This programme is for registered nurses or midwives who want to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register as a specialist community public health nurse (occupational health). It offers you the opportunity to gain registration as an occupational health nurse and for academic development at master’s level.
You develop public health practice knowledge and skills in addressing health inequalities and the health needs of the working population, through development of expertise in hazard and risk assessment, health surveillance and protection, sickness absence management and public health leadership skills, to enable you to contribute to improving the health of the working population.
You study evidence based practice and the factors which impact on the health and well-being of the working population; the recognition of hazards and risks within the working environment, the application of health and safety legislation, health surveillance and sickness absence management skills within the workplace; public health, personal leadership philosophies and behaviours and their application within organisational settings; public health nursing practice, legal and ethical dimensions also designing and managing a service evaluation.
Modules offered may vary.
Where you study
The programme comprises 50% theory and 50% practice within an integrated approach. Practice based learning – you are allocated a practice teacher by your sponsoring organisation who facilitates your learning in practice and is responsible for the assessment of your competence in practice.
How you learn
Teaching methods include lecturers, seminars, experiential learning, scenarios, problem based learning, case study work, simulations, action learning sets, and peer led seminars and discussions.
Learning in practice is supported with the development of a practice progress file, which includes self-assessment activities, learning contracts, learning logs, reflective dialogue and discussion with practice teachers, mentors and academic staff.
How you are assessed
Assessments include examinations, a defended poster, essays, case study analysis, research proposal and simulations. Practice is assessed via the practice progress file through the mechanism of the tripartite meetings which include you, your practice teacher and your academic mentor.
Following successful completion of the required theoretical learning outcomes (120 credits at master’s level) and the specialist community public health nursing practice competencies (NMC 2004) you are eligible to register as a specialist community public health nurse (occupational health) and are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing).
Following completion of the PgDip in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing) an opportunity will be available to continue your studies and complete a 60 credit master’s level dissertation module leading to an MSC Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing). This is undertaken as one year part-time or six months full-time study after SCPHN (OH) registration with the NMC. It must be completed within five years of commencing the PgDip.
The course prepares you to work as an occupational health nurse and to take practice forward to meet the challenges of improving health within a wide range of workplace settings.
Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Nursing (Mental Health) at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).
NO TUITION FEES to pay for UK and EU students - our NHS bursary is available to Nursing programme applicants who have lived in UK for last 3-years. To receive funding from the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme, students will have to commit to working in Wales for 2 years following the completion of their Nursing (Mental Health) course.
EMPLOYABILITY: 99% of Nursing graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2016).
AVERAGE EARNINGS: Nursing graduates can expect a starting salary of £22,128 rising to £34,000 for a highly-experienced staff nurse.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: The Nursing programme is open to graduates with a 2:2 degree or above who have a minimum of 750 hours’ experience of working in health related environments, such as care homes, hospitals, community or homecare.
ACCREDITATION: Nursing graduates will be eligible to apply for Registered Nurse status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
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The 2-year MSc in Nursing (Mental Health) is open to applicants who have already completed an honours degree and have a minimum of 750 hours’ experience in a healthcare setting in the last year.
The curriculum for the MSc in Nursing is designed to meet the needs of the changing demography in the wider population and the emerging health needs. A range of teaching and learning strategies are implemented to engage the learner including simulation, practice learning, lectures, skills rehearsals, and online digital learning resources.
Practice based learning is central to the students’ development, and Nursing (Mental Health) students will spend 40 weeks of their course on placement. Here they will gain experience in a diverse range of nursing settings, including community, nursing homes, and hospitals.
The Nursing (Mental Health) programme has been designed to develop the students’ personal and professional attributes, knowledge and skills required of a newly registered nurse.
The Nursing (Mental Health) course does not follow the usual University term times. The academic year starts in early September and ends late the following August.
50% of the teaching for Nursing students will take place in healthcare placements, and the other 50% will be taught at university.
The MSc Nursing (Mental Health) is made up of five modules:
Module 1 – Introduction to Nursing
Module 2 - Living with Long-term and Chronic Conditions
Module 3 – Managing Complex Care in Deteriorating Situations
Module 4 – Leadership & Decision-making
Module 5 – Dissertation
Teaching is based on a social model and Nursing (Mental Health) students will be taught to appreciate healthcare and the well- being of the patient in the wider context. A range of teaching methods will be adopted in order to provide a stimulating learning environment. These will include; lectures, guided reading, seminars, discussion groups, scenarios, distance learning, practical sessions, simulated practice and Enquiry Based Learning.
Assessments will enable Nursing (Mental Health) students to develop creative, critical thinking and decision-making skills. Students will learn how to deal with real-life situations in the form of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), poster presentations and will even write a journal article ready for publication.
There are no tuition fees to pay for the MSc Nursing (Mental Health) for UK / EU students.
To be eligible for WEDS funding international students must have residency for 3 years (working and living) in the United Kingdom. EU area students can also apply. Standard fees apply for international students.
FUNDING: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities.
Job prospects are very good for Swansea University Nursing students, 99% are employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating.
Mental health nurses help people of all ages and backgrounds to cope with life challenges. As your career develops you may choose to specialise in areas such as elderly care, crisis intervention or substance misuse. You could also become involved in education, research, or management roles.
Nursing graduates can expect a starting salary of about £21,000 rising to £34,000 for a highly-experienced staff nurse. Specialist nurses and practice managers can earn £45,000. Pay scales from the Royal College of Nursing website can be viewed here.
There has never been a more exciting time to join the nursing profession. Most mentally ill people are not cared for in hospital but in the community. Mental Health nursing students might be based in a community health care centre, day hospital and outpatients department or specialist unit.
Recent alumni now work locally as ward managers, staff nurses and as community nurses. Take a look at our employability pages to read our graduate success stories.