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Leadership & Practice Development in Specialist Mental Health Nursing NU6080

Course Fact File
Duration12th February 2024 to April 2024
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
FeesÉ900 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing DateApplications are now closed for this module
Start Date12th February 2024 Semester II


Module Objective: To expand the nurses specialist' knowledge and skills in leadership, management and practice development in order to co-produce evidence based, safe and person-centred quality care.

Module Content: Developing a shared vision for person-centred care-: contemporary issues in mental health nursing, attitudes and values, recent local, national & international developments in mental health nursing practice, education and research, developing and articulating a philosophy of care in the specialist setting. Co-production, approaches to practice development, clinical supervision, critical reflective practice, portfolios. Quality improvement, clinical governance, effective workplace culture, clinical audit. Leadership, change management, the role of the mental health nurse as change agent and advocate, team working, problem solving. Translating recovery guidance into mental health practice. Contemporary models of service delivery. eMental health.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Articulate his/her philosophy of specialist mental health nursing practice to inform and develop his/her vision of specialist mental health nursing practice.
  • Critically examine a range of contemporary issues and policy developments which impact on the current and future practice of mental health nursing.
  • Critically evaluate models of change management and their applicability at an individual, team and organisational level.
  • Identify and critically analyse core leadership and management competencies required by the mental health nurse in his/her role as a change agent when developing specialist practice.
  • Critically review the process of quality improvement and the quality frameworks applicable to the mental health services and demonstrate how this knowledge may be applied to clinical practice.
  • Apply recovery principles when working with and implementing change with service users, families, mental health service providers and the voluntary and community sector.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Presentation - 120 marks; e-tivities - 80 marks).

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): 16hr(s) Lectures (and Workshops); 184hr(s) Other (E-tivities; Discussion Board and Participation, Required Reading, Assignment Preparation and Submission, Self-Directed Learning.).


Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Completion of e-tivities.

Orientation Semester II 

Duration : 12th February to 29th April 2024

Workshop Dates 

Orientation – asynchronous orientation prior to commencing the module  

Mon 11th March  09.00-17.00 BHSC Campus

Mon 18th March  09.00-16.00 BHSC

Tues 9th April 09.00-14.00 BHSC

Week 22nd April 2024 Study Week/ Assignment submission



Fees and Costs

Module Fee É900.  There is also an application fee of É35.00

How To Apply

Applications are now closed for this module.


  • To apply for this module please log on to the UCC APPLY page and create an account.  
  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo), copy of your degree parchment if not a previous UCC graduate.
  • An application fee of €35 will be payable on submission of your application via the same platform.

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