach – the Maltese model, The role of the NGOs in supporting patients with mental health problems in the community, Optimizing community mental health as part of whole systems mental health care, Using research evidence to influence change, Social and empowering models in mental health disability services.

Study-unit Aims:

The unit will provide the theoretical component of the community psychiatric element of the course and address the clinical roles and responsibilities of nurses within a psychiatric outreach team.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Identify the nursing activities associated with community psychiatric nursing;
Identify the roles of the Multi-disciplinary psychiatric outreach team;
Describe the psychopharmacological and therapeutic interventions within community psychiatric care;
Link the recovery model of care to the work of the psychiatric outreach team;
Identify the interactions between statutory MH provision and that of the mental health NGOs;
Identify the various elements of the statutory community mental health services in Malta.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Use published research to influence care options for patients receiving care from a community psychiatric nurse;
Apply theories of rejection and social exclusion to the role of a psychiatric community nurse.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

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.

Ryan, P & Morgan, S 2004 Assertive Outreach: A strengths approach to policy and practice. Churchill Livingstone. Edinburgh.

Repper, J & Perkins, R 2003 Social Inclusion and Recovery: a model for mental health practice. Bailliere Tindall. London.



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

LECTURER/S Paulann Grech (Co-ord.)
Josephine Mifsud

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