The focus of mental health nursing is on the person, who is placed at the centre of care. Mental health nurses work in partnership with people to enable them to identify strategies for coping and overcoming their illness. The focus of mental health nursing is on recovery enabling the person to attain a desired quality of life. Mental health nurses work to challenge out of date views regarding mental illness and help service users cope with the stigma that is still present in today's society.
Mental health nursing is underpinned by the notion of 'recovery', and you work collaboratively with service users to build on their strengths and manage their problems to encourage the best quality of life.
The first year is divided into two parts. In part one you will undertake a bridging module introducing you to the foundations of nursing and healthcare for a graduate nurse. In part two you will look at the context of nursing within a variety of client groups within your specific field of nursing. General nursing topics are studied alongside subjects tailored to mental health nursing.
In your second year (part three) you will learn about the analysis and application of research and evidence base, the complexities of nursing at an individual and organisational level as well as preparing for your transition to registered nurse.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.
Year 1 modules (part one and two)
-Introduction to Nursing for Graduates
-Nursing Practice Part 1
-Collaborative Working to Provide Essential Mental Health Care
-The Care Process in Mental Health Nursing
-Nursing Practice Part 2
Year 2 modules (part three)
-Complexities of Mental Health Nursing
-Transition to Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing
-Developing and Analysing Evidence-Based Practice
-Nursing Practice Part 3
These modules are suitable for you if are a registered mental health nurse, midwife, health visitor or social worker.
In the maternal mental health recovery module you develop the skills to recognise maternal mental health illnesses in pregnancy and during the first year of the postnatal period, and you learn to formulate individualised pathways of care and manage potential risks and complications in order to promote positive birth outcomes.
You explore mental health conditions and their management including personality disorders, eating disorders, tokophobia, self-harming, schizophrenia, puerperal psychosis, fabricated illness, substance misuse, antenatal and post-natal depression, drawing from the evidence base to inform your practice.
It will benefit to you if you work with and support women in pregnancy or in the first year after birth who have mental health concerns.
The perinatal mental health and the family module helps you to develop the skills to recognise the impact (short and long term) of maternal mental health on the development of the infant/child, formulate individualised pathways of care and manage potential risks and complications in order to promote positive birth outcomes. By engaging with this module you develop a deeper understanding on family relationships and dynamics.
The perinatal mental health and the family module benefits to you if work with and support women in pregnancy or in the first year after birth who have mental health concerns.
Assessment is by written assignment
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These modules would provide in depth knowledge to support these roles.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing is designed for well motivated individuals looking for a rewarding and challenging career.
As a Mental Health Nurse, you should be patient and compassionate in order to recognise individual needs and the appropriate interventions for them. It is all about helping people make positive changes to their lives and supporting them on their journey of recovery.
Read third year student Raymond Leemoon’s monthly blog to find out why he choose to study mental health nursing at City, his experiences on the course and advice for anyone considering studying mental health nursing at City.
City’s Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing offers you the opportunity to train in one of London’s leading and most well-established departments for nursing education. Our priority is to ensure that you graduate with the skills and knowledge to enter the mental health nursing profession, which can often be a stressful and challenging environment, with confidence.
As a student at City, you will combine theoretical study with clinical experience, working with London's diverse population in leading hospitals and community settings. We will prepare you for all aspects of the profession including supporting people working towards recovery, dealing with crisis and emergency situations, improving the effect of patients’ physical health, detecting deterioration and how to approach, assess and provide the most appropriate care and treatment in differing situations.
On successful graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.
Additional qualifications may be required in some countries.
Half of your time as a student will be spent gaining practice experience through clinical placements and simulated practice. Placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional skills. They help you become fit for practice, fit for purpose and fit for award by the time you complete your programme.
Each placement provides you with educational opportunities to develop your professional skills and allows students to explore the journeys of service users including older people, the severely ill, those in recovery and those detained in secure (forensic) settings. The majority of placements are with the East London NHS Foundation Trust which includes the boroughs of Newham, City & Hackney and Tower Hamlets. There are also opportunities for a 2 week elective placement outside the Trust.
