At the end of the programme the student will be able to:
Develop specialist nursing knowledge and skills required to engage therapeutically with people experiencing acute or enduring mental health problems in a variety of settings
Promote the development of recovery oriented, person-centred care in working with people experiencing acute or enduring mental health problems in a variety of settings.
Initiate and contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative, effective and evidence-based services, in a variety of settings, for people experiencing acute or enduring mental health problems.
Collaborate and work in partnership with service users, significant others and member of the multi-disciplinary team in the planning, management and delivery of effective mental health care based within a recovery framework.
Contribute positively to professional, ethical, theoretical, clinical and policy debates and developments within mental health nursing and mental health care provision.
Develop a critical awareness of the social, economic and legal issues affecting people experiencing acute or enduring mental health problems.
Evaluate the effectiveness of individual outcomes against specialist intervention plans for people with multiple and complex disabilities.
Identify, develop and implement health promotion initiatives for people experiencing acute or enduring mental health problems.
Develop the skills for successful professional advocacy in working with people experiencing acute or enduring mental health problems.
Develop, apply and evaluate research evidence in relation to specialist mental health nursing practice for people experiencing acute or enduring mental health problems.
Utilize and evaluate service audit outcomes to develop and improve service provision for people experiencing acute or enduring mental health problems.
Act as a means of support, educator and role model for the provision of specialist mental health nursing practice for people with experiencing acute or enduring mental health problems.
Engage in lifelong learning to ensure ongoing professional development.
The curriculum has been designed around the concept and principles of recovery, a key policy review of mental health services in Ireland, have been outlined in recent government policy reports (Department of Health and Children, 2006; Mental Health Commission (MHC), 2008). These policies advocate embedding core values of person-centredness, service user expertise, participation and recovery into curricula at intentional, process and outcomes levels in ways that are demonstrably different to mental illness models. In addition, the curriculum also focuses strongly on people’s personal narratives and lived experience (experts by experience) among people who have encountered mental health services. A recovery approach then emphasises the expectation of recovery from mental ill health and advocates both enhanced self-management for service users and the development of services which facilitate the person’s journey towards recovery. The curriculum also takes cognisance of the core concepts of the clinical nurse specialist as described by the National Council (2007). The curriculum encompasses the development of theoretical and practical knowledge simultaneously within a process of continuous assessment of theory and practice both by the individual student and his/her practice facilitator, clinical facilitator and lecturers. This ongoing assessment enables progression through the course and facilitates the student’s personal and professional development.