Evidence-based Psychological Therapy Practice

Module titleEvidence-based Psychological Therapy Practice
Module codePSY1302
Academic year2015/6
Credits15
Module staff

Dr Barney Dunn (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

100

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Based upon the best available evidence, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) develops guidance to inform the organisation of health care. In this module you will gain an appreciation of the ways in which various NICE guidelines have been used to inform the development of primary care mental health services, in particular within a stepped care model of service delivery. Additionally however the module will encourage you to explore different perspectives on the nature of ‘evidence’. These perspectives may vary from the very scientific usage of evidence as adopted by NICE, through to accounts based on personal experience, such reported by those with lived experience of mental health difficulties.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to provide you with an appreciation of issues relevant to evidence based practice for the treatment of patients with common mental health problems. Core to such an appreciation will be an understanding of the ways in which health and clinical guidelines, such as those developed by NICE, are implemented to inform the organisation of mental health care services alongside the selection of evidence based psychological interventions.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Compare and contrast the different perspectives regarding the nature of ‘evidence’
  • 2. Describe the role of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and explain its role in the organisation of mental health care services
  • 3. Summarise the ways in which evidence has been used to inform the development of primary care mental health services
  • 4. Explain the ways in which organisational issues may impact upon the implementation of guidelines regarding service development and delivery

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. At a basic level address well-defined problems systematically, think critically and creatively, and begin to appreciate the complexities of the issues
  • 6. Summarise basic and essential factual and conceptual knowledge of the subject, and demonstrate understanding of this knowledge

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Communicate understanding of theory and application to practice in written and verbal formats
  • 8. Manage information and undertake essential study tasks under guidance

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Content will be included to explore the nature of ‘evidence’ and its use in informing the organisation of evidence based psychological therapy services. Teaching content will include:

Nature of Evidence – The philosophical debate surrounding the nature of ‘evidence’; the nature of evidence and its relationship to psychological research methodology; using evidence to inform the development of mental health services. 

Using Evidence to Inform Development of Evidence Based Psychological Therapy Services – The Medical Research Council framework for the development of complex interventions; National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence; NICE guidelines; implementing NICE guidelines to inform the development of evidence based psychological therapy services; organisational difficulties implementing evidence to inform service development.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
271230

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Lectures (11 x 2 hours)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching5Seminars - these will be led by the tutor and address a range of common questions regarding evidence and its implementation
Guided independent study83Reading and preparation for seminars
Guided independent study40Reading and writing for essay

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination30 minutesAllWritten

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
50500

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written examination501 hourAllWritten and oral
Essay502,000 wordsAllWritten and oral

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExaminationAllAugust/September assessment period
EssayEssay1, 2, 4-8August/September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Two assessments are required for this module. Where you have been referred/deferred for the essay you will be required to resubmit a new essay on new essay titles by 1 September. Where you have been referred/deferred for the examination, you will have the opportunity to take a second examination in the August/September re-assessment period. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%; deferred marks are not capped.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core reading:

  • Aveyard, H. and Sharp, P. (2009). A Beginners Guide to Evidence Based Practice in Health and Social Care. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill.
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Richards, D., Farrand, P. et al (2010). Oxford Guide to Low Intensity CBT Interventions. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
  • Howick, J. (2011). The Philosophy of Evidence Based Medicine. Oxford: Wiley.

Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Wider reading:

  • National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (2011). Common Mental Health Disorders: The NICE Guideline on Identification and Pathways to Care. London: Royal College of Psychiatry Publications.
  • NICE (2009). The Treatment and Management of Depression in Adults (CG90). London: Department of Health.

Key words search

Evidence, NICE, implementation, stepped care, primary care mental health

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

4

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

22/10/11

Last revision date

16/07/2015