Students are supported in practice by practice experience staff who liaise between the Institution and the Trust, Mentors and Link Lecturers. At City we also use an innovative method of group work to support students and help them to develop the ability to understand and process the emotional impact of working in mental health.
The teaching on the Mental Health Nursing course includes lecture sessions, workshops, small group activities and discussions and whole class discussion.
We are also using an innovative method of group work to support students and help them to develop the ability to understand and process the emotional impact of working in mental health.
Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of the Postgraduate Diploma, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. The practice element is assessed by the development of a record of achievement in practice and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. Modules are also assessed through essays or seminars.
Your learning will draw on areas including nursing, psychology, sociology and biology in order for you to develop your communication and evidence based clinical skills.
Our curriculum focuses on relationship centred care and will support you to develop effective working relationships with patients, service users, families and professional colleagues.
The programme is organised into three parts and you must successfully complete each part to move into the next part of the programme. Each part includes theory modules, simulated practice and clinical placements.
In part 1 the module is ’Relationship centred care and concepts of biology for health’ (HSM 001).
This module accounts for 25% of the total assessment.
In part 2 the two theory modules cover ‘Acute care, diagnostics and treatment’ and ‘Long term care’.
Together, these two modules account for 50% of the total assessment.
Part 3 involves preparation for registration through the leadership and management module (HSM 051).
This module accounts for 25% of the total assessment.
On successful graduation you will gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally-recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas. Some countries require additional local registration.
Nursing is a life-long career where you can develop your skills and interests within a range of specialisms and career paths. As well as a career as a mental health nurse, you can move into areas within the health and social care sector including advising on policy and quality of care and academic teaching and research. You will also be able to go onto further study at MSc level, including an MSc Advanced Practice degree at City.
You will receive careers support from your personal tutor during the course and are encouraged to explore your personal career aspirations.
This course has been designed for graduates from any degree background who want to become a nurse. The course will prepare you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an adult or mental health nurse.
This course will prepare you to become a caring, compassionate, safe and autonomous practitioner, who can deliver high quality nursing care in a variety of settings and situations, while promoting the wellbeing of the communities you will work in. The course reflects the changing national, local and social agendas which underpin healthcare provision in Britain today.
On successful completion, you will become a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a registered Mental Health Nurse.
You will learn to become a professional nurse, able to work with and lead teams within agreed professional, ethical and legal frameworks and processes, and be able to maintain and improve standards of care. Your care will reflect contemporary knowledge, practice, research and technology.
The aim of this course is to prepare a registered nurse who is able to offer a high level of care, enhanced leadership, management, and inter-professional and research skills to influence practice and initiate change. The course recognises that as a graduate you will bring with you a range of attributes, these include not only expertise in your subject, but also the ability to manage your own learning, including making use of sources of evidence to make judgements, which is essential to 21st Century nursing.
Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma there will be an option available to 'top-up' to a Masters Degree post-qualification.
• Developing Foundations of Nursing Care
• Promoting Health and Wellness
• Developing Foundations of Nursing Practice
• Biomedical Science Applied to Nursing
• Enhancing Nursing Practice through Effective Decision Making
• Enhancing Innovation in Nursing
• Meeting Complex Health and Social Care Needs.
We use two approaches in our learning and teaching strategy:
1. Blended learning
There will be a range of learning opportunities during the course, including classroom learning, workplace learning, and online learning, as well as other learning environments identified by you. Learning online is achieved through West London Online via Blackboard, our online learning platform.
2. Learning in Practice
Learning in practice is primarily gained through delivering care to patients under the supervision of a mentor.
During the course students will undertake clinical placements in West London or Berkshire.
Learning in practice is primarily gained through delivering care to patients under the supervision of a mentor.
You will have acquired the Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies to practice as a registered Mental Health Nurse.
On completion of this course graduates will be skilled, autonomous practitioners able to:
• use initiative and take responsibility
• solve problems in creative and innovative ways
• make decisions in challenging situations
• deliver compassionate, person centred and evidenced-based care using a recovery-focused approach.
Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.
Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.
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).
Winner of the Student Nursing Times Award 2014 – Pre-registration Nurse Education Provider of the Year
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.
The Advanced Practice in Health Care courses enable experienced health care professionals from varied clinical backgrounds to develop their skills and knowledge to an advanced level of practice.
