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Nursing Professionals in Mental Health

The aim of the research is to analyse the role of the mental health professionals in order to deliver effective patient care for the individuals, who are suffering from several mental illness.

The objectives of the dissertation are such as,

To acknowledge the roles of the nursing professional in the mental health care

To explore theoretical frameworks associated with mental health services and the role of nursing professionals

To identify the ethical and legal practice in order to treat the patients

To identify which aspects of the performance of mental health nurses appear to be the most influential in terms of improving the quality of mental health care


To recommend some suitable suggestions for maximising the contribution of the nursing professional in the mental health care management

The research questions are such as,

What are the roles of the nursing professional in the mental health care?

What are the ethical and legal practices in order to treat the patients?

What are the impacts of the existing professional practice in mental health care?

What would be the suggested recommendations for maximising the contribution of the nursing professional in the mental health care management?

Methodology – rationale, data selection and collection, recruitment, participant demographics, analytical process


In the recent era of globalisation, there is increasing numbers of individuals, who are suffering from mental illness, due to depression and anxiety. It is important for the health and social care institution to intervene in the society and tackle this issue efficiently so that it would be possible to support the individuals with mental illness and protect their lives in long run.

The issue of mental illness is hereby increasing among the individuals which further leads to self-harm, suicidal tendency, harming others, disability and emotional, behavioural and physical health problems. Hence, it is a major issue, which is necessary to be tackled by appropriate health care intervention, so that it would be possible to protect the living condition of the individuals, who are experiencing mental health issues.


In this particular research, the researcher has chosen the positivism research philosophy in order to conduct the study and analyse the role of the nursing professional in mental health care management.

In this research, the researcher selects the deductive approach, where the researcher first reviews the theories and models related to the research topic of mental health.

Both the primary and secondary data collection methods are chosen in order to progress in the study after gathering vast range of authentic data and valid information. The primary data is being collected by engaging the nursing professionals in mental health department in order to collect authentic information about maximising mental health among the individuals who are suffering from mental illness. On the other hand, through secondary data collection, it is possible to review the existing books and journals related to mental health care management.

The findings will be represented through tabular format, charts and graphs that further provide clear review of the gathered data of the respondents. Through quantitative data analysis method, it would be possible to critically evaluate the findings and identifying the role of the nursing professionals to maximise quality mental health care. In this regard, the descriptive statistics will be chosen for analysing the gathered finding critically to understand the perspectives of the nursing professionals in the care home.

Random sampling technique is being selected and the sample size is 50. 50 health care professionals in the mental health care treatment of NHS will be involved to participate in the online survey process.

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Research Ethics Application Form

All research conducted by Arden University students require ethical approval. The application should be sent to your supervisor with your research proposal and any supporting documentation such as a recruitment invitation letter or guide, recruitment flyer (online/offline), participant information sheet, informed consent form, permission letter form an organisation to use their premises, participant instruction guide, questionnaire, measures, interview questions, debrief form, and any supporting or additional documentation that will be provided to the participants, or those helping with the research such as gatekeepers and assistants.

Secondary Research Only (Answer up to and including Question 3)

Complete information up to and including Question 3 if you are conducting ONLY secondary research and can answer YES to the following question:

This investigation will NOT involve the collection of data from human participants, though it may collect data about individuals from published matter (e.g., previously published interviews or behavioural data).

Once the application and research proposal are reviewed and approved by your Supervisor, it will be sent to the Module Leader (ML)/Programme Team Leader (PTL) for final approval. You cannot collect data until final approval has been provided by the ML/PTL.

Please complete the information below.

Please circle Yes or No to the following questions and where indicated please provide further information

1. Are you required to use a professional code of ethics and conduct relevant to your profession (e.g. British Psychological Society, Health Care Professions Council National Health Service, Ministry of Defence, the Law Society)


The code of National Health Service is implemented to maintain quality of mental health care services.

2. If yes, have you read the relevant professional code of ethics and conducts?


3. Are you sourcing secondary data? (e.g. Information from web sites, journal articles, archives)


Joseph-Williams, N., Lloyd, A., Edwards, A., Stobbart, L., Tomson, D., Macphail, S., Dodd, C., Brain, K., Elwyn, G. and Thomson, R., 2017. Implementing shared decision making in the NHS: lessons from the MAGIC programme. Bmj, 357.

Hynds, L. and Scott-Davies, D., 2018. Heart of the deal: the use of negotiation and advocacy skills to revise national guidance for the NHS in line with professional best practice in the recordkeeping sector. Archives and Records, 39(2), pp.174-187.

Allsop, J., 2018. Health policy and the NHS: towards 2000. London: Routledge.


Primary research is used if your investigation involves the collection of data directly from human participants, rather than depending on data collected from previously completed research, and this can be in the form of a questionnaire, survey, interview or experiments.

