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 2,300 hours of placements (including elements accredited via Recognition of Prior Learning) which is required by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). The course duration is a minimum of two 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.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent
GCSE English/Maths: C/4
In addition, an entry portfolio that demonstrates the relevant previous experience and learning is required for entry to this postgraduate pre-registration nursing course.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Foundations of Mental Health: An introduction to key issues in the mental health field which allows you to reflect on the contemporary nature of mental health care and the values underpinning mental health nursing practice.
Principals of Enquiry & Evidence-based Practice in Health & Social Care: An introduction to debates regarding approaches to enquiry and knowledge production, and how different philosophical assumptions shape the research process and knowledge claims.
Physical Care in Mental Health Settings: Here you’ll develop an understanding of the physical health needs of clients in mental health settings. You’ll discuss ways in which the physical health of clients might be assessed and monitored, identify the key presenting features of a range of common physical illnesses and demonstrate an understanding of physical care skills required in mental health services.
Communication and Therapeutic Approaches in Mental Health: You will explore a range of communication strategies and therapeutic approaches within mental health care. It will cover the effect of personal values, attitudes, individual difference and diversity on communication with others while analysing a range of therapeutic approaches within mental health.
Mental Health, Wellbeing and Humanised Care in Later Life: This unit will cover the potential impact of ageing on the wellbeing of an individual, as well as the personal meaning of dementia for the individual and their carer, including the care and treatment involved and the ethical and legal issues which surround this particular illness.
Developing Knowledge for Practice: This unit will provide you with essential practice experiences to develop competence to the requirements of the NMC by the second year progression point.
Acute Mental Health - Crisis, Wellbeing & Recovery: Gain knowledge and skills for working with people who are experiencing acute mental health problems. You´ll explore the interaction between vulnerability, life events, chronic difficulties and coping skills in acute mental health care while learning to identify signs and symptoms of acute mental illness. This unit will help you assess health promotional activities such as relapse prevention, psycho education and medication management in reducing the negative effects of mental illness.
Supporting Recovery Journeys: Gain practical skills will explore the underlying principles of care for people with serious mental illnesses. This unit combines practice, theory and service user experience in the drive to improve recovery.
The Context of Mental Health: Communication, Leadership & Management: Develop your understanding of how mental health services are organised and explore leadership and management skills. You´ll assess approaches to commissioning mental health services, analyse the legal and ethical dimension of registered practice, review approaches to clinical supervision and assess theories of change and change management in mental health settings.
Advanced Principles of Enquiry and Evidence Based Practice in Health & Social Care: You´ll develop a proposal for a research study, practice development or comprehensive review project. A range of research methods and analysis techniques will be introduced throughout the unit. These focus on critically analysing the findings.
Mental Health Nursing in Specific Settings: This unit explores a range of mental health services and identifies nursing roles within them. You’ll identify the socio-political context of service development, examine the therapeutic approaches and evaluate the nature of assessment and intervention within mental health care provision.
Evaluating Knowledge for Practice: This professional practice unit provides a range of practical opportunities which you require to demonstrate your competence to achieve the identified NMC (2010) skills, knowledge, attitudes, values and technical abilities for entry to the NMC register.
After completing this course, you will possess the practical skills and theoretical knowledge for embarking on a rewarding career in mental health nursing.
Our graduate employment rate for the BSc (Hons) route of this course is 97%. We currently do not have any graduate employment statistics for the PG Dip route of the course.
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