Teaching and Employability:
Advanced Practice in Health Care has been offered at Swansea University since 1992. It is continually refined to ensure it remains at the forefront of contemporary practice.
Modules for the Advanced Practice in Health Care course are designed to enable the clinician to develop knowledge and skills essential to the role of an advanced practitioner i.e. enhanced assessment, diagnostic and disease management skills. Students may also undertake studies for non-medical prescribing.
The Advanced Practice in Health Care course enables students to develop their critical and creative thinking skills in relation to clinical practice to an advanced level. additionally, they are able to develop their knowledge and skills in their roles as researchers, educators, managers and leaders.
Modules on the Advanced Practice in Health Care may include:
The Advanced Practice in Health Care course is taught at the St. David’s Park site in Carmarthen. There are two student intakes per year, one in October and another in March. Students also have access to the extensive facilities at the Singleton Park campus in Swansea.
The course consists of two parts.
For students beginning the course in October, Part One modules are taught for one day a week between October and May for the first two years.
For students beginning the course in March, Part One modules are taught for one day a week between March and January for the first two years, however teaching days are in line with normal University holidays.
Part Two consists of the dissertation which has to be submitted by 30th September in the third year.
The Advanced Practice in Health Care programme comprises several compulsory modules with some optional modules available.
Students are assessed using a variety of methods including essays, presentations and objective structured clinical examinations. The assessment for each module must be successfully completed.
The Advanced Practice in Health Care is suitable for:
The Academic Lead for the Advanced Practice in Health Care team works on a national basis with the Welsh Government on advanced practice policy. Several members of the teaching team have published books and papers on the subject of Advanced Practice.
Practitioner teachers are employed within the local NHS.
Several members of the teaching team of the Advanced Practice in Health Care course work on committees with Hywel Dda Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. Clinical mentors support students in practice.
The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.
If you're looking for a rewarding career in health, becoming a registered mental health nurse allows you to make a positive impact on the psychological wellbeing of others.
Is this course for me?
This two-year course allows graduates with an honours degree to take the next steps towards a rewarding career in nursing. As a graduate you already have many transferrable skills needed to succeed, including ability to organise, work within a team and manage your time. Your degree means you can complete your nursing qualification and register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) faster.
What will this course cover?
Working with mental health patients can be demanding and complex. We help you develop the necessary personal and professional qualities an employer would want in a nurse. As well as learning about policy and procedure, you will develop important attributes such as empathy and compassion. Additionally you'll learn how to cope with challenging situations and will leave the course feeling confident in a clinical setting.
Nurses working in this field require excellent communication skills. As part of the practical element of the course you will work with other health professionals to manage patients and attend to their specific needs. The mix of contact hours and work placements means when you finish the course you'll have all the necessary skills to enter the workplace as a registered nurse and deliver a high standard of care.
During stage one and two you will spend time in three clinical settings for approximately 20 weeks in each year. In stage three you will undertake three weeks of placement and an additional four weeks if you choose.
We prepare you for the workplace with training that gives you all the qualities of a good nurse. We also have good links with the NHS through our partnership with local NHS Trusts.
As a mental health nurse you will plan and deliver care for patients in hospitals, residential units and patient's homes. You may also find you will develop expertise in a particular area such as substance misuse or adolescence mental health services.
Although typically most registered nurses will work within hospitals there are other opportunities such as working within the prisons or mental health service. As you gain experience as a nurse you will be offered opportunities to progress to positions of responsibility and leadership roles. Within nursing there are many opportunities in related clinical, educational and management roles.
After completing your Postgraduate Diploma you are eligible to register for the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). At this point you also have the option to extend your qualification to an MSc by completing a dissertation.
How to apply
Apply here: http://bucks.ac.uk/applynow/
We are awaiting confirmation from the Department of Health on the approach to funding postgraduate education for September 2018 entry onwards.
City’s unique Adult and Mental Health Nursing course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and provides the opportunity for practice across both nursing specialisms.
This course is for students who already have a degree in any subject and are looking for progression and further challenges which can be fulfilled by undertaking a rewarding and lifelong career within the nursing profession.
