Many nurses may wish to undertake training for a different part of the nursing register at some point in their careers. This programme provides a conversion course for nurses who wish to move from one part of the nursing register to another.
Successful completion of the course will lead to a qualification in BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing.
Acceptance on to the programme depends on a number of factors. For example:
Initial field of registration.
A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in Nursing
The date of the applicant’s original registration.
The availability of adequate resources to enable the applicant to join the programme with advanced standing e.g. vacancies within programmes, or placements.
The duration of the course will depend on your previous qualifications and experiences. The average time for a programme leading to a second registration is normally 18 months. However, the team needs to be assured that you are able to meet all professional and academic requirements. This decision is based upon your recent experience and evidence of study.
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The entry requirements for the course will be dependent on:
Students need to be qualified as a nurse in the UK and have worked as a nurse for at least a year before the start of the course in their initial field of registration
A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in Nursing
Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if it’s included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application
International entry requirements:
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
If English is not your first language you will need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other components, or equivalent.
This course prepares you to work in a variety of mental health settings with a diverse range of people. You will gain experience within inter-professional practice and develop skills in mental health nursing across the lifespan.
Our approach to interprofessional education means that throughout the course students will take part in shared workshops, lectures and learning events with other students on health related courses.
On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators and technicians. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
Identifying Knowledge for Nursing Practice: This unit will provide you with essential practice experiences to develop competence to the requirements of the NMC.
Mental Health, Wellbeing & Humanised Care in Later Life: The 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.
Anatomy & Physiology During the Lifespan: In this unit you’ll gain knowledge and understanding of the essential principles of anatomy and physiology as it applies to the individual. A lifespan approach will be taken which will allow for field specific content to be introduced. Links will be made to clinical skills teaching as part of simulation activity.
Fundamental Communication Skills: Good personal and interpersonal communications are central to collaboration, the efficiency of group working and the resulting quality of care. The aim of this unit is to facilitate the development of effective and transferable communication skills that promote valuing diversity.
Origins & Expressions of Mental Health & Wellbeing: This unit will introduce you to a number of key issues in the mental health field, including possible explanations for changes in a person’s mental health, the development and organisation of services for people with mental health problems, and the role of the mental health nurse in working collaboratively with service users, carers, and fellow professionals.
Personal & Professional Development: This unit focuses on the development of transferable academic and graduate skills that enable you to not only cope in response to the many academic and professional demands you’ll face in the first year, but to also achieve your full learning potential across a range of academic units and professional experiences throughout your entire undergraduate studies.
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.
Communication & 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.
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.
The Value Base of Mental Health Nursing: This unit reflects on the contemporary nature of mental health care and the values underpinning nursing practice in this area. You’ll consider the issues that may be essential to service users’ lives, particularly with regard to mental health and wellbeing and demonstrate an understanding of the ethical theories, legal principles and values that are relevant for professional practice in mental health.
Acute Mental Health: From Crisis to Wellbeing: You will explore the interaction between vulnerability, life events, chronic difficulties and coping skills in acute mental health care. You’ll learn to identify signs and symptoms of acute mental illness and analyse the application of health promotional activities such as relapse prevention, psycho education and medication management in reducing the negative effects of mental illness.
Exploring Evidence to Guide Professional Practice: This unit aims to raise your awareness of a range of evidence, and you’ll be able to demonstrate an understanding of how different forms of evidence guide practice.You’ll reflect upon how professional and disciplinary practices can be enhanced to emphasise human sensitivity and individual worth. You’ll be able to consider the nature of evidence based practice and the range of research approaches and methods that contribute to evidence.
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.
Service Improvement Project: The purpose of this unit is to enable you to develop skills of working in small teams to enhance the experiences of people who use services and their carers. You’ll analyse the need for changes to improve services offered to people and communities, synthesise solutions to complex challenges that address the need for improvement, take part in teams in undertaking an improvement project and reflect on the skills, values, attributes and knowledge required to undertake a service improvement project.
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.
Reviewing the Literature to Inform Practice: Here you’ll evaluate a specific area of interest relating to your field of nursing and build upon your understanding of research appraisal, literature reviewing and academic writing skills.
Communication, Leadership & Management in Mental Health: This unit develops your understanding of how mental health services are organised, and explores appropriate leadership and management skills. You’ll appraise commissioning approaches, analyse the legal and ethical dimension of registered practice, review approaches to clinical supervision, assess theories of c
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