One in four people will, at some time in their life, need help for mental health issues. This course has been specifically designed to give you a solid grounding in the theoretical and professional skills that are needed to offer high-quality evidence-based nursing care that meets the needs of clients, service users and their families. Graduating from this course will enable you to apply for professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).
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. The course prepares students 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.
The entry requirements for this course are: 104 - 120 tariff points from 3 A-Levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma of DMM. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
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:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Our School of Health and Social Care courses aim to help to make peoples’ lives better through excellence in education, practice development and research. By imbedding values of humanisation into our courses and research our graduates have the theoretical knowledge, skills and compassion to support individuals in challenging life situations.
The BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing course is part of the School of Health and Social Care Nursing Framework which offers BSc (Hons) Children and Young People’s Nursing and BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing courses. Within the first year some units are common to all courses in the Nursing Framework with shared lectures. 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.
Year 1- level C
Identifying knowledge for nursing practice
Mental Health, Wellbeing and Humanised care in Later Life
Anatomy & Physiology during the lifespan
Fundamental Communication Skills
Origins & Expressions of Mental Health & Well Being
Personal & professional development
Year 2- level I
Developing knowledge for practice
Communication & therapeutic approaches in mental health
Physical care in mental health settings
The value base of mental health nursing
Acute mental health – from crisis to wellbeing
Exploring evidence to guide practice
Year 3- Level H
Evaluating knowledge for practice
Service Improvement Project
Mental health nursing in specific settings
Reviewing the literature to inform practice
Communication, leadership & management in mental health
Supporting the recovery journey
Graduates may wish to work as a registered nurse within the NHS or Primary Care Trusts, or within the private sector.
Career progression may lead to:
Mental Health Nurse in an In-Patient Environment: Acute Admissions Unit, Elderly Care, Treatment Wards, Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Rehabilitation
Community Mental Health Nurse
Specialist Nurse: Eating Disorders, Addictions, Forensic Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychological Therapist.
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