City is the first institution to offer an MSc of this kind, crossing both the adult and mental health nursing specialisms. The course was designed to meet the need of the healthcare sector and the ambitions of many nurses to be able to fully support their patients, both physically and mentally.
The MSc in Adult and Mental Health Nursing prepares you for a rewarding career at the forefront of modern healthcare. You will graduate as a nurse eligible to register with the NMC as an adult and mental health nurse, leaving you equipped to support the delivery of quality healthcare in a contemporary health service.
Mental illness has a huge impact on the physical health of an individual. People with mental health conditions are at a higher risk of experiencing physical health problems, such as diabetes and heart conditions. In addition, people with long-term physical health conditions are more likely to suffer from a mental health issue, particularly depression. There is a need to develop a nursing workforce that is fit for the current demands of healthcare in the UK.
This Masters programme, where you will be eligible to apply for registration with the NMC as a registered nurse in the mental health and adult fields of nursing, will provide you with the opportunity to meet this demand.
You will spend around 50% of your time on clinical placements. Your practice experience will take place in a variety of settings such as specialist units, hospital wards and primary care settings such as Health Centres and patients/service users’ homes.
Most placements are within our 'community of practice', a partnership of healthcare providers within North East London - allowing you to become familiar with the needs of the local community and its healthcare providers.
The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers you excellent clinical training facilities.
You will have access to a simulated six-bedded, high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including:
In addition, medium-fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, will allow you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.
The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS . City TECS is a specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehealth and telecare technologies, providing you with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies while studying.
We take a blended approach to learning and teaching, including:
Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of the MSc, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. The practice element is assessed by the development of a record of achievement in practice and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. Modules are also assessed through essays, seminars or presentations.
As part of the MSc you are expected to complete a dissertation, this will involve a systematic literature review of integrated practice, which is the foundation of this programme and the future of contemporary nursing practice.
Your final degree classification is calculated from the first, second and final years.
You are given the opportunity to combine theoretical study with clinical experience.
At City, you will gain experience of care delivery across a range of settings and environments.
Practice experience within London will give you a unique opportunity to provide culturally sensitive care within a multicultural and multi-faith community, which reflects a diverse socioeconomic population. Your practice experience will take place in a variety of settings, such as acute hospital units and service users’ own homes.
To pass each Part you must successfully complete both the theoretical and practice elements of the programme by the end of the part (NMC 2010).
Successful graduates will have an internationally recognised qualification and will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This course will accelerate your career progression and open up a variety of fascinating career opportunities across both adult and mental health fields of practice.
This MSc ideally positions you to pursue an accelerated career pathway and become a future leader, clinical expert or researcher within the nursing profession.
Your personal career aspirations can be discussed during your programme with your personal tutor and you may also seek help and guidance from the Careers Service.
You will also be given opportunities to prepare for interviews and develop Personal Development Plans during the programme.
One of the primary roles of a mental health nurse is to enable and educate, encouraging those experiencing mental health issues to progress towards recovery. This course prepares you to work in a variety of mental health settings with a diverse range of people. You'll gain experience within inter-professional practice and develop skills in mental health nursing across the lifespan.
You'll rehearse practice skills in our dedicated suites, allowing you to integrate your theory into practice in a safe environment. You'll also experience at least 2,500 hours of placements which is required by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). Because of this requirement, the course duration is a minimum of three years to ensure you gain this valuable experience. The health economy is rapidly changing and future nurses are likely to be located in a broader range of workplaces. Your placement opportunities will therefore be in a diverse range of settings which include the growing independent sector as well as care within the community, preparing you to work effectively and meet the health care needs of an increasing ageing population. After graduating you'll have met the standards and competencies set by the NMC to register as a mental health nurse.
This is a pre-registration nursing course that has been adapted for those students who already have a degree. We also offer a BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing if you don't have a degree. Students on this PG Dip course will work alongside the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing students; however some units will be grouped with other PG Dip students from other nursing pathways, and your academic tutor will focus on your individual development at Master's level.
94% of our final year BSc (Hons) students said they have been able to access specialised equipment, facilities, or rooms when they needed to. Come along and attend one of our Undergraduate Open Day events where this course is represented, to find out more.
All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.