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Mental Health Nursing - PGDip

Course Description

-This course provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to register as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
-Our partnership with the South West London Recovery College offers you the opportunity to learn from and with mental health service users.
-Our mental health ward simulations received the Nursing Times Award in 2012 for 'Innovation in mental health teaching'.
-An adult insight placement will help you develop the physical health skills needed in mental health nursing.
-You will have the opportunity to take a national or international elective module at the end of your first year. In the UK, students have worked at a wide range of settings including Broadmoor Hospital.

About mental health nursing

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 Mental health nurses work to challenge out of date views regarding mental illness and help service users cope with the stigma that is still present in today's society.

What will you study?

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 complexities of nursing at an individual and organisational level as well as preparing for your transition to registered nurse.

Course structure

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

Visit the Mental Health Nursing - PGDip page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Matthew Adlem

"I decided to train to become a mental health nurse after being a support worker for deaf children with mental health difficulties. I enjoyed the teamwork involved in caring for young people, and the way the whole team focused on the best interests of the person.

"I hadn't been in an education environment for some time and as a mature student, felt a little unsure about my academic ability. Kingston University had lots of support networks in place ranging from maths help, to support with writing styles and money management. I found I was able to tap into lots of resources to help me through the study and learning process, helping me to grow as a person professionally and privately."


Entry Requirements

A health or science-related degree at 2.2 or above. Health and science-related degrees could include health studies, psychology, physiology, biology, social sciences, or related studies to the above; Normally a minimum of 500 hours health or social care related experience; You must have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language, maths and a science subject, or equivalent qualifications, together with evidence of academic study, ideally within the last five years; Non-native speakers who do not have the equivalent of GCSE English at grade C (eg key skills level 2 literacy) require an IELTS of 7.0

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