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This course aims to develop your skills to become a practice leader, who can innovate in complex workplace settings to deliver highly effective care provision for diverse and complex patient groups. With mental health issues infiltrating all aspects of health care, providing education to advanced mental health practitioners addresses a national imperative.

It is anticipated that students enrolling for the PgDip Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health) will successfully complete the full award. However, the option to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate Enhanced Mental Health Clinical Practice is provided for students who have successfully completed the first year modules, but no longer want or are unable to successfully progress to year 2. Students who complete the PGdip ANP (Mental Health) have the option to undertake a Dissertation to gain the top-up MSc ANP (Mental Health) award.


January start date: 2.5 - 3 years part-time
April start date: 9 months - 1 year part-time


Year 1

Physical needs in mental health care
Advanced mental health assessment

Year 2

Non-medical prescribing
Innovations for excellence: leading service improvements

Year 3

Advanced mental health practice for complex cases
Research in health and social care

Teaching and learning

A range of assessments are employed including Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), Observed Structured Clinical Assessment (OSCA), seen examinations and written assignments. The assessment strategy employed is closely aligned with the RCN competencies needed to achieve RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner status and the Knowledge and Skills Framework.


For the majority of students, the bulk of your clinical development will occur within your workplace setting. It is therefore important that we support you to consider, with your Practice Facilitator and employment Line-Manager, how to maximise your practice based learning experiences and whether there are any significant barriers that might impede your practice based learning during the course. For example, when undertaking non-medical prescribing.

We are aware that issues can arise within the clinical employment during the course of your studies and these issues can impact on compliance with all of the above criteria. However we would like to emphasise the following:

If you change your employment, reduce your hours below the equivalent of 20 hours per week, go on maternity leave or have a period of not working clinically (for whatever reason), you must discuss this with the Course Director in advance of any changes. In these circumstances we would require you to take an “interruption in studies” until you can meet this requirement. However exceptions may be made on an individual basis with agreement from the Course Director.

If you get a new job, all of the entry criteria must apply for any new employment. A new Clinical Practice Learning Environment Profile must be completed within 1 month of starting the new employment. We will also need a letter confirming the new employers support for you undertaking the course. You will also need to provide a new Facilitators acceptance form.


This programme is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.


The course aims to develop a number of competencies required for advanced practice roles (RCN 2012, DH 2010). As a result, successful completion of this course will enable you to demonstrate knowledge and skills that are in high demand with existing and emerging markets in health care.

Visit the Mental Health Advanced Nurse Practitioner - PgDip / MSc page on the London South Bank University website for more details!




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