Mental Health Nursing can be one of the most intense yet deeply rewarding roles within the healthcare system.
At the University of Greenwich we offer excellent teaching, student support and great all-round experience, as reflected in our position as 1st in London for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2017.
Our Mental Health Nursing masters degree will provide you with a varied and fascinating glimpse into the many possibilities for your future career.
We provide exceptional opportunities with clinical placements within the Mental Health division. Here you will train with the internationally renowned South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Oxleas NHS Trust or KMPT NHS Trust.
Our placements will provide you with a vital opportunity to put your first class theoretical learning into practice, working alongside highly skilled and experienced Mental Health Nurses. These practitioners are at the cutting-edge of delivering excellent patient care in acute, medical, community and rehabilitation services. Your placements will also provide you with opportunities to satisfy the requirements of the EU Directives.
During your training you will experience the work of specialist services in areas such as addiction, eating disorders, personality disorders and psychological therapies.
Our programme will ensure you gain the characteristics today which our employers are looking for in the nurses of tomorrow. Our first-class team of highly skilled and expert nurse lecturers will work with you to make sure you achieve your full potential. We are here to help you to become the professional nurses fit to take forward our great profession and join us as members of our professional register.
We prepare you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) upon completion of the programme, as registered Mental Health Nurses. Our programme helps you achieve the outcomes identified in the NMC Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (NMC 2010.) This includes the standards for competence, the Essential Skills Clusters and the requirement of Directive 2005/36/EC.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
The programme will have conjoint approval for the University of Greenwich and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC.)
Completion of this Masters programme will enhance our student's employment prospects by creating reflective self-learners, promoting creative thinking and innovation whilst encouraging their future leadership, management, consultant nurse or research roles.
Fully equipped skills laboratories and simulated wards on campus are utilised to support learning.
At the University of Greenwich, we want to make the experience for our health and social care students as simple as possible, keeping costs to a minimum and ensuring our students get the best experience. To support our students on these courses we offer a package that includes;
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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.
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
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.
Our exciting, innovative two year pre-registration Mental Health Nursing course is the first of its kind in Scotland that is underpinned by Master's level education. This will enable you to become a highly educated nurse with longer term potential for roles in areas such as
Our course will also prepare you for professional registration, with key components including the delivery of:
Professional Approval and Accreditation
Our course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Upon graduating you will be eligible to apply for professional registration within your specific field.
Practice learning experiences are available in one of five West of Scotland health boards:
You will experience the twenty-four seven continuum of care which represents contemporary healthcare delivery, enhancing your clinical skills and integrating theory with practice. This also includes private, independent and voluntary organisations.
Here at UWS our nursing students and staff are playing a key role in developing the future of dementia care.
There are currently 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia and this figure is expected to rise to over 1 million by 2025.
By focusing on experimental learning, we make sure that you will be rights focused, confident and compassionate when dealing with this condition.
Our MSc Mental Health Nursing course has three parts containing a mixture of theory and practice core modules. There are three 20 credit modules in Part 1 and 2 with Part 3 consisting of a 60 credit theory/practice dissertation module.
A recognised innovative feature of our course is the approach of clinical simulation used for skills demonstration, practice, and development throughout the course which allows you to practise skills in a safe, realistic environment.
Teaching & Assessment
Our ongoing assessment strategy aims to support learning and has been designed to assess your knowledge of nursing at SCQF Level 11. The strategy also ensures that the professional requirements for competency to enter the NMC professional register are achieved.
Upon graduation you will be fit-for-practice and will contribute to the leadership of a competent, dynamic workforce. You will be suitably equipped to secure employment within a range of healthcare areas.
On completion of our course, you may wish to consider further study in a variety of academic and clinical pathways. The following are an example of some further study/progression routes that are available:-
"Having completed the MSc I am now embarking upon my PhD. This was one of the most rewarding and challenging times of my life, and it opened up a world of opportunities. I graduated not only with mental health nursing registration but additionally with a Masters degree." Aisling McBride, Mental Health Nursing graduate
This demanding route is designed to meet the needs of highly motivated graduates, looking to rapidly advance their career within the nursing profession. This course has been closely developed with local Trust partners to reflect the increasing and rapidly changing requirements in patient care provision. The MMHN (PG) will create autonomous nurses with the clinical and leadership skills to synthesise data that will optimise the best possible patient care for people with mental illness.
The course will be split 50% in a clinical practice environment and 50% in academic setting of the University. The MMHN (PG) leads to professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), as well as a Master’s degree. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to practice as a Registered Nurse in the field of Mental Health Nursing.
The two year full time course will focus on the acquisition of nursing skills in order to manage safe effective evidence based care to patients, through a range of relevant clinical placements, whilst undertaking the shift patterns of professional nurses. Students will be supported by appropriately qualified and inspirational mentors. This will facilitate the development of nurses that have advanced caring skills and the ability to improve quality and drive health care services.
The development of complex mental health nursing practice will be acquired from a variety of community and acute settings reflecting the key drivers within the health sector. Academic mastery will be cultivated through problem based learning approaches with opportunities for skills simulation in our laboratories. Learning will be supported by academic experts and researchers in the field of nursing and interprofessional learning with other healthcare disciplines. This course would also be suitable for existing graduate NMC registrants wishing to undertake a 2nd registration at Masters Level in the field of mental health nursing.
Students wishing to undertake this course will be self-funding or apply for a student loan.
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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.
Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in mental health nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification.
It will develop you as an autonomous, reflective practitioner who has empathic qualities, is committed to delivering high-quality care and can empower individuals to maximise their own independence.
Clinical, decision-making and leadership skills are developed progressively throughout the programme. Biosciences and psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal aspects of care inform a holistic approach to care, alongside a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning.
In contemporary healthcare, collaborative practice is vital in meeting the complex needs of individuals and their families.
This programme is studied full-time over two academic years; over this period students must gain 2,300 hours of theory and 2,300 hours of practice for NMC registration. The programme is divided into modules.
On successful completion of the programme students may apply for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse.
Year 1 (FHEQ Level 6)
Year 2 (FHEQ Level 7)
Staff within the School of Health Sciences have internationally recognised expertise in areas such as cancer, dementia, ethics and compassionate practice. As a postgraduate student, you will be taught by lecturers who are active researchers or have a wealth of experience in their areas.
Individuals who have an undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant subject, normally obtained within the last five years, and experience of working in a health care environment. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have worked for a minimum of 575 hours within a paid healthcare role, gained within a year of commencing the programme.
This is equivalent to 16 weeks of full-time work and may be achieved through part time-work over a longer period of time. Applicants also need to be ambitious and passionate about a career in nursing, with the ability and drive to complete the programme in two years.
The programme aims to:
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
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.