All forms for primary research MUST accompany this Ethics form, including

A full draft of the questionnaire, interview questions, survey or experiment


Participant Information Sheet

Participant Informed Consent Form

Participant Debrief Sheet

Evidence of organisational approval (where relevant)

Recruitment poster/invitation letter or email

These forms can be found in the Dissertation Module on ilearn

A proviso is to be used if all of the correct paperwork has been submitted, and this includes a questionnaire that addresses the research aims and objectives but which requires some minor amendments such as phrasing of questions, typos, grammatical errors and so on. Therefore, the form can be approved as long as the conditions of the proviso are met. Guarantee of the changes being met can be authorised by the supervisor and this will save going through the whole proposal/ethics approval process again. The supervisor MUST see the proviso changes before the student uses the instrument.

4. Are you using an external research instrument or validated scale? (e.g. survey/psychometric))


Blanchard, J.J., Bradshaw, K.R., Garcia, C.P., Nasrallah, H.A., Harvey, P.D., Casey, D., Csoboth, C.T., Hudson, J.I., Julian, L., Lentz, E. and Nuechterlein, K.H., 2017. Examining the reliability and validity of the Clinical Assessment Interview for Negative Symptoms within the Management of Schizophrenia in Clinical Practice (MOSAIC) multisite national study. Schizophrenia research, 185, pp.137-143.

5. Are you sourcing primary data involving participants (e.g. Surveys, interviews, focus group, Internet forums)?


6. Are you dealing with sensitive data (e.g. personal data, organisational data, those with vulnerable groups)?


7. Are you sourcing secondary data? (e.g. Information from web sites, journal articles, archives)


Coates, R.S. and Mofidi, R., 2019. Financial sustainability of NHS Foundation Trusts in England five years after the enactment of the Health and Social Care Act of 2012. British Journal of Healthcare Management, 25(6), pp.1-9.

Gray, K., Wilde, R. and Shutes, K., 2018. Enhancing nurse satisfaction: an exploration of specialty nurse shortage in a region of NHS England. Nursing Management, 25(1).

Keyworth, C., Epton, T., Goldthorpe, J., Calam, R. and Armitage, C.J., 2018. Are healthcare professionals delivering opportunistic behaviour change interventions? A multi-professional survey of engagement with public health policy. Implementation Science, 13(1), pp.1-9.

Kretchy, I.A., Appiah, B., Agyabeng, K., Kwarteng, E.M., Ganyaglo, E. and Aboagye, G.O., 2021. Psychotropic medicine beliefs, side effects and adherence in schizophrenia: a patient–caregiver dyad perspective. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, pp.1-11.

8. Does the study require DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks?

**Please note that unless already working with this population, permission will not be granted to students to data collect from this population)


9. Does the study involve direct contact with:

**Please note that unless already working with this population, permission will not be granted to students to data collect from this population)

Vulnerable adults (e.g. learning difficulties, dementia, living in residential care)


Those under the age of 18

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Adults in prison/remanded in custody/on bail


Data Security

10. Can you guarantee the full security and confidentiality of data collected?


**Please note that any electronic data should be stored on Arden University’s one drive (therefore students must use their Arden email address for data collection, communication etc.)

11 Please outline how you will ensure anonymity and confidentiality of data

Implementing Data Protection Act 1998 and managing security based computerised system.

12 Will you be responsible for destroying the data after the research is complete?


After the successful research, data should be destroyed as soon as possible.

**Please note that data should be destroyed as soon as possible (when full data usage has been completed) but no later than 3 years from data collection.

Informed Consent

13 Will all participants receive information as to why the research is being conducted and what their participation will involve?


14 Will all participants be asked to give informed consent before the study starts?


15 Will all participants be told of the data being collected and how the data be used?


If no, please state reasons

16 Will all participants be told that they do not have to participate in the research?


17 Does the study involve deception?


Risk of Harm

18 Is there any risk that the research may lead to physical/psychological harm or disclosure of criminal activities/convictions?


If yes, please outline and explain what you will do to reduce risks

19 Is there any significant risk that participants may disclose the harming of others or harming of themselves?


If yes, please provide details and actions you will take

Participant Recruitment

20 Are you proposing to recruit participants who are students or staff or Arden University?


If yes, please provide details of any potential conflict of interest and how this will be mitigated

21 Employees of organisations?

YES, the employees of NHS and the permission is gained through discussion with the health care authority.

22 Students through educational institutions?


23 Participants in residential care, social care, nursing homes


24 Adults in prison, in custody, on remand


Online Research

25 Will any of your research involve online data collection?


26 Will you be using survey software (e.g. Gorilla or Microsoft Forms)?


Participant Payment

27 Are payments/incentives being offered to participants?


28 Will you tell participants that payment/incentives do not affect participants right to withdraw their data?


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