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Using an illustrative case study, select, critically analyse and evaluate the application of one or more evidence-based non-pharmacological therapeutic interventions / approaches as a feature of contemporary mental health nursing practice.

Case Study Title: Using an illustrative case study, select, critically analyse and evaluate the application of one or more evidence-based non-pharmacological therapeutic interventions / approaches as a feature of contemporary mental health nursing practice.

 

Learning Outcomes:

1 Articulate the challenges of working effectively in accordance with contemporary mental health policy/ guidance in order to deliver safe, person centred, and recovery focused care.
2 Demonstrate a critical awareness of the principles and implications for practice of key mental health interventions, including consideration of capacity and consent.
3 Critically analyse and apply a range of evidence based multi-disciplinary interventions in partnership with service users to promote recovery.
4 Identify common health issues and demonstrate an ability to provide interventions for those with diverse and co-occurring needs.
5 Demonstrate a critical awareness of the physical health needs of clients with mental disorders.

 

General Points:

To write a case study that demonstrates critical analysis, you will need to start with a plan of what you are going to cover and in what order. The plan is your rationale and becomes your introduction. You might start by asking yourself a few questions and identifying key areas that you will set out to specifically address.

Conduct a search of the literature, selecting highly relevant contemporary studies, critically reading and analysing each study in turn, in forming a summary of key points e.g. the type and focus of the study, the main methods adopted, the key findings, and your view of the strengths and limitations. Once you are ready to write this section of your case study, form an integrated summary of key points from the studies you have reviewed, and discuss the state, key strengths and limitations of the evidence, and recommendations for further research.

 

Consider the following guidance in preparing your work – key points

introduction to the selected therapeutic intervention(s) / approach(es)

  • your reasons for selecting the particular therapeutic intervention(s) / approach(es)
  • provide an outline of the selected therapeutic intervention(s) / approach(es) e.g. a definition, the main elements / components, key principles for practical application, its mode(s) of delivery, and briefly introduce the main ways in which the intervention(s) is implemented and evaluated (this can be further developed as you provide the illustrative case study)

 

a consideration of the evidence

  • a critical and integrated review of the guidance and evidence supporting the implementation of the therapeutic intervention(s) / approach(es) – for further guidance, see below

 

use of an illustrative case study (provide supporting information as a series of appendices)

  • issues of capacity, consent and confidentiality
  • a summary of the process and outcome of engaging, assessing and, as relevant, completing a formulation as the basis for intervention
  • the suitability and relevance of the therapeutic intervention(s) / approach(es) to the service-user / family
  • the planning and application of related intervention strategies with the service-user / family
  • the outcome / an evaluation of the use of the therapeutic intervention(s) / approach(es) thus far, and the plan for further sessions

 

a discussion of the application of the therapeutic intervention(s) / approach(es) as a feature of contemporary mental health nursing practice

  • a critical discussion of the facilitators and challenges / obstacles to implementing the selected therapeutic intervention(s) / approach(es) within practice
  • a discussion of the implications and recommendations for practice and mental health nursing

 

Supporting Evidence:

Remember to gather and include a variety of supporting evidence of the practical application of the selected therapeutic intervention with the service-user / carer(s), in supporting your case study – this may include, for example:

  • a short biographical account of the service-user, as background;
  • completed assessments (including the use of selected assessment tools / measures / timelining);
  • completed case summary & formulation(s);
  • practical intervention strategies completed with / by the service-user / carers(s);
  • evaluation& outcome measures.

 

 

 

 

·         Psychosocial interventions

·         Facilitated self help

·         Solution Focussed Brief Therapy

·         Motivational Interviewing

·         Cognitive behavioural interventions

·         Recovery focussed interventions

·         Legal aspects of interventions

·         Multi-disciplinary working

Evaluation of therapeutic interventions ·         Evaluating the evidence base for practice

·         Evaluating mental health care in practice environments

·         Evaluating the bio-psycho-social approach to mental health care

Physical health ·         The cultural context of physical health needs

·         Health needs, signs, symptoms and management of common physical health problems

·         Women and men’s physical health needs

·         Physical health across the age continuum

·         Understanding sexual health issues

 

 

 

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