Composition of the course
Each year has an integrated structure of academic and practice learning. Your academic learning time will be a balance between taught content in University and self-directed study. Taught content will be delivered through lectures, seminars, group work, tutorial, skills training, simulation and other methods. Your practice learning time will comprise blocks of placement several weeks in length.
The balance between academic learning time and practice learning time is maintained so that both are equal and your commitment will be to over 750 hours of both each year.
The team delivering the Mental Health Nursing course consists of senior lecturers with clinical experience working as nurses in mental health and learning disabilities. Collectively, they have specialist clinical qualifications, published research and nursing texts and academic qualifications to Masters and PhD Level.
The academic team will support you in practice and professionals from practice will come into the university to prepare you to learn in practice.
You will be supported in your academic learning by the whole team and you will be allocated a personal tutor to supervise your development through the programme.
Learning in practice will provide you with very rewarding opportunities to support people with mental health problems towards recovery. You will be supported in your learning by a qualified nurse mentor, but your progression towards professional registration does come with responsibilities.
During placement you may be required to attend at shift times, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include weekends, bank holidays and night duty.
Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements within Kent and/or Medway and, in some cases, outside of the county.
Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the placement provider/organisation.