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PSY8063 : Engagement & Assessment of Patients with Common Mental Health Problems

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Lauren Scorer
  • Lecturer: Dr Claire Lomax, Miss Zoe Lambert
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Mixed Location
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to develop: students’ understanding of the epidemiology of the common mental health problems, their skills in interviewing and assessing people with mental health problems, and their ability to assess and support individuals in regard to their attitude and adherence to pharmacological treatment.

Outline Of Syllabus

The curriculum will comprise the following:

•       Policy and evidence-based linked to IAPT, stepped care and professional practice (including ethics)
•       Introduction to the CBT model
•       Interpersonal therapeutic skills
•       The initial assessment and formulation
•       Use of supervision (skills development)
•       Use of questions in interview
•       Risk assessment
•       Use of assessment tools
•       Shared decision making
•       Models of understanding: sociological and community

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion127:3027:30Includes PIP in relation to OSCE examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30PIP 30 min in-class test: students mark their own responses according to the presented answer rubric
Placement/Study AbroadClinical Training341:0034:00Present in person: University-set activity on placement (delivered to NHS placement protocols)
Placement/Study AbroadClinical Training221:0022:00Sync online: University-set activity on placement (delivered remotely according to NHS protocols)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops183:0054:00Present in person: workshops will involve multiple teaching methods.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops23:006:00Synchronous online: workshops will involve multiple teaching methods
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study561:0056:00Includes role-play practice (PIP & remote),set reading & engage. with other clinical resources
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

• Didactic segments in workshops used to establish a learning framework for the theoretical components of the module.
• Small group work within workshops, to provide opportunities for interaction, role play skills practise, discussion and clarification in support of learning in selected areas. To include both present in person and remote modalities to reflect demands of the post-covid-19 NHS.
• Guided independent study and clinical training supported by the provision of targets and to expand knowledge and understanding through active and task-based learning.
• On-going clinical supervision provided on placement to ensure theory becomes embedded in practice.
• The in class test give students the opportunity for formative practice to test their knowledge and skills and allows feedback to be given prior to the summative assessments.

Contingency planning: In the event of further covid-19 outbreaks the teaching and assessments will be delivered remotely.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination451M100Present in person examination. Maximum of 6 (multi-part) questions
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
PerformanceMPASS/FAIL Assessment of (simulated) clinical role-play (40 mins) (Present in Person)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Performance1MOngoing undertaken by placement supervisor (present in person and remotely delivered)
Performance1MA formative assessment of a clinical role-play set just prior to when students are expected to see patients (remotely delivered)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessments are required to be within the scope determined by the national curriculum.

One video-taped role-play - pass/fail only. This will be a simulated clinical scenario of an assessment interview involving an actor playing the part of a patient. This will assess the skills outcomes linked to the module through observation of simulated clinical practice.

The written examinations will be a series of multipart questions in a standardised format that will assess students' knowledge as well as relevant discrimination and critical abilities based on this knowledge.

The formative assessments give students the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills and allows feedback to be given prior to the summative assessments.

Students are required to successfully complete all elements of assessments.

All skills outcomes are also assessed on placement which determines whether embedding skills in the service environment has occurred (see placement MoF).

Contingency planning: In the event of further covid-19 outbreaks the teaching and assessments will be delivered remotely eg written examination will be delivered as an online oral examination.

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